Skip the canned soup at the grocery store and make your hearty version with this delicious Loaded Baked Potato Soup recipe.
When you’re craving a satisfying, wholesome meal that you can make at home using simple, fresh ingredients, this Loaded Baked Potato Soup is perfect. It’s got that smoky taste from the added bacon with a creamy consistency and chunks of soft and delicious potatoes added to it. It’s the kind of meal you can enjoy as an appetizer, lunch, or dinner, depending on how hungry you are. So, ditch the canned soups and give this recipe a try. It’s sure to keep you feeling full and satisfied.
What Is Loaded Baked Potato Soup?
Loaded Baked Potato Soup is a creamy, wholesome meal consisting of everything you’d typically find added to a loaded baked potato, such as bacon and chopped onions. It’s loaded with flavor and perfect to eat whenever you’re in the mood for something warm, comforting, and delicious.
Why You Should Try This Recipe!
It’s so good. Instead of consuming canned soup full of sodium, prepare this fresh and wholesome soup from scratch.
The Loaded Baked Potato Soup is the perfect meal to enjoy on a cold day when you want to get warm!
Even children can enjoy the savory flavor and texture of this soup that you can serve with a side of crackers, bread, or anything else that you’d like.
Potatoes – You can’t make Loaded Baked Potato Soup without the potatoes. Consider using russet potatoes for this recipe, which you can wash beforehand!
Bacon – Slice your bacon into square pieces before you cook it and add it to your soup.
Broth – Give your soup more flavor using beef or chicken broth, whichever you prefer.
Onions – Chop your onion into small pieces and add it to this recipe for additional flavor.
Heavy Cream – Create a thicker, creamier consistency for this soup with a bit of heavy cream.
Shredded Cheddar Cheese – Add even more flavor that will make this soup even better with shredded cheddar cheese.
You’ll need a few other ingredients, such as black pepper, garlic, flour, sour cream, and a bit of diced green onions to garnish.
What type of bacon should I use for this recipe?
Use any brand and flavor of bacon that you like to eat, such as applewood smoked or maple bacon- or my favorite- center cut THICK .
Can I add some vegetables to the soup?
It’s fine to add some veggies to the Loaded Baked Potato Soup if you’d like, such as peas, carrots, or even corn. You can grab a bag of frozen veggies and pour it into the pot with the soup when it’s almost done.
What should I serve with the soup?
You can serve anything with the soup, such as a slice of French bread, saltine crackers, or even some croutons. You might even want to make bread bowls that you can use for serving the soup to loved ones. Buttery Biscuits and a side salad is also amazing!
Can I use bacon bits instead of chopped bacon?
While you can use bacon bits as a last resort, it’s best to use fresh bacon that you can add to the pot and cook yourself because of the naturally great flavor it brings to the soup. Unfortunately, bacon bits won’t provide the soup with that same great taste, which is why it’s best to use fresh bacon!
Recipe Notes and Suggestions
Be sure to set some cooked bacon off to the side. You can save some of the bacon to use as a garnish for the soup when serving it, placing it directly on top with a bit of the diced green onion and shredded cheese. You can also add a dollop of sour cream on top!
If you’d like to add a bit of kick to the Loaded Baked Potato Soup, feel free to add some cayenne pepper into the pot while you’re cooking it. You can adjust the spice level to your liking.
If you don’t have russet potatoes, you can still use other types of potatoes for this recipe. And, you can decide if you’d like to peel the skins off or leave the skins on. Some people like the skins, while others prefer to remove them before adding them to the soup.
Substitutions & Variations
Milk can be substituted for half and half. I like to use half and half because it results in a creamier soup.
You can use cooked cubed ham instead of the bacon or use both!
Try Idaho potatoes or Yukon Gold potatoes if you don’t have Russet potatoes.
How to Store my soup
Let the soup cool to room temperature. Place leftovers in an airtight covered container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Can you freeze this soup?
Yes, you can freeze this soup. Store the soup in freezer bags for up to three months in the freezer.
Can I use leftover mashed potatoes?
Yes, you can. You won’t have the potato chunks, but it will still taste delicious. You’ll need about 4 cups of mashed potatoes. Great way to use up holiday leftovers!
Check out the recipe card below to learn how to make potato soup. This is a recipe that you can pull out and enjoy at any time. What’s your favorite part of potato soup?
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