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Simple Potato Soup Without Cheese

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This Simple Potato Soup recipe is delicious, hearty soup made with potatoes, bacon and cream.

With fall just around the corner, I am gearing up for many days of soup-making. Nothing says home more than a pot of soup bubbling away on a stovetop while the rain pours outside. This is a creamy delicious yet simple soup that I have been making for years at our home. The ingredients might be oh so basic however, they blend together to create a satisfying and hearty soup that everyone seems to love.
No matter the occasion or time of year. I like setting the table to set the stage for a meal.

For this soup, I have chosen a buffalo blue checkered napkin alongside white soup bowls. Down the center is always a loaf of homemade artisan bread. As there is nothing more delicious than slicing off a chunk to dunk into this Simple Potato Soup Without Cheese.

Why I Love This Simple Potato Soup Without Cheese

One late night my sister and our children decided to spend the day together. Ending at my place. We all came in hungry, tired, and ready to relax. Without having thought ahead, I quickly grabbed my soup pot and my sister looked at me funny. What are you doing? She asked. I said making a quick soup for us.

She must have thought I meant that I would be opening cans of soup to heat but instead I began chopping potatoes. Her face worried about the late hour. After all the kids were gripping about hunger. We chatted while I worked. My hands moving quickly. Tossing the potatoes into the pot with the sizzling bacon, the soup began to come together.

Within minutes it was simmering on the stovetop and the smell began to waft through the air. I found a day-old loaf of sourdough and while the soup simmered away I sliced it up for the center of the table. Just twenty minutes later I was pouring soup into bowls for the table. She looked at me with complete shock as to how a homemade soup could seem so simple to make and yet, it really is. I love that I can make this with such few ingredients and have a hearty delicious soup that everyone loves.

What You Will Need To Make It

2 cups of milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

5 small potatoes about 3 cups

3 cups bone broth or stock

4 slices of thick cut bacon

2 tbsp flour

1 tsp sea salt

1 tbsp dried chives

Directions

Begin by dicing up the potatoes into bite size pieces.

Heat a large dutch oven or soup pot. While the pot heats up slice the bacon into smaller pieces.

Add the bacon to the hot pot and begin browning.

Let the bacon cook for about 2 to 3 minutes to bring out the oils in the bacon before adding the diced potatoes.

Give the pot a stir and allow the bacon to finish browning.

When ready sprinkle the flour over the entire contents of the pan and stir it in.

Slowly pour in about half the milk. Allow it to simmer to thicken before adding in the rest.

Sprinkle in the salt.

With the lid off allow the pot to come to a simmer and then add the stock.

Place the lid on and on medium-low heat, and allow it to simmer away for about 10 to 12 minutes for the potatoes to cook all the way through.

Remove the lid, and take a potato masher to begin mashing the potatoes while the soup continues to simmer. This will help thicken the soup and break down the potatoes (You can also use a hand blender to mix if you want a blended consistency).

When the consistency is to your liking, add the cream and chives to the pot.

chives being added to a soup pot for simple potato soup
adding cream to the simple potato soup

Stir and then let the soup simmer for an additional 5 minutes with the lid off. This will help the soup cook down a bit, make sure to taste and add any additional salt you may like.

pot of simple potato soup

Soup is ready when a creamy consistency is reached. Serve with my Easy No Knead Artisan Bread.

Cooking Notes

  • When making this soup it is very important that you allow the soup to thicken by slowly adding in the stock. The soup does get a little thicker once you use the potato masher however for a nice thick consistency this step is super important.
  • I use thick-cut quality bacon for this soup. If you only have the thinly sliced style of bacon I would suggest adding 6 slices instead of just the 4 thick cuts as the recipe calls for.
  • You can use any sort of potato for this recipe you have on hand. I like using Yukon gold so that I don’t have to peel them. Russets do work well too, but be sure to peel them for this soup.
simple potato soup in a pot
simple potato soup in a white bowl

Serving Suggestions

  • We like having this with a handmade artisan loaf such as this No Knead Artisan Bread. However, biscuits work wonderfully as well. Try these Chive Biscuits or these Homemade Biscuits to serve alongside your soup.
  • Green salad is always a nice addition to serve alongside any soup you make. The light side of a green salad paired with a hearty bowl of soup. It’s a great combination that everyone seems to enjoy.

If you try this recipe and love it, I would appreciate you coming back to give it 5 stars!

simple potato soup in a white bowl

Simple Potato Soup

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

a creamy and hearty soup made with potatoes, cream and bacon

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 4 strips of thick cut bacon
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups stock or bone broth
  • 5 small potatoes or 3 cups diced white potatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp dried chives

Instructions

    1. Begin by dicing up the potatoes into bite size pieces.
    2. Heat a large dutch oven or soup pot.
    3. While the pot heats up slice the bacon into smaller pieces.
    4. Add the bacon to the hot pot and begin browning.
    5. Let the bacon cook for about 2 to 3 minutes to bring out the oils in the bacon before adding the diced potatoes.
    6. Give the pot a stir and allow the bacon to finish browning.
    7. When ready sprinkle the flour over the entire contents of the pan and stir it in.
    8. Slowly pour in about half the milk.
    9. Allow it to simmer to thicken before adding in the rest.
    10. Sprinkle in the salt.
    11. With the lid off allow the pot to come to a simmer and then add the stock.
    12. Place the lid on and on medium-low heat, and allow it to simmer away for about 10 to 12 minutes for the potatoes to cook all the way through.
    13. Remove the lid, and take a potato masher to begin mashing the potatoes while the soup continues to simmer. This will help thicken the soup and break down the potatoes (You can also use a hand blender to mix if you want a blended consistency).
    14. When the consistency is to your liking, add the chives and cream.
    15. Stir and then let the soup simmer for an additional 5 minutes with the lid off. This will help the soup cook down a bit, make sure to taste and add any additional salt you may like.
    16. Soup is ready when a creamy consistency is reached. Serve with my Easy No Knead Artisan Bread
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 629mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 12g

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