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

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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.

Various sizes of bowls containing potato soup ingredients

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.

Large stockpot containing sautéed vegetables

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.  

Heavy cream being poured into large stockpot filled with creamy soup

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

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Appetizer

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Nothing screams, “I feel comforted!” quite like a big bowl of Loaded Baked Potato Soup, crispy bacon, sour cream, cheddar cheese and all.
5 from 1 vote
Top-down view of two white bowls containing Loaded Baked Potato Soup garnished with bacon, cheddar cheese and chopped scallions
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients 

  • 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

Equipment:

  • hand blender or blender

Instructions 

  • 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 ¼ 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 ⅓ 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 ⅓ 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 ⅓ 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

Calories: 263kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 194mg, Potassium: 783mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 325IU, Vitamin C: 16.8mg, Calcium: 89mg, Iron: 4.6mg

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  1. This was excellent. Kids liked it so it’s a winner in our house! Thanks for posting it!!

  2. Hubby is allergic to pork – no bacon for us. I am thinking, use oil in place of bacon drippings, and add bacon bits at the end?

  3. It’s odd 90% of these comments sound so similar and the times posted are so close together. Wonder if this comment will be published. Hrmm.

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  4. Baked potato soup is a dreamy classic. Load it up with bacon and a tasty amount of your favorite cheese for the ultimate dose of deliciousness. The more cheese, the better!

  5. I’ve made so many recipes from your site, its hard to choose. Honestly I made this soup last night, had some for lunch just now and I’m looking forward to it many more times this fall and winter. Its delicious, I generally don’t puree my potato soup, however it gives it such a creamy smooth texture so I’ll be doing it in a few other recipes.

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