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Amish Potato Soup

Our Amish potato soup makes a chunky potato soup topped with cheese, chives, and bacon. It’s a family old fashioned potato soup recipe.

amish potato soup
If you are looking for an old fashioned potato soup recipe you have come to the right place.   Uncle Carl’s Amish potato soup is loaded with bacon flavor because of a couple of little secrets in the cooking process.
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My uncle Carl is an amazing cook!  He lives by himself and enjoys cooking for everyone. He gave me his recipe for Amish Potato soup about 10 years ago.    This chunky potato soup is my all-time favorite, go-to comfort food.  And he happens to be, my all-time favorite Uncle. By the Way, my Uncle Carl is king in his kitchen, you don’t ever stir his beans, season his dishes nor wash his dishes (no challenge here).    Love him!!

How to Make Amish Potato Soup:

Chunky potato Soup
Start your potato soup by frying 8 slices of bacon in a dutch oven.   Remove bacon and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain.  Remove all by about 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease from the dutch oven.   Add the chopped celery and onions and stir around among the browned bits.   The brown remnants of the bacon add an amazing flavor to this Amish Potato Soup.
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Cook the celery and onions until soft and onions are translucent.   See how it gathered up all that brown bacon flavor?   That’s what makes this chunky potato soup amazing.   That’s why we cook the soup in the same pot as the bacon to not waste all that amazing flavor.
Amish Potato Soup
Add the potatoes to the dutch oven and stir to combine the veggies throughout.
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Add 2 and 1/2 cups of water and bay leaf and cook on medium-high heat until the potatoes are tender. See how rich this broth is?
Chunky potato soup
Add a little freshly grated nutmeg and Worchester sauce.      At one time I made this soup using an immersible blender but no more.   You need to use a potato masher to make this a Chunky Potato Soup.    Do not pour off all the delicious broth, mash the potatoes right in the dutch oven, retaining all the flavor.     You can add a little milk if needed but normally we don’t.
Your chunky potato soup should be bite-size pieces of potatoes, not huge chunks nor completely mashed potatoes.   Serve topped with chopped bacon, chives or green onions, and grated cheese.

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5 from 4 votes

Amish Potato Soup

A chunky potato soup seasoned with bacon flavors and celery and onions.  
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Amish
Keyword: Amish Potato Soup, Chunky Potato Soup, Old Fashioned Potato Soup
Servings: 4
Calories: 314kcal
Author: Evelyn



  • Cook bacon in a dutch oven until done
  • Remove bacon and place on a paper towel lined plate. Chop or crumble into bite-size pieces.
  • Pour off all but a couple tablespoons of the bacon grease. Saute the celery and onion in the bacon grease until tender
  • Add potatoes stir and then add water, bay leaves and salt and black pepper. Boil over medium-high heat until potatoes are tender.
  • Remove bay leaves and add a splash of Worcestershire sauce, a pinch of nutmeg.
  • Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes in the broth leaving them chunky. Add salt and pepper if needed.
  • Milk can be added if the consistency is not to your liking.
  • Serve with the chopped bacon, grated cheddar cheese, and fresh chives or green onions sprinkled on top.


Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 326mg | Potassium: 1000mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 7mg

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Thursday 1st of October 2015

This sounds so perfect for those cooler nights!


Sunday 10th of November 2013

Oh...this is soup time of year and this one looks so good!

That’s exactly what I’m looking for.


Friday 27th of April 2012

This looks awesome!