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This Loaded Potato Soup is creamy, delicious and ready in 25 minutes! I use a secret ingredient that is a huge time saver–frozen diced hash browns! Potato Soup is the ultimate comfort food and totally customizable with your favorite baked potato toppings-bacon, cheese, sour cream, chives, and whatever else your heart desires! Serve with warm breadsticks or French bread.
My Secret Ingredient-Frozen Hash Browns
Yes, I use frozen hash browns for my potatoes because they are already cooked and you just have to heat them through. Huge time saver! If you want your soup to be smoother at the end, give it a few pulses with an emersion blender.
Tips and Tricks for the Best Loaded Potato Soup
Here are a few tips and tricks to making a perfect potato soup:
- Boiling Warning: DO NOT boil your soup after you add in the milk. Just kick it back to low and let it do its thing.
- Milk: For the creamiest soup, use whole milk. You can use milk with a lesser fat content, such as 2% or 1% milk as well.
- Variations: Feel free to add in more vegetables (carrots, broccoli or cauliflower are great) or change up the seasonings to your liking.
- Toppings: This potato soup tastes best when you load up the toppings. Any toppings you’d put on a regular loaded baked potato are perfect for this soup.
How To Make Loaded Potato Soup
For full recipe details, including ingredients needed and measurements, see the printable recipe card down below.
Saute Onion + Carrots
In a large pot, melt butter. Saute onion and carrot until they start to become tender. Sprinkle flour over top veggies and stir to create a paste.
Add Chicken Stock, Hash Browns + Seasonings
Whisk in chicken stock and bring to boil. Soup will thicken quite a bit. Add in frozen hash browns and seasonings.
Cook covered over medium low heat until carrots are completely tender and potatoes have thawed and become soft, about 10 minutes.
Stir in Milk, Sour Cream + Chives
Stir in milk, sour cream, and dried chives and reduce heat. Cook until soup is hot, but not boiling. Ladle into bowls and top with cheese, bacon and chives. Serve hot!
What To Serve With Potato Soup
Loaded Potato Soup is very delicious, particularly with whole wheat dinner rolls, my Mom’s potato rolls, or these angel biscuits. Really, any freshly baked carb. Add some freshness by serving alongside a green salad.
Make Ahead + Storing Directions
Soup is one of those meals that is great to make ahead and reheat when ready to eat! To store in the fridge, let the soup cool down to room temperature, then transfer it to an airtight container. You can use a plastic or glass container, or even a plastic zipper bag. Potato soup should be good for 3-4 days in the fridge.
To Freeze: Let the soup cool down to room temperature, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container. You can use a plastic or glass container, or even a plastic zipper bag. Make sure the container is tightly sealed to prevent air from getting in. Potato soup can be frozen for up to 3 months. To thaw, transfer it to the refrigerator and let it thaw overnight.
It’s important to note that when you reheat the potato soup, it may thicken due to the starch in the potatoes. To thin it out, you can add a bit of broth or milk while reheating.
More Soup Recipes to Try!
- Easy Taco Soup
- Ham and Bean Soup
- Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Chicken Noodle Soup with Homemade Noodles
- Hamburger Soup
- Zuppa Toscana
- Cabbage Roll Soup
- Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup
Get the printable recipe card below. Have a wonderful day, friends! 🙂
Loaded Potato Soup
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium onion finely diced
- 1 1/2 cups carrot diced, about 1/2 inch cubes
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 lb frozen diced hash brown potatoes
- salt & pepper to taste
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/8 teaspoon thyme
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
any desired toppings:
- cooked and crumbled bacon
- grated cheddar cheese
- fresh chives
- sour cream etc.
- In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Saute onion and carrot 5 minutes or until they start to become tender. Sprinkle flour overtop veggies and stir to create a paste.
- Whisk in chicken stock and bring to boil. Soup will thicken quite a bit. Add in frozen hash browns and seasonings.
- Cook covered over medium low heat until carrots are completely tender and potatoes have thawed and become soft, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in milk, sour cream and dried chives and reduce heat to low. Cook another 2-3 minutes until soup it hot, but not boiling. Ladle into bowls and top with cheese and bacon. Serve.
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I love potato soup, but I’ve never had the confidence to make it from scratch. I’m trying to teach my daughters basic cooking skills, this will be added to their recipe books.
This is my fave quick soup recipe. We never have any leftovers!
Definitely adding this to the rotation next week for a try.
This looks amazing! I’m going to try it.
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Husband (who I would have expected to turn up his nose at this, especially for “dinner”???) and I both agree this soup is delish! Made exactly as written, but cut in half in case I got a “thumbs down.” It’s my kind of dinner soup so knew I’d enjoy it. When he wanted to know if there was enough left for another meal, I almost jumped for joy. Enough for lunch, yes, – but will definitely make it again, hopefully before our AZ weather turns hot. Thank you for sharing. Have made lots of your recipes and am always happy. Keep ’em coming.
I love this recipe!! It’s so fast and easy and delicious. I usually add some finely chopped mushrooms and I got that idea from your chicken chili recipe, which I also love:)
Probably not gonna make this today as it is 90 degrees outside, but this is a family favorite! Made it multiple times over the winter!
I have a super hard time with this soup. I pretty much always mess it up. I can’t wait to try this and thank you for the tip about the boiling.
This looks delicious! I’ll have to try it!
I think this might be the soup that I have been looking for…to introduce my kids to creamy soups. They have been reluctant as of late but the bacon & cheese garnish might sway them.
This is one of my favorite recipes on your site!
Oh my gosh this looks and sounds amazing!!! I can’t believe it cooks in 20 minutes!! That’s just nuts lol. It is finally getting cold down here in southern Texas. The last 2 days have been in the 30s and 40s with the nights in the high 20s…snuggle weather…if only I had someone to snuggle with lol. I will be cooking this up soon!!!! Thank you so much!!
My family loves this soup! I had left over baked potatoes so I substituted them for hash browns. It turned out amazing!
Looks delicious – Can’t wait to try it
This soup looks yummy…Can’t wait to try it soon!!!
love the potato soup
Your soup recipe is truly as simple as you state. I didn’t even use any toppings, forgetting them, and we loved it. Thanks for an easy recipe.
This is everything to me in one bowl!!! This will be for dinner tomorrow night for sure with some homemade baked bread, YUM!!!
I made this several weeks ago and my family loved it. What a quick and delicious supper. Love the quick and easy recipes!
The hashbrowns are a great idea. When the temperature dips here I will be making this.
I’ve been looking for something warm, filling and easy for dinner this week. This will hit the spot!
Now that we have hit winter on the east coast, I can’t wait to try this simple recipe! Always looking for a quick weeknight favorite!
I can’t wait to try this! I’ve been wanting to make this for some time now, just needed an easy recipe…now I have one!
Oh my word this looks delicious!!
This soup is delicious! Just the right consistency. I recommend it!
Always love a quick supper solution, and this sounds hearty and warming–great for the cold weather we now have! Thanks for easy recipe Lauren!
Looks so good, and easy to prepare. I am going to try this recipe for sure.
OOPS ! That should have read Liz M. not LLZ LOL!
I LOVE, LOVE ,LOVE THIS RECIPE 111 IT IS SO EASY AND QUICK TO MAKE ! JUST IN TIME FOR OUR FIRST REALLY COLD WEATHER IN SOUTH TEXAS ! KEEP THESE WONDERFUL RECIPES COMING ,LAUREN, AND IT WILL BE CHRISTMAS ALL YEAR LONG !
I’ve made this several times. It’s a family favorite!
Yummy! This would be a perfect, easy meal for the freezing, snowy week we have been having!
This looks so good! Perfect for our cold winter. Making this for dinner tonight!
Can’t wait to try this!
Yum! I love baked potatoes. We’re having such a cold spell right now this would be great!!
Tried this out this weekend – so good and perfect for our single digit temps!
Just made this potato soup. Love it!
This looks so good! It’s been so cold this weekend, this would be perfect. I have a good recipe that takes some much time. This would fit into the busy time of year.
My husband loves a good potato soup, but I am super picky about mine. This soup is one that we both agreed is delicious…mission accomplished!
Needed a good soup this weekend. Thank you
Made this weekend and can only say one thing, AWESOME!!!
I love that this is quick. Working full time I love finding recipes that helps me bring dinner to quicker to my family. I can’t wait to try it!
We LOVE potato soup here!! Will definitely have to try this recipe too!
FYI I have loved every recipe of yours I have tried! Although I have to say I have printed many more than I have had time to try so far!
This sounds very good, I am going to try it.
I thought I’d try this for dinner tonight since it’s cool and rainy in Ohio. It turned out great. It was very tasty and didn’t take long to put together. Thanks for the easy to follow recipe.
I LOVE potato soup! I’m excited to give this a try!!!!
And just a note….I miss your Vlogs!
This recipe looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it!
I usually do all milk, so I’m excited to try chicken broth with it!!! Can I add broccoli? When would I add it?
Love the trick of hashbrowns for a fast dinner! Gotta try this soon since it’s FREEZING in Minnesota as of today!
This looks delish! Temp is suppose to drop some this weekend, so may be a good time to fix it.