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

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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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. I just found your website and I love your recipes. Being raised on a farm using a variety of fresh grown vegetables is super exciting to me. Great variety and easy to make. Thank You

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

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

    1. Hi Lanae – This was a giveaway post, per the instructions above, so readers wrote a comment to be entered to win. The giveaway is now closed.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. I cannot wait until it cools down enough to make every kind of soup possible. ..and mass amounts of cookies. Gotta have cookies!

  8. follow on twitter (ten coupons), twitter (@10750coupons), and pinterest (ten coupons); not on instagram.

    i’d love to try the loaded baked potato soup – that’s one of dd’s favorite foods.

    thanks for the cool giveaway.

  9. I am most looking forward to making this Loaded Baked Potato soup this fall… and your Creamy Tomato soup… and lots more… Thank you for so many great recipes!

  10. I am most looking forward to making this Loaded Baked Potato Soup this fall… and also your Creamy Tomato Soup… and lots more… Thank you for so many great recipes!

  11. Hey Kelly, I just LOVE all of your different ideas to make food LLOK great.. I want to try this recipe because I never get to make a soup for the my FAMILY…. plus on a day like today …IT is pouring out in Plantation Florida… and this will just hit the spot…

    Thank you for always making me say hummmm I cant wait to try this…

    Jeannette….

  12. The potato soup looks amazing, but before I start a soup, I’ve got some lentils and speckled bananas dangerously close to spoiling. Tomorrow night’s dinner will be the lentils and spinach and a surprise dessert for my boys (infant, toddler, husband) of banana bread with streusel topping.

  13. Soup’s on – I gotta try this one for sure – fall’s here and it’s my favorite time of year – what’s better to do this time of year than put together a big pot of yummy soup!

  14. I love all your recipes, Kelly!! My mom makes a good potato soup but this beats hers anyday!! I definitely will try it!

  15. Funny thing you ask– I have in the crockpot cooking now – waiting for me when I get home from work the Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken- I wanted to make it last week but did not have the hoisin sauce- I have been craving your Salted Caramel Hand Pies- was planning to make that for dessert tonight but also see the Banana Pudding w/ Salted Caramel Sauce
    tough decision– might make both being I can bring the handpie into work for snack tomorrow- gosh love your site and all your recipes

    Would love one of these mixers– it would make my day!!

  16. I am looking forward to making almost everything you post! Especially the picture of the sticky buns (my weakness) looks delectable, and the pastry horns!!! You’re a cooking inspiration!

  17. Thank you for the Giveaway, Kelly! I have wanted one of these mixers forever, and would love it if I happened to win it!! I just got opened your email this morning and enjoyed looking at your Potato Soup recipe and pictures! Oddly enough, I just made Loaded Potato Soup last night with our own potatoes and onions! A loaf of my (ongoing) attempt to make the proper Cuban bread and our own homemade Blueberry pie topped it off! (Our own blueberries!) ~J

  18. I am so looking forward to making your slow cooker honey garlic chicken! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!! I could honestly just make them all!!

  19. Pecan pan bars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  20. Oh my god, the super bowl chipotle chili com carne! With cacao?! Wow, I can’t wait. Yep, tomorrow might just be the day. Lucky me! Thank you for an amazing and inspiring blog!!!

  21. Hi Kelly, I just found your blog while surfing the net looking for great soups for Fall, and I’m so glad I did! Your Loaded Potato Soup sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing :) BTW. love your blog.

  22. I really wanna make this loaded baked potato soup! Also I would love to win this great kitchen aid tool! I can imagine how much I would use it in the kitchen!

  23. I look forward to making the some of the soups – the creamy tomato with grilled cheese and the loaded baked potato.

  24. That soup looks Yummy! Soon to make pumpkin cobbler that gets half eaten next any one else gets any. I’m following on ever thing but instragram.

  25. This soup looks perfect for fall. But, I really want to try your Pumpkin Pie Pancakes they look like a perfect choice for a fall morning.

  26. You had me at the Loaded Baked Potato Soup, down here there is a BBQ place that has the most amazing loaded baked potato salad. I absolutely love it, soup is even better. But now, there seem to be so many I cant wait to try. Going to need more freezer space.

  27. Ohhhh girl! Ever since I studied in Europe for a year and discovered the many uses for immersion blenders, I have been in looooooove with them! With the fall wind blowing in, I’m definitely looking forward to using some the lovely squash that is abundant. I’m definitely looking forward to giving your roasted butternut squash risotto a spin!

  28. I am so looking forward to having lots of soup.I canned vegetable soup this summer and have already opened a jar and ate it,I just couldn’t help it.

  29. Growing up we could have whatever we wanted for our birthdays and I would always choose potato soup and yours looks wonderful! PS my brothers and my Dad always wanted steaks, they weren’t happy with my choice.

  30. Oh my gosh. ARANCINI BALLS. I found this post earlier this year, but I’ve been out of the country with limited cooking ware/space, but I return to the states this fall. So, first order of business, ARANCINI BALLS! Second – probably drool-worthy slow-cooker honey garlic chicken. Third – your CREAMY TOMATO SOUP. I’ll probably make them all in the same day! Ah, I can’t wait!

  31. I am most definitely looking forward to making the Loaded Baked Potato Soup this fall. Perfect cool weather dining!

  32. soups are a HUGE staple in our house at the first sign of chilly weather – i can’t wait to put this baked potato soup to the test!

  33. Certainly soups and anything with a winter squash or pumpkin. The Baked potato soup is bookmarked for making plus the turkey pumpkin Chili.
    Love the fact that in Autumn the recipes tend to be ones I can make and enjoy an encore performance or two! Timesavers and time savors!

  34. I’m a quilter who has recently discovered your site. Loaded Baked Potato soup sounds wonderful to snuggle with under a cozy quilt!

  35. I’m a quilter who loves to cook. I just discovered your blog recently, and Loaded Potato Soup sound wonderful to snuggle up with under a cozy quilt!

  36. Everything Looks Amazing. I Love Pumpkin, so I’ll Be Trying Anything Containing That Ingredient! Thanks For All Of Your Great Recipes!

  37. It’s not fair-“HOW” am i supposed to pick just “ONE” recipe? Every recipe i look at i want to make and eat right on the spot.

  38. yay for soup season! this one looks like a great bowl of comfort food. I think I’d also like to try making your eggplant parmigiana sliders. Love mini anything!

  39. I will definitely be making this soup, this weekend! My son made your banana pancakes for me on Mother’s Day and they were delicious!

  40. Potato soup sounds delicious. Having always lived in the south (Ala, Fla, Ga), I have recently moved to Ohio. I think this soup will definitely get a try (probably several times) this winter!

    Already eat too much bacon. That sugared bacon might be too much goodness but I have to try it. Thx.

  41. I am a foodie and have made several of your recipes…..up next is this Loaded Baked Potato Soup….nothing says fall like a warm bowl of soup. Great photos, recipes and stories Kelly, enjoy Portlands Festival!

  42. A beautiful soup and the pictures are so lovely. Can’t wait to try it out.
    I am in love with hand blenders, It’s the most used in my home…so would love to add this one to my shelf. Soups and stews, waiting to make them.

  43. Well, I just made your Garlic, Honey, Asian Chicken recipe, and it was delicious. I am thinking this Sunday I may try your Potato Soup recipe. It is already well into Fall here in Minnesota, so warm soup is already a must! But, I am looking forward to making anything with apple and pumpkin this Fall! Thanks!

  44. Your Potato soup looks so delish! I would love to make the Heirloom tomato and goat cheese tart with your loaded bake potato soup on the side, yummy!

  45. I love Potato Soup and make it often for the family. I go about preparing the potatoes differently, which for me is easy and the soup taste great. I use baked potatoes, remove the skin, and squish the potato between my hands into the pot. The smaller pieces of potato act as a natural thickener for the soup, yet you have chunks of larger potato to satisfy the potato lover in the family.

  46. Because I grow my own heirloom tomatoes, I am looking forward to trying your Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart recipe.

  47. The photos of the Potato Soup made up my mind to try that this week. The weather has turned cool here and it looks so delish.

  48. I’m ready for soup season and this Loaded Baked Potato Soup and the Salsa Corn Chowder both look yummy but the Apple Pie Panini is also screaming out to me!

  49. I just found your blog, and I will definitely be making this potato soup this fall. I’m also adding your BAKED CHEDDAR DIJON CHICKEN TENDERS and ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH RISOTTO to the list.

  50. My father’s favorite soup was Potato Soup and one of my daughters loves it as well, so the Loaded Potato soup would be my choice.

  51. This loaded baked potato recipe actually made my mouth water! I WILL be making this this weekend for some friends I’m having over :-).

  52. I am totally looking forward to making THIS recipe! I loooove loaded potato soup and my pregnancy is just making me want it even more! Can’t wait to make it when it gets a little cooler!

  53. I would love to make the loaded baked potato soup. This reminds me of the potato soup my mother always made for me when she was alive.

  54. It’s so hard to choose…but in the fall I’m a big fan of soups. First I’ll try the loaded baked potato soup and work my way from there.

  55. Soup look fabulous and the immersion blender looks even better. The color is perfect to go in my Kitchen Aid kitchen. .☆´¯`•.¸¸. ི♥ྀ

  56. Right now I want the baked potato soup. I also want to make the samoa cookies and honey garlic chicken. I like on facebook, follow on twitter and pinterest. I can’t follow on instagram as I do not have an iphone so it will not let me get an account. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

  57. i’d love to make your Homemade Churros with chocolate sauce! why? Well i ate them this summer at a festival here in Belgium (Pukkelpop) and they tasted soooooooooo bad that i thought, i can make this so much better! and i’ve searched for a great recipe online and yours was it!
    I sure hope that your give-away contest also counts for abroad cuz i loooooove this mixer! :) (well the look of it) and i could use it cuz mine broke down last week :( (from another brand). And since i’m so in love with KitchenAid, i sure would love to have this one in my kitchen :)

  58. I am looking forward to making Pumpkin Turkey Chilli in pretty white cups like yours and serve to each of my guests! You think so outside the box and I love that! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us! I have been looking for a hand blender for quite sometime, this gadget would be a life saver and time saver.

  59. Uh this one! Who doesn’t love a good potato soup recipe? I just bought a huge Costco size bag of Yukon Gold potatoes too! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  60. Somehow my garden ended up with only one zucchini plant but about 25 winter squashes. Since I am chock full of butternut squash, I will be experimenting with it as soon as the weather cools. I am most looking forward to busting out the pasta maker and trying butternut squash ravioli.

  61. Definitely will be making the Cranberry Orange Juice bread this year again. I had to make five of them after Thanksgiving. Surely, this hand blender will help me making them a whole lot easier! !

  62. Oh yeah, I’m following you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram! I would to try this loaded baked potato soup! Sounds perfect for this cooler season. Looks gorgeous too and I love how easy it is to prepare, with the help of this cordless hand blender! Love this design. :) Thank you so much for sharing your scrumptious recipe and hosting the giveaway.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  63. Your Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Frosting look perfect for fall.
    I’m now following you all the ways. Thanks!

  64. I really can’t wait for it to get just a bit chillier so I can make your Crock Pot Beef and Bacon Hash for my Sunday Football crew. Looks super yummy!!!

  65. I am new to your site and already have found several recipes I will try soon. Besides the Loaded Baked Potato Soup, which looks delicious, Creamy Tomato Soup sounds wonderful too.

  66. The Loaded Baked Potato Soup looks delicious so I will definitely be trying it however I also can’t wait to try the Super Bowl Chipotle Chili Con Carne! YUM!

  67. This potato soup is going to be my first. I’m already going through the kitchen looking for all the ingredients. If I have everything this will be dinner tonight.

  68. I just visited your site from Annies Eats since she mentioned your Samaos cookie recipe. I am definitely trying that, but after scanning through your site there are many more I’d like to try!

  69. I am really looking forward to trying out Just a Taste’s Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pie recipe. It looks so good and so unique! What a cool idea to add salt!

  70. What Just a Taste recipe are you most looking forward to making this fall?

    Just found your site, it is wonderful. May need to start with the letter A and work my way down the list!

  71. Truly, warm comfort in a bowl! She looks divine. I need a big spoon…right now. Meanwhile, I cannot wait to try your Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies! Thanks for sharing, Kelly!

  72. Amazing! I just posted a potato soup too – great minds think alike! :)

    And I absolutely LOVE my kitchenaid hand blender – it’s the best!

  73. Hi there,
    What if I do not have a Twitter or Instagram account? Am I still able to run in the contest?
    P.s. This soup looks FANTASTIC! YUM! Can’t wait to try it out.

  74. This is such an easy question for me to answer! I’m looked forward to the Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken. It’s on my menu this week! I’ll be sure and come back to let you know how it works out for us :) And, of course I follow you everywhere!

  75. That soup looks delicious!!!! Yum ;) I’m in the Dominican Republic and here we have a very hot weather although is Fall. So I prefer to try some refreshing treat like The Bahama Mama Cocktail. A few days a go I made Cheesecake Brownie Bites and everybody here (me included) was fascinated… Very very good recipe ;)

  76. What a delicious, comforting soup and a great giveaway! I definitely want to give your Pumpkin Pie Pancakes a go! Thanks for sharing, Kelly.

  77. These photos!!! Uuggghh, I have such a hard time with soup, and these just jumped out at me on Foodgawker because they are so gorgeous, and the composition is beyond perfect! Not to mention it looks delicious! ;)

  78. I just happened upon your blog and I love it! I found it through Annie’s Eats and will be adding yours to my blog-stalking! :) I LOVE Loaded Potato Soup and am excited to try yours :) I’d love to win your give away too!!

  79. I clicked on this recipe in pinterest, because the soup sounded delicious! but any soup, or drink, or dessert that would be creamier by having this amazing too, would be great to try! I’m sorry, I don’t tweet, but i am following on the rest :) thank you!

  80. I am looking forward to making candy apples. I have had them in years. I just bought a house with apple trees and it will be a fun way to use them.

  81. I’m looking forward to making the Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken that you posted a recipe for a week ago! It looks delicious and I just haven’t had enough free time to make it yet.

  82. This looks so good! I like that it’s not totally laden in fat. The hubby and I have been craving this and will definitely be trying out your recipe!

  83. I am looking forward to making this Loaded Potato Soup. It’s still pretty hot down here but that looks so good!

  84. I am most looking forward to making this loaded baked potato soup this fall! Thanks for the recipe it sounds amazing! All of my favorite flavors in one bowl…yum!!!

  85. I’m new here, but I can say with certainty that the pumpkin pie pancakes are on my fall to-make list! Yummy.

  86. there are so many recipes to try – I think I will start with the Baked Potato Soup because my kids always order it when we go out – why not make it at home!

  87. I must admit, the pumpkin is strong with me. But I really want to try this soup. Loaded baked potato is one of my favorites, but I’ve never made it at home!

  88. Ok, well this recipe will be pretty high on the list, but I also want to try your secret ingredient chocolate chip cookies!

  89. An immersion blender would be so helpful in making my baby food! My regular blender works fine, but this handheld one could make my life so much easier! Oh, and I’m sure the babies (and even my big baby) would LOVE this potato soup recipe! :) gotta love these “harsh” winters here in San Diego ;) thanks for sharing!

  90. As the weather becomes cooler, I am looking forward to makeing thick and hearty soups like this recipe!

  91. Looking forward to making football/tailgating tastes this fall. Also, anything and everything pumpkin! This soup looks like a great comfort food on chilly nights!

  92. I LOVE my immersion blender for the very ability to make smooth, creamy soups just like this one! I can’t wait to put it in use again for this new take on a yummy classic soup. Thanks for sharing :)

  93. Definitely the roasted brussels sprouts with balsamic and pancetta! Something about that dish just screams fall to me :)

  94. Fall is my favorite time of year here in Minnesota – I just love the beautiful leaves and crisp weather!! Your blog is one of my favorites, and I’ve made a lot of your recipes but am especially looking forward to trying your Pumpkin Pancakes!

  95. I have always wanted a receive the hand blender as a gift! maybe this will be the year. I am most looking forward to cooking anything with my 3&4 year old. Looks like this soup is pretty kid friendly! My little ones LOVES anything with bacon.

  96. Sounds yummy! I am vegetarian so will leave out the bacon and use veggie broth. I look forward to trying the apple panini! Thanks!

  97. I love having breakfast for dinner, especially when the seasons change and the weather gets cooler,leaves begin to change to their orange color, and you can smell it in the air. Nothing says Fall better than with your Pumpkin Pancakes .
    Breakfast or dinner, an all around good feeling!

  98. I’d love to make this recipe! It’s definitely fall in North Dakota and I bought a ton of potatoes at the Farmer’s Market! Don’t forget to head to my blog to enter my giveaway as well!

    So good to discover your blog! Can’t wait to read more!

  99. Just borrowed my sister-in-law’s stick blender last night to make my tomato basil soup! I’d love to have one of my own!

  100. Your photos are beautiful, Kelly, but your comments make me chuckle/laugh out loud every time. Thank you for the lighthearted prose! I am looking forward to making the Salsa Corn Chowder recipe…yummy!