Bacon Cheese Soup

bacon cheese soup

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
396 Calories
27g Fat
17g Carbs
22g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 396
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 672mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 556mg 43%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 499mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Sometimes a bowl of creamy, rich soup is the comforting dish we need, whether to warm up on a cold evening or to treat ourselves at the end of a long day. This simple recipe for bacon cheese soup fits the bill, made of American or cheddar cheese, evaporated and regular milk, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, thyme, and onions and carrots. The thick and creamy mixture is finished off with crispy bacon, adding wonderful texture and satisfying salty flavor.

This soup takes about 20 minutes from start to finish, meaning you can make it on a busy weeknight. The bacon is cooked until nice and crispy and set aside, and then onions and carrots are sauteed until crisp-tender in the bacon drippings and some butter. Flour, seasonings, and Worcestershire sauce are added and cooked until bubbly, and then the milks and cheese are stirred in until melted and the soup is thickened. Crumbled bacon adds the finishing touch.

The evaporated milk helps to create a thick consistency and velvety mouthfeel. When buying evaporated milk, which can also be labeled as "condensed milk," make sure that it is unsweetened; sweetened condensed milk is used for desserts since sugar has been added. Both products are sold in cans and stocked in the baking aisle, so be sure to choose carefully.

Serve this bacon cheese soup with some crusty bread and a side salad for a complete meal, or offer it along with some simple sandwiches or grilled paninis.

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder

  • 1 dash salt, or to taste

  • 1 dash freshly ground pepper, or to taste

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 (13-ounce) can evaporated milk

  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 cups shredded American cheese, or cheddar cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté the bacon until crisp, turning frequently. Remove to paper towels to drain. Crumble and set aside.

  3. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings from the saucepan. Add the butter and heat until melted. Add the carrots and onion and cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes until crisp-tender, stirring frequently.

  4. Add the flour, dry mustard, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook until bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes.

  5. Pour in both kinds of milk and cook until the soup has thickened a bit, about 10 minutes. Add the cheese and cook, stirring, until melted.

  6. Stir in the crumbled bacon.

  7. Serve and enjoy.

Tip

For a milder-tasting soup, use American cheese or mild cheddar. If you prefer a bolder flavor, add sharp or extra sharp cheddar cheese.

Recipe Variations

  • Garnish with some chopped green onion for added color and flavor.
  • Add some cubed russet or yellow potatoes along with the onion and carrots.
  • Use chicken broth in place of the evaporated milk.