Soup meets baked potato in this loaded potato soup! This creamy soup topped with crispy bacon, shredded cheese, and green onions is a cozy bowl of goodness for a chilly night. If you love baked potatoes or potato skins, you will love this soup recipe.
- 8 ounces bacon, cut into small pieces
- 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 cup diced yellow onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup sliced green onions
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Salt, to taste
- Heat a 5-quart pot over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook it until it’s lightly crispy. Transfer it to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
- Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat from the pot and add the onion and garlic. Cook them for 2 to 3 minutes or until the onions begin to soften and garlic is fragrant.
- Add the diced potatoes and broth. Turn the heat to high and bring the broth to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium. Cover the pot and simmer the soup for 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
- Add the cream and stir. Lightly mash some of the potato pieces with a spoon or spatula. They will break up further as you stir the pot. Cook the soup until it’s heated through and thickened, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- If you prefer your potato soup to be smooth you can use an immersion blender to blend it, or transfer soup to a blender and blend in small batches until smooth. Do not fill blender more than half-way.
- Add the cheese to the soup and stir until it’s melted. Add the bacon and green onion. Reserve a bit of the bacon and onions for garnishing the soup if you like. Stir in the black pepper and give the soup a taste. If it needs salt, add it to taste before serving.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Simmer
- Cuisine: American
- Calories: 588
- Sugar: 4.6g
- Sodium: 445.7mg
- Fat: 36.9g
- Saturated Fat: 18.2g
- Unsaturated Fat: 16g
- Trans Fat: 0.7g
- Carbohydrates: 48.2g
- Fiber: 3.5g
- Protein: 18.7g
- Cholesterol: 88.8mg
Keywords: loaded potato soup, bacon potato soup, cheese potato soup