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

Reviews for Easy Baked Potato Soup

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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."

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!"

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!"

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!"

Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

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

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!"

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"AWESOME..The whole family loved it!"

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

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

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!!"

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

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

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!"

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!"

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

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

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

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

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

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

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."

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"Very Good Soup!"

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."

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!"

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."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

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

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!!"

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."

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! "

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."

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.

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."

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"

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!"

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!"

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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