Horseradish Soup (with Bacon)

March 27, 2011
2 Ratings
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

Today is a typical Western Spring day...blustery, sunny, rainy, and sometimes all at once. It is a wild day on the mountain! My garden is months away from producing anything but the spring onions and green garlic that I used to make this soup. Horseradish is tamed by the creamy infusion of onions and the potatoes. Bacon adds smoke and salt. - dymnyno —dymnyno

Test Kitchen Notes

This may look like a standard creamy potato soup, but take just one bite and you'll see how much more than that it is. The creamy, velvety soup tones down the burn of the horseradish so that its unique peppery flavor can blossom in each bite. The soup is incredibly thick and filling and the bacon and spring onion bits on top add just the right contrast in texture and flavor. I loved the horseradish in the soup so much, I actually swirled some extra into my bowl while eating. I think I may never have potato soup without it, ever again! - fiveandspice —fiveandspice

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups chicken stock(I used homemade chicken stock made with leeks)
  • 1 cup spring onions, including 2 inches of the green part, minced
  • 1 tablespoon green garlic, minced or 1 teaspoon minced garlic clove
  • 1 cup cream
  • 4 tablespoons grated horseradish root
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked very crispy and crumbled
  • 4 tablespoons spring onions stems, minced
  1. Cook the potato cubes in the chicken stock until very tender.
  2. Put the potatoes and stock in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. At the same time: Put the cream in a large saucepan with the spring onions, garlic and horseradish. Simmer for about 25 minutes. Blend this mixture (in a blender) until very smooth and pour into the pot with the potato mixture.
  4. Simmer the combined ingredients for about 5 minutes. Add more chicken stock if the soup is too thick.
  5. Serve in individual bowls garnished with a big spoonful of crumbled bacon and minced onion greens.

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14 Reviews

Chris B. August 5, 2022
I first tasted Horseradish soup while in Nuremberg, Germany last year. My wife and I loved it so much that I wanted to find a recipe to replicate what we had. So I found this recipe and made it. I tweaked it a bit by replacing fresh grated horseradish with the bottled variety and added additional chicken stock to thin it out a bit to our liking. I also added a dollop of sour cream in addition to the bacon and scallion garnish. It was incredibly delicious and satisfying! Thanks to Dymnyno for sharing!
Chris G. December 3, 2016
Wow, pure Genius! I'm looking at this recipe and thinking about all the other recipes I've collected that I could modify with this technique! (Corn Chowder, Clam Chowder, Black Angus Baked Potato Soup, a somewhat similar recipe I collected years ago for Sunset magazine with curry powder in it & etc. I'm not sure my digestive track will be happy with that much horseradish, so that will take some experimentation and I may sprinkle a little grated cheese on top as well! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!
boulangere May 1, 2011
I have a bucket of peeled potatoes in the cooler just waiting to end up in a pot of this brilliant soup this week.
testkitchenette March 28, 2011
So delicious...it's still winter here in NY too, no snow, thank goodness!
fiveandspice March 28, 2011
This looks wonderful. Definitely perfect comfort food.
Sagegreen March 27, 2011
It is still wintry in New England, too. This would hit the spot. Stunning photo,as well!
boulangere March 27, 2011
Mmmmmm! Still wintry here in Montana, too, and this looks perfect for it. Beautiful combination, Dymnyno!
boulangere March 27, 2011
And, CS, my relatives in CA, near Susanville are up to their earlobes in snow, too!
TheWimpyVegetarian March 27, 2011
Literally, I'm sure! I've never seen so much snow and I grew up in snow country back east. A local ski resort here has more than 50 feet of snow - and that was before all the storms this past week when they got another 45 inches. I'm thinking I'll make this soup tomorrow for dinner. Yum!
boulangere March 27, 2011
Anyone else would think we were making this up!
TheWimpyVegetarian March 27, 2011
Perfect winter day lunch! Sooo comfort food!!
dymnyno March 27, 2011
Susan...aren't we having a perfect SPRING day? ha,ha
TheWimpyVegetarian March 27, 2011
Well, as I look out our window at all the snow up here at Tahoe, it's not feeling very springy. But I'm sure it's spring somewhere. We went snowshoeing today on snow that was maybe 6 feet deep. Even with snowshoes on, I was sinking about a foot with every step. More workout than I was honestly looking for. And more snow moving in tonight...
drbabs March 27, 2011