Becky Luigart-Stayner
18 servings (serving size: 1 cup soup, about 1 teaspoon bacon, about 1 tablespoon cheese, and about 1 tablespoon green onions)

Bake the potatoes and shred the cheese the day before making the Baked Potato and Bacon Soup. If the soup needs to simmer awhile on the stove, you may need to add more chicken broth.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Pierce potatoes with a fork; bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool slightly. Partially mash potatoes, including skins, with a potato masher; set aside.

Step 3

Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add onion to bacon drippings in pan; sauté 5 minutes. Add salt, garlic, and bay leaf; sauté 2 minutes. Add potato, milk, pepper, and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in parsley, if desired. Top individual servings with bacon, green onions, and cheese.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

JIMMIC's Review

April 23, 2010
I give this soup three stars, however it would be higher if the potatoes could be chunkier. The taste was really good and I understand the why of slightly mashing the potatoes. It’s just a personal preference. I’ll make it again. Served with a green salad and fruit for dessert.

karynmorse's Review

November 24, 2009
Hearty and delicious! I only added 4 cups of milk because otherwise it would have been too watery, and the consistency turned out perfect.

gfrebel's Review

May 04, 2012

mpdurfee's Review

October 10, 2013

chelseaf2189's Review

October 02, 2012

MAdonahue's Review

March 01, 2012
Really good. Substitute almond milk for the milk for a casien free soup. I like to add garnishes on top, as well as leftovers, extra cheese, and gluten free beer.

Angelyn1976's Review

September 20, 2012

Donnaconvey's Review

January 02, 2012
Yummy... I would have given it a 5 if I didn't add so much milk. I agree with the previous poster that it was too thin--next time I make it i wont add so much milk. It was especially tasty with just a little bit of bacon and shredded cheese.

LaurelJoy's Review

November 08, 2011

Aprilbc's Review

January 15, 2012
Being a person who dislikes cooking, this recipe wasn't only delicious but was really easy!