Easy Cheesy Loaded Potato Soup

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Whether you’re looking for a new go-to soup, or just want to try something different, this Easy Cheesy Loaded Potato Soup recipe is sure to satisfy!

Potato soup in a bowl with bacon, cheese, and green onion as garnish
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  1. Ingredients in this Loaded Potato Soup
  2. What Else Can I Add to Potato Soup?
  3. Frequently Asked Questions About this Soup
  4. More Scrumptious Potato Soups
  5. How to Make Cheesy Loaded Potato Soup
  6. Easy Cheesy Loaded Potato Soup Recipe

This warm and comforting bowl of soup has all of your favorite potato toppings like cheese, bacon, and scallions with a creamy savory sauce. It’s perfect for those cold winter nights when you want to feel cozy and wrapped up in a hug. It only takes 35 minutes to prepare, but tastes like it’s been simmering for hours. We love potatoes in any form, but this soup is one of our favorites. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also easy to make!

Potato soup in a cup with cheese, bacon, and green onion as garnish

Ingredients in this Loaded Potato Soup

  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Flour
  • Chicken broth
  • Yukon gold potatoes (russet potatoes work too)
  • Half and half
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Shredded cheese for garnish, optional
  • Sour cream optional
  • Green onion for garnish, optional

What Else Can I Add to Potato Soup?

You can make this soup extra hearty with all kinds of other ingredients. We love to add:

  • Ham
  • Corn
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Chiles
  • Chicken
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cream Cheese (Panara Bread adds this to their soup and it’s delicious!)
  • Butter
  • Zucchini
  • Peas

Frequently Asked Questions About this Soup

How Do You Thicken Loaded Baked Potato Soup?

For this recipe, we use flour as a thickener, but cornstarch can also be used to thicken.

What Potatoes are Best for Loaded Potato Soup?

For an extra creamy texture, buttery Yukon golds are the absolute best for this potato soup recipe. But, if you don’t have any on hand, red potatoes or Idaho russets will do just fine.

What is “Loaded” Potato Soup?

When we say this soup is loaded, we mean it’s stuffed with all those delicious fixings you normally pile on top of a baked potato: cheese, crispy bacon, vibrant green onions, sour cream, more cheese. You know, the works! This potato soup is wonderfully versatile that way. You can add as much or as little of these toppings as you like.

Can Potato Soup Be Reheated?

In small servings, this soup tastes delicious when you reheat it. But we suggest you warm it up on the stove rather than the microwave. The microwave doesn’t heat it evenly and causes the potatoes to taste grainy. We would also recommend you use up leftovers within three days.

Can You Freeze Easy Cheesy Loaded Potato Soup?

Because of the cream in the soup base, this soup doesn’t freeze very well. This is one soup that is absolutely best when served fresh, or reheated within a couple of days. Plus, it’s so delicious that we rarely have leftovers.

Is Potato Soup Gluten Free?

Most potato soup recipes are not GF. However, for this recipe, all you need to do is swap out the flour for your favorite gluten-free brand. Everything else stays the same and we promise you won’t even be able to tell the difference.

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More Scrumptious Potato Soups

If potato soups are your love language, we have several comforting classics for you to try. One of our favorites is Loaded Baked Potato Soup, which is made with actual BAKED potatoes. So yummy!

How to Make Cheesy Loaded Potato Soup

Potato soup in a bowl with bacon, cheese, and green onion as garnish

Easy Cheesy Loaded Potato Soup

4.95 from 40 votes
Easy Cheesy Loaded Potato Soup has all your favorite potato toppings in a warm, satisfying bowl. Cheese, crisp bacon, scallions, and of course, hearty potatoes in a creamy savory sauce. A real cold weather favorite!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place bacon pieces in a soup pot or Dutch oven and cook over medium-high heat until bacon is crispy.
  • Carefully remove bacon from the pot and place on a paper towel to drain. Set aside. Pour off most of the grease from the pot but leave about 3-4 tablespoons of the grease in the pot. Do not wipe clean. 
  • Add diced onion to the pot and sauté until onions become soft and clear.
  • Sprinkle flour over the onions and stir well to become combined. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 3 minutes. 
  • Slowly add chicken broth, whisking constantly with a large whisk. Bring to a boil. 
  • Add diced potatoes and reduce heat. Simmer potatoes for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring often.
  • Add half and half and stir until well combined.
  • Carefully place half of the soup in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Be careful not to overfill the blender. You may want to do this in batches.
  • Add the blended mixture back to the soup pot and stir in shredded cheese and cooked bacon. Add salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Place in individual bowls and garnish with additional shredded cheese, sour cream, and/or chopped green onion.

Notes

Recipe Tips:
  • This soup will stay good in the fridge for up to a week.
  • Tastes best when re-heated over the stove.
  • Do not freeze.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 410kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 17gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 1046mgPotassium: 1022mgFiber: 5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 615IUVitamin C: 34.1mgCalcium: 361mgIron: 6.4mg

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  1. I am diabetic and need to know the serving size. It says 10 serings, but not size of serving.
    I appreciate the nutrional facts.

    1. We don’t have exact serving size measurements. It is hard to determine exact serving sizes with homemade recipes.

  2. 5 stars
    It was good as is and the next time I made it I made changes that made it more of a loaded baked potato cross cheeseburger soup. Just added lean ground beef and a little rosemary and parsley. It was great.

    1. 5 stars
      This is the ultimate comfort food for fall and winter. I have had a craving for some really great LBP soup…..and this hit the spot!! Seriously good and soooo easy to put together. Just make it!!! It is a keeper and will be in my regular rotation!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    I use heavy whipping cream and not the half and half. I also use ham and not the bacon. I made the soup bowls out of the frozen bread dough only because I can no longer find bread soup bowls at my grocery stores. The family absolutely loves this Sunday dinner.

  4. 5 stars
    What a fabulously comforting dish! Love how there’s a mix of crispy bacon and potatoes. They definitely are a great duo. Thanks for sharing!

  5. 5 stars
    I made loaded potatoes many times but I have never tried loaded potato soup. It looks super comforting. Thank you for the recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    This is going on the stove for this evening’s dinner. This was one of my favorite soups growing up in the midwest and once the weather gets cool it’s time again. Love the additions and thanks for the tips on not freezing it!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this last night. I didn’t have enough chicken broth so I used water to make up for it. I also used heavy whipping cream instead of half and half. I forgot I broke my blender. lol. so I used and old fashion potato smasher. Yes issue after issue. I have to say. this soup is so delicious!!!!! This will be a recipe to keep. Flavor was amazing. Just imagine if I had proper items for the job! …..LOVE LOVE this!

  8. 5 stars
    So my daughter and I tried making soup for the first time tonight…and loved it! It was simple enough for newbies and it tasted so good! We highly recommend rolls to dip.

  9. 5 stars
    This soup is delicious! So rich and creamy, I enjoyed every spoonful! Already added more potatoes to my shopping list for another batch!

  10. 5 stars
    My husband and daughter said it’s the best soup I’ve ever made – and I make a LOT of soup! Highly recommend.

  11. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this soup. I made it 2 weeks ago, my first attempt at making potato soup and it was amazing. Making more today

  12. 5 stars
    This was my first time making potatoes soup and it was a winner . my grand daughters has never had it and they loved it . it had a rich creamy texture and rich flavor .

  13. 5 stars
    I made this soup just now , my family likes heavier soups so I used 5 russet potatoes and cooked them in broth with onions, when they were tender I whisked in the flour and cheese, no need for half and half and it was wonderful

    1. So glad you liked it! Great idea using extra potatoes to “beef it up”. Thanks for sharing how you made this recipe a success and thanks for the 5 stars!

      1. 5 stars
        I made this tonight for dinner and blended it smooth with my immersion blender and it turned out wonderfully! My picky kiddo is on her second bowl.

    1. Substitute procedures for the blender? How crucial is the blending? Started entire process without reading thru instructions first (rookie mistake) and I’m blenderless.. lol

      FAIL.

      1. You definitely don’t have to blend it! It will just be a chunkier chowder, rather than a soup! Let us know how it turned out!