Smashed Potato Chowder


This cheesy potato and bacon soup recipe can warm even the chilliest winter day. Add ham or beans for a tasty variation.

Smashed Potato Chowder
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 3 ½ pound potato, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes

  • ¾ cup chopped yellow or red sweet pepper (1 medium)

  • 1 ½ teaspoon bottled roasted minced garlic

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 5 cup chicken broth

  • 8 slices bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, and coarsely chopped

  • 2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (8 ounces)

  • ½ cup whipping cream, half-and-half, or light cream

  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onion (4)

  • ½ cup dairy sour cream


  1. In a 4-quart Dutch oven combine potato, sweet pepper, garlic, and black pepper. Stir in broth. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until potato is tender.

  2. Use a potato masher to mash potatoes slightly. Stir in bacon, 1-1/2 cups of the cheese, the whipping cream, and green onion; heat through. To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Top each serving with sour cream and remaining cheese. Makes 8 main-dish servings.

Smashed Potato Chowder with Ham:

Prepare as above, except substitute 1-1/2 cups chopped, cooked ham for the bacon.

Smashed Potato Chowder with Beans:

Prepare as above, except substitute shredded carrot for the sweet pepper. Add one 15-ounce can cannellini (white kidney beans) or Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained, after mashing the potatoes. Substitute 2 teaspoons dried dill for the green onion.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

329 Calories
18g Fat
31g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 329
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 798mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Protein 12g
Calcium 252.4mg 19%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 857mg 18%

*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.

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