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Easy Baked Potato Soup

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.
  • Makes
    10 servings (2-1/2 quarts)


  • 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 sour cream
  • Shredded cheddar cheese


  • 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.
  • Add the soups, milk, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, pepper, Liquid Smoke if desired and reserved potatoes to the drippings.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 261 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 618mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • meaganteal
    Mar 3, 2021

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  • dmkinsey
    Jan 19, 2021

    Delicious and easy recipe! We really like this and I'll make it again. So nice on a cold evening.

  • audra13
    Nov 26, 2017

    Love this recipe, easy to make. Tastes so much more flavorful than any other potato soup recipe out there.

  • BGIdesigner
    Jan 2, 2017

    This soup is delicious! I took the advice of another reviewer and did not use the cheddar cheese soup, I used sharp shredded cheddar cheese instead. My husband and I both loved it.

  • JeffLaura2001
    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
    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
    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
    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!

  • kaksb
    Apr 8, 2013

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  • ariesgirl1961
    Mar 23, 2013

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