This Thick and Creamy Potato Soup recipe is the definition of comfort food! It’s made with golden potatoes, bacon, half-and-half, and seasonings. 

This Potato soup is good for the soul on a Fall crisp night, or a cold Winter night. This recipe serves six and costs about $9.71 to make, which is only $1.62 per serving. 

Serve this Creamy Potato Soup in these yummy Bread Bowls along with this Italian Salad for a perfectly cozy meal. 

A close up picture of of a bowl of creamy potato soup topped with green onion and sour cream.

Creamy Potato Soup 

This Potato Soup recipe is packed full of goodness with a little kick from a secret ingredient!

There is nothing better than a warm bowl of soup on a chilly night. It is pure comfort food that I cannot get enough of during the long winter months. 

This Potato Soup recipe is one of my favorites because it is super simple to make without sacrificing the taste. Chunks of potato and bacon in a creamy soup base make for a rich and hearty meal that is a total crowd-pleaser. 

And what is the secret ingredient? The red Tabasco sauce gives this soup a little extra punch you never knew you were missing! 

Garnish the soup with your favorite toppings such as green onions and cheese to get the ultimate cozy and comforting bowl of Thick and Creamy Potato Soup!

How do I know when the potatoes are done?

You will know when the potatoes are done when they gently fall apart when you spear one with a fork. Just be careful not to overcook the potatoes, as you don’t want them mushy. 

What if my soup doesn’t thicken?

If the soup isn’t getting thick as it cooks, you can start with mixing a tablespoon of cornstarch and a little half and half or milk in a small glass dish and slowly add to the soup while whisking. Give it a few minutes to thicken; add more corn starch mixture as needed until it thickens. If you don’t have corn starch, you can use flour instead.

Do I have to use gold potatoes?

You do not have to use gold potatoes! However, I like the gold potatoes because they are low in starch and have a buttery flavor, and super creamy! 

An overhead picture of 3 bowls of creamy potato soup topped with cheese and sour cream.

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How to make Creamy Potato Soup: 

STEP ONE: First, wash and cut the potatoes, leaving the skins on. Leave the potatoes in a bowl of water while you cook the bacon. 

STEP TWO: Next, chop up the bacon and onion and place into a large pot to brown. Do not drain the grease.

An overhead picture of the cooked bacon and soaked potatoes.

STEP THREE: Then, add the potatoes, garlic powder, onion powder, and water to the bacon pot. Bring it to a boil and do not drain the water.

STEP FOUR: After the potatoes are tender, add the butter, celery seed, and chicken bouillon. Bring it to a boil again until the soup thickens.

The potato soup after the potatoes are fork-tender.

STEP FIVE: When the soup is thick, pour in the half-and-half and tabasco sauce slowly. Simmer for about 30 minutes.

STEP SIX: Finally, ladle into a soup bowl and add garnishes as desired. 

The creamy potato soup in a pot after it is done simmering.

How much will this Creamy Potato Soup recipe cost to make: 



NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.

1 full package of bacon – $4.98

1 small yellow onion – $0.62

3-pound bag of Yukon gold potatoes – $2.08

2 teaspoons garlic powder – $0.06

2 teaspoons onion powder – $0.06

4 chicken bouillon cubes – $0.32

⅛ teaspoon of Celery seed – $0.02

¼ cup of unsalted butter – $0.40

1 ½ cups of half-and-half – $1.13

¾ tablespoon red Tabasco sauce- $0.01

Salt and pepper – $0.03

A soup ladle picking up some of the thick and creamy potato soup.

Cook’s Tools:

Large pot

Potato scrubber 

Chef’s knife

Cutting board

Large mixing bowl

Measuring spoons

liquid measuring cup

Soup ladle 

A close up picture of creamy potato soup in a white bowl.
5 from 7 votes

Creamy Potato Soup

Recipe Cost $ 9.71
Serving Cost $ 1.62
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
6 people
This Thick and Creamy Potato Soup recipe is the definition of comfort food! It’s made with golden potatoes, bacon, half-and-half, and seasonings.


  • large pot
  • Potato scrubber
  • chef's knife
  • cutting board
  • large mixing bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • liquid measuring cup
  • soup ladle



  • Wash the potatoes and cut them up, leaving the skins on. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl of water to soak while you cook the bacon.
  • In a large pot over medium-high heat cook the bacon until almost crispy. Drain off half the bacon grease.
  • Add the onion and cook until translucent and the edges are beginning to brown, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes, garlic powder, onion powder, and water. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender.
  • When the potatoes are tender, add butter, a pinch of celery seed, and chicken bouillon to the potatoes and return to a boil until soup thickens.
  • Once the soup is thick, slowly pour in the half and half and tabasco sauce and gently simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and green onions and enjoy! Serve.


  • You will want to store any leftover soup in an airtight container (I recommend a glass container) and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • You can reheat this soup either in a pot on the stove or in a microwave-safe bowl. It’s just as delicious the next day!


Serving: 2.5cups | Calories: 654kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 1235mg | Potassium: 1227mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 479IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Chris Collins says:

    I love how creamy and luxurious this potato soup is! Can’t wait to try the recipe 🙂

  2. I made this soup for lunch today! It was delicious and filling enough to feed my guys! I loved it. 🙂

  3. What a great potato soup recipe! Creamy and hearty which is the perfect combination! Sure to leave you full!

  4. I love me some potatoes and this recipe is right up my alley! I can’t wait to make it and top it with bacon and cheese and green onions…oh my!

  5. I like that this is a super chunky soup with lots of creamy potato in it. It’s so filling and delicious.