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Homestyle Baked Potato Soup

Judy Tyler of Bossier City, Louisiana writes, “This soup is irresistible…so much so that my husband once ate it for three days in a row.”
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings (2-1/2 quarts)


  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 8 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 to 1-1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions (white portion only)
  • Additional parsley, cheese, green onions and crumbled cooked bacon, optional


  • Scrub and pierce potatoes; place on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 8-12 minutes or until tender, turning once.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels.
  • In the drippings, saute onion until tender. Stir in flour; cook and stir for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Gradually stir in broth. Add the parsley, garlic, basil, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Peel and cube potatoes; add to soup. Add bacon. Stir in cream; heat through (do not boil). Add cheese and green onions; stir just until cheese is melted. Garnish with additional parsley, cheese, onions and bacon if desired.

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  • 3rdfrank
    Oct 31, 2011

    No comment left

  • mariek35816
    Jan 6, 2010

    This recipe has far too much sodium. I have to restrict my sodium--so I will not be able to make this recipe.This is a very good recipe--I wish that I could make this, but I can't.

  • genhirsch
    Nov 7, 2009

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  • apollo13ps
    Jul 13, 2008

    I think this is the orginal recipe. I think you have to look up "Makeover Baked Potato Soup" to get the one in the magazine.

  • hookedonbooks
    Jun 21, 2008

    This is not the same recipe that is on page 6 in the April/May 2008 issue. Again, I am finding VERY frustrating to find the recipes in the magazine online. Perhaps I need to navigate around the site more, but it was sooooooo easy before when I could just type in the name of the recipe in the search bar at the top and the recipe would show up.

  • blopez
    Apr 16, 2008

    I agree that it doesn't sound real healthy with the whipping cream and cheese. Try Fat-Free Half and Half and reduced fat cheese for less calories and fat and almost all the taste and Low Sodium Chicken Broth for less sodium. That is what I do!

  • ohbarbio
    Mar 26, 2008

    The recipe sounds delicious, but how can it be considered "healthy" when it has 32 grams of fat?

  • kennick
    Mar 15, 2008

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  • Souchef
    Mar 4, 2008

     Why is it.... I am a subscriber and have signed up to view these recipes yet when I click 'view this recipe now' I am told to sign up?????????????