Baked Potato Soup Recipe is like a creamy loaded baked potato loaded with bacon, green onion, and more cheese! It’s delicious comfort food that will warm you from the inside out.
Creamy Potato Soup Recipe
I’ve got to come clean. I don’t like nor ever have I liked potato soup or scalloped potatoes. My mother frequently made both of those meals much to my dismay!
John doesn’t get it. Scalloped potatoes are served at all of the funerals around here and John is under strict orders that they don’t show up at mine. I’ve threatened him that I’ll haunt him for the rest of his life if they do.
Scalloped potatoes and potato soup were made very similarly in my opinion. Potatoes floating in
I love baked potatoes and the more you can pile on them the better. So in a weak moment, I decided to give my version of a loaded baked potato soup a try.
I think you’re going to love it. It’s a quick and easy potato soup recipe that gets my stamp of approval. I think I ate
Let me show you how easy it is to make this cheesy potato soup
The great thing about soup is you can make a little or a lot. Just increase or decrease the
Ingredients for creamy potato soup recipe
- russet potatoes
- cheddar cheese
- unsalted butter
- chicken stock
- whole milk
- salt and pepper
- green onion (optional garnish)
Steps to make easy potato soup
- cook potatoes
- Saute onions
- bake bacon
- Smash cooked potatoes
- add flour to milk
- combine ingredients and heat through
- serve and garnish as desired
- One of the things I love about baked potatoes is the skin. So I left it on them on. I used russet potatoes because they are firmer and less likely to become mushy! So cut them in large 2-inch chunks and don’t let them overcook. Cover the potatoes in chicken stock instead of water for added flavor.
- You don’t have to bake the bacon. You can cook it in the skillet with the onion. I bake it because even though it’s delicious, I wanted the fat in my soup.
- The soup will thicken as it heats through so don’t attempt to thin it or thicken it until it’s hot (simmering)
Variations you can make
- Use a similar firm potato such as Yukon Gold
- Replace whole milk with cream or half and half
- Use ham instead of bacon or leave both out for a vegetarian option
- Add fresh or dried herbs such as thyme and rosemary
If you’re a soup lover like me here’s a few more recipes I think you’ll like.
- Healthier Chicken Pot Pie Soup – Hostess At Heart
- Best Beef Noodle Soup Recipe – Bowl Me Over
- Spicy Thai Shrimp Soup Recipe – West Via Midwest
- The Best Ham and Bean Soup – Hostess At Heart
- Cabbage Roll Soup – An Affair From the Heart
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- I always make a large batch and then freeze the leftovers in serving-sized containers.
9-qtdutch oven. I realize this is an investment so you can use a large stock pot or similarly sized dutch oven.
- Lastly, I use my potato masher for
smashingpotatoes. I use it when I make guacamole too!
Thick Cheesy Baked Potato Soup is like a creamy loaded baked potato in a bowl. It’s a delicious comfort food that the whole family is going to will love. You’ll love how easy it is!
- 6 cups cubed russet potatoes scrubbed and cut into 2-inch cubes
- 6 cups chicken broth or enough to cover the potatoes
- 1 lb bacon I used thick-cut
- 2 cups cheddar cheese white or yellow freshly shredded
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup flour
- salt and pepper
- 3 green onions thinly sliced white and green sections
Put the potatoes in a large dutch oven or stock pot. Cover with chicken stock and cook until tender. Don’t drain.
Bake the bacon on a rack set on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil for 10 minutes in a 400° F oven. Remove all of the bacon except for 4 slices and put it on a plate lined with a paper towel. Put the 4 slices of bacon back in the oven for 2-4 minutes or until crispy. Once cooked allow them to drain on the plate covered with the paper towel. Cut the bacon that was cooked for 10 minutes in 1-inch pieces. Chop the crispy bacon finer for garnishing the soup.
Using a potato masher to coarsely smash the potatoes leaving large pieces. This helps thicken the soup and creates texture.
Heat a skillet and add the butter. Saute the onion until it begins to soften.
Stir the flour into the milk and whisk until smooth. Stir into the potatoes and chicken stock mix. Add 1-1/2 cups of the cheese, chopped onion and cubed bacon with the rest of the ingredients. Cook until the soup begins to simmer and it’s heated through.
If soup is too thick add additional milk or chicken stock to thin it. If it’s too thin add a little more flour blended with milk (or water). Let it come up to temperature before judging the thickness. It does thicken as it heats.
Garnish with green onion, remaining cheese and crispy bacon.
You can dice the raw bacon and cook it with the onion if you don’t want to bake it. Baking it reduces the overall fat content of the soup. It is flavorful though so it’s up to you.
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