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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

The only thing that beats the comforting flavor of this thick and hearty loaded baked potato soup is possibly the idea that it simmers on its own all day in a slow cooker. —Barbara Bleigh, Colonial Heights, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed potato flakes
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions, sliced


  • In a large skillet, saute onions in butter until tender. Stir in flour. Gradually stir in 1 cup water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  • Add the broth, potatoes, potato flakes, bacon, pepper, salt, basil, thyme and remaining water. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until potatoes are tender. Stir in cream; heat through. Garnish with cheese and green onions.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 212 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 723mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Sweetypea411
    Dec 27, 2020

    I accidentally added the cream in the beginning. Do you think it will be a problem?

  • Lori
    May 1, 2019

    No comment left

  • llb06
    Jan 26, 2019

    Outstanding! I adapted it for the stove top by cooking the potatoes the night before (tired me forgot it was a crock pot recipe). Used 3 potatoes instead of 2, omitted the spices because I didn't have them and it turned out amazing. This one is a keeper!

  • Theresa
    Jan 20, 2019

    This is our favorite and we have tried many. Some are too heavy on dairy for creaminess, some are not quite smooth, but not this one. Made as recommended first time and thoroughly enjoyed, now we add extra potatoes, more green onions for the topping, and some extra bacon as a garnish. Thanks for a winner!

  • Karl
    Feb 3, 2018

    I actually have. A question. When it says half and half cream. Is that like coffee creamer?

  • ebramkamp
    Oct 30, 2014

    After reading the reviews I decided to omit the potato flakes-I didn't have any either-and used two extra potatoes. This is a delicious and hearty soup. I added a small dollop of sour cream with the additional green onions and cheddar cheese on top when I served this soup.

  • Herbbarb
    Oct 13, 2014

    This recipe was great the only thing I think I would do different I would add little more potatoes. It was great !!

  • di50lem
    Apr 2, 2014

    While I thought the soup was good, I did make a few changes to make it taste a little more homemade.I omitted the flakes and used 2 additional potatoes as well as using more cream and spices. Also it's not baked potato soup as the potatoes were never baked?

  • Vandyvic
    Feb 20, 2014

    My husband said this was the best soup he's every eaten! My changes were to add 2 tsps. of minced garlic to sauté with onions and we all liked the cheese and green onions so we needed more than suggested for the toppings. My teen son also thought this was one of the best soups. I've started cooking soup once a week so they've had quite a few soups in the last couple of months.

  • fionasims
    Feb 17, 2014

    Family hit have been asked to make again good sign