Loaded Baked Potato Soup — In this loaded baked potato soup, potatoes are baked until tender before being simmered with garlic, milk, cheese, sour cream, bacon, and green onions.
Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup
This easy baked potato soup has everything I love about baked potatoes, but in soup form. It’s easy, loaded with so many good things, and packed with flavor. It’s creamy, cheesy, thick, rich, comforting, very filling, and hearty. I know it’ll be a favorite for years to come.
Potatoes are baked until they’re soft and tender before being simmered with garlic, milk, cheese, sour cream, bacon, and green onions.
I don’t think I missed a single baked potato topping with that lineup of ingredients and my family thanked me for it.
If you’re a cheesy baked potato person, and let’s face it most of us can go to town on a baked potato especially when it’s cold outside, you’re going to love this soup. The bacon doesn’t hurt either!
What’s in This Loaded Baked Potato Soup?
To make this loaded potato soup recipe, you’ll need:
- Unsalted butter
- All-purpose flour
- Whole milk
- Grated cheddar cheese
- Salt and pepper
- Sour cream
- Green onions
How to Make Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Bake the potatoes until fork tender, then peel and mash them once they’re cool enough to handle. In a large Dutch oven, cook the butter and flour for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.
Add the milk, some cheese, salt, and pepper and cook until the cheese melts. Add the potatoes, sour cream, some of the bacon, and green onions, and stir to combine. Cook until the soup is heated through.
Ladle the loaded baked potato soup into bowls and garnish with more green onions, bacon, and shredded cheese.
Can I Add Other Veggies to This Soup?
You probably can. Finely chopped broccoli, corn, or peas would work well in this soup. Just keep in mind that you might need to adjust the cook time to account for the additional vegetables.
What Type of Bacon Should I Use?
Whatever type you prefer. I used pre-cooked bacon that cooks in the microwave in about a minute to save time. Just make sure whatever bacon you’re using is unflavored.
Tips for Making Loaded Baked Potato Soup
When making this baked potato soup recipe, you want to use baking potatoes (like Russet potatoes). Avoid waxy potatoes like what you use for mashed potatoes, that’s not what you want here.
Also, it’s important that you buy a block of cheddar cheese and grate it yourself. The pre-shredded cheese that comes in bags doesn’t melt well and is prone to clumping.
Finally, I recommend enjoying this soup within a week of making it. Because this loaded baked potato soup has a dairy-rich base, it likely won’t freeze well.
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- about 3 1/4 pounds Russet or baking potatoes (about 4 medium/large potatoes)
- 1/4 cup (half of 1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 or 3 cloves garlic, minced or finely pressed
- 6 cups 2% or whole milk
- 8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated and divided (don’t use pre-grated cheese in ziptop bags because that cheese is resistant to melting and won’t incorporate well)
- 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- 1 cup sour cream (I used reduced fat)
- about 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (I used pre-cooked bacon that cooks in microwave in about 1 minute to save time; yields about 1 cup crumbled bacon)
- about 6 to 8 green onions, trimmed and sliced into small segments (yields about 3/4 cup)
- Preheat oven to 400F. Pierce potatoes with a fork and bake for about 1 hour directly on oven rack, or until fork tender.
- When potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel them, transfer to a large bowl, and mash the flesh. I mash coarsely so there are big potato chunks but mash as small as desired; set aside.
- To a a large Dutch oven or stockpot, add the butter, flour, and cook over medium heat for about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until flour is thickened. You’re making a roux and it’s very important the mixture is thick or soup will never thicken properly later.
- Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute, or until fragrant; stir constantly so it doesn’t burn.
- Add the milk, 6 ounces cheese, salt, pepper, and stir until the cheese has melted.
- Add the potatoes, sour cream, 3/4 cup bacon, 1/2 cup green onions, and stir to combine.
- Simmer on low for about 5 minutes, or until soup is heated through; don’t allow it to boil.
- Taste and check for seasoning balance, adding more salt or pepper if desired, to taste.
- Ladle into bowls and evenly top with the remaining 2 ounces cheese, 1/4 cup bacon, 1/4 cup green onions, and serve immediately.
Soup will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 1 week. Reheat very gently on the stove or micro so soup doesn’t separate. I haven’t tried freezing it and cannot speak to the results.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 565Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 1052mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 26g
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