Hands-On Time
20 Mins
Total Time
20 Mins
4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)

Loaded baked potatoes get a lightened makeover in this hearty and flavor-packed recipe. Make this reviewer favorite the star attraction of your next soup night. Kids of all ages will enjoy topping their bowls with bacon and cheese, but don't let the toppings stop there--roasted chopped broccoli florets, diced fresh tomatoes, and even a dollop of plain tangy Greek yogurt would all make for great finishing touches. Set up a topping buffet and let every member of the family make their own custom loaded bowl. After trying this, check out some other crock pot soup recipes we've got for you. This soup is the perfect make-ahead recipe for the whole week. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Pierce potatoes with a fork. Microwave on HIGH 13 minutes or until tender. Cut in half; cool slightly.

Step 2

While potatoes cook, heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add broth. Combine flour and 1/2 cup milk; add to pan with 1 1/2 cups milk. Bring to a boil; stir often. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream, salt, and pepper.

Step 3

Arrange bacon on a paper towel on a microwave-safe plate. Cover with a paper towel; microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes. Crumble bacon.

Step 4

Discard potato skins. Coarsely mash potatoes into soup. Top with cheese, green onions, and bacon.

Chef's Notes

This recipe originally ran in Cooking Light October, 2010 and was updated for the November, 2012 25th anniversary issue.

MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.

Also appeared in: Southern Living, January, 2015

Ratings & Reviews

kgiurlan's Review

December 13, 2014
This soup is really delicious! It needed a little touch-up (a clove or two of garlic sautéed with the onion and a little extra salt and pepper). Instead of microwaving, we boiled the potatoes and pan fried the bacon. We chose to purchase the mini gourmet red skin potatoes and leave the skin on and I'm glad we did. It gave it a little added color and texture. I will definitely add this to our repertoire.

October 02, 2015
completely agree but there are better versions out there

JustKat's Review

November 13, 2014
I did not follow the recipe exactly - except to use the microwave for the potatoes and the bacon. As it stands - the recipe is very bland - so I added - 3 tablespoons minced garlic; 2 tablespoons Farmer Johns Potato Seasoning (you can find how to make it on their site) and 2 tablespoons Original Mrs Dash seasoning. Now this soup has flavor and lots of it. I also left the potato skins on as that is where most of the vitamins are. Boy - did this soup ever come out great. My next door neighbor loved it too.

Didn't like it really much

March 06, 2016
Not amazed by this soup


November 18, 2015
This really needed something else to give it life.  Perhaps garlic, maybe a touch of vinegar, anything to give it flavor.

CCrayne's Review

February 24, 2015
Quick and tasty!

tag3968's Review

February 04, 2015

kmwslp's Review

January 30, 2015
My family loved this recipe.

Brenda4340's Review

December 24, 2014
Excellent!! Easy to make!! Will definitely make it again!!

slocook1's Review

November 13, 2014