Favorite Baked Potato Soup Recipe
- 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.
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
"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!"
"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."
"This recipe is flawless! I have shared it so many times!"
"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"!"
"Really easy and very good. I even had enough to share at work."
"I have made this and it is totally delicious. Thank you for the recipe."
"I have made this soup forever...still have the original magazine it was featured in many years ago!"
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"Delicious!! My whole family loved it!!"
"Substituted ham for bacon. Was good that way. Haven't tried it with bacon yet."
"This is the BEST potato soup ever!!!"
"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."
"Hubby loved it! Will definitely make again:)"
"The absolute best baked potato soup ever! The only negative: there are never any left overs!"
"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."
"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!"
"we look forward to this many times all year round"
"Very good soup! Would not change a thing. Easy to make and my family and I loved it."
"This is the best. It gives you the feeling of ah......I will dream the best dream soup."
"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!"
"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!"
"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!"
"This is the only potato soup recipe I make now!"
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"I guess I am in the minority. I thought this was awful and tasted like paste. Would not make again."
"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!"
"sooooo good. Definitely a keeper! I put the bacon right in with the potatoes."
"I followed the recipe exactly and everyone loved it. My husband says it's the best soup he's ever eaten."
"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!"
"A correction to the previous review. I used fat free sour cream, not low fat."
"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."
"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."
"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!!"
"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!!"
"This is a family favorite....I have 4 boys and I have to double this recipe!! There are NEVER any leftovers!"
"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"
"I made this soup on a cold snowy Sunday afernoon. I will make this again soon. Love the flavor!!!"
"Simply scrumptious! I KNOW I'll prepare this again. Can't wait to share it with family."
"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. "
"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."
"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.Karen"
"This is one of my favorites!"
"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!!!"