Raise your hand if you love potato soup that tastes like a fully-loaded baked potato! That would be my whole family. The kids beg me to make this and when my husband comes home to this homemade potato soup recipe, he literally jumps for joy. We all love this warm, hearty, and comforting soup made of fresh and delicious ingredients.
Best Baked Potato Soup Recipe
Why would you buy a can of baked potato soup unless it’s for your emergency kit for summer or winter storms? You can make the best potato soup out of fresh ingredients. And it is SO easy! What’s in those cans anyway? Best not to think about it and instead focus on making this fresh and filling soup.
Potato Soup Ingredients
- Potatoes – Use the Yukon gold potatoes for the best texture in this classic potato soup.
- Bacon – Because everything is better with bacon! Especially potato bacon soup.
- Yellow onion – For a pungent flavor.
- Garlic – Mince it yourself for the best taste.
- All-purpose flour – This will thicken your soup. And yes, you can use gluten-free!
- Chicken stock – Adds more taste to the broth rather than water.
- Milk and heavy cream – You’ll need both to get that dreamy texture in this creamy potato soup recipe.
- Loaded potato soup toppings – We love sour cream, shredded cheddar (for cheesy potato soup), chives, and extra bacon to throw on top.
Easy Potato Soup Recipe
With one pot and a bunch of simple ingredients you’ve probably already got handy in your home, you can make this easy potato soup. It’s easy, delicious, and wholesome so make it tonight! If you have a slow cooker and prefer to make your potato soup in a crockpot, check out this crockpot potato soup recipe.
Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate.
How do you Make Potato Soup from Scratch?
When cooking loaded baked potato soup, you’ll start by cooking the bacon until crispy in a large soup pot. Set it aside, then add the butter to that pot of bacon fat and cook the chopped onion until tender. Then add the garlic and cook until fragrant. After that, sprinkle the flour in and stir. Add the potatoes, broth, milk, heavy cream, and salt and pepper until it boils. When the potatoes are fork-tender, put it down to a simmer. Use your immersion blender to combine it all, then let simmer for 15 to 20 more minutes. Serve your loaded potato soup with your favorite toppings!
Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Baked Potato Soup
- Use the right potatoes. For loaded baked potato soup, Yukon gold works best because they’re less grainy and create a creamier texture.
- Cut the potatoes to the same size. This ensures they all cook in the at the same rate.
- Don’t get rid of the bacon fat! Simply add the butter to the pot and let that bacony-goodness infuse into the soup’s flavor.
- You can use gluten-free flour. If you hate missing out because something has gluten, this recipe is perfect for subbing a gluten-free all-purpose flour.
What is potato soup made of?
Potato soup is made with potatoes, all-purpose flour, chicken stock, butter, onions, garlic, milk, and heavy cream.
Which potatoes are best for soup?
Yukon gold potatoes work best for potato soup. They have the perfect texture that will aid in making the soup creamier rather than grittier.
Do you have to peel potatoes for soup?
Yes, you should peel the potatoes. Otherwise it will interfere with the texture of the soup.
Can you put raw potatoes in soup?
Yes, you’ll be putting the potatoes into this soup raw. They will cook up until they are tender and then you can blend them in to make the soup creamy.
Do you put half and half in potato soup?
You could use half and half instead of heavy cream, however, that heavy cream will make it a rich and satisfying experience.
How to Cook Potato Soup
This old fashioned potato soup recipe is so simple because it involves one pot to cook it all on your stove top.
How do you make potato soup thicker?
It’s all in using flour. Once you get the bacon grease, butter, onions, and garlic together, you’ll add the flour which will make a roux that thickens the soup.
How do you fix bland potato soup?
The secret is in using onions, garlic, bacon, and chicken stock. This gives your soup base flavor from the start.
How can I make potato soup better?
Adding in the right ingredients helps. Follow this recipe and you’ll be adding bacon, onions, and garlic which all make the base full of flavor.
What goes with potato soup?
Sandwiches go great with potato soup for a hearty lunch. Or you can choose a nice salad like a spinach bacon salad. It’s a rich and filling soup so serving something lighter by contrast will do nicely, or you can go all out with this soup as your appetizer to a big steak dinner!
How to Store Potato Soup
Make sure you let it cool first but store it before it’s been out for 2 hours. It should go into airtight containers in the fridge.
How Long Does Potato Soup Last?
You’ll have a 3 to 4-day grace period in the fridge with your potato soup. Anything after that needs to go in the freezer.
Can You Freeze Potato Soup?
Yes, though the cream will separate so do keep that in mind.
How to Reheat Potato Soup?
Thaw it overnight in your fridge, then gently and slowly warm it up on the stove until it gets hot enough. Trot out fresh toppings to serve it with.
Watch How To Make Potato Soup (Video)
Classic Potato Soup Recipe
- 6-7 strips bacon (cut into 1/2 inch long pieces)
- 4 tbsp salted butter
- 1 yellow onion (chopped)
- 3 tbsp garlic (minced)
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 6-7 Yukon gold potatoes (peeled and diced into 1" cubes)
- 5 cups chicken stock
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2/3 cup sour cream
- Optional toppings: shredded cheddar, cheese, chives, bacon bits, etc.
- In a large soup pot, cook the bacon pieces until crispy and browned then set aside. Add the butter into the pot and cook the chopped onion in the butter and bacon fat on medium heat until tender. Once tender, add in the garlic and cook until it becomes fragrant. Once the garlic is fragrant, sprinkle the flour over everything and stir. Next, add the potatoes, chicken broth, milk, heavy cream, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Boil everything until the potatoes are fork-tender. Once the potatoes are tender, reduce the heat to a simmer. Use an immersion blender to combine all of the ingredients and create the soup. Allow to simmer for an additional 15-20 minutes. To serve, top with optional toppings.
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