Creamy Chicken Soup with Bacon and Ranch

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How is March treating you so far? We have had unseasonably warm weather in Utah, but I wanted to sneak in one more soup recipe before spring actually arrives for reals. I make a chicken pasta with bacon that my family loves, and I wanted to incorporate those flavors into a soup. It took me a few tries over the last few weeks, but this Creamy Chicken Soup with Bacon and Ranch recipe is finally ready to be released into the wild! 🙂
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It is loaded with veggies and chicken, so it is hearty and satisfying. I used milk instead of cream to lower the fat significantly, but it is still plenty rich and creamy. The bacon and ranch add great flavor! It was a hit with everyone in my family. chicken-soup-with-baconI garnished mine with additional cheese and bacon for the photo, but it honestly doesn’t need it. No one else in my family added it. But it does make for a prettier presentation. 🙂 Oh, and did I mention my favorite thing about soup? Leftovers the next day. This made enough that we were able to have it for dinner twice. And who doesn’t love a break from making dinner?!

Creamy Chicken Soup with Bacon and Ranch

1 onion, diced
4 stalks celery, sliced
3 large carrots, sliced
3 potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
3 cups milk
2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1-2 tsp dry ranch dressing mix
Additional cheese and bacon for garnish (optional)
Combine onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, and garlic in a large pot with the chicken broth and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. While vegetables are cooking, prepare the white sauce. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour, then slowly add the milk while whisking briskly. Continue to cook and whisk till mixture comes to a boil. Cook for at least one minute to remove the raw flour taste. Stir constantly to prevent scorching. Pour into the vegetable mixture. Stir in chicken, bacon, and cheese. Add ranch dressing mix to taste. Heat through and serve. Garnish with grated cheese and bacon if desired.


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