8 servings (serving size: about 1 cup soup, 1 tablespoon sour cream, 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese, 1 teaspoon bacon, and 1/2 teaspoon chives)

Classic, comforting, and so delicious, this easy potato soup is the ultimate bowl of comfort food. Because more cheese is always better, this classic soup gets a double hit of cheese—both stirred into the soup and sprinkled over the top. Bacon bits lend a baked potato flavor and feel to this creamy, crowd-pleasing soup. Plus, it’s super easy. Simply place the ingredients into a slow cooker and let it do all of the work for you.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in pan; crumble bacon. Add onion to drippings in pan; sauté 3 minutes or until tender.

Step 2

Place potato slices and onion in a 5-quart electric slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Combine 1/2 cup water and next 3 ingredients (through pepper); stir into mixture in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or until potatoes are tender.

Step 3

Mash mixture with a potato masher; stir in milk and 3/4 cup cheese. Increase heat to HIGH. Cover and cook on HIGH for 20 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly heated. Ladle soup into bowls. Top with sour cream and remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Sprinkle with bacon and chives.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

April 18, 2016
Stop complaining

April 18, 2016
Shut up no one like your attitude you negative ho ho ho

miraoli's Review

March 07, 2013
This is really close to the way that I make my potato soup. I use softened cream cheese instead of the sour cream, and I add quite a bit more bacon. I usually use a coupon from PrintableCouponsandDeals.com to make my bacon cheep or free though, so it goes a long way.

April 18, 2016
Fatty you don't need more bacon

Shaniaya's Review

December 21, 2013
I made this today and this recipe was bland until I added CHIVES & more pepper to the soup mix ;). I did use about 12 slices of turkey bacon too. Family favorite...enjoy

MrsERHJr's Review

February 05, 2014
I made this last night. I must say I have had better. Like other reviewers who said the soup was bland I have to agree. I would add more salt and pepper to taste rather than sticking with the described amounts. Also, I have made a better potato soup on my stove top in a lot less time and with a lot more flavor than this recipe. Probably won't make this again.

Lhoward03's Review

October 25, 2014

my2jlove's Review

August 19, 2013

Mount06Effort's Review

November 03, 2012
Made this soup last evening, excellent recipe!

Gradnurse101's Review

March 04, 2013
Easy and good on a cold night but a little too thick. I had to add more milk and a lot more flavor.