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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

October 14, 2022 (Last Updated: October 3, 2023) by Chris Collins

This baked potato soup is smooth, creamy, filling and loaded with flavour!

As one of my most loved and most popular recipes, I had to include this in my Debut Cookbook ‘Comfy’!

loaded baked potato soup in small white bowl on wooden chopping board surrounded by crispy potato skins

Crispy Potato Skins

I’m going to share with you a nifty little trick to using up the baked potato skins. Clue – you don’t need a spoon to eat this soup!

A lot of potato soup recipes simmer the potato in a pot and then blend it into a soup. However, I’m here to show you that baking potatoes is a much superior method. By baking the potatoes you end up with super fluffy potato AND you get the bonus of ultra crispy, seasoned potato skins, which just happen to be the best soup dunkers in the world.

Let me be honest with you – when I was younger, potato skins really freaked me out. The thought of eating them seemed… Odd? Yes, I had my fussy tendencies as a child 😅. But now, genuinely, the skin of a baked potato is my favourite part.

What kind of potatoes to use?

You’ll want to use starchy baking potatoes like Russets (US) or Maris Pipers (UK). I find the floury texture blends much easier into a soup, as opposed to waxier varieties of potato.

Using crispy potato skins for soup

Once you’ve baked your spuds, you’ll want to quarter them and scoop out the potato. From there, oil them up and roast the heck out of them until they’re super crispy. You can then use the skins to scoop the soup 😋

Process shots: coat potatoes in oil, salt and pepper (photo 1), bake (photo 2), add to chopping board (photo 3), quarter and scoop out potato (photo 4), add to baking tray with more oil, salt and pepper (photo 5), roast until crisp (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to make crispy potato skins

Baked Potato Soup

When it comes to making the soup, we’re going to start with bacon, like most good things in life do. After you’ve fried the bacon you can then use the leftover fat to fry celery, onion and garlic. These will add a body of flavour to the soup.

Soup Consistency

A lot of potato soup recipes use flour to thicken the soup, but I really don’t think it’s needed. Just reduce the amount of liquid and allow the potato itself to thicken the soup. I also like to make the soup fairly thick in the first instance. Reason being it’s much easier to melt the cheese into a thick soup than it is a thin, watery soup. You can then thin out the soup more as needed.

Process shots: fry bacon then remove (photo 1), fry onion, celery, garlic (photo 2), add baked potato (photo 3), pour in milk and chicken stock (photo 4), blitz until smooth then add cream and seasoning (photo 5), stir in cheese (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to make loaded potato soup

Baked Potato Soup FAQ

Can I prep this ahead of time?

You could make the whole thing and tightly store in the fridge until needed. You can also prepare most of it ahead of time by baking the potatoes. Just scoop out the potato, allow it to cool and tightly store it in the fridge until needed. You can even make the skins, then reheat them in the air fryer or at a low temp in the oven until crisp again.

Do I have to bake the potatoes?

Strictly speaking, you could microwave the potatoes, but they won’t have the fluffy centre. I have actually made this soup with leftover mashed potato (800g/1.8lb) and it comes out great. You just lose out on the potato skin dunkers that’s all.

Do I have to blitz the soup until smooth?

If you’d prefer to have more texture, you can remove some of the potato and dice it up, then stir through at the end so you’ve got some potato chunks through the soup.

close up overhead shot of loaded potato soup in small white bowl on wooden backdrop surrounded by crispy potato skins

Serving Loaded Potato Soup

When it comes to serving up, this is where you can go wild and create that ‘loaded’ soup you’re looking for. My favourite toppings are:

  • Chives
  • Bacon
  • Sour Cream
  • Cheddar

After more potato soup recipes? Check out my Spring Onion Potato Soup and Curried Sweet Potato Soup!

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this loaded baked potato soup shall we?!

hand dunking potato skin into small white bowl of baked potato soup

How to make Loaded Baked Potato Soup (Full Recipe & Video)


loaded baked potato soup in small white bowl on wooden chopping board surrounded by crispy potato skins

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

This baked potato soup is smooth, creamy, filling and loaded with flavour!
5 from 2 votes
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Servings (click & slide): 5
Course: Main Course / Starter
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Calories per serving: 771kcal
Cost per serving: £1.50 / $2


  • Large Baking Tray (for baking potatoes)
  • Large Pot & Wooden Spoon (for soup)
  • Hand/Stick Blender (for blending soup)
  • Ladel (for serving)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

  • 3.3lb / 1.5kg Baking Potatoes (Russets or Maris Pipers)
  • 2 1/2 cups / 625ml good quality Chicken Stock
  • 1 cup / 250ml Heavy/Double Cream, preferably at room temp
  • 1/2-1 cup / 125-250ml Whole Milk, preferably at room temp (see notes)
  • 1 cup / 100g Cheddar, plus more to serve (see notes)
  • 6 slices of Streaky Bacon
  • 2 ribs of Celery, finely diced
  • 1 medium Onion, finely diced
  • 1 large clove of Garlic, finely diced
  • Sour Cream, to serve
  • finely diced Fresh Chives, to serve
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • Olive Oil, as needed


  • Add the potatoes to a large baking tray and stab each one a few times with a fork. Coat in a drizzle of oil and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Bake in the oven at 200C/390F for 1 hour, or until deep golden, crispy and soft right through the centre (timings will depend on the size of potatoes, so just be vigilant).
  • With about 20mins to go, add the bacon to a large pot over low-medium heat and fry until crispy with most of the fat rendered down. Remove bacon and dice just before needed, leaving the excess fat in the pot. Raise heat slightly to medium and add in celery, onion and garlic. Gently sweat it all down until soft and just starting to pick up colour, adding a dash more oil if needed.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked and are cool enough to handle, slice each one into 4 wedges (consider 6 if the potato is very large), then scoop the potato out of each wedge and place it into a bowl to one side. Place the leftover skins back on the baking tray and coat in a drizzle of olive oil and a good pinch of salt & pepper. Place back in the oven at the highest temp it goes for around 5mins, or until visibly crispy.
  • Add the potato to the pot and pour in all of the chicken stock and 1/2 cup milk (save the rest). Use your wooden spoon to break up the potato, then use a hand blender to blitz everything until smooth. Don't over blend otherwise consistency can turn gluey. Stir in the cream and bring to a gentle simmer, then season with 1/2 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp black pepper (or to taste). Turn off heat and stir in 1 cup cheddar, then use the extra milk to thin out the soup to your liking.
  • Serve individual portions with cheddar, bacon, a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of chives. Enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Milk - I highly recommend using whole milk. Mainly to keep this soup rich and creamy, but also because it's less likely to curdle under the heat. If you've only got semi-skimmed you could sub that, just don't pour it straight in from the fridge otherwise it might curdle with the hot chicken stock. 
b) Consistency - I like to keep the soup fairly thick in the first instance, and then adjust later with the rest of the milk (much easier to thin out a soup than to thicken it). I also like to keep it thick in the beginning because the cheese melts easier.
c) Cheese - I like using a nice sharp/mature cheddar, just to add a punch of flavour. I stir in 1 cup at the end just to add some flavour, but you could add in more if you wanted, just remember there's more going on top too!
d) Hand Blender - As you blend the soup I recommend doing it in short bursts. Also don't blitz the soup into oblivion, a few tiny lumps and bumps are fine. If you over-blend the soup the starch from the potatoes can sometimes give the soup a gluey texture.
e) Calories/Serving - This soup will give 5 fairly big portions or 6 small portions. Calories assuming 1/2 cup extra cheddar 5 tbsp sour cream to serve and 2 tbsp olive oil for the potatoes. Calories based on 5 servings.

Your Private Notes:


Nutrition Facts
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 771 Calories from Fat 455
% Daily Value*
Fat 50.6g78%
Saturated Fat 20.436g102%
Trans Fat 0.402g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.031g
Monounsaturated Fat 12.805g
Cholesterol 110mg37%
Sodium 666mg28%
Potassium 1614mg46%
Carbohydrates 61.09g20%
Fiber 4.6g18%
Sugar 6.9g8%
Protein 21.28g43%
Vitamin A 1285IU26%
Vitamin C 20.4mg25%
Calcium 369mg37%
Iron 2.96mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    November 2, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Can this soup be made in the crock pot?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 2, 2023 at 6:45 pm

      Hey Grace! I haven’t made this in the crock pot unfortunately, so I couldn’t offer much advice! Sorry! C.

  • Reply
    December 17, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    5 stars
    Delightful on this cold, snowy day. Did add some paprika to the skins and it just gave it the most wonderful smokey taste. Husband is losing his mind over it. Definitely a winner!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      December 18, 2022 at 10:23 am

      love the idea of paprika! Will have to give it a go myself 🙂 Thanks for the review, Alayna! C.

  • Reply
    October 29, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    5 stars
    Okay this was a little indulgent but my goodness was it tasty!! Thanks for the recipe Chris.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      October 29, 2022 at 1:20 pm

      Great to hear this went down well, Jim! Thanks for the review 🙂 C.