All the goodness of a loaded baked potato in a creamy, silky smooth soup. Warm, hearty, and completely satisfying.
Winter is here! Winter is here! Actually, it’s been winter across most of the country for several weeks. It’s a different story here in Florida. I thought winter skipped us all together, but then it happened. Last week, the temperatures dropped to the 60s and 70s.
Woohoo! Winter has arrived. I know what you’re thinking. Temps in the 60s and 70s are still T-shirt weather in the northern states. In Florida, it’s time to break out the scarves and jackets. After you’ve lived in Florida for a while, anything cooler than 70 is downright chilly, especially when the wind blows.
Regardless of where you live, winter is the perfect time of year for yummy, warm, hearty foods. That means lots of soups, stews, gravies, and dishes to keep you warm. I didn’t hesitate. I wanted to make a creamy but light soup while it was still cool outside. Something warm, cheesy, and silky smooth. It just so happens that John got me this awesome KitchenAid Hand Blender for Christmas, and I hadn’t gotten an opportunity to use it yet. I decided to make a creamy loaded potato soup so I could have soup and use my new hand blender. Double happiness! Yay!
Creamy loaded potato soup tastes just like a loaded baked potato but in a rich, smooth form. It’s easy to make, and the consistency can be changed to suit your preference. Some people like big potato pieces, bacon, and melted cheese in the soup while others like the bacon and cheese on top. I’ve even heard some people load it up with celery, onions, and carrots. The recipe is so versatile that you can’t possibly go wrong.
I chose to go very simple and follow the less is best philosophy. This creamy loaded potato soup is filled with small bits of potatoes and cheese and is topped with crunchy bacon, more shredded cheese, and green onions. I’ve found that using a hand blender or immersion blender works well if you want a thicker, creamier soup.
The blender helps break down the potatoes some and mix them with the milk and cheese. If you like a chunkier soup, skip the blender process and leave the potatoes in larger pieces. Either way, this creamy loaded potato soup is super satisfying and simple to make. Add this to a half sandwich for a quick and easy lunch on a cold day.
Used for this recipe:
- 3-4 slices of bacon chopped into bite-sized pieces
- 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 cups milk (I use whole milk)
- 3 medium potatoes peeled and cubed into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup cheddar cheese (plus more for topping)
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Green onions thinly sliced
- Salt and pepper to taste
Cook bacon and chop into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
Melt butter in large stockpot over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until combined. The mixture will turn light brown. Continue to whisk for 2-3 minutes.
Slowly add the milk and chicken broth to the flour mixture. Whisk until well combined.
Add the potatoes and bring to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer and allow to cook until fork tender (about 15 minutes).
Take off the heat and slowly stir in the heavy cream, sour cream, cheese, salt and pepper.
If you want a creamier soup, use an immersion blender to blend to the desired consistency. If the soup is too thick, additional milk can be added to thin soup out. (This step is optional.)
Top with bacon, green onions and additional cheese.
Serve immediately and enjoy!