Loaded Baked Potato Soup

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It’s official…fall is here. Well, maybe not officially, but on a day when it doesn’t get above 70 and a week ahead that promises much of the same, I call it open season on soup. Honestly, I just couldn’t wait any longer.

Potato soup has always been my favorite of all the soups. It’s what I order at restaurants when it’s available. There even used to be times when I’d choose a certain restaurant just because I loved their potato soup. I’ve been making it for a few years, but it took me a long time to get it right. My versions used to always lack either the right zip or the right consistency. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I finally got it right.

So here is my Loaded Baked Potato Soup, developed after years of falling short!

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

  • 1 lb. bacon, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 5 large Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 c. chicken stock
  • 3 T. butter
  • 3 T. flour
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 3/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 t. black pepper
  • Sour cream for garnish, optional

1. In a large stock pot, cook bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to drain and set aside. Drain all but 2 T. of bacon grease from the pot. Cook the onions in the remaining bacon grease for about 5 minutes, until tender.

2. Add potatoes and chicken stock to pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer about 20 minutes, until potatoes are tender. With a slotted spoon, remove a few scoops of potatoes. Place in a bowl and mash with a fork. Set aside.

3. In a small sauce pan, melt butter. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in milk, bring to a boil and simmer until thickened. Slowly stir in to stock pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer. Stir mashed potatoes back into pot.

4. Add 1/2 c. shredded cheese, three-fourths of the bacon and half the sliced green onions to pot. Add pepper. Stir to combine. Cook an additional 5 minutes.

5. To serve, ladle soup into individual bowls and top with some shredded cheese, bacon, green onions and optional sour cream.

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Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    I will stand behind any recipe that’s first ingriedient is ’1lb. bacon’! :) I’m in love with you culinary skills.

  2. Valerie says:

    This is one our favorite recipes! I made it last winter and my kids have asked for it several times (even during the humid Chicago summer!!). Even my picky son who HATES any kind of soup loves it!

  3. Jen says:

    This was yummy and easy to make! We all enjoyed it! Will be a regular around here!

  4. Chicago says:

    Great soup. We loved it! I make alot of soups but never did the flour/milk thickening for cream based ones (usually just half & half or milk) but it gave it a great consistency.

    I substituted a small jar of real bacon bits and used butter instead of the bacon drippings with the flour.

    It was perfect (and will probably be even better the second day).

  5. Awesome soup! So tasty and easy to make. :)

  6. April says:

    How many servings does this make?

  7. Stephanie says:

    I halved the recipe and got three filling servings in soup cups. Easy and yummy!

  8. Kristy says:

    I made this tonight and it was awesome. Added some season all and used heavy cream since I needed to use some up.

  9. Gaylene says:

    I just made this soup and it is awesome!! Definitely a wholesome meal!!

  10. Dawn says:

    Absolutey awesome recipe. I made it one night (tripled your recipe) and everyone loved it. Gave some to the neighbors and they said it was the best soup they’ve ever had. Coming back today to make it a second time but having some garlic cheddar drop biscuits to go with it. Yummy:)

  11. Nichole Hulett says:

    I made this soup for my family last night (04/23/2012) and they went crazy over it!! I had showed the recipe to my good friend and co-worker, after printing it out and she had asked to try some the next day. I brought it to work and she told me it was the best potato soup she had ever had, and that she loves potato soup!! I also have to say that I love your web site!! Thank you for putting it up for us!!

  12. Effie says:

    More like mashed potato soup here :( maybe my russets were too large

  13. Bridgette says:

    This was amazing! I left out the bacon to save calories, but it was still fabulous! So glad I found this recipe.

    Although, I think the potatoes were cooked too long.

    Thanks!

  14. Jennie Jewell says:

    I love potato soup, but I like hunks of potato in it. Would it work if I diced the potatoes instead of mashing them ?

    • Lyndsey says:

      There are hunks of potatoes in it. You only remove a couple scoops worth of the potatoes and mash that but leave the rest. I’m guessing it adds to the consistency and thickens it up.

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  16. Olivia says:

    Made this night and it was everything I was hoping for!! Great recipe, thanks!!

  17. Heather says:

    wow… this was so bomb. hahaha I’m 18, and home alone on a cold day and decided to make this! it didn’t look right at first.. and i thought it did it wrong, but once everything was all done, it was perfect!

  18. Hannah R says:

    I just made this for dinner tonight –10/28/12–and my family loved it. Even my little brother [highly picky that he is, he only ate a little but he still liked it] liked this soup. I might use a little less ‘thickening’ stuff next time, since this turned out more like a stew than a soup, but still.

    shall make some sort of side dish as well, next time. All in all very good!

  19. Julie C says:

    I made this today and its amazing! Absolutely perfect, and one I will make again and again. I wonder if you can freeze it as there are only two of us and way too much soup, any ideas anyone?

  20. Anastasie says:

    This is a delicious recipe for ham and potato soup that a friend gave to me. It is very easy and the great thing about it is that you can add additional ingredients, more ham, potatoes, etc and it still turns out great.

  21. Michelle says:

    It’s a blustery day here in Oregon, today. A perfect day for soup! This recipie rocks and turned out PERFECT! I had most of the ingredients on hand, already, and I have enough for a crowd. Now….to just find a crowd. :o )~ Thanks, and Happy Holidays!

  22. katie says:

    Made this for dinner tonight. My son, who is a very picky eater ate 2 bowls. Tasted so good I was looking forward to having more later until I noticed it’s completely gone. Bummer! ;)

  23. Lynn says:

    Omg, our families favorite! Simmering in the pot for tonight on this cold rainy day.

  24. Denny says:

    Just made the potato soup today since its raining and a great day for cooking such things while reading a good book.
    Have to say its the best potato soup ive ever eaten.
    Next time jam going to use celery ,carrots a big can of minced clam and juice and I think it will make an awesome simple chowder.Have to say its one of the most simplistic soups ive ever made.
    Thanks

  25. Leone Howard says:

    Made your soup today and I wish I had made more!
    My family of three enjoyed it so much. I thought the recipe
    was easy to understand and was delious. This one will be
    saved as a favorite. Thanks for sharing, Kate.

  26. Erin says:

    I make this all the time down at school (great for college students!)
    I wanted to make it for my mom when I came home over Xmas break, and couldn’t find the recipe. I seriously almost cried. This is probably the BEST potato soup I have ever had and that’s saying something. I love making this for my friends and family and it hasn’t disappointed anyone yet!

    THANK YOU!

  27. Jess Pearce says:

    Googles potato soup and this one came up. I really want to try it! Is it good if you refridgerate overnight then heat up the next day?

  28. Tim says:

    This has becoe a family staple for us. Love this soup!

  29. cathy says:

    Made this tonight and we all thought it was great!! Will make again!!
    Thank you

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  31. Deb says:

    This is the best soup I have ever made or tasted. I have made it twice now in one week and everyone who tries it says it is the best soup EVER! So easy too.

  32. KatieRamRod says:

    I’ve made this a couple of times & love it! Even my “soup-is-not-dinner” husband loves it!! Tonight I made it with 3 leeks instead of onions. It was a revelation…

  33. Hong says:

    Hurrah, that’s what I was seeking for, what a information!
    present here at this webpage, thanks admin of this site.

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