Potato Soup with Bacon

Potato Soup with Bacon | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

My picky eater had to miss dinner the other night because of work.  When I told him what we were having, he said that if I saved a bowl of soup for him to have when he got home, then he wouldn’t be tempted to eat so much junk food at work (he works at a concessions stand at university games).

Don’t you love it when your kids prefer real food to junk food?  I do.

So I can say this soup is delicious and picky eater approved.  After all, with potatoes and bacon, what is there not to love?  Well, there is the vinegar.  For some reason my kids and husband don’t like it.  I left it out of the soup for them, but I like it with a little vinegar.

Potato Soup with Bacon | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

4.5 from 4 reviews
Potato Soup with Bacon
Serves: 4 - 6
  • 8 ounces bacon
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 6 medium to large gold potatoes, peeled and cut to bite size pieces
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground thyme
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar (optional)
  1. Cook and chop the bacon.
  2. In a large pot, sauté the the onion and celery in oil until soft. Add the garlic and sauté one minute more.
  3. Add the milk and broth and heat to boiling.
  4. Add the potatoes, basil, thyme, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Cook uncovered until the potatoes are tender.
  5. Stir in the vinegar.
  6. Remove 3 cups of the soup and carefully puree on low in a blender. Return to the pot and stir.
  7. Serve with bacon on top.

About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. Your soup looks totally yummy, Linda! It’s hard to go wrong with a potato soup with bacon, but I admit I’ve never heard of the vinegar factor. Hmmm. Now I’m intrigued. I think I’ll just add a smidgen in my own bowl next time and see how it tastes.

    Thanks for another great potato recipe!

    • Thanks, Shirley. As for the vinegar, think German potato salad. It uses potatoes, bacon, and vinegar. My husband doesn’t like that either. :)

  2. This looks like a great recipe! I don’t think I’d like the vinegar, but my husband would like it. I think it’s how your mother cooked when your growing up. I don’t remember eating much of anything with vinegar except picked beets.

  3. Nothing says home and comfort food to me like potato soup. My mom made it for us growing up and it was a favorite, especially with bacon. I’m happy to hear someone else has a kid who prefers real food. Actually, I bet there are a lot of them out there who would love to be fed real food given the opportunity.

  4. Mary Jo says:

    Sounds good will try it!

  5. Amy Allen says:

    This sounds wonderful!! Finally a dairy free soup recipe. :)

  6. Claire says:

    This soup looks lovely, Please clarify what is meant by chicken broth? I thought broth was a soup in Itself or does this just mean chicken stock?

    • I do not consider broth as a soup in itself as it doesn’t contain pieces of meat or vegetables. Either broth or stock will work. If I don’t have homemade stock on hand, I use a store bought gluten-free broth.

  7. I am so thankful for this recipe not only is it gluten free but dairy free.

  8. Ann FERGUSON says:

    Looks delicious!

  9. Can’t wait to try this. Grew up on potato soup but gluten intolerant now. And the almond milk makes it sound even better for me! Ever tried using ghee for the oil?

  10. Jackie says:

    Can I use real milk if I don’t like/need almond milk?

  11. Glenda says:

    Do you have a cookbook to sell?

  12. Nancy Vines says:

    I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks yummy.

  13. What kind if almond milk? Sweet? Vanilla? Unsweetened ?

  14. Tara stewart says:

    Awesome recipe!!! My family all loved this! Thank you!

  15. I made this last night and it was delicious! My two kids loved it which surprised me since they don’t usually like soup. I think the bacon on top really added a lot of flavor! I did not add the vinegar because I know that I don’t like German potato salad. I also used 1 cup of soy milk and 1 cup of regular cow’s milk and it turned out just right–creamy and yummy!

  16. My husband and I made this recipe tonight. It was so delicious. My son is gluten free and dairy free and has never had a thick soup like this before. He could not believe that this soup was okay for him to eat. The almond milk worked great. Thank you so much!!!!!!

  17. Cindie says:

    This looks very good. I will try this recipe soon!
    Thank you for sharing

  18. Can you substitute coconut milk for the almond? I have every thing else on hand.

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