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Joanna Gaines' Potato Soup Copycat Recipe

Joanna Gaines’ Potato Soup Recipe

Potato soup is a classic comfort food that warms the soul and satisfies the taste buds. This is a hearty and creamy version of potato soup that will have you coming back for seconds.
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 325kcal


  • A pot and bowl


  • 12 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 white onion diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lb bacon slices
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 celery stalks diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 12 medium-large russet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 96 oz chicken broth
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 6 carrots peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup salted butter


  • Begin by cooking the bacon in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until it turns crispy. Once done, remove from the pot and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain off any excess grease. Once cooled, crumble the bacon into small pieces for later use.
  • Next, using the same pot, add minced garlic and diced onion. Sauté until fragrant and softened, which should take about 5 minutes.
  • Now it’s time to incorporate the rest of the vegetables. Add in diced celery, bay leaves, fresh thyme leaves, and diced carrots. Give everything a good stir and allow it to cook for another 5 minutes.
  • With the vegetables nicely cooked down, it’s time to add in the star ingredient – potatoes! Peel and cube medium-large russet potatoes before adding them to the pot. Stir well to combine with the other ingredients.
  • Pour in chicken broth and whole milk, stirring well to ensure all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft and melt-in-your-mouth tender.
  • To thicken the soup and create a velvety texture, make a roux by mixing all-purpose flour with some water in a small bowl. Slowly pour it into the soup while stirring constantly.
  • Time to add another layer of flavor and creaminess – grated cheddar cheese! Stir until fully melted and incorporated into the soup.
  • For additional seasoning, add salt, pepper, and crumbled bacon. Continue to let the soup simmer for an extra 10 minutes to allow all the flavors to meld together perfectly.
  • Before serving, remember to remove the bay leaves. Garnish with chopped green onions or more shredded cheese for added flavor and taste. And there you have it, a delicious and hearty potato soup that will warm your soul!


  • Add chopped cooked chicken or ham for extra protein.
  • You can also add other vegetables like corn, peas, or green beans to the soup for added flavor and texture.
  • If you prefer a thicker soup, mash some of the potatoes with a fork or blend a portion of the soup in a blender before adding it back to the pot.
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