Potato Broccoli Soup + bacon

It’s hard to get my husband interested in dinners labeled “soup” or “salad” but whenever there’s bacon involved….his taste-buds perk up. And what makes this recipe extra special is that you use a bit of the bacon grease to create the roux. Mmm. Delish. But don’t worry, there’s only a bit of bacon grease. We’re not clogging arteries here. In fact, that’s the only fat used; no heavy cream or whole milk. And if you’re vegetarian, there’s a meat-free alternative!
This soup is hearty, warm and inviting. And though I teased you with bacon….the real secret ingredient is thyme. It adds a lovely aroma. So gather your supplies and let’s make soup for dinner.
Serves 4 adults

6 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/3 cup flour (if soup is too runny when you’re done, add more flour to a small amount of water and then add to the soup)
2 cans (14 oz each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
3-4 medium-sized red potatoes (diced into small cubes)
1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels (sweet white corn is best)
1 1/2 cups frozen broccoli cuts (you may substitute fresh zucchini cute into small cubes)
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 cup low-fat or skim milk
salt and ground pepper, to taste

Cut 6 strips of bacon* into 1 inch pieces. Use whatever brand and type you like best. I prefer maple.
*If you’re vegetarian, omit the bacon and use butter in place of grease.
Place the pieces in a dutch oven or large pot and cook until the bacon is crispy.
While the bacon cooks, wash each potato and dice into small cubes (leave the peels on).
When the bacon is crispy (don’t let it burn), remove the pieces with a slotted spoon or strainer. This is my favorite little tool. Place the bacon on paper towel-covered plate to cool.
To make a roux for the soup (a flour/fat base that provides thickness to your soup), you will use 2 Tablespoons of the bacon grease*. This doesn’t need to be exact so if it looks like there’s 2 Tbls in the pot, great. If there’s too much, dump all the grease out of the pot into a glass bowl and spoon 2 Tbls back into the pot.
* If you’re vegetarian, use 2 Tbls of butter instead of bacon grease

Add 1/3 cup of flour and stir for 30 seconds to 1 minute till the grease is soaked up and forms a ball…or roux.
Next, add 2 cans (or one large 32 oz box) of Chicken Broth*. I prefer using (1) reduced-sodium can and (1) regular can. This creates a nice salt balance in the soup.
* If you are vegetarian, substitute Vegetable Broth
Pour the broth into the sizzling pan and watch it deglaze the remaining bacon bits on the pan.
As the soup cooks, the rue will blend in and should not leave any lumps.
Add the potatoes.
Bring everything to a boil and cook till the potatoes are tender (about 10 minutes). Stir fairly often, as the potatoes have a tendency to stick on the bottom.
When the potatoes are cooked, add the broccoli and corn (zucchini can be substituted for broccoli. I’ve done both and they’re both delicious)
Add 1 cup of milk,
1/2 tsp of thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring back to a boil–stirring periodically–and cook for a few minutes.
Allow the soup to sit for a five minutes before serving.
Then dish it up and sprinkle bacon bits on top.
Of course soup is even better with a slice of warm bread….Braided Bread being our favorite.

  1. 1) Jennea

    This recipe worked out really well and my husband even ate it (it was the bacon) lol. I will be making this again! Thanks šŸ™‚

  2. 2) Ashley

    I’m definitely making this today! It sounds delicious!!!

  3. 3) molly l.

    This was SO good! The only change I made was carrots in place of corn (it’s what we had at home) but it was seriously delicious. It tasted so rich and decadent without being a heavy/thick cream style soup. This will definitely be in our dinner rotation- thanks for the recipe! I can’t believe just a little bacon goes a LONG way in this!

  4. Making this today…I’m adding turkey kielbasa with the bacon and letting it all simmer for a couple hours. Not sure if this will make the potatoes fall apart too much! Thanks so much Dana! Is there anything you can’t do?! ; ) Jeanette @ jeanettemeetsmark.com

  5. 5) Natalie

    Have you ever made this and then froze it? I’m thinking of making it just to freeze it and I am wondering if it would be ok. I can’t imagine it wouldn’t but just wanted to see if you have ever frozen it!


  6. 6) Melissa

    This was fantastic!!

  7. 7) Rachel Riley

    yummy yummy

  8. We love this soup! Have you ever made it in the crock pot or do you have any suggestions on making it in the crock pot? I’m looking to throw it in in the morning before work and have it be ready 8 hours later…

  9. 9) Amy

    I had great success with this soup! Didn’t have corn so I substituted carrots per another commenter’s suggestion, and it was delicious. It really is the roux that makes this a stand-out soup. Thank you!

  10. 10) Nadya crouch

    Years later… I still use this amazing recipe. Thank you for sharing Dana <3

    • 11) Dana

      Haha. Awesome. Makes me happy to hear!
      Maybe I need to make this soon too šŸ™‚

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