Fully Loaded Potato Soup is thick and creamy, filled with bacon, cheese, sour cream and green onions…tastes like a fully stuffed baked potato!
Do you love to make soup when it is cold outside? I sure do! One of the things I love about the crisp and cool weather in Fall is making Potato Soup… Fully Loaded Potato Soup!
Fully LOADED Potato Soup is packed with all the good things you would stuff a baked potato with, given the chance. Bacon, cheese, chives, sour cream… well, you get the picture! A hot bowl of this flavor-packed potato soup on a cold day is just what you need to satisfy a growling stomach.
Trying Out This Soup Recipe On Friends
A couple of years ago I had about 9 ladies from a Bible Study group I was in, over for lunch. I made a big pot of fully loaded potato soup. No recipe was used, I just put it all together (had made it many times from scratch!) and it was wonderful! I received several compliments on the soup.
My friend, Judy asked me where I got the recipe, and told her I just made it up as I went along. I couldn’t even give her the recipe because I didn’t write anything down as I cooked. Epic FAIL.
Sooo… it’s now two years later and I finally remembered to document with PHOTOS the making of this delicious and filling, fully loaded potato soup. I made a big batch recently on a rainy, cold, dismal day (aren’t those the BEST days for making a big pot of soup?)
It’s easier than you think to make fully loaded potato soup… and IT IS YUMMY! Perfect for a cool evening’s meal (very filling) and lunch leftovers the next day! Hope you will give this recipe a try… I am confident you will LOVE it!
Making Fully Loaded Potato Soup
Russet potatoes are chopped into planks, then cut into small cubes. Smaller potato cubes will cook a lot faster than large chunks!
The potatoes are cooked with green onions, salt, pepper, and part of the bacon pieces. Let me tell you, it smells GOOD, because of those onions and bacon!
A little bit of flour is added to the cooked potatoes. The ingredients continue to cook and soften. This flour will act as a thickening agent for the fully loaded potato soup, making it thick and creamy!
Milk and whipping cream is added to the cooking pan with the fully loaded potato soup. Once the soup has thickened, grated cheddar cheese is added.
The fully loaded potato soup continues to cook, and the cheese will melt into the thickened soup. This will add another layer of flavor and creaminess.
Here you can see the thickened fully loaded potato soup, with the bacon and potato chunks! It looks so good, but is not quite finished!
Right before serving, sour cream is stirred into the hot, thick fully loaded potato soup! The sour cream will add yet another layer of flavor and creaminess to the soup.
The hot, fully loaded potato soup is ladled into individual serving bowls. It looks good just as it is, but the topping for the soup is what helps put it over the top!
Each bowl of soup is garnished with crispy bacon pieces, additional cheddar cheese, and chopped chives. That REALLY pretties this soup up, and adds even more flavor! ENJOY!
This fully loaded potato soup is one of our family’s all time favorite soups. I hope it will become one of your favorite soups, too! Have a great day!
Looking For More SOUP Recipes?
You can find all of my soup recipes in the Recipe Index, at the top of the page. A few of our favorites include:
- Grandma’s Southern-Style Chicken n’ Dumpllngs (my #1 pinned recipe!)
- Mom’s Old-Fashioned Chili
- Easy & Healthy Veggie Soup
- Green Chili Chicken Crockpot Enchilada Soup
- Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup
- Beef and Barley Soup
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- 5 large Russet potatoes , cut into 1 inch cubes
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- Salt and Pepper , to taste
- 2 heaping Tablespoons flour
- 5 pieces bacon
- 5 green onion stalks , sliced (green stem and white bulb),
- 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese (reserve a bit for garnish)
- 5 cups milk
- 3/4 cup whipping cream
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 Tablespoons chives , chopped (for garnish)
- Cook bacon in skillet. When half way cooked, remove 2 slices. Chop into small pieces and place into a large soup pot. Continue cooking the 3 pieces of bacon remaining in the skillet until crispy. Drain, crumble, and set aside (2 slices will go into the soup later, one will be used for garnish),
- Melt 3 Tablespoons butter in the soup pot with the 2 slices of chopped, half-cooked bacon. Add cubed potatoes, and chopped green onions,, and stir to combine. Cook potatoes, stirring frequently for about 7-8 minutes, or until softened slightly.
- Generously salt and pepper the potatoes. Sprinkle potatoes with 2 heaping Tablespoons of flour. Stir well to combine..
- Add milk to soup pot and stir well. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
- Add whipping cream (do not boil), cheddar cheese, and 2 slices crispy, (chopped) bacon. Stir to combine.
- Simmer on low for 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, if needed.
- Right before you serve the soup, add the sour cream and mix well.
- Ladle the soup into serving bowls, and garnish with a bit of crumbled bacon, cheddar cheese, and the chopped chives. Enjoy!
**I usually add 2 slices of halfway cooked bacon to the soup pot to cook with the potatoes for extra flavor, BUT If you prefer, you can cook ALL the bacon until crispy. Add all but one piece to the soup at one time (saving one slice to crumble for garnish!)
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