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Easy Baked Potato Soup Recipe

Easy Baked Potato Soup Recipe

I came up with this comforting soup when I was crunched for time and wanted to use up leftover baked potatoes. Since then, it has become a mealtime staple. Its wonderful aroma always gets cheers from my husband when he arrives home from work. —Julie Smithouser, Colorado Springs, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 3 to 4 medium baking potatoes, baked
  • 5 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • 3-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • Shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. Peel and dice the baked potatoes; set aside. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels. Drain, reserving 1-1/2 teaspoons drippings.
  • 2. Add the soups, milk, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, pepper, Liquid Smoke if desired and reserved potatoes to the drippings.
  • 3. Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Stir in sour cream; cook for 1-2 minutes or until heated through (do not boil). Garnish with cheddar cheese and bacon. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 261 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 618mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

Reviews for Easy Baked Potato Soup

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JeffLaura2001 User ID: 5606486 230823
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2015

"Make this usually 2x per month. Family LOVES it! Works great in the crockpot. I like to make it ahead of time and put it in the refrigerator. Then put it in the crockpot for dinner."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 83885
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"This soup is absolutely delicious! I, too, added some bacon in the soup and saved some for the garnish. We love our bacon! I think this soup has as much flavor if not more than some restaurant potato soups! Will definitely make again!"

recipehound54 User ID: 4246730 205329
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"Very easy to make and most of the ingredients are the kind that people often have on hand. I added the bacon to the soup toward the end of the cooking time and saved a few crumbles for the top garnish. I may tinker with this next time by adding some chives and maybe trying to make a white sauce with sharp cheddar cheese added rather than using the cheddar soup. There was a hint of a "processed" cheddar taste that I wasn't wild about and this might also reduce the sodium level as well. A little liquid smoke goes a long way; I heated the soup on low about an extra ten minutes to let the flavors blend a little more and it helped. I will definitely make this again!"

Pattonjaj User ID: 7062992 116768
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"This soup was great and easy to make. I bought real bacon pieces and added them to the soup and then added more on top with the cheese. It was delicious!"

wmssquad User ID: 2540812 137406
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"Made this for dinner tonight, and it lived up to the earlier reviews. Easy and tasty."

valanddansmith User ID: 988113 44534
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"Great easy recipe for potato soup! I usually leave out the Worcestershire sauce and the liquid smoke... The bacon gives it enough of a smoky flavor for us. Great dinner served with a salad!"

littlycabby User ID: 7101113 53733
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"AWESOME..The whole family loved it!"

murrbry615 User ID: 6860702 53731
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

"This was so yummy if you like thick creamy soups!! Me and my husband love it!"

ebskinner1 User ID: 1377690 121903
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

"Made this for the first time.......My family loved it! Served it with garlic bread......It was fantastic!! Doing this again and again!!"

momio User ID: 2526647 133166
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"I love potato soup and this was a good one!"

jmd323 User ID: 6382863 66336
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"I made this soup for a second time today. Because of a lack of time, I used a package of bacon bits instead of actually cooking bacon. It was just as good as the first time I made it! This is now my favorite potato soup recipe!"

carol_ds User ID: 5398876 205328
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2011

"I made this to go with Sunday supper when my uncle came over to watch football. Everyone filled up on soup before the main course was served!"

marciedarciestuff User ID: 3221145 205327
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

"It wasn't nasty but we prefer the Cheeseburger Paradise soup and will stick with that."

cathyswis User ID: 5678568 121854
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"So simple & tasty...a new go to for our family"

momax2 User ID: 1024666 54282
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"This was very easy to make; it was also the best potato soup I have eaten. It makes a lot, but leftovers are usually gone within a day or two."

Zlo3d2 User ID: 5316424 53727
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2010

"This soup had nice flavor. A little thicker than I was expecting. I added a little salt and extra cheese into the soup. Yum!"

agudang User ID: 2140574 61132
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"My family begs me to make this soup all the time not matter the weather hot or cold. Best potato soup I have every eat."

bwinfrey269 User ID: 3021515 121853
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

"Loved this! I have made this a tradition with my family when it gets cold. We can't wait until the winter time of year when we can have baked potato soup again!"

TJTrails User ID: 1261407 45736
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"I make this soup a lot & consider it one of my best recipe finds. My whole family loves it. I usually use 5 large baking potatoes & with lots of cheddar cheese & at least a pound of bacon for topping."

ndcusick User ID: 4315369 38523
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"My family enjoyed it, but I thought it was a little too rich tasting."

YTT User ID: 4982362 54278
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

"My fussy wife & son loved this soup. When I make it again I think I'll leave the sour cream out as I feel it was better before this addition and I had to add salt after. I may also add clams (and maybe leave the cheese soup out,or not). Excellent soup."

l2bake User ID: 2030987 83882
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"Very Good Soup!"

shellybailey User ID: 3436916 61124
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2010

"This is the best potato soup I've ever ate and so easy to make. I put the potatos in to bake and then start frying the bacon (I use a whole pound of thick peppered bacon 1/2 goes in soup, one half reserved for garnishing). Once I have added all the ingredients to the soup kettle, I start to heat it up. A few minutes longer and the baked potatoes are done. I cut them up while they are still very hot and add to the warm mixture and stir in sour cream. It is then hot enough to serve instantly. My family is crazy about this soup. I usually make it once or twice a month. A great and quick meal for unexpected, hungry guests."

shellybailey User ID: 3436916 54276
Reviewed May. 12, 2010

"I used all 4 potatoes. Additionally I used a whole pound of thick sliced peppered bacon divided. I used 1/2 the bacon in the soup and saved the other half to garnish. For a little punch, garnish with pepper jack cheese. My adult kids LOVE this soup. They made me make it 3 times in one month and invited friends so there were no leftovers. I've shared it at least a half a dozen times!"

karen curnes User ID: 3182416 83881
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"This soup is so good. I made it for the soup supper at church last year and it was a big hit. I had lots of requests for the recipe. I am making it again this year. The family loves this recipe too."

AngelesJohnson User ID: 4337517 53722
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"It's our favorite potato soup recipe!! Delicious and easy to make!!!"

khanna1018 User ID: 4173514 116687
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"This is a fantastic and simple potato soup. A few changes I made: 6-8 baking potatoes (we like it chunky), 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp white pepper. I plan on making this all through the winter! Thanks!!"

momof2nc User ID: 4466256 44533
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2009

"This soup was really good. I cut the recipe in half, only used 1/2 teaspoon of garlic and worcestershire sauce and did not use the liquid smoke. Even using such a small amount of garlic powder, it was still pretty strong. It is a very fast soup to make."

Alicia021 User ID: 2843291 124669
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2009

"Soup was excellent! I made it the first time with the full 2 tsp. of garlic powder, WAY too overpowering. Second time cut garlic powder back to 1/2 tsp., and everyone was much more pleased! Very filling and yummy! "

martinna User ID: 2142710 44249
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2009

"My husband and I love this soup. I made it with leftover ham instead of bacon, and it was really good."

LEIGHBLU User ID: 1235344 61123
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2008

"RE: Easy Baked Potato Soup

My family just loves this soup and cannot wait for me to make it again and again! It is so easy to throw together and has fantastic flavor.

texasyelorose User ID: 874658 116685
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2008

"I decided to make this soup because of the high rating by reviewers and the magazine but I did not like this soup at all. I think it was the worcestershire sauce. It just didn't seem to work with the other flavors. will not make again."

TXHashie User ID: 2818315 45735
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2008

"Thanks for sharing this great recipe. I tried it last night after my husband had day surgery and he really wanted some potato soup. We both loved it. TX Hashie"

kennedyjl User ID: 3343411 121786
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2008

"Okay, I chose to try this recipe as I was remembering how much I loved my Grandma's growing up. While I was making it, there were times it did not took extremely appealing. However, once I added the sour cream, and it was creamer with a beautiful color, I felt there was hope. This soup was awesome, and I will definately be making it again! The flavor was wonderful, and with the shredded cheddar and bacon (I added some to the soup as well), it was to die for!"

beckybecker User ID: 2074938 89520
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2008

"This soup is so great and so easy to make! I also like this because as I'm making supper for the night I can bake the potatoes for the next night's supper at the same time so it puts me one step ahead for the next night's dinner! I like to make this soup on a Thursday so we have it for lunch and supper the next day too....especially in COLD Wisconsin! Thanks for the great recipes!"

073199 User ID: 1357923 44245
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2008

"This recipe is so wonderful!! I made two minor changes: since I didn't have baked potatos on hand, I "baked" my potatoes in the microwave! Also, I am on a red-meat fast right now and decided to saute onion and garlic in olive oil, instead of using powders and bacon. This turned out to be a GREAT adjustment! Also, to get the wonderful smoked ham flavor, I used GOYA Ham Flavor Concentrate- it was really, really amazing!! What a fantastic recipe!!"

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