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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Find comfort in a bowl with a smooth and creamy recipe for the best Loaded Baked Potato Soup topped with all the classic fixins’. 

Top-down view of two white bowls containing Loaded Baked Potato Soup garnished with bacon, cheddar cheese and chopped scallions

Top-down view of two white bowls containing Loaded Baked Potato Soup garnished with bacon, cheddar cheese and chopped scallions

Grab your spoons, folks. Soup season is in full swing. But rather than stroll our way into the world of broths and stocks, I’ve decided we might as well start with a sprint toward the comfort food finish line. And nothing screams, “I feel comforted!” quite like a big bowl of Loaded Baked Potato Soup, crispy bacon, sour cream, cheddar cheese and all.

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This easy potato soup was inspired by a similar recipe my mom used to make during the harsh San Diego winters. In those days—the days of fast metabolisms and 2-hour lacrosse practices—I’d pile my bowl so full of toppings that the soup was but a shallow pond surrounding my pork fat and cheddar cheese island.

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I’ve since shifted strategies to better appreciate the velvety smoothness of the underlying potato purée, the real star of the dish. All it takes is a blender to transport you from gritty root vegetable to silky potato soup.  

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Finish it off with a splash of heavy cream and then hunker down for a feast of pure comfort. Long story short, if a recipe could give you a hug, that recipe would be Loaded Baked Potato Soup.

Top-down view of two bowls containing Loaded Baked Potato Soup topped with crispy bacon, sour cream, cheddar cheese and chopped scallions next to three small bowls containing shredded cheddar cheese, chopped bacon and scallions

Top-down view of two bowls containing Loaded Baked Potato Soup topped with crispy bacon, sour cream, cheddar cheese and chopped scallions next to three small bowls containing shredded cheddar cheese, chopped bacon and scallions

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

  • 8
    slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4
    cup
    diced celery
  • 1 1/2
    cups
    diced onion
  • 3
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 6
    small Russett potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6
    cups
    low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2
    Tablespoons
    unsalted butter
  • 2
    Tablespoons
    all-purpose flour
  • 1
    cup
    whole milk
  • 1/2
    cup
    heavy cream
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, for garnish
  • Sour cream, for garnish
  • Sliced scallions, for garnish

In a Dutch oven or large soup pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until all the fat has rendered. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and drain off all but 1/4 cup of the drippings.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and then add the celery and onions to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 to 2 minutes.

Increase the heat to medium and then add the cubed potatoes, stirring to combine. Cook the potatoes for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the chicken stock. (The chicken stock should just cover the potatoes, so depending on your pot, you may have to add more stock.) Bring the soup to a simmer then cover the pot and cook the soup for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork-tender.

In a separate medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour to make a roux. Stir the roux constantly for 1 to 2 minutes until it’s pale golden then whisk in the milk. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook it, stirring constantly, until it’s thickened slightly. (It should be the consistency of gravy.) Whisk the milk mixture into the potato mixture and cook the soup for 5 minutes over medium-low heat.

Remove the soup from the heat. Transfer 1/3 of the soup to a medium bowl. Using a hand blender, purée the soup that’s remaining in the pot until it’s smooth. (See Kelly’s Notes.) Return the reserved 1/3 of the soup to the pot, stirring to combine.

Stir in the heavy cream and season the soup with salt and pepper. When ready to serve, top each bowl of soup with the cooked bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and scallions.

Kelly’s Notes:

If you don’t have a hand blender, you can purée the soup in batches in a blender. Leave 1/3 of the soup in the pot and purée the rest in the blender then continue with the recipe as directed.

I prefer seasoning my soups at the end to avoid over-salting them. That being said, potatoes need a hearty amount of salt, so don’t be afraid to start with a teaspoon of salt and at least a few turns of fresh black pepper and work your way up based on your personal preferences.

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Nutrition Facts

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Amount Per Serving

Calories 263
Calories from Fat 135

% Daily Value*

Fat 15g23%

Saturated Fat 7g44%

Cholesterol 36mg12%

Sodium 194mg8%

Potassium 783mg22%

Carbohydrates 23g8%

Fiber 3g13%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 9g18%

Vitamin A 325IU7%

Vitamin C 16.8mg20%

Calcium 89mg9%

Iron 4.6mg26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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