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This Smoky Bacon Potato Soup is like a warm and cozy hug on a cold day.
Smoky Potato Bacon Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
This Smoky Bacon Potato Soup is the ideal comfort food for cool weather. It's delightfully smoky from the bacon and smoked paprika, and hearty and savoury from the potatoes, onions and garlic.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 bowls
Calories: 457 kcal
Author: Myra
  • 1/2 lb bacon or half of a package
  • 2 onions diced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme chopped (or 1/2 tsp dried thyme)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 6 cups chicken broth (I use Better Than Bouillon and find it excellent in terms of price, flavour and quality)
  • 3 lbs potatoes diced
  • 1 cup fresh parsley chopped (or 1/2 cup dried parsley)
  • 1/2 cup coffee cream (or milk, evaporated milk or cream cheese)
  1. Chop bacon into small pieces and fry in a large pot over medium-high heat until crispy.
  2. Drain off all but about 2 tbsp of bacon grease. Turn heat to low, add diced onions and cook, stirring often, until they are soft and golden.
  3. Add minced garlic, thyme, smoked paprika, salt and pepper and cook briefly.
  4. Pour a small amount of chicken broth (Better Than Bouillon mixed with hot water) into the pot and use a wooden spoon to scrape all the brown, flavourful bits off the bottom of the pot, mixing them into the bacon/onion mixture.
  5. Add remaining broth and peeled, cubed potatoes.
  6. Cover, increase heat, bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, 12-15 minutes.
  7. Use an immersion blender to blend the soup to desired creamy consistency. (If you don’t have an immersion blender you can use a blender or food processor, following manufacturer’s instructions for hot liquids, or even a potato masher).
  8. Add cream and parsley. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
Nutrition Facts
Smoky Potato Bacon Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 457
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.