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Loaded Baked Potato Soup Recipe

Updated on April 2, 2016
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Anna wears many hats: writer, mother, crafter. Over the years, she has found what works and what doesn't for herself and her family.

A Great Soup For Fall and Winter

This baked potato soup is a very hearty soup, that is perfect to make as a meal or a side dish on cold nights. I make it several times a year, and it is one of my family's favorite dishes. It's a bit time consuming, that's why I only make it a few times a year, but it is well worth the effort. This would be a great thing to make for a small family gathering, or a nice dinner at home. Even though it's summer when she visits, my daughter insists on having this at least once while she is here. It takes what we all love about baked potatoes, and puts it center stage, as a great main course.

Delicious!!

All done!  photo by AMB
All done! photo by AMB

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: Serves 6-8 people

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2-3 lbs potatoes
  • 3 Tbs butter
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 1/3-1/2 lb bacon
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 Cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne (to taste)
  • 2 Cups shredded cheddar
  • 1 Cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 Cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 4 green onions, sliced

I Used a Round Baking Dish Instead...and these dishes are perfect!!!

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Bake your potatoes in the oven for best flavor, but a microwave works as well. photo by AMBCook the bacon up crispy, and chop it up! photo by AMBYou can never have enough cheese!  photo by AMB
Bake your potatoes in the oven for best flavor, but a microwave works as well. photo by AMB
Bake your potatoes in the oven for best flavor, but a microwave works as well. photo by AMB
Cook the bacon up crispy, and chop it up! photo by AMB
Cook the bacon up crispy, and chop it up! photo by AMB
You can never have enough cheese!  photo by AMB
You can never have enough cheese! photo by AMB

Directions

  1. Pierce the potatoes in several places with a fork and bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes. This is important, so that your potatoes don't explode. You could also cook the potatoes in the microwave, but this actually takes longer, due to the number of potatoes you need to use.
  2. While the potatoes are baking in the oven, cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Remove the bacon, and set aside to cool. Reserve 3 Tbs of the bacon fat.
  3. Let the potatoes cool, crumble the bacon and set it aside.
  4. Once the potatoes are cool, scoop the flesh into a bowl and mash it. Some lumps are OK. They will cook down a bit later on. You can even leave a bit of the skins on the potatoes, as it adds flavor.
  5. In a large pot, add the butter and the reserved bacon fat, and heat it up over medium heat. Add in the chopped onion, and cook for 3 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the onion, and cook for an additional minute.
  6. Slowly whisk in the milk. Stir in the salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne. (Sometimes I add a dash of cumin at this point, as well. It adds a bit of smoky flavor)
  7. Add in the mashed potatoes and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. It is important to stir, as it tends to stick to the bottom of the pot if you don't.
  8. Take the three different cheeses and gently mix them together. Add about 2 cups of the cheese, half the bacon and half the green onions to the soup. Stir to combine.
  9. Pre-heat the broiler. Divide the soup among flame-proof soup crocks, or pour it all into a large, oven-safe baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the soup. Broil for 3 minutes to melt the cheese.
  10. Let cool for about 5 minutes after you remove it from the oven. Garnish with sour cream and the remaining bacon and green onions.
photo by AMB
photo by AMB

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    • Anna Marie Bowman profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      4 years ago from Florida

      avian--Thank you so much!

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This looks outstanding to me. Thanks for there effort.

    • Anna Marie Bowman profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      4 years ago from Florida

      EGamboa-- I hope it's as good as your mom used to make!

    • Anna Marie Bowman profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      4 years ago from Florida

      tirelesstraveler-- It's delicious! I make it about once a month in my house!

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      Eileen Gamboa 

      4 years ago from West Palm Beach

      AAAAnd…if you've never had potato soup, like my mom used to make…that's pretty darned good in itself. Thanks for the recipe Anna Marie!

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      Judy Specht 

      4 years ago from California

      Yummy, bacon and potatoes, what's not to love about this.

    • Anna Marie Bowman profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      4 years ago from Florida

      billybuc--Bacon makes everything better!!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I saw bacon in the ingredients and knew I had to copy this for future use. Thanks for the recipe.

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