Get ready to warm up your belly with this slow cooker loaded baked potato soup. It’s so good, you’re going to be sad when you reach the end of your bowl.
It’s finally soup weather! Which means it’s time to pull out your crock pot and make some delicious potato soup. You’ll love how simple this recipe is!
While most potato soup recipes require a little bit of work and a lot of pot tending, the hardest part about making this slow cooker loaded baked potato soup is chopping the potatoes.
If you’re looking for a super simple potato soup recipe, this is the one for you. Every single bite is loaded with taste and flavor and you’re certain to love each one.
Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Here’s the deal. I’m a huge fan of homemade potato soup. But not just any type of potato soup…this one in general. It’s loaded and full of flavors and certain to please.
And if you take a peek below at all of the toppings, I think you’ll agree that this is truly one loaded soup recipe!
Ingredients to make homemade potato soup:
- 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, diced
- 6 slices of bacon, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ¼ cup of cold water
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
- ½ cup sour cream
- Extra cheese and bacon bits for topping, optional
- Add potatoes, bacon, salt, pepper, parsley flakes, garlic powder, and stock to the bowl of a large crock pot and stir to combine.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours, or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
- Add heavy whipping cream to crock pot and stir.
- Mix cornstarch and water until combined and add to soup. Stir to incorporate.
- Set temperature setting to high and bring soup to a simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add sharp cheddar cheese and sour cream. Stir to combine.
- Serve topped with cheese and bacon bits (optional).
So, to start making this simple potato soup recipe, you’ll need to chop. To make your job a little bit easier, I suggest choosing Yukon gold potatoes for this recipe. These soft potatoes will help make the soup thicker and creamier, and their thin skin means you don’t need to peel them (unless you want to, of course). This recipe calls for two pounds of potatoes diced into small, even chunks.
After you have finished chopping your potatoes, grab a few pieces of pre-cooked bacon and chop it as well. Or, to make things even simpler, use some real bacon bits and skip this step altogether. Toss your chopped potatoes and bacon into the crock pot and season everything with salt, pepper, parsley flakes, and garlic powder.
Finish filling your crock pot with chicken or vegetable stock and stir. Cook the potatoes for six to eight hours on low or three to four hours on high and let the crock pot do its magic. When the potatoes are fork-tender and filled with delicious flavor, it’s time to thicken your soup.
To thicken the mixture, start by pouring in two cups of heavy whipping cream and stir well. Then, mix two tablespoons cornstarch with ¼ cup of cold water and stir until combined. Pour your cornstarch mixture into the soup, stir to mix, and turn your crock pot to high. If you want a super-thick soup, consider using a potato masher to smash a third of the potatoes in the crock pot while you wait for the soup to simmer.
Allow the soup to simmer for 10 minutes or until your potato soup is as thick as you want it. Now it’s time to add the good stuff to this loaded baked potato soup. Stir in some sour cream and sharp cheddar cheese to take this delicious soup up a notch and make it taste just like a loaded baked potato.
Your family will love this hearty soup – especially when you top it with a handful of cheese and some extra bacon pieces. It’s perfect as a meal by itself or served with a warm sandwich or grilled cheese.
What toppings go well with this slow cooker potato soup?
Toppings are one of the best parts! I love some shredded cheese for this recipe, but you can’t go wrong with some of these other great options as well:
- Chopping Onions
- Sour Cream
- Bacon Bits
- Crushed Crackers
As you can see, whatever you want, you can get!
So, what do you think? Do you feel that your taste buds are ready for this delicious soup now that the weather is starting to get a little bit warmer?
What toppings will you add to this slow cooker loaded potato soup?