Loaded Baked Potato Soup

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.

105 thoughts on “Loaded Baked Potato Soup

  1. Can this be frozen?? CAnnot wait to try it and I also love to make soups, but can never get ones with potatoe to freeze without being muchy when you thaw!!

  2. oh this looks and sounds fantastic.

    Will definitely have to try this one soon – its suppose to be relatively “cool” here all week too.

  3. Our garden has an abundance of potato’s that my DH harvested yesterday.
    Today for our evening meal I made this recipe and
    Truly The Flavor was Wonderful!
    ~~HUGS~~
    Blessings

  4. oh made this soup yesturday — it was lovely, but since i had no green onions, i used fresh chives

    the children ate all of it, i had to quickly pack some away for grandma, as i had promised her some

    thank you!

  5. I made this soup last night for my family and it was a big hit! It’s absolutely delicious. Mashing some of the potato to thicken the soup is genius! Thanks for the great recipes, i’ve already made a few of them and everyone is a winner.

  6. Love baked potato soup, its actually one of my favorites. It’s a wonderful comfort food and filling with a side of fruit and some bread.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe, I think I might like yours better

  7. Hello! I recently found your blog and oh my. You have such tasty-looking recipes.

    I made this potato soup last week. Yum! The method for cooking the bacon was perfect. I had never thought to do it that way. Why to recipes always call for you to cook the whole slice and then crumble? Much easier this way in my opinion.

    Anyway, I think my potatoes were too big, or I just like more liquid b/c it was a little too thick for me. And, believe me, I love a thick soup. With just that slight adjustment, I have finally found a potato soup recipe that I love. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I would love for you to post this to Crock Pot Wednesday at diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com It’s easily adaptable to the slow cooker. Mister Linky is already up for this week. Come check it out. Thanks. Debbie

  9. I would love to make this in the Crock Pot, but don’t know to adapt it properly. Please post the info/tips. Thanks so much, Jen

  10. I tried this tonight after years of nothing but watery mashed potatoes instead of soup, and this came out great! I think my potatoes were larger than what you use, but I can salvage my soup with more chicken broth. I also added rosemary because we’re not fans of green onions. Delicious!

  11. Just made this, turned out great, especially with sour cream! Didn’t use an onion though, probably would’ve gave it more flavor but my family has a thing about onions.

    Just make sure the potatoes get cooked fully!

    Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Awesome Awesome AWESOME soup!!! I’m quadrupling the recipe tomorrow to serve at my Christmas Party!

    *Quick Tip*
    If you are on a time restraint, you can do a quick cook in microwave, with the potatoes to save a few mins of cooktime.

  13. WOW, thank you! Such an easy recipe, with ingredients that are easily accessible, relatively fast to make and DELICIOUS! Two thumbs up from my family to you! :O)

  14. I made this soup with one adjustment to the recipe. I used half and half instead of just plain milk and it was awesome. Next time I might throw one garlic clove and maybe about 3/4 of an onion, but this soup was amazing…. The entire pot was gone within 30 mins or so.

    My family and I thank you!

  15. Could you give the # of servings? I’m going to try this recipe for a large dinner on Saturday and would like to know how to adjust the recipe accordingly. Thank you.

  16. This recipe is terrific! Very easy to understand and execute. I only used half the bacon and found it to be more than enough. Took me about an hour, including cleanup. I would say it’s about six servings. Thank you for sharing!

  17. This is the BEST potato soup I have ever had. I made a batch last weekend and it was so awesome that I made a triple batch today so I could load up my freezer. I love you and your recipes!!!!!

  18. OMGosh!!!!! I made this soup for dinner tonight & it was CRAZY GOOD!!!!!!! The only changes I made were to omit the sauteed onions and pepper, as well as leaving the green onions to garnish, instead of putting them in the soup. Oh, and I increased the 2c. of chicken stock to 3c., as I used about 8-9 MEDIUM potatoes.

    I seriously can’t get over how DELISH this was!!!!! Hubby can’t either;) Thank you, a thousand times, thank you, for laboring until you perfected this recipe!!!!! Yum, yum, yum!!!! :)

  19. WOW this is the greatest soup ever!!!!!! I have tried for years to make my moms and failed every time, now I think mine is better!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much!!!!!

      1. Duh, because it tastes like a loaded baked potato when you are finished. Why are they called Girl Scout Cookies when there are no girl scouts in the recipe?

  20. 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!

  21. 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).

  22. 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:)

  23. 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!!

  24. 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!

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

    1. 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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  27. 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!

  28. 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!

  29. 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?

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

  32. 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! 😉

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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?

  37. There is a page on FB using your image and possibly your recipe. It’s called “Welcome Home”. And trust me you are not the only one. Just thought you should know. She has blocked me from the page because I posted a food blogger friends link showing where hers was copied as well. I can send you a screen shot if you like. Just email me and let me know.

  38. 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.

  39. 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…

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