Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Lynn Miller
Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
30 Mins
Serves 6

All the goodness of a loaded baked potato go into the flavors of this easy Mashed Potato Soup -- a hearty recipe that will satisfy you on any cold night.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prick potatoes all over with a fork; microwave on high until cooked through, turning once, 12 to 15 minutes total. Let cool slightly and scoop out flesh, discarding skins. Mash with a fork. In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp, turning once, about 10 minutes total. Let cool, then crumble.

Step 2

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until smooth and light golden, about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk and cook, whisking, until thickened, 5 to 6 minutes.

Step 3

Stir in cheese, potatoes and 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until cheese melts and soup is heated through. Whisk in sour cream. Check seasoning and add additional salt and pepper if desired. Divide among 6 soup bowls and sprinkle each with bacon and chives.

Chef's Notes

This recipe also appeared in the September 2010 issue.

Ratings & Reviews

abbasgael's Review

October 28, 2013
I have never found a potato soup that I liked as much as the name brand stuff. Until now. Mine got REALLY thick also. Just ended up adding two more cups of milk (and it was still thick and creamy). I wasn't sure if I would like the potatoes mashed so after cooking and cooling them, I petite diced them. I also threw in some American cheese slices.

ItalianEater11's Review

January 29, 2013
This recipe is hard to rate. If you make it as directed (y only change was using turkey bacon), it's delicious, but WAY too heavy of a soup for my tastes. I won't be taking leftovers for lunch tomorrow for fear of falling asleep at my desk after eating this heavy meal. Again, it was very tasty, just way too heavy.

tiggerser's Review

October 28, 2012

nelsondawnr's Review

October 18, 2012

mandisteele's Review

August 26, 2012

carilouise's Review

December 17, 2011
i really enjoyed this recipe. very yummy and good to have on a cold night!

sgboxer's Review

January 20, 2011
This is the BEST potato soup I have ever had! So simple to make too!