Cooler days are upon us, and soup season is here! A big pot of soup on a fall or winter day is the perfect comfort food to warm you up. Try this cheesy bacon and potato soup for a quick and easy lunch or dinner!
I like simple and tasty food, and of course, homemade is always best! So when I find a soup base, like this one, I can alter the ingredients slightly and come up with a new and different meal pretty quickly.
Easy recipe for a creamy soup base
My creamy soup base always starts with sautéed onions and carrots in butter. Cook until softened, then cover with about 1/4 cup of flour. I then add chicken or vegetable stock and bring to a boil for a few minutes until thickened. Add cheese and milk and it’s done.
That is the basic recipe, but there are so many different variations that you can use this soup base in multiple recipes and it will always taste different. I use it for my cheeseburger soup, potato soup, cauliflower soup, and even a creamy mushroom and rice soup.
So I really just did a variation of my potato soup with this one by adding in a bit of bacon… because, well… what isn’t just a bit tastier with bacon?!
- 2 Carrots, diced
- 1/2 Onion, diced
- 4 Potatoes, diced
- 4 Tbsp. Butter, divided
- 1/4 cup Flour
- 3 Tbsp. Create Kitchen Roasted Chicken Broth Base
- 5 cups Water
- 3 slices Oscar Mayer Cracked Clack Pepper Fully Cooked Bacon
- 1/3 cup Ragu Cheddar Cheese Sauce
- 1/2 cup milk
- Top with chives and bacon pieces
- Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in pot over medium heat.
- Add diced carrots, onions and potatoes. Cook until vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes.
- Put remaining 2 Tbsp butter in the pot and melt. Add flour evenly over vegetables and stir.
- Add chicken broth base and water. Stir to combine and bring to a boil for about 10 minutes.
- Add chopped pieces of the fully cooked bacon. Turn heat to low.
- Pour in cheddar cheese sauce and milk. Stir until cheese has melted completely. Turn off heat.
- Let rest and thicken for 5-10 minutes before serving.
- Top with additional bacon pieces and chives, if desired.
Shopping List Recommendations:
Create Kitchen Roasted Chicken Broth Base, by More Than Gourmet—you won’t ever see me using bouillon cubes or regular broth from a can. I really check labels for this to make sure that they are clean and filled with home-cooked goodness. Obviously, you can make your own stocks and broths, but they take so much time that if I want a quick dinner, I use a good stock base. This is one area that you don’t want to just grab the cheapest item, you will definitely taste it in your finish dish!
Ragu Double Cheddar Cheese Sauce—I find that this cheese sauce adds a nice flavor to my creamy soup base, and because it is a sauce, it melts in fast too.
Oscar Mayer Cracked Black Pepper Fully Cooked Bacon—I have to say, I am not usually one to buy something that has been precooked, but when it comes to bacon, I make an exception. Usually, it costs about the same as uncooked bacon and the net difference is probably only a few slices. And the best part is—I don’t have to worry with the greasy mess of actually cooking the bacon!
If you love to make soup to warm you up on chilly fall or cold winter day, you may also want to check out some of my other popular soup recipes: