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Cheesy Potato Soup

Kids Can!

When kids help make healthy food, they are more likely to try it.

Show kids how to:

  • scrub potatoes with a brush under cool running water.
  • use a vegetable peeler.
  • measure and stir ingredients.




1 cup
chopped onion
1⁄4 cup
chopped celery
1 teaspoon
vegetable oil
2 cups
peeled and diced potatoes
2 cups
low-sodium chicken broth
1⁄4 teaspoon
3 Tablespoons
1 1⁄2 cups
low-fat milk, divided
3⁄4 cup
(3 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 Tablespoon
bacon bits or 1 slice bacon, cooked and crumbled


  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté onions and celery in oil until onions are clear, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add the potatoes, broth, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender, 15 to 25 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and ¼ cup of milk until smooth. Add remaining milk. Stir into the potato mixture.
  4. Cook and stir until thickened and heated through, about 5 minutes. Do not boil.
  5. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese until melted. Top with bacon bits. Serve warm.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.
Photo of Cheesy Potato Soup
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Makes: 6 cups
Nutrition Facts: View Label
Last updated: 08/27/20

6 Comments for "Cheesy Potato Soup"

My family made this the other night. It's such an easy and tasty recipe. We didn't have celery so we used carrots instead and everyone loved it!

Since reduced-fat cheese is sometimes more difficult to find and more expensive, we have revised the recipe to use slightly less regular cheddar cheese. 

The Food Hero Team

This is one of my favorite soups. It's so quick and tastes really creamy!

Really quick and easy soup!  And amazingly low calorie for a creamy/cheesy/potato soup!  We all put a tad of low-fat sour cream, some added chili sauce, some a sprinkle of ground beef, and some diced veggie sausage.  So it ended up being a really "at the table" flexible dish which is always great!  Oh, and next time i want to try blending it before serving for a smooth soup, just as another option.  

From my team of volunteers: a little bland (x2). Yum! Delicious (x2)!

Delicious! We added clams and didn't add the cheese but topped it with just a smidge of cheese. Yummy and very affordable ingredients!