‘Tis the time of the year to break out my favorite BIG Dutch Oven, along with my favorite soup recipes, and it just doesn’t get much better than this delicious loaded baked potato soup…
Still full of the creamy, bacon-y flavor of a loaded baked potato, a couple of tricks allow you to prepare this baked potato soup recipe and have it on the table in under 30 minutes! Served with a simple salad and a fresh loaf of bread, this is definitely one of our favorite quick, easy and simple weeknight meals.
I mentioned that I use a couple of tricks to make speed up the preparation of this loaded baked potato soup. The first is using a very thin-skinned potato, like these honey gold potatoes that I picked up at Walmart.
Think about it — peeling potatoes adds precious minutes to your prep time before cooking. Not only are these honey gold potatoes a flavorful choice, but the thin skin means there’s no need for peeling. Simply cube them up as is, then cover and cook in the chicken broth. You’ll be able to easily mash them up with a potato masher!
The second most time-consuming aspect of a typical baked potato soup recipe is cooking the bacon. I took a little shortcut and picked up a package of Oscar Mayer Thick Fully Cooked Bacon. Yes, it’s slightly more expensive, but compared to what a trip through the drive-thru costs our family, it’s still quite a bargain in my eyes.
One last tip is to start chopping and slicing the bacon and green onions while the potatoes are cooking. If you still have a few spare minutes, work on measuring out the milk, sour cream and cheddar cheese, as well. By keeping busy while the potatoes are cooking, you’re shaving valuable minutes off of your total prep time!
Top off this easy loaded baked potato soup with an additional dollop of sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon and sliced green onions for a hot and hearty meal any day of the week!
If you’re looking for an amazing soup option for your slow cooker, try this easy chili recipe! It’s another fantastic option on a cold day.
Monday 19th of December 2022
Do you drain the potatoes before mashing?
Monday 19th of December 2022
Hi Cari! No, the broth stays in the pot and becomes the base of the soup. I'll add a note to the recipe to clarify this.
Wednesday 30th of November 2022
It says to stir in milk but I don't see an amount?
Thursday 1st of December 2022
Hi Coty! It's 1 cup of milk, as listed in the recipe card ingredients.
Monday 3rd of October 2022
Absolutely delicious! So easy! So yummy. Thank you!!
Wednesday 5th of October 2022
So happy you loved it, Lindsey! I haven't made this in awhile -- need to fix that ASAP.
Saturday 28th of March 2015
I just finished making you loaded potato soup, and I had to let you know how fabulous it is! Thank you for sharing, and you were right in that it is simple yet packed with flavor! I am excited to try other recipes you've shared. Thanks again!
Tuesday 17th of February 2015
This Loaded Baked Potato Soup is delicious, Tara. Thanks!!! I found your Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe about a year ago and it was a huge hit with my family. When it gets really cold here in northeast Ohio my hubby asks for Chicken Tortilla Soup. It is the perfect food for below zero weather. Now I will make Loaded Baked Potato Soup too. My picky eater hubby is a fan of your recipe's.
Tara @ Unsophisticook
Friday 20th of February 2015
So glad you love it, Shelly! I was surprised at how well it went over with my whole family. Thinking I need to match another big batch this weekend with the snow we have forecasted!