Baked Potato Soup

Do you ever have those moments when you’re eating at a restaurant and you’re really enjoying whatever is in front of you…

Baked Potato Soup recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Then, you think to yourself, “Aha!  Why don’t I try making this at home?!?”

Baked Potato Soup recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Gotta love those glass-shattering moments when you recognize the possibilities of what you can do in your own kitchen, right?

Baked Potato Soup recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Well, that was the case for me and this Baked Potato Soup.  Dustin and I are big fans of this soup and often order it at restaurants.

Baked Potato Soup recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I mean, what’s not to love?  You have tender baked potatoes, creamy cheddar cheese, crunchy bacon pieces, crisp sliced green onions and some sour cream…are you kidding me?

Baked Potato Soup recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Plus, believe it or not, there’s not an ounce of heavy cream in this Baked Potato Soup, which is more than I can likely say for most other recipes you’ll find.  Not that I am against cream, per se, but it does tend to make food less healthy.

Baked Potato Soup recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Instead, I use a combination of milk and chicken stock. You won’t even notice the difference — it’s still as lusciously creamy as ever.

Baked Potato Soup recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Grab a bowl of this hearty soup and enjoy!

Baked Potato Soup

7 bacon strips, diced, plus more for garnish
1 shallot, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 green onions, chopped, plus more for garnish
3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
2 1/2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups chicken stock (preferably homemade chicken stock)
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup sour cream
1 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
2 medium-to-large russet potatoes, cubed with skin, baked
2 medium-to-large red potatoes, cubed with skin, baked
optional toppings: dollop sour cream, sliced green onions, grated cheddar cheese, bacon crumbles

Directions

Click here for instructions on how to bake a potato.

Heat a dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Add and cook diced bacon until crisp, but not burnt. Remove bacon and drain (on a paper towel) all but about 1 tbsp. of the bacon drippings from the pot. Add the shallot and cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic and green onions and cook 2 more minutes.

Stir in the flour and mix well. Add the bacon, salt, basil, oregano, thyme, pepper.  Stir in the milk, chicken stock and Worcestershire sauce and heat through until thickened.   Add the sour cream and cheddar cheese and stir to dissolve. Add the cubed potatoes and heat through.  Season to taste.

Garnish with optional toppings.

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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

13 comments… add one

  1. NanaBread (Jeanne) March 1, 2011, 10:39 am

    I love a great bowl of potato soup, and this one looks so good I can almost taste it just looking at your photos. You’ve done it again, Lacey. I’m putting this one on my ‘to do’ list.

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  2. Stephanie November 3, 2011, 12:54 pm

    Lacey,
    I made this soup yesterday and fed it to 4 kids ages 5-9 and they all loved the soup! (like licked the bowl clean love). My husband worked late so I left a bowl in the fridge for him. When he came to bed he woke me up to tell me the soup was the BOMB. In fact he asked me if I can bring him a bowl to work for lunch today. Thank you and I appreciate you sharing your recipes with us. They are all delicious.

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef November 5, 2011, 10:04 pm

      Oh, I’m so happy to hear what a success the soup was for the entire family, Stephanie. Thank you for sharing :)

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  3. Jessica December 22, 2011, 10:57 am

    Made this recipe last night, it was delicious! My whole family raved about it! Thanks, Lacey :)

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  4. Jessica January 23, 2012, 8:55 pm

    We made this soup tonight for dinner and it was super delicious!!! I said that it was the best baked potato soup I’ve had and the BF said that it was the best SOUP he’s ever had. Thank you for sharing the wonderful recipe!

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  5. Nancy Deible February 15, 2012, 12:43 pm

    I made your Baked Potato soup last night for my husband and I and it was supberb! I brought the left overs to work for lunch and it was great re-heated. I would like to send you some recipes–would you like that?

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  6. Erica February 15, 2012, 7:34 pm

    Yummy! Made this for dinner tonight and it turned out great!

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  7. Rhonda August 29, 2012, 1:31 am

    I made a different recipe last night, and noticed that when i added the cheddar to my soup at the end, it did not melt really well. I could see little clumps in the soup. What did I do wrong?

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef August 29, 2012, 9:46 am

      Rhonda, maybe you didn’t sprinkle it in slowly enough and wait for it to melt before adding more? Or maybe the cheese was in too large of chunks?

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  8. Barb November 1, 2012, 7:56 pm

    Dear Lacey…
    I just made your soup the other day and was it ever wonderful!!! I so enjoy your website… I’m looking forward to this weekend, and am going to make your ginger snap and chocolate chip cookies. From one cook to another.. thank-you :-)

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef November 1, 2012, 9:58 pm

      Hi Barb! Oh, you are so very, very welcome!! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the soup and I’m so excited for you to try the ginger cookies and choc chip cookies :)

      Thank you for your support!! :)

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