Loaded Baked Potato Soup

I have to admit that I’m not the hugest fan of straight-up, classic potato soup. At least the versions with chunks of potatoes, some type of thin, slightly creamy broth and maybe a few other vegetables thrown in. But baked potato soup is another matter. This soup has some serious substance. I love the thick creaminess of the soup and the slight mashed, chunkiness of the baked potatoes. A hint of sour cream and cheese mixed in doesn’t hurt…nor does the bacon adorning the top.

This version is slightly lighter than some other recipes I’ve seen out there – making use of lowfat milk and light sour cream. Shockingly, despite my boys’ known aversion to potatoes, they ate this with nary a complaint! Of course, I let them put as many scoops of bacon and cheese on top as they wanted, but still, I expected a few groans and moans.

Simple in preparation and ingredients, this baked potato soup is an absolutely classic. A classic which will be utilized often this winter around our home, I am sure.

**Looking for Thanksgiving Dinner inspiration? Take a look at my menu-in-progress and plan away!**

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

What To ServeRustic Crusty Bread (sliced with butter, or sliced and left plain for dipping)
Steamed vegetable like corn or green beans
Simple green salad (or something more fancy like thisย Massaged Kale Salad)

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Yield: Serves 4-6

Loaded Baked Potato Soup


  • 4-5 medium russet baking potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 6 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely diced green onions
  • 1/3 cup light sour cream
  • Toppings:
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chopped green onions
  • Cooked, diced bacon pieces


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Pierce the potatoes all over with the tines of a fork. Place the potatoes directly on the oven rack and bake for about an hour, until tender and baked through. Remove the potatoes from the oven and let them sit for about 20 minutes, until they are cool enough to handle (or use an oven mitt if you don't want to wait for them to cool slightly). Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the insides of the potatoes. Place the potato chunks in a medium bowl and mash with a fork or a potato masher until the potatoes are broken into smaller chunks.
  2. In a large 4-quart pot, melt the butter over medium heat. When melted, add 1/4 cup of the flour and whisk to combine. Cook the mixture, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes until lightly browned. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the milk and remaining 1/4 cup flour. Gradually whisk the mixture into the pot, and cook until thick and bubbling, about 6-8 minutes. Stir in the potato chunks and salt and pepper. Whisk in the cheddar cheese until it is completely melted. Stir in the green onions and sour cream. Serve immediately with desired toppings.

Recipe source: adapted slightly from Annie’s Eats

61 Responses to Loaded Baked Potato Soup

  1. Jamie says:

    My kids told me that this is their new favorite soup! Even my 9-year-old, who has decided that ALL soup is gross, loved this.

  2. Rhonda says:

    So easy… so delicious… your awesome Mel…

  3. Ben W. says:

    Itโ€™s been raining for days in Colorado, we had a bag of russets in the pantry, so time for a thick, hearty, soup. Loved this version, as did my boys. Just a little lighter than the old heavy cream recipes.

    Thanks a bunch,


  4. Diane says:

    Yum! This is so delicious! My only negative is that I never seem to reach the “thick and bubbly” stage, but it seemed thick enough for the potatoes. I upped the heat to medium high for my second attempt, and it definitely got thicker, but never bubbly (after twenty minutes!). Still… Sooo good.

  5. Rey'na says:

    Just made this tonight. So simple and sooo very yummy! Thank you!

  6. Mia says:

    I made this tonight with golden idaho potatoes instead of baking ones, and it came out great! Love this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Stephanie says:

    Hi Mel!

    I’m preparing some freezer meals for when my baby is due. (Pretty much all of the recipes I have ready to go are from your site ๐Ÿ™‚ ) I’ve been CRAVING potato soup. Do you think this would freeze well? This is my first attempt at freezer meals so I’m not sure exactly what will work and what won’t. Thanks!

  8. Heidi H says:

    Love this recipe! It’s so adaptable– I used red potatoes, home made yogurt (for sour cream), and added steamed broccoli and chives with excellent results. So delicious and easy!

  9. Mel says:

    Do you think using plain Greek yogurt for a substitute for the sour cream would work? Thanks!

  10. Melissa says:

    Just had this for dinner. It was so good! I didn’t have enough milk so I actually had to use powdered milk. No one could even tell, not even me, and I hate powdered milk!

  11. Audra says:

    AMAZING!! Thanks Mel! Me and my sister in law LOVE your recipes!!! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. MDtripmom says:

    I had some leftover baked potatoes in the fridge and they worked perfect to pull off this delicious soup. Even my picky kids ate it with out complaint. My husband said it was just “okay” but he is coming down with a cold so I don’t think his taste buds are working properly. I just ate the rest of this soup and it’s not even 10 a.m., enough said!

  13. Kelly T says:

    oh my gosh, we LOVED this soup. My boyfriend is notorious for answering “it’s okay” when I ask how something is. Tonight, I got a “wow this is good!” So impressed with this recipe and how easy it was. I’m a huge fan of yours already. I was referred by a friend to your site and I am soo happy to find your recipes! I will be making this recipe again!!!

  14. Diane K says:

    I was slightly underwhelmed by this soup, which made me sad. However, I’ve still managed to eat four or five bowls in the last 24 hours, so it must be good! I think I would have liked it better if my potatoes were much better mashed – I had some larger chunks that made me feel like I was eating clam chowder. I also probably didn’t cook my potatoes long enough, since I was in a hurry. Assuming I make it again (hubby isn’t big on meatless/low meat dishes), I think I would add twice as much sour cream into the actual soup. Mmm.

  15. Mel says:

    Jolene – sure, it’s worth a try!

  16. Jolene Beard says:

    Do you think using Yukon Gold potatoes would work instead of Russet potatoes?

  17. Judy says:

    My husband after eating two bowls of this for lunch and lamenting that he really wanted to have another bowl but would burst, declared this “best ever”. I made is a couple weeks ago but didn’t have bacon for the topping and it was good then, but was fantastic today with the bacon. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes! You are the best!

  18. Mel says:

    Hi Karen – yes, this soup reheats really well!

  19. Karen says:

    I’m so excited to make this for my girlfriends tomorrow. Do you think I could make it tonight and reheat at noon tomorrow?!?!? With 2 young kids I appreciate the make-ahead options, but I want to make sure it’s yummy and fresh to serve! Thanks.

  20. Mel says:

    Krista – I haven’t tried it, but I’m guessing it would be fine for 1-2 hours.

  21. Krista says:

    Do you think I could put this in a crockpot and have it sit on warm for several hours?

  22. Deb in Dayton says:

    Absolutely delish! You did it again Mel. Family loved it!

  23. eloise says:

    its starting to cool down, in california, so the first soup ill be making, will be this!
    may i share my favorite potato soup with you? i really think you would like it!

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  25. Kesa says:

    Delish Mel, I seriously could not stop eating it! Silky and creamy, just PERFECT!! Thanks for another winner!

  26. Mary says:

    I made this tonight and it was my first time making soup!! It came out great ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you for the recipe!

  27. Danielle says:

    This soup is awesome! My kids, who can be very picky, LOVED it and actually had seconds! I hold off on adding any “toppings” to it, and let everyone add their own toppings (and how much- my husband adds lots of cheese). I also cut up the potato skins and add those as well (I LOVE potato skins). Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe!

  28. Kylie says:

    Just tried this tonight and it was delish. Super rich and creamy. I actually hate potatoes, but loved this soup

  29. Charity says:

    Can’t wait to try it….. I just love potatoes! Making this for my family tonight and am glad it doesn’t take too long.

  30. Heather H says:

    Made this tonight and man was it good! I was impatient and diced and then boiled the potatoes for 20 minutes or so instead of baking them, and it turned out just fine… some potato chunks, some mushy. So good- thanks for yet again a delicious recipe Mel!

  31. Christine says:

    Hey Foodies, Mel’s Soup has been selected by Knapkins to be in our Recipe Guessing Game. Can you guess the recipe? http://knapkins.com/guess_games/706?source=blog

  32. Just made your soup, and now I am miserable. Couldn’t stop eating it! So yummy!

  33. Nicole says:

    I prefer a really creamy and thick soup, so I thought that if I did three cups of of milk, and three cups of heavy whipping cream that would give me this thick and creamy soup…WRONG. It ended up being a little too thick, but I was able to thin it out a bit with some chicken stock, and even though it was originally too thick, it was still super delicious. This marks the fifth recipe that I have tried, and I am a bit of a novice in the kitchen, but every recipe has made me look like a rockstar each time. My I appreciate the ease of your recipes, as well as how easily adaptable they are. This is now my new “go to” for recipes, thanks again!

  34. Hillary says:

    This soup was awesome and my kids are eating it because it’s bacon topped. I actually didn’t put much cheese on top and it was still delicious. Oh, and I used skim milk and it was really creamy and not thin at all.

  35. JoAnn says:

    Another delicious-looking recipe to add to my menu! My husband and I both love soup so I’m always looking for new ones to add to my winter menus. We really like the broccoli cheese soup too and even our 3-yr.-old cleans her bowl when I make it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again for all the delicious recipes, it has helped get me out of a major cooking funk!

  36. Ruth says:

    I made your lasagna soup for supper tonight – amazing. Now we’ll be trying the potato soup next. My husband loves thick creamy soup and we all love baked potatoes. Looks like another winner. PS made your mini meatloaves last night and they were so yummy – added a bit of cheddar on top and my 6 year old thought they looked like really yummy cheeseburgers without the buns!

  37. lisa bell says:

    Try using maple bacon it adds the best flavor to the sauce.

  38. I’m going to have to hands down agree that baked potato soup is one of the best soups out there! I am going to have to whip this up on a cold day!

  39. Stacie D. says:

    Perfect! I love baked potato soup, but haven’t found a recipe I love. I know you won’t let me down. Can’t wait to try it!

  40. jen says:

    We just made this soup tonight. By far the best potato soup ever! Thank you for the wonderful recipe

  41. Mickie says:

    AAAAAAND this is what we’ll be having for dinner tonight along with some Lion House rolls and those yummy looking Pumpkin Cookies you posted earlier for dessert. Thanks Mel! You are the best!

    P.S. Congrats on #5! I’ll hope for a girl for your boys too, everyone needs a little sister to be protective of!

  42. This recipe looks very similar to the one from my mom’s recipe index. It is freakin’ DELICIOUS. I’ve never met a single soul who didn’t love this soup. It’s just so TASTY. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. beetree says:

    This looks amazing! I’m wondering, do you think it would alter the taste too much if I subbed out half of the milk for chicken broth?

    • Mel says:

      beetree – It will probably make the soup slightly less thick and creamy but I think it should work just fine. Let me know if you try it!

  44. Allie M. says:

    Ok, you are so dang connected to your followers, that you even know what we are searching for without us asking for it! I was about to comment on how a friend made some potato soup for us recently, and it was good, but not AMAZING. My kids actually loved it, which totally surprised me, because like yours, they totally GAG at other potatoes. So after having my friend’s, I knew I would have to search on here for one on your site because I knew it would be the AMAZING I was looking for. This was only two days ago! Of course, like the other person who commented on here, I couldn’t find a potato soup recipe on your site, so I thought, that must mean there aren’t any REALLY good ones. Then, today, you managed to read the thoughts of a few of us apparently! SO excited to try this ! If it has your stamp of approval I know it will be FAB! You NEVER let me down!

  45. Whitney R. says:

    I just made this last night! It’s so yummy & comforting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. tasha says:

    I have to say I seriously have started looking forward to the email from you. I’m a food junky right now because I’m nursing and ALWAYS hungry! This looks SO yummy and I’m thinking I’ll be making it for dinner tonight.

  47. Missy says:

    Just got a big box of idaho potatoes from my parents. Can’t wait to try this!

  48. Ciara says:

    I am such a groupie. When my e-mail opened this morning and saw the link to potato soup, I was so excited. I have been having trouble finding a potato soup that we really love. When I saw this, I thought, “Yes! Mel never lets me down!” Can’t wait to make this. I might need a little excitement in my life if I am this excited over a food post… ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Kylie says:

    I have a recipe very similar to this one, that we all LOVE at our house! The recipe I have also has instructions on how to make it gluten free

  50. Kim Davis says:

    I have made this soup so many times since you gave me the recipe. Love Love Love it!

  51. Yeah, this is what I have been waiting for! I love baked potato soup and Charlestons restaurant makes the best! I have been looking for a recipe that competes with theirs! Can’t wait to try it!

  52. I’m in such a soup mood lately and this looks fantastic and loaded with wonderful flavor!

  53. tonya says:

    Unbelievable! I just searched your site 2 days ago to see if you had a potato soup recipe. After not finding one I thought, “Hmmm, Melanie must not like potato soup.”. Ha! I used a potato soup recipe I already had, then served it in your bread bowls. I love, love, love soup in a bread bowl & was so excited to make homemade ones!! My husband even told his co-workers about them so I know they were good. I plan to try your chicken & rice soup next, but this potato soup will make its way to our table, too.

  54. Jen says:

    Hi Mel!

    This looks like a simple, easy, yet delicious version of this soup. I’m putting russets on my grocery list for later today ๐Ÿ™‚

    BTW, I’m using Firefox and the print link won’t work – it tries to open it as a PDF to edit. Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      Jen – I can’t duplicate the problem – the print links work fine in Firefox for me (even when I’m logged out of my Google account). Is anyone else having a problem with this?

  55. Kim in MD says:

    I’ve never met a potato I didn’t love, and this soup looks like it will be no exception- YUM! It’s everything yummy in a twice baked potato or potato skins whirled up into a warm, creamy soup. I can’t wait to try this recipe, Mel! ๐Ÿ™‚

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