Creamy, Cheesy Potato Soup

"Fast, easy, creamy, and cheesy! A great weeknight meal when you want something that will stick to your ribs but don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I found this recipe in my mom's recipe collection after she passed away and we love it! The recipe is very forgiving if you need to sub ingredients based on what you have on hand. Don't have broth? Use the potato cooking liquid with a tsp of chicken bouillon mixed in. No heavy cream? No worries, use all milk. I make a lot of soup when the weather turns cold and you know what they say about Wisconsin.... we have 2 seasons, Winter and Road Construction... we eat a lot of soup- LOL :)"
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  • 3 -4 medium red potatoes, scrubbed and diced into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 small onion, diced fine (or 2 tsp granulated onion)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 12 teaspoon red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 12 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 -5 slices bacon, crumbled (or 1 cup of diced leftover ham)


  • Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  • Add potato cubes and stir to make sure they are just covered with water.
  • Cook potatoes until fork tender, maybe 10 minutes.
  • Drain potatoes and set aside.
  • In a large pot melt butter over medium heat and stir in onion. If using real onion cook until just translucent.
  • Stir in the flour and cook stirring constantly for at least a minute to get rid of the raw flour taste. (If you've never worked with roux it will look like a really thick paste at this point. That's great- keep stirring :) ).
  • Add red pepper flakes and salt & pepper.
  • Slowly add the 1 cup of broth stirring as you pour it into the roux. Stir until smooth.
  • Start adding the milk and cream and stir until smooth.
  • Bring the mixture up to a low simmer stirring constantly. Simmer 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the sugar and the shredded cheese.
  • Stir until cheese is melted.
  • Stir in Bacon or Ham and potatoes and cook for 1 minute to heat potatoes thru.

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  1. SAM1959
    Great soup! Creamy and cheesy just right for this Kentucky winter. Add some crusty bread for dipping or sopping,as we say in Eastern Kentucky:)
  2. andypandy
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  3. o2cookkdaily
    this soup was the bomb delicious. My family loved it next time I will double the recipe because after dinner everyone was getting there containers to take some to school or work the next day.
  4. Sydney Mike
    Interesting, your comment in the intro about Wisconsin's 2 seasons! Up in northeastern Montana,my granddad used to say, "Certainly we have seasons! There's winter & there's July!" But, on to this great tasting soup of yours ~ I followed the recipe right on down & we were absolutely pleased with the results! Very much a lip-smackin' comfort food! And, it's now in my short list of soups that I'll be making regularly! Thanks for sharing the recipe! [Made & reviewed for one of my adopted chefs in this Spring's Pick A Chef event]


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