If you like loading your baked potatoes will all kinds of delicious ingredients, then you’ll love this Crock Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup recipe!
‘Tis the soup season! I have been wanting to make a meal like this for a very long time and it was finally “weather appropriate” to make this Crock Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup. With the cold days of winter coming in, what better meal than a warm bowl of potato soup? Here is a simple recipe on how to make it homemade, and trust me, you will not be disappointed.
While looking up different recipes, I realized they are all a little bit different. I noticed that while the main ingredients were the same, different people added different things for the flavor! So from a few different recipes, plus some ideas of my own, here is my spin on Crock Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup !
This soup is totally complete with meat and vegetables. You can leave out the bacon (as garnish and in the soup itself), but I found it gave it SO much flavor! This can most definitely be a meal in itself or will make a delicious and elegant starter course for a formal dinner! The recipe makes a TON and leftovers are magnificent.
- 6 large potatoes, peeled and cubed (I used Russet)
- ½ large onion, diced
- 1 quart chicken broth
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 8 strips of bacon, cooked crisp, drained and crumbled
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- 1 cup cream or 1 cup of half and half
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Garnish: chives, green onions, sour cream, bacon, cheese. Top it just like a baked potato!
- Cook up the bacon and crumble (if you are feeling lazy you can buy the precooked bacon!). *Cooking some bacon in the soup really gave it amazing flavor*Combine first 8 ingredients in a large slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours (make sure potatoes are tender). Mash potatoes until coarsely chopped and soup is slightly thickened.
- Stir in cream (or half and half) and cup of cheese in the last half hour of cooking (just stir and cook on low until all is blended - dairy gets funny and starts to break down when it is cooked too long). Garnish with toppings of your choice.
- *Serve with cornbread or beer bread! Delicious!*