Baked Potato Soup

Fall Recipes, Main Dish, Pork, Seasonal Recipes, Soup and Stew | 42 comments

The day before Christmas left us busy with errands, wrapping presents, and plans for a low key Christmas Eve meal. Something hearty and quick, but still satisfying. This Baked Potato Soup from Cooking Light was absolutely perfect. It is simple and comes together incredibly fast with inexpensive ingredients. You can cut additional time off the prep if you microwave the potatoes instead of baking them. Or, if you’re thinking ahead of time you can wrap the potatoes in foil and bake them in the crock-pot until tender.

Simple meals are sometimes best when you want to spend more time with family and less time cooking and cleaning. Combine the pure comfort of a loaded baked potato with the warming power of a bowl of hot soup and you have a perfect winter meal. We were all warm and full after one bowl.

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

Baked Potato Soup

adapted from The Best of Cooking Light
serves 8

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4 baking potatoes (2 1/2 pounds)
2 Tbs butter
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
6 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese, plus extra for garnish
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
3/4 cup chopped green onions, divided
10 slices center cut bacon, cooked and crumbled


Preheat oven to 400°.

Pierce potatoes with a fork; bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool. Peel potatoes; coarsely mash. Discard skins.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Melt butter in a large dutch oven. Add flour, whisking to combine with the butter. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly (about 8 minutes). Add mashed potatoes, cheese, salt, pepper, and paprika, stirring until cheese melts. Remove from heat.

Stir in sour cream and 1/2 cup onions. Cook over low heat 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated (do not boil). Add additional salt and pepper if desired. Sprinkle each serving with cheese, onions, and bacon.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Amy from She Wears Many Hats - December 28, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

    This is one of my favorites and since I'll be trying to get thin in 2010 the lighter version of everything will be a have to.Great photos.


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    Maria - December 28, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

    Very hearty and comforting. Perfect for a cold winter day!


  • 3
    Emily - December 28, 2009 @ 4:55 pm

    Great idea! I can't eat another plate of leftovers but also don't want to make another big mess in the kitchen. We will have this tonight!


  • 4
    oneordinaryday - December 28, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

    This looks like the perfect meal for the snowy weather we have around here.


  • 5
    Alexandra - December 28, 2009 @ 6:43 pm

    Omgosh, my boyfriend would love this.


  • 6
    Sarah Caron - December 28, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

    That sounds delish! Perfect for these frigid days we've been having lately here in New England. And I love that it's a lighter version too.


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    Cibaria Oils - December 28, 2009 @ 11:37 pm

    YUM! This is perfect for the cold weather. Thanks for sharing!


  • 8
    chakhlere - December 28, 2009 @ 11:48 pm

    What a yummy soup…!!! I would love to have this right now in this cold weather. Great click.


  • 9
    Iris - December 29, 2009 @ 1:43 am

    My friend just sent me this link because she knows I like to make soup. :) Looks delicious and your photos are gorgeous!


  • 10
    Amanda - December 29, 2009 @ 2:03 am

    This looks so delicious!


  • 11
    Patsyk - December 29, 2009 @ 2:27 am

    I've made this soup in the past and loved it! I had forgotten about it until now… looks so nice with the very cold winter days we are having.


  • 12
    oneshotbeyond - December 29, 2009 @ 3:16 am

    beautifully presented!


  • 13
    Chow and Chatter - December 29, 2009 @ 3:27 am

    looks wonderful and love the way you garnished it Rebecca


  • 14
    Barbara Bakes - December 29, 2009 @ 3:37 am

    This looks so easy and delicious! I wonder if I could use the refrigerated hash brown potatoes instead of baked mashed ones?


  • 15
    ktbwood - December 29, 2009 @ 4:05 am

    wow that looks great! reminds me of O charleys soup!


  • 16
    Lauren - December 29, 2009 @ 4:15 am

    Oh yes! This looks heavenly =D. Love the flavours in there!


  • 17
    Kristen - December 29, 2009 @ 4:30 am

    I have a recipe for this as well…I love being able to throw it in the crock pot and leave it all day. Makes a busy day a little less stressful.


  • 18
    Trish - December 29, 2009 @ 5:45 am

    I love it…what a great idea! Your blog is so very beautiful!


  • 19
    tastymealsathome - December 29, 2009 @ 5:51 am

    ;looks like a great soup! I think we'll try this one


  • 20
    tastyeatsathome - December 29, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    Our kids would love this. I am definitely saving this to make soon!


  • 21
    Katelyn - December 29, 2009 @ 4:56 pm

    Do you agree that this would serve 8, in real servings… not Cooking Light servings? I've always shied away from making this because it's just my husband and I, but if you think it'd really be more like 5 servings, I'd probably take the plunge. Thanks!


  • 22
    Mother Rimmy - December 29, 2009 @ 5:46 pm

    This is a husband pleaser for sure. Great recipe!


  • 23
    Katie @ goodLife {eats} - December 29, 2009 @ 6:10 pm

    Katelyn – we got 8 bowls (size show in photos) out of this recipe. They weren't gigantic servings, but the recipe is filling so no one felt the needs for seconds. If you are a big eater, then it might be more like 6 servings. Hope that helps. You could always cut the recipe in half, too, if you need less soup.


  • 24
    DailyChef - December 29, 2009 @ 9:21 pm

    This looks delicious! I'm always a fan for soup, and these cold winter nights make it even more appetizing.


  • 25
    Barbara Bakes - December 30, 2009 @ 2:23 am

    I made this soup tonight with refrigerated hash browns and it was delicious! Thanks for posting!


  • 26
    Kristen - December 30, 2009 @ 2:33 am

    LOVE that photo!!Did you get anything fun for Christmas?Hope you had a good one!


  • 27
    Katie @ goodLife {eats} - December 30, 2009 @ 3:07 am

    Barbara – sorry I didn't respond to your question earlier, but glad the hash browns worked out for you!


  • 28
    Stephanie - December 30, 2009 @ 4:01 am

    It looks delicious! Perfect for a cold winter's


  • 29
    Cristie - December 30, 2009 @ 4:12 am

    What a wonderful looking soup. I've heard about baked potatoe soup but never tried it before, no excuses now!


  • 30
    Bec - December 30, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

    This looks great! I've had this recipe bookmarked for awhile now and you've inspired me to finally make it.


  • 31
    Amy I. - December 30, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

    Great minds DO think alike! Wasn't it delicious? I especially love your styling… beautiful photo!


  • 32
    Zoe - December 30, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

    I love potato soup, your dishes are so pretty, too!


  • 33
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - January 03, 2010 @ 3:06 am

    Beautiful… Sounds like a comforting, tasty soup. I'll save this recipe for a cold, snowy night!


  • 34
    Jason Sandeman - January 03, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

    I might just have to accidentally make more baked potatoes than I need next time just so I can make this soup!


  • 35
    Teresa - October 04, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    Do you think I could use nonfat buttermilk in place of the 2% milk for this recipe? I have some buttermilk leftover from another recipe and need to use it up very soon.


  • 36
    Tiffanie - November 05, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

    Katie! I’m lovin’ this post! This is the first time I’ve come across your blog, but the photos ARE yummy, like you said in your description! :) There’s nothing better than tasty food accompanied by tasteful photographs! lol. I’m sure I’ll be stopping by more often now.


  • 37
    Ashley - November 29, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

    I love this recipe, but instead of 6 cups of milk, I use 3 cups of chicken broth, and 3 cups of milk…and a little cream. And I always add more like 12 potatoes and dont mash them completely..I like mine kinda chunky! But this is definitely a favorite in our house!


  • 38
    ButterYum - February 14, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    Looks wonderful – thanks for sharing this recipe… most of the others I found included ingredients which were way too rich. This one should be perfect.



  • 39
    Kristin - March 03, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    I used 1% milk and reduced fat cheese and my husband still said it was the best baked potato soup he’s ever had! So delish…will definitely be making this a lot!


  • 40
    Kelly - February 06, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    We made this tonight and it was delicious! I microwaved the potatoes and used pre-cooked, microwavable bacon, which saved some time. Thanks for the recipe!


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