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Slow-Cooked Loaded Potato Soup

I put a twist on one of my favorite comfort foods that my grandmother used to make. I look forward to passing this down to my kids. —Jamie Chase, Rising Sun, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 8-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings (4 quarts)


  • 5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 10 cups)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 5 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced chives


  • Place potatoes and onion in a 6-qt. slow cooker; add broth, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until potatoes are tender.
  • Mash potatoes to desired consistency. Stir in cream cheese, cream and butter. Cook, covered, 15 minutes longer or until heated through.
  • Just before serving, whisk soup to combine. Top servings with bacon, cheese and chives.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 447 calories, 27g fat (14g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 1512mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • JGa2595176
    Dec 26, 2020

    I have made this several times, including on Christmas Day 2020. This recipe is fantastic and I highly recommend. It's very tasty, easy to throw together and totally satisfying. Kids and adults alike enjoyed it. Can serve with a "garnish bar" of croutons, crispy bacon, snipped green onions, shredded cheese and more. If your potato chunks are too big for your liking after you mash or cream cheese bits too large after adding, spoon a few cups into your blender to puree until smoother and add back to the pot. Easy and delicious!

  • BelindaQ
    Sep 17, 2020

    Made it in the pressure pot, quick and amazing........

  • msbrazie
    Mar 16, 2019

    This was a huge waste of ingredients. Way to much chicken stock, cream cheese never melted - had large lumps no matter how hard I stirred. I tried a bowl and threw that away along with the remaining 11 servings.

  • Jennifer
    Jan 14, 2019

    Made this tonight - AMAZING!!!

  • Bill
    Feb 21, 2018

    Great soup, followed the recipe exactly. Tied for first place at work soup off. will be making again soon. Thank You

  • gunslinger
    Feb 5, 2018

    Very easy to make. It was also very tasty! The cream cheese made it so creamy and delicious! It would also be delicious to add chopped ham if you wanted to instead of topping with the bacon.

  • turleyhome
    Dec 14, 2016

    I've always loved loaded potato soup at restaurants, and found this while looking for a DIY, no MSG version. I've made this recipe three times now, and my children never tire of requesting it! Even my VERY picky 5yo keeps asking for "that potato soup", and never eats fewer than 2 bowls at a sitting. THANK YOU for posting this recipe! Instead of using only cream cheese, I used half cream cheese and half cheddar. I've also made it stovetop only by boiling the potatoes, onions, garlic and seasonings in the broth for about 35 minutes, then proceeding with the recipe. REALLY cuts down on prep time if you're not patient enough for the slow-cooker! ;)

  • Angel182009
    Oct 11, 2016

    This recipe is very easy to throw together. It's great for a weeknight meal. I like to leave the skins on the potato.

    Oct 26, 2015

    I made this and I love it! Definitely a keeper!

  • Ldkelly
    Jan 7, 2015

    We made this at work for one of our weekly lunches. Two full crockpots and there was nothing left! We also added some mined garlic and a bit more pepper, gave it a bit more spice.