Favorite Baked Potato Soup

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling


10 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
My husband and I enjoyed a delicious baked potato soup at a restaurant while on vacation and I came home determined to duplicate the flavor. It took me five years to get the taste right! —Joann Goetz, Genoa, Ohio
Favorite Baked Potato Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 4 large baking potatoes (about 12 ounces each)
  • 2/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 6 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Pierce potatoes several times with a fork; place on a baking sheet. Bake until tender, 65-75 minutes. Cool completely.
  2. Peel and cube potatoes. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in potatoes; heat through.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream and green onions. Top servings with cheese and bacon.
Health tip: Here’s a way to lighten up this indulgent classic: Make a roux with just 1/4 cup butter and flour, and proceed with the recipe as written. Then, at the end, mash or puree some of the potatoes to add thickness.
TEST KITCHEN TIP Real bacon bits work great for the garnish if you don't have time to cook bacon.

Nutrition Facts

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