This braces-friendly potato soup recipe is sure to become a family favorite. You can get creative with toppings and add-ins, but don’t mess with the cream cheese—it takes the creaminess (and yumminess) of potato soup to a whole new level.

Add-Ins and Toppings

When it comes to embellishing this recipe, you’re only limited by your own creativity and tastes (and the braces-friendliness of the ingredients, of course). Fully cooked diced ham or chicken breast can be added to the mix and lend an extra heartiness to this soup for a truly satisfying meal. Top your soup with sour cream and chives, more(!) bacon, shredded cheddar, and/or anything else you can dream up.

Ultimate Potato Soup

Print Braces friendly recipe for the ultimate potato soup
  • 8 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 32 oz box of chicken broth
  • 1 pkg. cream cheese (8 oz, not fat free)
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (approx. 1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 slices bacon, precooked and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cups fully cooked cubed ham or chicken breast
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • chopped fresh chives or cilantro
  • Allow cream cheese to soften to room temperature (in package).
  • If you’re going to use bacon, cook that first in a dutch oven or large pot. Remove bacon and drain off most of the grease, leaving enough to cook veggies in the next step.
  • Cook celery and onion in the remaining bacon drippings (or butter, margarine, or oil if not using bacon) until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, and continue cooking for 1 to 2 minutes. Add potatoes and carrots, and toss to coat. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Return bacon to pan (reserving some for garnish, if desired). Add fully cooked ham or chicken (if using) and salt and pepper to taste; then add enough chicken broth to cover potatoes. Cover and simmer until carrots and potatoes are tender.
  • Add cream cheese and stir continuously until completely blended—I cube the cream cheese before adding so it will blend faster.
  • Top with garnish as desired and enjoy!

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