Jennifer Causey
Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups soup, about 1 1/2 tbsp. cheese, 1 crumbled bacon slice, and 1 1/2 tsp. chives)

With one simple extra step, the standard mashed potato process leads to a creamy soup adorned with all the great baked potato toppings. For the best texture, stick with russet potatoes; starchier varieties won't yield as creamy a result. The soup reheats well, so it's a good make-ahead candidate; just store the toppings separately.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place potatoes in a Dutch oven; add cool water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium, and simmer until tender, 11 to 14 minutes. Remove from heat; drain. Return potatoes to pan; mash with a potato masher to desired consistency.

Step 2

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Whisk together flour, milk, and stock in a medium bowl. Stir milk mixture into potatoes; cook over medium, stirring often, until thickened and bubbly, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream, salt, and pepper. Ladle soup into 6 bowls; top with cheese, bacon, and chives.

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Ratings & Reviews


October 09, 2017
So easy. So yummy. I did throw some Sriracha on it at the end, but that's just me. It's so good you guys. Seriously.

Family friendly

January 03, 2017
We've always enjoyed CL's Loaded Potato Soup and were interested to see if the "quick" version was as good.  Maybe a half-star less than the original but still very good.  Definitely a keeper for a busy work night dinner.

Better technique

January 07, 2017
My boys & I really liked this soup. I usually make CLs Loaded Potato Soup, but have always modified the steps to boil the potatoes. This recipe made it quicker & just as tasty (& closer to what I ended up doing anyway). If we want it really cheesy, I add a cup of sharp cheddar into the soup before stirring in the sour cream. Next time I will probably use my immersion blender to make it completely smooth & to be sure the sour cream is fully blended. This will be a regular.