Potatoes and cheese in a warming Irish soup recipe? Talk about comfort food on these cold winter nights! 

This potato and cheese soup combines two of our favorite things, and we couldn't be more excited to try it out!


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced
  • 5 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups chicken stock (can substitute vegetable stock)
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  • 2 tbsp crumbled bacon (optional)


Melt butter in a large pot. Add onion and garlic. Sauté 3-4 minutes.

Add potatoes, chicken stock, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil then turn the heat down to medium and cook for 20 minutes or until potatoes are very tender.

Remove half of the potatoes and place in a food processor. Puree. Return to pot.

Add milk and heat thoroughly. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Stir in cheese and cook gently until cheese melts.

Garnish with parsley flakes and/or bacon crumbles when serving.

*Originally published in June 2022. Updated in January 2024.