Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potato Soup

08.30.2012

I didn’t know traditional creamy potato soup could get any better! I love a warm bowl of homestyle potato soup, which is why I decided to give it an upgrade. I grew up eating a lot of meat and potato meals. I don’t think my mom ever missed a Sunday dinner of roast beef and mashed potatoes (and NEVER the instant potatoes, I didn’t even know they existed growing up). So, basically potatoes are one food I could never part with. One of my favorite dinner sides is Twice Baked Potatoes.
The inspiration for this soup came from those incredibly delicious Twice Baked Potatoes, those dreamy, creamy potatoes that are loaded with Cheddar cheese, sprinkled with browned crispy bacon and chopped green onions then they’re finished off with a generous drizzling of creamy Ranch dressing. Yeah, all of that in soup form and this soup better be good right? It’s definitely my new favorite potato soup, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to eat the traditional plain old potato soup anymore. This stuff is just too flavorful and cheesily delicious to look back to that soup again =).
This recipe may seem a little different, I didn’t make a roux to add the flour, rather I whisked it into the milk. I didn’t want to add butter because the mayonnaise already replaced the fat and creaminess of what butter would do. I also chose to use sharp cheddar cheese because in my opinion when you use sharp you can use less cheese (then if you were to use mild or medium) and therefor you’re adding less calories (don’t get me wrong this isn’t a low calorie soup, I just try to lightly reduce calories where I can). I decided to leave the carrot and celery out of this recipe so it’s more like a loaded or twice baked potato but if you really wanted to you could add them.
If you want even more of a ranch flavor you could drizzle the top of the soup with additional ranch, made according to the directions on the package. I hope you love this soup as much as I do and make it often this upcoming fall and winter season! There’s nothing like a perfect bowl of soup to warm a cold fall evening. Enjoy!

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potato Soup

Yield: 6 servings

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dry ranch dressing mix
  • 3 lbs Russet potatoes, peeled and diced into about 3/4-1" cubes (about 8 medium potatoes)
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup diced yellow onion (about 1 small onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth*
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, divided (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 oz. finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/4 cup)
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked and chopped (or crumbled if you like it extra crispy)
  • 3 green onions, chopped

Directions

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, 1/4 cup milk and ranch seasoning mix. Cover bowl and refrigerate.
  • Heat olive oil a large cast iron dutch oven over medium high heat. Add onion and saute about 4 minutes until golden, add garlic and saute 1 more minute. Add chicken broth and diced potatoes and bring mixture just to a boil, then reduce heat to medium, cover pot and cook 15 - 20 minutes until potatoes are very tender.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups milk with 1/4 cup flour (whisk very well to break up flour) and pour mixture into soup. Increase temperature to medium high heat, and bring mixture just to a boil, stirring constantly (stirring constantly will help break down the potatoes a bit). Once mixture reaches a boil, reduce heat to low, add ranch dressing mixture from refrigerator, 1 cup (4 oz) grated Cheddar cheese, grated Parmesan cheese and season with black pepper to taste. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring frequently (note, if you want smaller potato chunks in the soup you can simply mash the soup with a potato masher to break them down a bit more). Serve warm, sprinkle each serving with remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, chopped bacon, and chopped green onions.
  • *you can use low sodium chicken broth if you prefer, for this recipe I just used regular and didn't add any salt to the soup. If you use low sodium you may want to add additional salt to the soup.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2012/08/cheesy-bacon-ranch-potato-soup/

19 comments

  • Angela @ AnotherBitePlease: This sounds perfect for the cool fall weather…my hubby would love! Sounds delicious. August 31, 2012 at 2:31pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: It’s 100+ degrees out but I am totally make this over the weekend! August 31, 2012 at 10:15pm Reply

  • Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking}: Mmmm… potato soup, my fave! September 1, 2012 at 9:12am Reply

  • Michelle: Thank you so much for tweeting me this link,Making for dinner tonight..yum October 29, 2012 at 5:05pm Reply

  • Sara: This was delicious! Perfect cold weather meal, and made enough for leftovers the next day. Thanks for sharing! December 31, 2012 at 12:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you thought it was delicious Sara! Thanks for your comment, and your welcome =)! January 1, 2013 at 12:31am Reply

  • terri lewis: Is there a place to just print the recipe w/o the pictures & the other information? September 18, 2013 at 2:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The print button inside of the recipe box on the upper right. September 18, 2013 at 3:26pm Reply

  • emily: i’m always wary trying an internet recipe because you never know what someone’s tastes are. i stumbled randomly upon this page and knew i had to make this soup. it’s my new favorite! just taking a second to tell anyone else who might be on the fence that it’s YUMMY! i had to add a bit more flour because i had a couple less potatoes and i like it thick and chunky, but other than that, no alterations! October 4, 2013 at 7:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I know what you mean, you never know what someones tastes in food are – I wish I could do like a taste test through the computer screen first or at least smell it before making it :). I’m so happy to hear that this soup is your new favorite! Thanks so much for leaving a comment Emily! October 4, 2013 at 6:50pm Reply

  • Guadalupe: I like your page thanks October 4, 2013 at 10:05am Reply

  • Brittney dargusch: Can i use 2 percent milk would it still work October 28, 2013 at 9:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yeah that would be just fine, anything but skim would be great. October 30, 2013 at 3:42pm Reply

  • Brittney dargusch: Will 2 percent milk work fine instead of whole milk October 29, 2013 at 8:52am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes, anything other than skim would be great. October 30, 2013 at 4:16pm Reply

  • Jocelyn: This is a delicious soup! The ranch dressing mix adds a wonderful flavor. Thank you! January 16, 2014 at 10:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome Jocelyn! I’m so glad you liked it! January 24, 2014 at 10:22pm Reply

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  • Tabitha: This recipe is absolutely amazing! I have to say that if you’re looking for a comforting potato soup recipe, try this one! Don’t change a thing — don’t skimp on the sour cream or mayo for calorie’s sake. Just make it as it is and enjoy it! This is everything I had hoped it would be. Let us know when you get that cooking show, I don’t want to miss it ;-) I loved this recipe so much, I re-blogged it (linking back to your site several times in the post). I tried another soup recipe of yours as well and again, it was great. I think I’m just going to work my way through every one of them in your “30+ Soup Recipes” post. December 7, 2014 at 12:58pm Reply

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