Favorite Baked Potato Soup Recipe
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Favorite Baked Potato Soup Recipe

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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.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Baked Potato Soup in Taste of Home October/November 2001, p18

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sstetzel User ID: 158954 254401
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2016

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

amosf User ID: 2942675 254393
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2016

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

chryck User ID: 8446983 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. User ID: 7091862 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 User ID: 8679855 242337
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016

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

Wammie User ID: 7967389 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 User ID: 6600355 237509
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

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

Roxiedill1123 User ID: 8578891 235831
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

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

willowee User ID: 8459179 235819
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

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

deearoberts User ID: 1960801 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."

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