Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup

Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup


"I have made this for many whom have given it the title. This takes a bit of effort but is well worth it. Please note: for those who do not wish to use bacon, substitute 1/4 cup melted butter for the bacon grease and continue with the recipe. (I generally serve this soup as a special treat as it is not recommended for people counting calories.)"


50 m servings 594 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 594 kcal
  • 30%
  • Fat:
  • 41.5 g
  • 64%
  • Carbs:
  • 44g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 12.6 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 91 mg
  • 30%
  • Sodium:
  • 879 mg
  • 35%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until done. Remove bacon from pan, and set aside. Drain off all but 1/4 cup of the bacon grease.
  2. Cook celery and onion in reserved bacon drippings until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, and continue cooking for 1 to 2 minutes. Add cubed potatoes, and toss to coat. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Return bacon to the pan, and add enough chicken stock to just cover the potatoes. Cover, and simmer until potatoes are tender.
  3. In a separate pan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the heavy cream, tarragon, and cilantro. Bring the cream mixture to a boil, and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir the cream mixture into the potato mixture. Puree about 1/2 the soup, and return to the pan. Adjust seasonings to taste.
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  1. 1610 Ratings


This has to be one of the best tasting potato soup recipes I've tried. I think next time I will try adding some shredded cheese in the last step or stir some into a hot bowl of soup for an adde...

Good base soup to build on for personal preference. I felt the soup definitely lacked flavor, but wasn't sure if it was me, so I asked hubby to taste it. Immediate response; "terrible"! Thoug...

I am a professional Chef and I teach Culinary classes, we used this recipe last night and it was given a thumbs up. kudos to Karena

I read all the top reviews and nobody has mentioned this before so maybe it's not a big deal to some...but I thought the bacon would be SO much better if it wasn't boiled with the potatoes (afte...

Thank you so much for letting us enjoy this wonderful soup. It was one of the last things my Father tasted before he died of lung cancer. It was amazing how much he ate of this soup even though ...

This was by far one of the best Potato Soup recipes I've ever prepared! It is a bit involved and time consuming (don't believe the prep or cook times posted here), but it was sooo worth it! I ...

I have made this soup several times for many different people. Everyone LOVES it! I don't add the tarragon or cilantro nor do I puree at the end, it is still absolutely delicious. I read in a...

This TRULY is the best potato soup you could ever have. Rich, creamy, full of flavor. You won't find better in a can or at a restaurant. The only change I will make next time is I'll use leeks i...

This soup was awesome! The only change from the recipe that I made was to use fat-free 1/2 & 1/2 instead of the flour and cream, and it didnt need the flour anyway! When I pureed for a minute,...