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Ultimate Comfort Potato Soup

This easy potato soup recipe is guaranteed to bring comfort to the whole family.

Updated February 23, 2021
Ultimate Comfort Potato Soup
Ultimate Comfort Potato Soup
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A soup recipe that contains bacon, ham, potatoes and 2 types of cheese, is one I'll be dreaming about. Say hello to the Ultimate Comfort Potato Soup recipe. This is a great soup to make anytime you need a hearty and truly comforting meal. It's perfect for those chilly, fall and winter days when you need a warm lunch to put you back in good spirits. I only speak for my family, but we have soups that we turn to every time the weather gets a little colder, and potato soup is always on that list. 

This soup uses Provolone and Swiss melted into the actual broth, which makes it deliciously cheesy, but I'd recommend garnishing your bowl with a sprinkle of sharp Cheddar if you're someone who just can't get enough cheese in their life!



  • 9 slices thick cut bacon, diced
  • 12 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 5 russet potatoes, baked, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup scallions
  • 2 cups deli ham, diced
  • 2 cups Provolone & Swiss cheese cut into strips
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt


  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until browned. Remove and set aside.

  2. In a large Dutch oven (7-quart) or large stockpot, melt butter over med-low heat. Whisk in flour until smooth (no lumps). 

  3. Gradually stir in milk, cream, and buttermilk, mixing constantly until fully incorporated and slightly thickened. 

  4. Add salt and pepper. Add in potatoes and scallions. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, making sure to scrape the bottom.

  5. Turn heat down to a low simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add sour cream, ham, bacon, cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. Serve.


You can easily add more cheese to the top and place the soup under the broiler for 30 seconds to get that melty cheese look.

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I need a little help intrepretting ingredients for this soup -- does "2 cups Provolone Swiss cheese cut into strips" mean 2 cups Provalone AND 2 cups of Swiss? Or, a combination of these cheeses totalling 2 cups? Thanks.

This is making me hungry just reading it ! Would it be possible to lessen the size of your emails so it does not require so much paper ? This one took 3 pages !

This Ultimate Comfort Potato Soup is just that. Potato soup taken to the max. the best way I can describe it is it's like a loaded baked potato made into a soup. With all the bacon, cheese, sour cream, ham flavors, combined with cream and broth, into a rich creamy, cheesy, potato soup that is sure to please your family with big bowls of comfort.

Potato soup has always meant comfort food to me and this recipe is certainly no exception. I loved the crunch of the crispy bacon pieces and the buttermilk and cheese bring wonderful flavors that made me keep wanting more. The entire family enjoyed the meal so it's a winner in our house!

O!M!W! This Ultimate Comfort Potato Soup is so 100% DELICIOUS!!! I used to hate potato soup (a friend made it and it was AWFUL!) but when I read the ingredients I just knew this one would be a winner. The entire family loved it and the 2 teenagers wanted to know if we could have it again tomorrow, lol! We had ours with crunchy fresh Italian bread and it was a lovely family meal.

I am definitely going to try this Ultimate Comfort Potato Soup recipe. It has everything I love and seems fairly easy to prepare. I am just wondering if the type of potatoes makes a huge difference in flavor. I have been living in the UK for a while and they don't have a lot of the same types of potatoes that they do in the US. Would a King Edward be a suitable substitute for a russet?

It is sad to admit that I have been living on this earth now for a few many years and I have never had potato soup. As much as I love potatoes one would think that I would have tried it at some time. No more! I am making this recipe. It sounds delicious. The recipe has a lot of ingredients and I hope it is worth it. Perhaps for the first try, I will cut the recipe in half.

This potato soup looks so indulgent! I would love to make it on a chilly autumn day.

Wow! This potato soup recipe look so easy to make! I wouldn't mind a nice warm bowl of potato soup for dinner tonight!

With the cool weather fast approaching, I have been in the mood for soups and stews. With the ingredient list here, I will have to wait for the cold weather to arrive. Boy, this is a rich, dense soup and I bet it is delicious. On the top of the new recipe to try list.

My father used to make a potato soup that was quite a hit with my daughters. His included corn, and I think I might add some when I make this. I love the addition of the cheeses, plus the suggestion of including some cheddar as well. The inclusion of both ham and bacon is another feature of this recipe. The list of ingredients mentioned that the potatoes are peeled, though in the video walkthrough the potatoes still have their skins on. Personally, I prefer leaving the skins on whenever possible.

This version of potato soup is so luxuriously rich and creamy, and is guaranteed to become one of your favorites. I like the surprising element of buttermilk in here - the little bit of tang and acidity helps to cut through the richness of the cream and the butter. Don't be intimidated by all the butter and cream, as this recipe makes quite a bit of soup!

I'm getting hungry just looking at this! I LOVE potato soup. It's perfect for a cold Sunday afternoon

This looks like a great potato soup recipe. It is decidedly cold here in South Africa right now and this looks like a lovely comfort meal. There is the best of everything in it. Bacon, whole milk, cream, buttermilk. With all of that it has to taste great and be satisfying. I'm definitely giving this one a try.

Yes! another potato soup recipe.


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