Cheesy Velveeta Potato Soup with Bacon

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This Cheesy Velveeta Potato Soup is loaded with smokey flavor from bacon and it’s rich and creamy without being super heavy! It’s the ultimate comfort food and a cinch to make. It all comes together in one pot in about 30 minutes!

Need more comforting soup recipes?? Try this Easy Vegetable Beef soup this 15 Bean Soup with Ham, this Chicken Pot Pie Soup, or this insanely delish Crack Chicken Noodle Soup!

Velveeta Potato Soup with Bacon in a bowl with bacon, scallion and cheese.

Soup is one of those amazing foods that just spell COMFORT and make you feel warm and cozy. It’s always helpful to have comforting, yet quick and easy soup recipes on hand! ULTIMATE comfort in less than 30 minutes, as well!

This cheesy Velveeta Potato Soup recipe is loaded with smokey bacon flavor, creamy cheese ….and really…what’s more comforting that potatoes?!!! Load on your yummy toppings and treat it like a baked potato soup! Take a deep breath and relax….comfort is on the way!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE

  • Simple, comforting and easy to make!
  • Ready in 30 minutes.
  • Everything comes together in one pot– less dishes to wash! Yay!
  • This soup is the perfect balance between being rich and creamy, without being overly heavy.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this delicious cheesy Velveeta Potato Soup with Bacon:

Ingredients needed to make Velveeta Potato Soup with Bacon.

INGREDIENT NOTES

Velveeta: Velveeta is the gold standard of processed cheese, but the store brand (or another brand) will work just fine.

Milk: You can use whole milk, 2%, 1% or even half and half! Since the potatoes have lots of starch to thicken the soup, I like to go light on the milk and use 2%. If you want the soup even lighter, replace the heavy cream with whole milk, 2%, 1% or half and half.

HOW TO MAKE VELVEETA POTATO SOUP : STEP- BY-STEP

Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the recipe card below!

How to make Velveeta Potato Soup with Bacon step by step.

Step 1: Cook bacon, drain and set aside. In the same pot, cook onions with the flour.

Step 2: Add chicken stock, milk and potatoes and cook until potatoes are fork tender.

Step 3: Stir in cream and Velveeta cheese. Cook on medium heat until Velveeta is completely melted.

Step 4: Top soup with reserved bacon, scallions and extra cheese, if you like!

RECIPE TIPS & TRICKS

  • Try not to cut your potatoes TOOO small, as they will break down too quickly when the soup is cooking. 3/4″ to 1 inch pieces is the sweet spot 🙂
  • If you find the soup is too thick, just add a splash of chicken stock or milk.
  • Because different brands of chicken stock have different sodium levels, it’s important to taste the soup at the end. Season with more salt only if necessary.
  • **IF** you want your soup extra creamy and have extra time, you can puree half of the soup in a food processor, blender or with an immersion blender.

STORAGE & REHEATING

  • Storage: Store leftover cheesy potato soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. I find any longer than that, the potatoes get slightly mushy.
  • Reheating: You can reheat this soup either in the microwave or on the stovetop. Add a splash of milk or chicken stock to thin it out a bit and heat until warmed through.
  • Freezing: Although it’s fine to freeze this soup, I personally do not like the texture of the cooked potatoes once frozen. The flavors are still delish, though! To freeze, cool soup completely. Store in a zip top freezer bag for up to 6 weeks. To reheat, thaw soup on the counter/fridge overnight and follow reheating instructions above.

ADDITIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

Milk: You can use whole milk, 2%, 1% or even half and half! Since the potatoes have lots of starch to thicken the soup, I like to go light on the milk and use 2%. If you want the soup even lighter, replace the heavy cream with whole milk, 2%, 1% or half and half. To make the soup even more creamy, use more heavy cream and whole milk.

Bacon: Turkey bacon is great if you want to lighten things up! Chopped ham steak pieces would be excellent in this soup as well!

Nutmeg: I LOVE adding a PINCH of nutmeg to creamy soups!! It gives them an extra little punch! Not more than about 1/8 tsp! Just a pinch!

Toppings: Top the soup with your reserved bacon plus scallions, chives, sour cream, extra cheese and lots of black pepper, if you like!

Extra Seasoning: A dash or Cajun seasoning, chili powder or smoked paprika is DELISH!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you have to peel the potatoes?

Usually I am always a no-peel gal, but for this soup, I like to peel my potatoes. You can do what you wish. This recipe isn’t fussy at all!

What do you serve with this potato soup?

A nice, simple arugula salad, crusty french bread or garlic bread are all perfect pairings!

Can I cook Velveeta soup in the crock pot?

Yes, you can! However, you will have to cook the bacon separately and I really love cooking everything in one pot so the soup is infused with bacon flavor! To make this recipe in the crockpot:

1. Cook bacon pieces in a pan. Drain and set aside.
2. Add all remaining ingredients (minus the Velveeta) to the crockpot.
3. Cook 4-6 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high or until potatoes are tender.
4. Stir in Velveeta cheese and bacon. Cover and let cheese melt for another 10 minutes, then serve immediately.

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Velveeta Potato Soup with Bacon in a bowl with bacon, scallion and cheese.

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Cheesy Velveeta Potato Soup with Bacon

Casey Rooney
This Cheesy Velveeta Potato Soup is loaded with smokey flavor from bacon and it's rich and creamy without being super heavy! It's the ultimate comfort food and a cinch to make. It all comes together in one pot in about 30 minutes!
4.71 from 34 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 692 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. bacon, chopped into small pieces about 8 slices
  • 4 medium baking potatoes (about 2-3 lbs) peeled and diced into 3/4" to 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups onions, diced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 cups milk See Note 1
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb. Velveeta (or similar store brand) cheese, cut into small cubes
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Optional toppings: scallions, chives, shredded cheese, sour cream

Instructions
 

  • In a large stockpot over LOW heat, add bacon pieces. Cook bacon pieces 7-10 minutes until crispy. Stir often to prevent burning. Drain bacon pieces on a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.
  • Discard all but about 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease, if necessary. In the same pot with the bacon grease, over medium heat, add onions and sprinkle in flour. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring often until onions are soft.
  • Add chicken stock, milk and potatoes. Season with sea salt. Cook 10-12 minutes until potatoes are fork tender.
  • Stir in heavy cream and Velveeta. Cook a few minutes more until cheese is completely melted into the soup. Taste, and season with salt if needed.
  • To serve, ladle soup into bowls and top with reserved bacon and other desired toppings.

Notes

Note 1: You can use whole milk, 2%, 1% or even half and half! Since the potatoes have lots of starch to thicken the soup, I like to go light on the milk and use 2%. If you want the soup even lighter, replace the heavy cream with whole milk, 2%, 1% or half and half. 
 
** Nutrition information is only an estimate. Info is based on the Very Well Fit Nutrition Calculator.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 692kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 37gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 2665mgPotassium: 1110mgFiber: 4.8gSugar: 10.3gVitamin D: 8µgCalcium: 422mgIron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    The potato soup is amazing! we loved it and I’m making it today because it’s. -16 degrees in Colorado so this is perfect with some crusty home made bread. Definitely a keeper..can’t wait to dig in

    1. Yes! Many people have asked so I put the directions in the Frequently Asked Questions! 😉

      Yes, you can! However, you will have to cook the bacon separately and I really love cooking everything in one pot so the soup is infused with bacon flavor! To make this recipe in the crockpot:

      1. Cook bacon pieces in a pan. Drain and set aside.
      2. Add all remaining ingredients (minus the Velveeta) to the crockpot.
      3. Cook 4-6 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high or until potatoes are tender.
      4. Stir in Velveeta cheese and bacon. Cover and let cheese melt for another 10 minutes, then serve immediately.

    1. Hmmmm…like from the mac and cheese packet? You COULD. I feel like that version is a little more salty than the block version so keep that in mind. Let us know how it turns out! XO ~ Casey

  2. Made bit at the restaurant i cook at. Customers loved it. Bragged about it so much my boss got mad i didnt save her none had me make it again the following weak. Great recipe. Thanks