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Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup Bar

This Easy Baked Potato Soup is like your favorite loaded baked potato in soup form! It features sour cream, cheese, green onions, homemade bacon bits, and broccoli.

Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup Bar

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Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup

We have a pretty busy week this week, as we did last week and it seems even the week before had a lot going on as well. Maybe that is our new normal, at least for a little while. One of the big things going on in our life this week is that I have to take Logan to Middle School registration night.

And he’s about to be turning 11 in less than 2 weeks. I am a little bit in the mode of thinking about birthday plans and the fact that I am going to have an 11 year old! What?! When did that all happen?!

Something easy, but still yummy and warm (because after a week of pretty much spring weather, we are now getting snow again), was definitely in store for our dinner plans.

I thought it would be fun to do a DIY Soup Bar. It made it more interesting and fun for everyone to be able to top their soups the way they wanted and add all kinds of mix-ins to the base that I provided.

I think for kids it gives them a little bit of an illusion of control regarding what they are going to eat for a meal, when otherwise they might not be so happy with what you’re offering.

I decided I wanted to do a an easy baked potato soup bar. I love Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes and thought that those elements would taste awesome in soup form. It didn’t take very long at all to prep all of those elements to go along with a pot of Bear Creek Creamy Potato Soup.

So, during the day when they were at school, I chopped up some bacon and threw it in the oven to make my favorite Homemade Bacon Bits, shredded some cheese, sliced green onions, steamed the broccoli, heated the soup.

Then I put all the ingredients in individual bowls and dishes and stored it in the fridge until dinner. When it was dinner time, I just quickly reheated the soup on the stove, laid everything on the counter and told the kids dinner was ready.

It was so super easy! And it made our evening go really smoothly since it was all prepped ahead of time and the mess was really minimal to clean up.

Madeline did the hardest part of loading all of the dishes in the dishwasher and Logan took the trash out. Hosting a DIY Soup Bar, such as this Easy Baked Potato Soup Bar, would be a really fun evening to have friends over as well.

I think guests would love being able to personalize their own bowls and enjoy some hot soup together on a cold evening, maybe with some board or card games to play with while socializing.

Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup Bar

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Baked Potato Soup Ingredients

To make this easy baked potato soup recipe, you’ll need:

  • 1 packet Bear Creek Creamy Potato Soup Mix
  • Hot water
  • Nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Sour cream (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Favorite toppings (keep scrolling for my ideas!)

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card!

How to Make Easy Baked Potato Soup

This is such an easy loaded baked potato soup thanks to the packet of soup mix used in this recipe!

  1. Prep the loaded baked potato soup according to the package instructions.
  2. If using the sour cream and nutritional yeast, stir in during the last minute of simmering.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve alongside your favorite baked potato soup toppings!
Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup Bar

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Baked Potato Soup Topping Ideas:

You’re welcome to top this easy baked potato soup with any of your favorite baked potato toppings! Mix and match the cheeses, vegetables, and garnishes to your liking.

A few of my favorite loaded baked potato soup toppings include:

  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Shredded fresh parmesan
  • Sour cream
  • Homemade Bacon Bits
  • Sliced green onions
  • Steamed broccoli florets

Tips for Making the Best Baked Potato Soup

If adding the sour cream to the loaded baked potato soup, it’s important that you add it at the very last minute. If you cook the sour cream for too long, it may split and cause your soup to look curdled. It’d still be safe to eat, but it wouldn’t look as creamy and delicious!

I like adding nutritional yeast to this easy baked potato soup to add a cheesy flavor, but you’re welcome to omit it. Or, you can stir in regular shredded cheese if desired.

If serving this loaded baked potato soup as a soup bar, don’t forget to put spoons in all the dishes holding the toppings. It keeps hands clean and the food germ-free!

Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup Bar

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More Easy Soup Recipes:

Looking for more soup recipes? Check out all of my soup and stew recipes HERE!

This recipe for Easy Cheesy Broccoli, Kale, Carrot Soup is incredibly simple to whip up for dinner on a busy and the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter evening.

If you’re looking for a creamy, rich and flavorful soup, try this Italian Sausage Kale Soup. It’s a lightened up version of an Olive Garden Classic and crowd favorite, Zuppa Toscana.

Not sure what to do with a ham bone? This Slow Cooker Ham Soup with Potatoes and Kale is both easy to prepare and flavorful, thanks to the use of a slow cooker and the rich flavor that a leftover ham bone imparts.

This Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is a fun twist on classic chicken noodle soup. It’s the perfect soup for soothing sore throats year-round!

We’ve combined two of our recent dinner time favorites – Chicken Enchiladas and Chili – into this new recipe for Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Chili. Tender chunks of chicken, black beans, diced tomatoes, and corn simmer in a creamy, cheesy, enchilada flavored chili base for a creative take on a bowl of chili.

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Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup Bar

Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup Bar

Yield: serves 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup Bar makes for a super simple and fun family dinner. Dress up your bowl of soup with all the delicious toppings traditional to a loaded baked potato.

Ingredients

For the Soup:

Topping Ideas:

  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Shredded Fresh Parmesan
  • Sour Cream
  • Homemade Bacon Bits
  • Sliced Green Onions
  • Steamed Broccoli Florets

Instructions

  1. Prepare the soup according to package instructions.
  2. During the last minute of simmering, whisk in the nutritional yeast and sour cream, if using.
  3. Season to taste with salt and black pepper, if desired.
  4. Serve the soup alongside your preferred toppings.
  5. For a delicious loaded baked potato style soup, I like to include shredded cheddar cheese, shredded parmesan, sour cream, homemade bacon bits, sliced green onions, and steamed broccoli florets.
  6. Each person can personalize their bowl with the toppings they prefer.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 153Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 26mgSodium 261mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 9g

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Sarah

Monday 22nd of October 2018

Did you serve the steamed broccoli florets cold or did you reheat those as well! I wasn’t sure they’d taste good cold. 

Katie

Wednesday 7th of November 2018

Yes, I reheated them. Sorry if that wasn't clear! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Kate

Friday 26th of February 2016

This looks delicious and super fun for the kids. I think my two would gobble it up!