Easy Potato Soup Recipe in 15 Minutes

This easy potato soup recipe has all the flavors of a loaded baked potato, but it’s ready in 15 minutes.

Who doesn’t love a bowl of Cream of Potato Soup? All those carbs in a creamy broth. It makes me feel as warm and comforted as when I slip on my favorite grey wool socks.

I especially love the versions of potato soup that are topped like a loaded baked potato. Cheese. Green onions. Sour cream. Bacon.

Mmmmm…Loaded Baked Potato Soup.

Easy Potato Soup Recipe in 15 MinutesMmmmmm…..

But the thing is, baked potato soup usually starts with baked potatoes, like in this recipe. That means that the cooking time is as long it takes to bake a potato PLUS soup-cooking-time. You’re looking at a good hour.

I wanted a quicker potato soup recipe. I tried a bunch of different techniques before getting this one down. The quickest tastiest thing I tried was to really finely chop the potatoes (a 1/4 inch dice) and then sauté them a bit before simmering them in chicken broth. I do this is a wide 6 quart stock pot (like this) so that the potato chunks have space enough to get hot quickly and to heat through quickly. A big pot is key here.

Easy Cream of Potato Soup Recipe in 15 Minutes
While the potatoes are cooking, you get all of the other stuff ready. Cook up bacon and then chop it. But don’t discard the bacon fat. It’s going to be central to this soup.

Most of the chopped bacon goes in with the potatoes and broth. Some stays out to use as a topping for the soup. The other toppings that you need to get ready are the shredded cheese and chopped green onions. Set all that aside for later on.

Now back to the bacon fat. Bacon fat is the SouperTip for this soup. It’s the thing that makes this soup so delicious so quickly. What we’re going to do is use the fat to get bacony flavor all through the soup. But you don’t just want to pour the fat into the soup. That would create a greasy layer on top. Ew.

Instead, you measure flour and water into a mason jar and then put on the lid and shake the beejeezees out of it. Add that to the bacon fat and heat it and stir until it gets thick. This bonds the fat to the flour. Now when you add it to the soup it blends in and doesn’t separate out, resulting in soup with a nice non-greasy bacon flavor throughout. And that makes every bite taste like loaded baked potato. Click here for more tips for making quick and easy soups.

Finally you ladle the soup into bowls and top them with the remaining chopped bacon, cheese, spring onions and sour cream. And then slide in. For more SOUPin15 easy soup recipes, click here.


Oh, and if you love potato soups, you should also check out this hearty tomato potato soup recipe.

Hearty Tomato Potato Soup


And now, here’s my easy potato soup recipe. See you in 15!



Easy Potato Soup

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 7 1/2 cups


The key to making this soup so quickly is to chop the potatoes really finely. The key to making it so tasty is the bacon fat mixed with flour and water that is stirred into the soup. This spreads a bacon flavor throughout every mouthful. To get this soup done really quickly, read through the recipe first. As you read it, gather together all ingredients, pots, pans, knives and other tools that you will need so that everything is at your fingertips. But don’t prep any ingredients. All prep for this soup is in the instructions and is included in the 15 minutes time it takes to make the soup. See you in 15!


  • 4 cups low or no-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. neutral oil like vegetable or grape seed
  • 1 and 1/2 lbs. baking potatoes (about 3 medium)
  • 6 strips bacon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 oz. cheddar cheese
  • 2 spring onions
  • black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. sour cream or Greek yogurt


  1. Measure the chicken broth into a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, warm the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Take a potato and chop it into tiny 1/4 inch cubes. Add the cubes from the one potato to the oil.
  3. Stir and cover. Chop remaining potatoes in 1/4 inch cubes, adding each potato to the pot once it’s chopped, stirring and covering. Once all potatoes are added, stir often but keep covered between stirs.
  4. Put the bacon in a large pan over medium high heat. Cook flipping occasionally until cooked through, 5-6 minutes.
  5. When microwave is done, add broth to the potatoes along with salt. Increase heat to high. Stir. Keep it covered until it reaches a boil. Reduce heat to a vigorous simmer stirring occasionally.
  6. While soup is simmering and bacon is cooking, measure flour into a large mason Jar. Add the water and shake a lot until well-incorporated. Set aside. Shred the cheese and chop the spring onions.
  7. Take a potato masher and mash into the soup, breaking up some of the potato cubes.
  8. When bacon is cooked, transfer it to the cutting board. Chop it and add three-quarters of it to the simmering soup. Put the rest with the cheese and onions, which will be used for garnishing the soup.
  9. Shake the mason jar again and then pour it into the bacon fat. Stir well. It should thicken from the remaining heat in the pan. If not, heat it over low until thickened. Add the bacon fat mixture to the soup and stir it up a lot. When soup is simmering and potatoes are tender, mash it up a bit more.
  10. Ladle into bowls and serve topped with the cheese, spring onions, sour cream and remaining bacon.
This post originally appeared in October, 2014 and was revised and republished in January, 2016.
Disclosure: This post contains an Amazon affiliate link, meaning that if you click on it and buy something I will receive a small commission. This is at no additional charge to you. All opinions are my own.

62 Responses to “Easy Potato Soup Recipe in 15 Minutes”

  1. Rebekah — May 20, 2020 @ 5:19 pm (#)

    I am sad about this soup. To many onions & not enough potatoes. I used 3 medium potatoes & not even one onion. Im made this for my dad whose fighting cancer and it said easy but there were so many steps and I had to reread because I was confused when to add the onion and cheese. Please use measurements and step by step instructions.

    • Christine Pittman — May 22, 2020 @ 11:13 am (#)

      Sorry you felt that way, Rebekah. The spring onions (also called green onions or scallions) and cheese are used to top the soup with when serving.

  2. Brie — January 3, 2020 @ 9:58 pm (#)

    Have you ever use the regular chicken broth? I always have some on hand and it is full sodium. I’m thinking I will not add extra salt but I’m wondering if it will be overpowering.

    • Christine Pittman — January 6, 2020 @ 11:09 am (#)

      The sodium levels in different brands varies, so I would check the label and not add additional salt until you give it a taste. Enjoy, Brie!

  3. Sarah L — December 25, 2019 @ 4:28 pm (#)

    That is a great way to get a yummy soup ready sooner than I would have expected.

    • Christine Pittman — December 30, 2019 @ 4:46 pm (#)

      Absolutely, Sarah! Sometimes we don’t have hours to spend watching a pot on the stove!

  4. kesha — December 22, 2019 @ 7:26 am (#)

    I love potato soup. This recipes looks delicious and sounds easy. I can not wait to try it.

    • Christine Pittman — December 23, 2019 @ 1:27 pm (#)

      Thanks, Kesha!

  5. Shannon — December 21, 2019 @ 9:19 pm (#)

    Baked potato soup sounds so good right now.
    Thanks for the great recipes!

    • Christine Pittman — December 23, 2019 @ 1:26 pm (#)

      You’re welcome, Shannon!

  6. Francine Anchondo — December 20, 2019 @ 8:53 am (#)

    This sounds so good.

    • Christine Pittman — December 23, 2019 @ 1:12 pm (#)

      Thanks, Francine!

  7. Rebekah Kalinowski — December 20, 2019 @ 4:16 am (#)

    I love this! My mom would also add evaporated milk to make it extra creamy!

    • Christine Pittman — December 23, 2019 @ 1:12 pm (#)

      Thanks for sharing, Rebekah!

  8. Brenna M — December 14, 2019 @ 3:46 pm (#)

    I am so overdue for making a big pot of loaded potato soup. This looks delicious. Thanks for the reminder! 😍

    • Christine Pittman — December 17, 2019 @ 9:56 am (#)

      You’re welcome, Brenna! It’s so yummy!

  9. Angelica — December 10, 2019 @ 12:05 pm (#)

    This sounds wonderful! You had me at loaded and bacon. Can’t wait to try this for a warm and cozy winter night in!

    • Christine Pittman — December 12, 2019 @ 3:51 pm (#)

      Sounds like a good plan, Angelica!

  10. Saundra K. Warren — December 8, 2019 @ 9:50 am (#)

    my mom and grandma made the best potato soup

    • Christine Pittman — December 9, 2019 @ 11:12 am (#)

      Do they have any tips for us, Saundra?

  11. Cheryl — December 5, 2019 @ 10:42 pm (#)

    I love a good potato soup.

    • Christine Pittman — December 9, 2019 @ 10:25 am (#)

      Me too, Cheryl!

  12. Michael Coovert — December 5, 2019 @ 9:18 pm (#)

    I tried this recipe today because we love potato soup.  It was incredible!!  Thank you so much for the great recipe.

    • Christine Pittman — December 9, 2019 @ 10:25 am (#)

      So happy to hear that, Michael!

  13. Jennifer Phillips — December 4, 2019 @ 9:21 pm (#)

    I love potato soup and this is delicious!!

    • Christine Pittman — December 5, 2019 @ 2:41 pm (#)

      Thank you so much, Jennifer!

  14. Elizabeth Geiger — December 3, 2019 @ 1:29 pm (#)

    Update: I made this soup last night and it was hearty, satisfying and delicious, just like a warm hug on a cold winter night. My family loved it, too. I will definitely make this again. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Christine Pittman — December 5, 2019 @ 2:30 pm (#)

      That’s fantastic, Elizabeth! Thank you so much for letting us know!

  15. Elizabeth — December 2, 2019 @ 11:07 am (#)

    It’s a rare cold day here in Florida and this sounds perfect for a warm and satisfying dinner tonight. Yum!

  16. Calvin — December 1, 2019 @ 9:01 pm (#)

    Interesting.. Bacon fat. Hmm. I like starchy potato soup.. also potato leek is also good.

  17. Andrea Hatfield — December 1, 2019 @ 7:38 pm (#)

    Yum, we love potato soup!

    • Christine Pittman — December 2, 2019 @ 1:50 pm (#)

      Me too, Andrea!

  18. Debbie Yoder — December 1, 2019 @ 2:06 pm (#)

    We love potato soup, Im going to try all these toppings to make it extra yummy!

    • Christine Pittman — December 2, 2019 @ 1:46 pm (#)

      Sounds great, Debbie!

  19. Tina W — November 30, 2019 @ 9:33 pm (#)

    Delicious. I’ve made a similar soup but I LOVE that you add some of the bacon bits in during the cooking, I bet that adds a ton of flavor.

    • Christine Pittman — December 2, 2019 @ 1:41 pm (#)

      Thanks, Tina!

  20. Ronnell Storie — November 29, 2019 @ 11:11 pm (#)

    I like the potato soup recipe. The extras aren’t for me. I just want the potato soup.

    • Christine Pittman — December 2, 2019 @ 1:33 pm (#)

      That works too, Ronnell!

  21. Sandy — November 29, 2019 @ 12:16 pm (#)

    Love recipes that are quick and so will give this a go.

    • Christine Pittman — December 2, 2019 @ 10:43 am (#)

      Thanks, Sandy! Our quick soup series is fantastic!

  22. Gloria Walshver — November 26, 2019 @ 4:01 pm (#)

    The recipe for the potato soup is great, would love to try it.

    • Christine Pittman — November 27, 2019 @ 1:38 pm (#)

      Thanks, Gloria! Let us know how you like it!

  23. Deborah Waddell — November 26, 2019 @ 1:54 pm (#)

    Growing up we used leftover mashed potatoes as the base for potato soup. Think I’ll try this recipe and compare.

    • Christine Pittman — November 27, 2019 @ 1:35 pm (#)

      That sounds like a great use for the leftovers, Deborah!

  24. Minta Boggs — November 25, 2019 @ 3:40 pm (#)

    I’m always looking for really good soups for wintertime. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Christine Pittman — November 27, 2019 @ 12:51 pm (#)

      It’ll keep you warm and cozy, Minta! Thanks!

  25. Sandy — November 25, 2019 @ 3:16 pm (#)

    Sounds like a good meal on a cold night.

    • Christine Pittman — November 27, 2019 @ 12:51 pm (#)

      Exactly, Sandy! Thanks!

  26. David @ Spiced — October 15, 2014 @ 8:56 am (#)

    A big bowl of this baked potato soup sounds like heaven right now…and I love how quick + easy it is! Pinned!

  27. Carol at Wild Goose Teaq — October 14, 2014 @ 1:11 pm (#)

    Potato soup is my favorite. For me it’s a year round favorite.

  28. Faith (An Edible Mosaic) — October 14, 2014 @ 8:28 am (#)

    I love a good loaded potato and this soup looks perfect! Love how quickly it comes together too!

  29. [email protected] — October 13, 2014 @ 9:59 am (#)

    I love soups like this, Christine. Perfect for a chilly week ahead!

  30. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — October 13, 2014 @ 9:45 am (#)

    I love potato soup, I don’t know why it has been so long since I have made it! This looks wonderful!

  31. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 13, 2014 @ 9:33 am (#)

    You have me starving for this and I just ate breakfast!

  32. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — October 13, 2014 @ 9:23 am (#)

    Potato soup is such a comfort…love what you did with this!

  33. Dawn — October 13, 2014 @ 9:04 am (#)

    Sounds absolutely wonderful, and perfect for a wet and windy day!


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