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loaded baked potato soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


A creamy, cheesy soup that’s loaded with bacon, cheese and a little sour cream. It’s all the best flavors of a baked potato in the form of a soup!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 6 pieces of bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 2 pounds Russet potatoes (about 45 large potatoes), diced and peeled  
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 ½ cups whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • ¼  teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • ½ cup sour cream (or low-fat greek yogurt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Green onions (optional, for garnish


  1. In the bottom of a large pot over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cut the bacon strips in half, add them to the pot and cook until crispy, about 10 minutes. 
  2. While the bacon cooks, peel and chop the potatoes, dice the onion, and mince the garlic. 
  3. Once the bacon is cooked, remove it from the pot and set aside. Leave about 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease in the bacon pot and discard the rest. Crumble the bacon once cooled. 
  4. Over medium-high heat, add the onion to the bacon grease. Saute for 4 – 6 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the flour. 
  5. Add the chicken broth, milk, potatoes, salt and pepper to the pot and stir. The liquid in the pot should barely cover the potatoes (add more milk or broth if needed).
  6. Increase the heat to high and let the soup heat until it is almost at a boil (don’t let it reach a full boil). Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The potatoes should be tender and cooked through when pierced with a fork. Depending on the size of your potatoes, they may take a little longer to cook. 
  7. Stir in the sour cream. Stir in the shredded cheese and crumbled bacon, reserving some to add on top of your soup. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. 
  8. Serve warm, optionally garnished with cheese, bacon, and green onions. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: potato, soup, dinner