Irish Potato Soup Recipe -
Irish Potato Soup Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Irish Potato Soup

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"My Irish Great Grandmother fixed this regularly. My kids know they will have it every Halloween, then all winter long."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    50 mins


  1. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate, crumble, and set aside.
  2. Cook and stir onion and celery in the remaining bacon grease over medium heat until the onion is translucent and tender. Drain excess grease, then stir in potatoes. Add water to cover all but 1 inch of the potatoes. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to medium-low, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the evaporated milk, and continue cooking until warmed through. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in bacon just before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 15, 2010

Nice basic potato soup. I used 12 oz. of chicken broth instead of both cans of evapotated milk. At the last, I sauteed half of a huge head of cabbage with the onion, celery and a little garlic in the bacon grease and threw that in once it cooked down a bit. I garnished it with fresh rosemary. Nice simple potato soup with a couple of personal touches.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 18, 2011

Good, but, nothing that I'd choose to make again. I like the Rue Based potato soups better.

Mar 29, 2010

This was a hit at our St. Patrick's Day pot luck today. I reduced the bacon to half a pound, and the evaporated milk to one 13 ounce can. I also substituted homemade chicken broth for the water and peeled my potatoes instead of scrubbing (easier, and I prefer them that way). This all worked out really well. There was not a bit left after the pot luck!

Mar 15, 2010

Love potato soup and I am not even Irish. I think the bacon can easlily be cut down to 1/2 pound and also use low-fat evaporated milk to cut the calories.

Apr 05, 2010

Made this the way I usually make potatoe soup with regular milk and velveeta cheese. I just used the idea of the bacon. We use hamburger usually. It was an instant favorite! We have made it more than once already and will make it again for sure. My daughter wanted it for her birthday.

Mar 16, 2010

Not the best potato soup I have had but not bad either. Next time I would sub some of the evaporated milk for some chicken broth. All in all a good starter mix and one that you could play around with to suite your taste.

Jan 11, 2011

This is a perfectly simple receipe. It taseted better than resturant potato soup for sure. I did add more potatos when I made it, closer to 3 lbs. It still turned out amazing!!

Mar 16, 2013

This was good, but needed a bit more flavor. I added a cup of shredded cabbage(cooked with the onion and celery), and a clove of garlic-minced. Also, I used chicken broth instead of water. I agree with some of the other reviews that a whole pound of bacon is too much. Thanks firewife42 for the recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 358 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.4 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 48 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 15.1 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 4 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 16.8 g
  • 34%
  • Sodium
  • 601 mg
  • 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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