Baked Potato Soup with Cream Cheese.

bakedpotatoandcreamcheesesoupI love this time of year in Texas.  Cool nights, and sometimes the occasional warm front surprises you, but makes you appreciate the cooler temperatures.  I’ve been a bit soup focused lately, so I thought I would make a creamy potato soup that felt like a baked potato.  I’ve never put cream cheese on a baked potato, but after making this soup, I would be sorely tempted to do so.  🙂

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • 4 small-medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 6 slices of thick cut bacon, chopped into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • good quality chicken stock
  • pinch of cayenne pepper, to taste
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • a good knob of butter
  • big handful of garlic chives, chopped, reserving some for garnish

Directions:

In a heavy bottom pot or Dutch oven, cool the bacon over medium high heat until the bacon is cooked to your preference.  Remove the bacon from the pot, place on a plate covered with a paper towel, and set aside for later.

Remove all but 2 Tbsp of the bacon fat from the pot and add the onions, cooking until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for another minute while stirring until fragrant.  Add the potatoes to the pot and stir around to get a bit of bacon fat on the potatoes.  Add enough chicken stock to the pot to cover the potatoes, and turn up the heat to bring to a boil.  Once it boils, lower the heat to keep it at a simmer.  Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes.

With a stick blender or in a blender, puree about 2/3 of the soup, leaving some chunks of potato in the soup.  While blending, add the cream cheese into the soup.  Add the bacon back to the soup, along with the garlic chives, and season with salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste.

Enjoy!

7 Comments

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    michelle December 5, 2009 (4:58 pm)

    What a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes. I’m bookmarking it right now. Wish I’d have had it last week! Thanks!

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    Lauren December 5, 2009 (7:29 pm)

    Thanks, Michelle! I appreciate you stopping by, and if you do try it, I hope you enjoy it!

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    Lauren October 2, 2011 (8:59 pm)

    This recipe made my week! My Mom (who passed away 3 years ago) used to make a delicious potato bacon soup with a cream cheese base. I couldn’t remember her recipe and she never wrote it down, so I thought I would never find one. This recipe, though slightly different, was a very close fit – and delicious too! Thanks for posting this. It turned out wonderfully, and my husband loves it too. 🙂 There’s something about the cream cheese that makes it so delicious.

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    Lauren October 3, 2011 (1:05 pm)

    Lauren, so glad to hear this recipe was a success for you. I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom, but so glad it could touch a sentimental part of you enough to comment. Your kind words made my week, too! 🙂

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    Cara September 30, 2012 (12:03 pm)

    It’s getting to be our “soup” time of year up here in Montana and I am so excited to try this! I made my hearty cheddar potato soup two weekends ago and Terry ate ALL OF IT, so I think he may love this one too, as will I.

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    Lori January 27, 2014 (4:53 pm)

    I just made this for dinner. It was fantastic! It was also simple to make, as I had everything I needed on-hand. My dad doesn’t really like soup, but even he liked it. Perfect meal for today, as it’s only 7*F.

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    nir December 14, 2014 (8:45 pm)

    hai..the soup looks so delicious, i really want taste it…

    for bacon, can i replace for something else? like chicken or meat??

    nir,
    kuala lumpur, malaysia