This loaded baked potato soup is comfort food at its best! Every bite combines all the things you love about loaded baked potatoes, including sour cream, bacon, and cheese, for a truly satisfying meal to keep you cozy on these winter days. This recipe is pure indulgence, so we don’t recommend going with “low fat” on any of the ingredients.
Loaded Baked Potato Soup Recipe
4 large Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
½ tsp salt for boiling potatoes
1 8 oz. package bacon
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups whole milk (or half-and-half for an even richer soup)
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 1/4 cups sharp orange cheddar cheese, shredded
¾ cup sour cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped green onions
Shredded cheddar cheese
Place the potatoes in a large stockpot and cover with water. Add salt. Cook about 8-10 minutes or until tender (pierce with a fork to test). Drain and set aside.
In a large Dutch oven, cook the bacon until crisp. Drain most of the fat but keep 1 tablespoon of the drippings in the pot. When bacon is cool, crumble and set aside.
Add the butter to the bacon fat and stir to combine, then add the onion and saute until translucent. Next, add the garlic and saute another minute until fragrant. Whisk in the flour and cook until combined, about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the milk, and then the broth. Cook over medium heat until lightly bubbling and thickened, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes.
Add the potatoes and using a potato masher, lightly mash the potatoes into the liquid, leaving some of them chunky. You can use an immersion blender if you like a smoother soup, but it’s not necessary.
Reduce heat to low, and stir in the sour cream and the shredded cheddar until the cheese is melted. Add half of the cooked bacon (reserving the rest for garnish). Remove from heat. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls, top with your favorite toppings, and serve!
Note: You can even serve up this soup in individual bread bowls for a truly delightful meal!