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Loaded Potato Soup

Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Potato Soup garnished with cheese, chives, bacon and sour cream in a pot

Easy recipe for creamy Loaded Potato Soup. Chunks of potatoes in a cheesy soup base with sour cream and bacon is pure comfort food!

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$10
Keyword: potato soup
Calories: 428 kcal
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 large potatoes peeled and cubed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 8 oz bacon bite-sized pieces
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • ½ med onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup mild or sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • ¼ tsp pepper or to taste
  • green onions to serve

Instructions

  1. Place sliced potatoes into a stockpot and completely cover with 1" of water. Season with ½ tsp salt and cook 8-10 minutes or until potatoes pierce easily with a knife then drain. 

  2. Meanwhile, saute bacon in a dutch oven until crispy then transfer to a plate, reserving 1 Tbsp bacon grease. 

  3. Add 4 Tbsp butter and chopped onions then sautee until tender. Add garlic and cook another minute until fragrant. 

  4. Quickly whisk in the flour. Slowly add 2 1/2 cups milk and 2 1/2 cups broth, whisking constantly then bring to a soft boil. 

  5. Add drained potatoes and season soup with 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper or season to taste. 

  6. Stir in 3/4 cup sour cream, 1 cup shredded cheddar, and half half of your cooked bacon (reserving the rest for serving). Bring to a boil then remove from heat and serve with your favorite toppings.