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Favorite Baked Potato Soup Recipe

Favorite Baked Potato Soup Recipe

My husband and I enjoyed a delicious potato soup at a restaurant while on vacation and I came home determined to duplicate it. It took me 5 years to get the taste right! —Joann Goetz, Genoa, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour 20 min. Cook: 15 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 4 large baking potatoes (about 2-3/4 pounds)
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 6 cups milk
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. Bake potatoes at 350° for 65-75 minutes or until tender; cool completely. Peel and cube potatoes.
  • 2. In a large saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; whisk in sour cream. Add potatoes and green onions. Garnish with bacon and cheese. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 469 calories, 28g fat (17g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 563mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein .

Reviews for Favorite Baked Potato Soup

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sstetzel 254401
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2016

"With the dairy and potatoes, this is probably not a good recipe to freeze."

amosf 254393
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2016

"Can this be frozen ahead of time???"

chryck 244295
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2016

"Love this recipe!!!! I made very little changes. I did add more potatoes than it called for as well as used Old cheddar cheese(and lots of it ) for that sharp cheddar flavor. I believe that any recipe is a starting block and we add to it or take away things to make it our own. This recipe need very little adjustment to make my family beg for seconds! And with 5 kids to please, when they all want more, i know I have hit the jackpot with this one!"

C.A.D. 243091
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016

"This recipe is a good start but is really quite bland. I added more salt and pepper, 1 can of chicken broth, 1/4 c chopped onion, and about 1/3 cup of cheddar cheese. So many people gave this a 5 star rating but go on to tell about all the extra ingredients they added. That's not really an accurate rating of the original recipe."

krdale 242337
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016

"This recipe is flawless! I have shared it so many times!"

Wammie 241438
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

"Thoroughly impressed with this recipe. Winter in Wisconsin is starting to get cold & the smell of potatoes baking the oven just stimulates the salivary sense of what's to come. I didn't add as much sour cream as indicated & split the milk called for with 1/2 & 1/2 and milk. I also added chopped ham I had in the freezer in addition to the bacon. Chopped yellow onions & celery plus a couple drops of hot sauce is what I say "nailed it"!"

Krickcrack 237509
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"Really easy and very good. I even had enough to share at work."

Roxiedill1123 235831
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

"I have made this and it is totally delicious. Thank you for the recipe."

willowee 235819
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

"I have made this soup forever...still have the original magazine it was featured in many years ago!"

deearoberts 235720
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"Try it with 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 stick butter and swiss cheese instead of flour and cheddar cheese. Omit the 2/3 cup butter. Only 3 1/2 cups milk. 10 potatoes. Best ever."

Feen 235055
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2015

"Liked it very much. A good basic recipe that can be changed up. I subbed lite cream for 1 c of the milk- not sure if that was the sole reason it was so thick! I also added 2 chicken bouillon cubes, garlic, cheddar and bacon. Would be great with ham! Thanks for sharing the recipe!"

282778 223099
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2015

"Great soup. Rich and hearty. My whole family really liked it, including my pregnant daughter-in-law who really isn't able to eat much. She had 2 bowls. I made minor changes based on reviews. I added 4 garlic cloves, 1 TBS chicken base, 1 tsp garlic salt and used 7 cups of milk. Next time I will use 8 cups as it was a little thicker than I would have liked. Not the fault of the recipe, I just prefer thinker soup. Highly recommend."

da1987cin 74077
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

"Delicious!! My whole family loved it!!"

proesner 128088
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"Substituted ham for bacon. Was good that way. Haven't tried it with bacon yet."

pansqueen 90747
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013

"This is the BEST potato soup ever!!!"

kjcashwell 89749
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"I made this soup to feed the 12 people in our office for lunch one day (doubled the recipe). It very quickly disappeared and I regularly have request to fix it over and over. I add garlic and onion powder for extra flavor."

lberry222 32681
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"Hubby loved it! Will definitely make again:)"

brigadoon581 80958
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013

"The absolute best baked potato soup ever! The only negative: there are never any left overs!"

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"This is the best potato soup I have ever made. We make this many times every winter and it please my kids and my parents."

mbhoneybee63 50293
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"This is a very thick and flavorful recipe and quite easy to make. I have made it twice. The first time I baked the potatoes in the oven and the second time in the microwave. Although both were quite good, the oven baked potatos did give this soup an added layer of flavor. The second time I used some of the bacon grease and brushed it on some day old french bread slices I had cubed and salted, peppered and added some crushed red pepper and baked at 400 degrees for about 15 min. to add as a garnish. This is a very tasty although calorie laden soup. Sometimes you just have to give in to the comfort you get from food!"

kgn1968 74075
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

"we look forward to this many times all year round"

loves2cooktwinmom 127939
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

"Very good soup! Would not change a thing. Easy to make and my family and I loved it."

kathyjeanwaldrop 36801
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"This is the best. It gives you the feeling of ah......I will dream the best dream soup."

chattik 81433
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"This was so easy and first time out served to my BFFs for a lunch and what a hit. My husband wouldn't stop eating for two days!! This is a winner!"

emhogelin 89748
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"Very bland at first, but I added double the seasonings as suggested by another review. I also added garlic salt, black pepper, and chopped yellow onion. It was delicious after that!"

zdb2010* 36800
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"This is a good basic recipe but WAAAAAY too bland as-is. I added about double of all the seasonings plus a bunch of other stuff like minced onion, garlic salt etc. and also added a cup of shredded cheddar as well. I think if I hadn't done that it would have been pretty much a bland white sauce with chunks of potato. But I will definitely make again just adding the extra seasonings. We do tend to like stuff more spicy than some so maybe it's fine as it is for those with more bland palates!"

nussearvp 81424
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2011

"This is the only potato soup recipe I make now!"

kelsiem 33393
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"The original recipe in the magazine has 7 cups of milk, which would solve the problem some had with the soup being too thick or paste like. It is the best potato soup ever. I too serve it to large groups."

hattis 50266
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2011

"I have been making this soup for the people at my church for over 10 years. Of course I have to multiply it by 5! It is the favorite soup on "soup night"! I can't count how many people have asked for the recipe and are now fixing it at home! Thank you Taste of Home for such wonderful recipes! I recommend this recipe to anyone who loves delicious thick and creamy comfort food!"

Nichole1013 33392
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"I absolutely love this recipe! My daughter had a birthday party with 2 other kids and we dicided to have soups! I had made this one before and loved it so I said I would make it. I doubled the recipe and came home with no leftovers. It went over really well!"

coffeewonder 81423
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2011

"This is delicious! I stirred the bacon in with the other ingredients and added extra cheese. Sooo good! It settles like lead in your stomach. I also kept adding salt which would fix the problem of the soup "tasting like paste" as some other reviewers commented. Next time I may add some bacon grease to make it more salty, which will only contribute to its heavy, heart-attack-in-a-bowl delightfulness!"

N_Cole 50261
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"I'm going to have to agree with the person who compared it to paste. Very bland after doubling the salt. May try again with alterations."

lmh126 93454
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2010

"Both my husband and I liked this soup very much! I may add a little more milk so it's a bit less thick, but loved the flavor."

kbabbitt 81419
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"I loved this and so did my husband. We added 2 cups of frozen carrots and peas along with some celery just before serving (to keep the crunch)as well."

katlaydee3 90740
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2010

"I guess I am in the minority. I thought this was awful and tasted like paste. Would not make again."

jamesandannie 32680
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2010

"This is the only potato soup recipe that my husband has ever enjoyed. It's very creamy and the bacon add just enough salt to flavor it with the cheese. I had to use cottage cheese instead of sour cream because I was out but it still tasted great!"

needsomezzzs 74074
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2010

"sooooo good. Definitely a keeper! I put the bacon right in with the potatoes."

DKM2 32679
Reviewed May. 5, 2010

"I followed the recipe exactly and everyone loved it. My husband says it's the best soup he's ever eaten."

sldenney 90737
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2010

"Since I didn't have green onions or cheddar cheese, I melted 1/2 pound of Velveeta in the white sauce and added freeze dried chives. I took it to a church dinner where they scraped the bottom of the pot!"

rn4babee 89746
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2010

"A correction to the previous review. I used fat free sour cream, not low fat."

rn4babee 56364
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2010

"Delicious, I used low fat sour cream,1% milk, reduced fat cheddar cheese which I mixed into the soup with low salt bacon. I used these ingredients due to high cholesterol and hypertension."

theresajacobs 89740
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"I made this soup the first time I saw it in the magazine. What a find! My entire family loves it!! I double it & there is never any left."

CaraBeara24 110253
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2009

"This soup was soooo yummy! I used 2 tablespoons of chicken bouillon like someone else suggested, and since we didn't have any potatoes baked, I just used boiled redskin potatoes. I will DEFINITELY make this recipe again!!"

Monnette01 90689
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2009

"I've made this dozens of times - we love it! I use 1% milk and half the amount of butter to cut a bit of fat, and it's still great!!"

terri0307 38472
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"This is a family favorite....I have 4 boys and I have to double this recipe!! There are NEVER any leftovers!"

prak1 36797
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2009

"I made this for my family & we all enjoyed it! I then took leftovers to work with me & now they all want the recipe!!

P Prak"

brenda lee 38471
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2008

"I made this soup on a cold snowy Sunday afernoon. I will make this again soon. Love the flavor!!!"

PBlackstock 89738
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2008

"Simply scrumptious! I KNOW I'll prepare this again. Can't wait to share it with family."

lilygirl 38412
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2008

"In our area of the country we call that Dutch Potato Soup. I don't have a recipe.  It's served in restaurants here often.  "

panan 127937
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2008

"My aunt made a potato soup with no milk or cream - more like broth. Anyone know of a recipe like this? think it had onions."

buckus29 74073
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2008

"This soup is wonderful, however, I changed it a little bit and added the bacon and the cheese to the soup rather than putting it on top. I really gave it a great flavor.


RD2Cook 93224
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2008

"This is one of my favorites!"

splitz 32677
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2008

"This is my favorite soup! I do alter the recipe a bit- no sour cream (just don't like sour cream normally), canned potatoes (make it faster to make), and a TBSP or two of chicken boullion...this recipe is also very easy to cut in half!!!"

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