Potato and Bacon Soup Recipe

Dinner Recipe

Make this potato and bacon soup in a slow cooker or instant pot—Whatever your preference, you'll have a delicious hearty bowl of potato and bacon soup.

Looking for a potato soup recipe? You can have this loaded potato and bacon soup recipe on the table with just a few simple ingredients in no time at all.

This potato and bacon soup recipe is perfect any time of year, but it’s especially nice when you’re feeling under the weather!

My friend Rachel from RoastedBeanz.com put this recipe together and swears it’s the best soup when you or a family member are feeling ill.

Potato and bacon soup in a bowl is comfort food at it's finest, this potato soup recipe is easy to make and delicious, too.

Potato and Bacon Soup Recipe

This homemade recipe starts with fresh Russet potatoes and a light or medium miso paste. The result is a healthy potato soup that everyone will love.

I love how easy it is to make this delicious recipe on the stovetop. Because it comes out nice and creamy, but you don’t need to add cream. That means this recipe is on the healthy side.

It’s loaded with flavor thanks to the miso paste and the turkey bacon. And you can easily make it in the cock pot, slow cooker, or instant pot with just a few simple modifications.

Just remember that the smaller you cut the spuds, the less time that it will need to cook. Because you don’t want to overcook this.

Using a Light (aka white) Miso paste for a potato soup base, it allows for a salty soup without the pains of adding salt or seasoning. 

This works very well, especially if you’re feeling sick. Because it helps those wonky taste buds taste the actual flavors, rather than your taste buds guessing what it should taste like.

Equipment Needed

Ingredients for Potato and Bacon Soup

  • 2-3 medium russet potatoes cut bite-size
  • 2 tsp Light/White Miso Paste
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2-4 tbsp Turkey Bacon
  • 1 tsp of Agave Nectar
  • Diced Chives & Sour Cream to taste
Potato and bacon soup, an easy and hearty soup recipe.

What is Miso Paste?

Well, white Miso paste is a great alternative to regular chicken, beef, or turkey bouillon cubes.

Because you only use one or two teaspoons in a recipe, it lasts a very long time as well. Plus, it’s a great alternative to salt. And it’s very versatile.

So, try it in all of your recipes!

Simple Substitutions in Potato Bacon Soup

If you want to make a few simple changes to your homemade soup recipe, you can try these.

  • You can substitute center-cut bacon for the turkey bacon. Or, try vegan bacon to keep this vegan.
  • Try substituting cubed ham instead of the bacon, if you prefer.
  • Make an easy potato soup with chicken broth instead of water.
  • Use half cream and half water to make this creamier. Or, use an immersion blender to make it creamier without adding dairy.
  • If you don’t have Russet potatoes, you can also use Yukon or even red.
  • Save time and start with frozen potatoes from the grocery store rather than cooking your own. You will need to adjust the cooking time if you do this.
  • Toss in a handful of your favorite cheddar cheese right before the meal is done to make it a cheesy soup.

Potato Bacon Soup Slow Cooker

Yes, you can easily cook this recipe in the slow cooker.

All you need to do is to combine all of the ingredients except the chives and sour cream in the slow cooker. Then, cook it on low for 5 to 6 hours.

When the potatoes begin to fall apart, the meal is done.

Finally, just add bacon, chives, and sour cream and serve.

Potato Soup Instant Pot

It’s very easy to make this meal in the Instant Pot. Just follow these simple modifications when you cook it.

  • First, add the potatoes and water to the pressure cooker and cook on high for 8 minutes. Then, do a quick release. 
  • Then, set the Instant Pot or pressure cooker to saute.
  • Next, add the miso and stir and let it boil for about 5 minutes.
  • Finally, garnish with bacon, sour cream, and chives.

What should I serve with potato soup?

You can serve a side salad or you can add a loaf of crusty bread. Or you can add homemade rolls to your meal to help extend it a little.

Check out one of these delicious no yeast bread recipes and choose one for your meal.

Or, if you want to make this for a hearty dinner, you can make it with this ham and smoked Gouda grilled cheese sandwich for a complete meal.

Potato and bacon soup in a glass bowl

How do I store leftover potato soup?

Just place your leftovers in a container with a tightly fitting lid. They will stay good in the refrigerator for three to five days.

This recipe will not freeze well. The potatoes will turn to mush if you freeze it. So, it’s best to enjoy it while you have it.

Potato soup recipe with delicious ingredients

Potato Soup

An easy potato soup you can make in your stock pot, instant pot, or slow cooker.
Servings 8 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
0 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • Stockpot


  • 2-3 Medium russet potatoes
  • 2 tsp Light/White Miso Paste
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2-4 tbsp Turkey Bacon
  • 1 tsp Agave Nectar
  • 1 tbsp Diced Chives
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream


  • Peel and cut potatoes to bite size pieces.
  • Place potatoes in the stockpot, cover with water until potatoes are just submerged, cook on high heat, and bring to boil. Boil for 10 minutes.
  • Drain potatoes while leaving 2-4 tbsp starch water remaining in the pot.
  • Add 2 tsp Miso paste, and add 2 cups remaining water. Stir to dissolve paste.
  • Optional: Add 3-5 sprigs of chive or tbsp of turkey bacon to pan for added soup flavor.
  • Bring pot to boil and add 1 tsp of agave nectar.
  • Turn down heat and allow pan to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot topped with turkey bacon, sour cream, and chives for loaded potato soup.


Make this a vegan potato soup by simply using vegan bacon, or omitting the bacon altogether.
Author: Scrappy Geek
Cost: $10
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
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