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Loaded Potato Soup

Creamy potato soup loaded with baked potato toppings and extra gooey cheese.


Let me familiarize you with two opinions I live by:

  1. The more cheese, the better.
  2. There is no such thing as too cheesy.

I’m sorry, but I just don’t understand the phrase too cheesy. My brain refuses to put those two words together. In my house, cheese finds its way on just about everything. My fridge has a special cheese drawer, and it’s always well stocked with a variety of cheese. In order to save time, I always keep a few bags of Kraft shredded cheese handy for cooking up meals in a pinch. Since we go through a lot of cheese, I was happy to save on Kraft products at Target. Kraft is currently offering up to $20 in coupons towards their products at Target. Check the link at the bottom of this post for details.

Now that you’re familiar with my love of cheese, let’s talk about this loaded potato soup. I took everything you would top a baked potato with and added it to big pot of creamy potato soup. We’re talkin’ bacon, sour cream, and loads of shredded cheese. I added so much cheese that your spoon will leave trails of gooey cheese strings as it leaves your bowl of soup. Now, that’s what I call cheesy.

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This soup takes about an hour from start to finish. If you want to save time, you can prep the ingredients a few days before you’re ready to make the soup.

The one ingredient you won’t find on your baked potato that I added to this recipe is leeks. I adore leeks in my potato soup. They add a delicate onion flavor to the base of the soup that pairs perfectly with the potatoes. If you’re not familiar with leeks, they’re part of the onion/garlic family. They look like fat versions of a spring onion.

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To clean leeks:

1. Chop off the dark green top, leaving the white/light green portion of the leek. The dark green tops tend to be tough and fibrous.

2. Cut your leeks in half lengthwise. Fan open the leeks and run them under cold water, rinsing out any dirt or soil that may be stuck between the folds. Pat them dry with a clean towel.

3. Chop off the bottom root and slice into 1/4-inch thick half rounds.

This soup is hearty and filling–perfect for a chilly day. For an easy meal for the holidays, make this soup a few days ahead and reheat on the big day for an effortless meal. Serve with crusty bread for dipping.

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Loaded Potato Soup

Yield: 12 servings

Total Time: 50 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes


5 slices bacon, chopped into 1/2-inch slices

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 cups leeks, cleaned and chopped into 1/4-inch half rounds

3 large carrots, diced

3 stalks celery, diced

1 medium onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

3 large russet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/4-inch cubes

6 cups chicken stock

1 teaspoon kosher salt (more to taste)

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 1/2 cups 2% milk

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 cups shredded cheese (such as Kraft)

1/4 cup sour cream

salt and pepper to taste




Cook the bacon in a large dutch oven over medium heat until crispy. Transfer the bacon to a paper-towel lined plate and set aside for later, reserving 2 tablespoons of bacon grease.

Add the butter, leeks, carrots, celery, and onion to the pot with the reserved bacon grease. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently so the garlic doesn’t burn.

Increase the heat to medium-high and add the potatoes, teaspoon of kosher salt, Italian seasoning, and chicken stock. Stir to combine. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, about 15-20 minutes.

While the potatoes are cooking, whisk together the milk and flour.

Turn the heat down to medium-low and stir in the milk mixture. Allow the soup to thicken, about 3-5 minutes.

Using an immersion blender, pulse until the soup is slightly smooth but still chunky. If you don’t own an immersion blender, transfer 2/3 of the soup mixture to a blender and blend until smooth, then add the smooth soup back to the pot and stir to combine.

Stir in the heavy cream and seasoned salt.

Turn off the heat and stir in the sour cream and shredded cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve topped with bacon, sour cream, and a sprinkle of cheese.

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22 Responses to “Loaded Potato Soup”

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — December 18, 2013 at 8:54 am

    there IS no such thing as too cheesy! Yay cheese! and yay this soup, Michael would def. love the crap outta this too!


    • Jennie replied December 18th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      My feelings exactly, Kayle. Too much cheese–psht. Thanks!


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    Julia — December 18, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Oops, I got confused by the comment box above. Must drink more coffe! Love this soup!


    • Julia replied December 18th, 2013 at 9:31 am

      coffee.. Ohhhh gaaaaaawl. ;)


    • Jennie replied December 18th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      I’m not a fan of that darn comment box. Not really sure what it’s all about. Thanks, Julia.


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    [email protected] & Trinkets — December 18, 2013 at 11:59 am

    MOAR CHEESE. Cheesey is best. :D

    This soup sounds fantastic. I waaaaaaant soooooome


    • Jennie replied December 18th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Pile on the cheese! Thanks, Kim.


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    Jen — December 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    This looks delicious! And I adore that fact that you used leeks. I can’t wait to try this recipe.


    • Jennie replied December 18th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Thank you so much, Jen. I adore leeks.


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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — December 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Gorgeous soup, Jennie! I’m with you on the cheese thing…never is there too much! I’ve missed you and your blog. Stopped by today and what do I see? A brand new spankin’ blog design by Purr and I just love it! So fresh and inviting. Thanks for sharing. Will be pinning to group boards at Pinterest! xo


    • Jennie replied December 18th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Thank you so much, Stacy. Three cheers for cheese!Thanks for pinning.


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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 19, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Potato soup is one of my faveeesss!


  7. #
    [email protected] — December 19, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I LOVE your new site design!!! So pretty!!! And since I’m freezing, this soup would totally make me feel warm and cozy!


  8. #
    Amy @ Elephant Eats — December 19, 2013 at 11:37 am

    My husband has been begging me to make him a potato soup like this…i think i’ve found my recipe! Thanks :)


  9. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    WHAT! Okay. I know I’m an awful blog reader and it’s been a long while since I was last here but your pictures are INSANE. What did you do?! Tell me your secret! :D

    (I don’t even like soup but had to comment on the awesomeness of these pictures.)


    • Jennie replied January 3rd, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Erin, you are so sweet. Thank you. My husband painted new background boards, and my photos have been better ever since. Of course he’s now taking all the credit.


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    Melissa — December 30, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    What are you supposed to do with the bacon grease you said to reserve? :)


    • Jennie replied January 3rd, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Melissa! Thank you so much for pointing that out. I left the recipe a bit ambiguous. The reserved bacon grease stays in the pot and the veggies get sauteed in its deliciousness. I fixed the recipe. I hope you received the email I sent you the other day. Happy cooking!


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    Kaye Kure — March 26, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Absolutely delish! We couldn’t get enough of this soup! I made a spinach and mushroom salad with sliced strawberries coated in a honey sweet balsamic dressing to go with this soup. And a huge loaf of crusty chewy 7 grain bread. Both are my family’s favorite sides. But the soup was sooooo good, hardly any of the sides were eaten. Everybody just wanted more soup. Thanks for a great recipe!!


    • Jennie replied March 26th, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Hi Kaye! I am so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed the recipe. The salad that you made to go with the soup sounds amazing. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment; I love hearing from my readers.



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