Makes 12 cups

To bake potatoes in the microwave, prick each several times with a fork. Microwave 1 inch apart on paper towels at HIGH 14 minutes or until done, turning and rearranging after 5 minutes. Let cool.

How to Make It

Step 1

Peel potatoes, and coarsely mash with a fork.

Step 2

Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add onion, and sauté until tender. Add flour, stirring until smooth. Stir in potatoes, half-and-half, and next 3 ingredients; cook over low heat until thoroughly heated. Top each serving with cheese and bacon.

Ratings & Reviews

MhmmGarlic's Review

February 10, 2011
I'm going to have to agree with some of the early reviewers. My soup had no flavor without the additions, and even then I had to add way more than the recipe called for. The soup tasted like potatoes in milk. I'd much rather have a baked potato!

First and last time

December 07, 2016
Should've paid more attention to what the recipe called for before I made it. Basically potato milk water. Made more of a rue to add and extra potato onion. And I just poured a whole quart of half and half. What was I thinking?

Tevans1820's Review

December 16, 2012

ellyng215's Review

October 17, 2011
This soup is delicious...very easy to make. My family loved it!!! I did use a small amount of flour gravy mix to make the soup a little thicker.

MadamPince's Review

January 09, 2009
Gee, thanks for the sympathy and the chastening, dkb1972; I'll keep it in mind when we next enjoy our favorite soup. As toodles said, what a shame to be so worried and so unable to make adjustments that you can't enjoy good food. As for this recipe, we love it. We use 7 cups 1% milk rather than the part half-n-half, and add 1 cup lowfat sour cream at the very end of cooking. Also, I don't saute onions in it at the beginning, I add chopped green onion at the end and on top as a garnish. Certainly nobody would eat this much fat everyday, but on a cold day it sure tastes great and warms you right up, and if you watch your other intakes you probably won't fall over dead from a massive MI after dinner.