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This  Loaded Baked Potato Soup is perfect for cold-weather entertaining! Hearty and delicious with toppings of bacon, sour cream and cheese will please your family and your guests.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup in a white bowl with cheese and bacon garnish

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

There’s a definite chill in the air. Ideal soup weather.  This easy recipe for a loaded baked potato soup the perfect way to warm you from the inside out. It’s darn tasty, too.

In the winter, I am the one in the family that keeps her coat on for an hour after we get home from running errands, wears multiple layers of clothing, and has an electric mattress pad. The one disadvantage of being skinny is constantly feeling cold when the temps plummet. I sip hot tea all day long.

When it gets really cold, I turn to hot, steaming dishes for dinner. Soup, like this Homemade Beef Barley Soup, is a favorite. Hubby prefers his meat and potatoes, so sprinkling this baked potato soup with a healthy amount of chopped bacon does help.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup in a white terrine garnished with cheese, bacon and chives

What’s the best way to bake a potato?

Though I’ve microwaved a potato in a pinch, the potato ends up more steamed than baked. Using the oven is the best way to bake a potato. Here are the easy steps:

  • Wash and dry your potatoes. Use a knife or fork to pierce through the skin and into the potato in a number of spots. This prevents the potatoes from bursting open in the oven as the steam builds up inside.
  • If you’re not using the baked potatoes for soup, rub each lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt.
  • Preheat your oven to 350º and place the potatoes directly on the oven rack.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until the skin is crispy and the potatoes give when you squeeze them.
  • To add to your dinner menu, cut open and top with butter, sour cream or your favorite toppings. If using for soup or twice baked potatoes, let them cool enough to handle, then scoop out the flesh as needed for the recipe.

Tips for Making an Easy Potato Soup

  • Russet potatoes work well for this baked potato soup instead of a waxy yellow or red potato.
  • Steak houses typically use russet potatoes when they serve a baked potato with your beef.
  • You can tweak your potato soup by mixing in your favorite baked potato toppings.
  • I usually go with sour cream, shredded sharp cheddar, bacon and chives or scallions.
  • Feel free to saute a few cloves of garlic to make a garlicky baked potato soup.  Think of the toppings you enjoy on a baked potato or potato skins. The possibilities are endless.

Give this loaded baked potato soup a try.  My countdown to spring has begun. How about you?

Side view of Loaded Baked Potato Soup in a white ceramic soup bowl with two red handled soup spoons

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This post was first shared in October 2017. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

Easy Potato Soup in a white bowl with two soup spoons

Baked Potato Soup

A creamy potato soup garnished like a baked potato!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 6 servings


  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion, softened in water
  • 6 cups milk
  • 1/2-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Crumbled bacon, sliced scallions or chives, sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese for garnish


  1. Wash potatoes and prick with a fork. Bake at 400º for one hour or till soft. When cool enough to handle, cut in half and remove pulp.
  2. Melt butter in large pan. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for one minute. Gradually add milk while stirring; cook over medium heat till thick and bubbly.
  3. Add reserved pulp, salt and pepper, onions, and cheese. Heat thoroughly, adding extra milk to thin if necessary. Recheck seasonings and add more salt and pepper if needed
  4. Ladle into bowls and garnish as desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bowl

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 574Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 813mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 5gSugar: 3gProtein: 20g


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33 comments on “Loaded Baked Potato Soup”

  1. YUM! This is for sure one of the BEST potato soups, Liz. Perfect for our rainy weather here.
    Happy Sunday!

  2. My son’s favorite soup! Have a great Sunday Liz:@)

  3. not sure what I love more this soup or the pot its in ! beautiful!

  4. A nice way to upgrade the flavors of a simple potato soup!

  5. Baked Potato Soup is a favorite. I love the flavors and what a gorgeous bowl of soup!

  6. This soup has comfort written all over it! Love this fun idea and yes a great addition for a gathering.

  7. Looks so incredibly hearty!

  8. Oh my goodness, this looks like comfort food at it’s finest!

  9. My goodness Liz – what a gorgeous bowl of soup! Talk about the perfect comfort food, you are an amazing cook!

  10. Such a wonderful soup for fall and the cooler weather! I just love your photos!

  11. I’m no fan of the cold either, I can’t wait for late spring as the warmth will come back! This soup is great for keeping the cold at bay.

  12. It’s not often I would endulge potatoes but this soup would definitely be the one! We have been rather fortunate weather-wise, it’s been quite lovely lately. But I know what you mean, even though I’m no where near skinny, I do find it difficult to keep warm, particularly my hands ans feet.

  13. Liz!! This is so funny. I literally made a loaded baked potato soup for dinner tonight!! I wish I’d seen your recipe first, I would have loved to try it!! It looks wonderful!

  14. My husband is usually not a soup lover but he has a weakness for Loaded Baked Potato Soup! I seriously need to make this for him- I think the whole family will be thrilled because it look amazing!

  15. What’s funny is that I am skinny too, but I am almost always hot. So weird, I cannot explain it. This soup is pure comfort food!

  16. Liz, this was delicious. I didn’t have enough milk but with cream, chicken broth, and sour cream, I managed to catch up with you. Mike isn’t easily pleased but he LOVED this soup. I wish I’d had more potatoes to make more soup to freeze and save. It was wonderful. THANK YOU~!~!

  17. Love the idea of this soup! Who could resist that flavor? I’d make this the whole meal — really good stuff. Thanks!

  18. I have never made baked potato soup though I have been terribly tempted. This sounds totally calorie worthy!

  19. That looks like true comfort in a bowl.

  20. Comfort food at its best! I think everyone in my family would love this one also.

  21. AWESOME recipe Liz! Perfect for us as well, not that finally the temps are a bit cooler. And you’re SO like Panos, the paragraph where you describe yourself with the coat, the electric mattress and sipping tea all day lol !!!
    Sending you our love,
    Mirella and Panos

  22. all i want is a bowl of this soup by a bonfire! baked potato soap is one of my favorites

  23. This is one of my favorite soups! I love the toppings you used!

  24. This was so hearty and delicious! Such a great dinner to enjoy on a busy night because it’s so easy to make!

  25. This is the best potato soup recipe! So delicious and healthy. Perfect comfort food for winter. 

  26. This is such an amazing comfort food!! Everyone at my house loved it!

  27. Such a delicious and comforting soup! The flavor was amazing and the family really enjoyed it!

  28. This recipe is truly a classic! It’s one that makes winter not quite so cold 🙂 Love it!

  29. Not sure how I missed this gorgeous dish but I’m so glad I found it. I’m definitely not skinny but the chill of winter stops me in my tracks! My feet have been freezing since our return from Spain on Thursday, I’m ready for spring!

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