Monday, September 12, 2011

Crock Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup

It's another Gooseberry Patch recipe review today.   If you've missed any of the other recipes that I have reviewed so far, be sure to check those out when you have time:  Hashbrown~Pork Chop Casserole and Cheeseburger SoupThis next recipe has been a favorite of ours for years. I have always enjoyed making (and eating) this soup. So when I saw the recipe in Gooseberry Patch's latest cookbook; Big Book of Home CookingI wanted to see how it was different from my usual go-to recipe.  And I gotta say, I was intrigued on how much easier this recipe was since it is all done in the slow cooker.  It really did make a big difference here. I did not have to make a roux to thicken the soup up a bit, so therefore I didn't have to add  flour and butter (although you could add a bit of butter if you really wanted to). All in all, this is my new favorite way to make this soup.  My notes about the recipe are in parentheses below.
Ingredients:
4 lbs. potatoes (red skin, russet or yukon gold), peeled and cubed
1/2 c. onion, chopped
2 (14 oz.) cans chicken broth
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups half and half
Garnish: shredded cheddar cheese, cooked and crumbled bacon, sliced green onions

The recipe did not call for garlic, but I added in 2 cloves of minced garlic for added flavor 
and because I had it on hand already.

Directions:
Layer sliced (or cubed) potatoes in a lightly greased 5-quart slow cooker. 
Top with chopped onion (and garlic, if using).
Add chicken broth, salt and pepper. Broth will not completely cover potatoes. 
Cover and cook on low setting for 8 hours or until potatoes are tender.
Mash mixture with a potato masher. 
I didn't mash it completely because I still wanted some visible potato chunks in there.
Stir in half and half. Cover and cook on high setting 20 more minutes, or until mixture is thoroughly heated. Ladle into bowls and garnish with favorite toppings. Serves 8.
Cook's Notes: I thought this recipe was far easier than my usual potato soup recipe, which called for making a roux first. You can use any type of potato you want with this recipe. It calls for red-skinned potatoes which taste great but I'm also a big fan of Yukon Gold because of their smooth and creamy texture.   But if all you can find are russet potatoes, then go with those, it will still taste delicious.   Also, I enjoy a bit of celery (about 2 stalks, chopped) in my potato soup as well, so if you do too then add it in with the potatoes and onions.
And if you really want to cut down on all the chopping. Get it? Cut down on the chopping? Oh, I kill myself! Are you still with me? Anyhoo, try using a bag of Southern Style frozen hash browns (the kind that are cubed). It is a huge time saver in the morning if you are scrambling to get this in the slow cooker before heading out the door. Or, if you're just feeling kinda tired and lazy, which is sometimes my case. Just keepin' it real here folks.

Enjoy!
Printable Recipe Here

57 comments :

Leslie said...

I'm so glad that you're posting recipes from Gooseberry Patch, one of my favorite cookbooks!! (I have a most of their fall/Christmas ones.)
I love the idea of crockpot potato soup. I've never tried doing that before, but now with this recipe, I will!
Thank you! :)
Leslie

the rookie years said...

That looks wonderful! I love the idea of a crockpot potato soup. This is going on my must-try list for fall :)

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

Yum!! Potato soup is one of my faves! Yours looks delicious and I really love that you made it in a slow cooker!!

Lacy said...

Wow I love how easy this is to make a delicious soup! Love potato soup in the cold months. I'm definitely trying this one out! Thanks!

Pretend Chef said...

Yummy!

A Lived in Home said...

Potatoe soup is my FAV!! When it turns cold I will be making this easy recipe for sure. I already printed it out. Thanks for sharing. Come check me out when you get a chance- www.alivedinhome.blogspot.com

Becky said...

This soup looks so good, and it's made in a slow cooker. How easy is that! This soup will be perfect fora crisp fall football afternoon.

Jennifer said...

yummmm!!!!

Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said...

I love potato soup and I absolutely love this variation of it!!!!

Jennifer said...

Oh what perfect timing...just today I was thinking about looking for a potato soup recipe for my slow cooker. I am so happy to have found this post! Our area is expecting some cooler temps later this week with rain so I think this will be on my menu plan for one of those evenings. Thanks for sharing!
Jennifer

Cathy said...

Made this for dinner tonight after seeing it on my facebook wall this morning! It was amazing!!! I added one package of cubed ham to it as well and served it with a wonderful lettuce salad. My daughter said it was just like Bennigans, her favorite, so that was a huge compliment. Its worth making and I'm sure will now be one of our faves! Thanks!

Happy When Not Hungry said...

I love slow cooker meals! This looks fabulous and perfect for the fall.

Amy's Cooking Adventures said...

This looks fantastic! Can't wait to give it a try!

Meeling said...

Yum! As soon as the weather starts cooling down...soup will be on at my house...a lot!!

The Mom Chef said...

I think you may have just found us dinner for tomorrow night. This looks fantastic. There's nothing like crock pot cooking, is there. I love potato anything, soup, fries, chips, baked. This is perfect for us. I'm so glad you're going through this cookbook.

The Farmers Wife said...

I think I know what we're having for dinner tomorrow... lol! With all the insane amounts of rain we've been getting I've got soup on the mind! Looks so good and easy!

NancyB said...

Thanks for reviewing recipes from The Big Book of Home Cooking by Gooseberry Patch! The Loaded Potato Soup recipe is one I will definitely try because I love potato soup, and the store-bought ones aren't very good. Would love to win the cookbook, too!

Sandra said...

The gloomy day we are having would be brightened with a bowl of this soup.

Heather Thompson said...

MMM Potato Soup is my favorite!

Annie {From the Bookshelf} said...

Totally yummy! My husband loves potato soup and now I can rock it in the crock!

Julie said...

It's finally cooling off here, and this sounds like a perfect easy and delicious meal. Yum :)

Stefanie said...

What a wonderful idea to make it in the slow cooker! Delicious looking soup :)

Mippy said...

This looks wonderful!
Thank you for sharing :D

Carolinaheartstrings said...

That looks fantastic. The perfect recipe to make this fall. Come over and visit. We have a fantastic apple chutney.

MaryBeth said...

I love using my slow cooker and I really love a good soup so I have printed this recipe and will be making it this fall.

shopannies said...

its soup weather now and I am going to have to try this thanks for sharing come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

Casa De Luna said...

This looks very tasty and something I can manage. I added your post to pinterest so I remember to make it once it gets colder. Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

This look delicious! I'm always on the look out for crock pot recipes which use real foods and this fits the bill. I think I'll be trying it out next week. Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

Hi Brandie!

Thank you so much for participating in RecipeLion's blog hop last week. This recipe truly tempted a lot of us!

I've been enjoying your blog a lot, I'd love to talk with you further about working together on something.

Thanks again!

Sarah @ RecipeLion

MrsJenB said...

Girl I am full-on coveting this soup! I can just see us sitting there on a chilly Sunday, watching the game, eating this soup for dinner. It's gonna happen. I've also pinned it just to be sure I ca find the recipe in a snap! :)

Anonymous said...

I made the loaded potato soup today with the frozen hash browns. It was delicious and SO EASY!!!

Carla and Michael said...

I have always made the longer (roux) versin too. I'm definately trying this one. Thanks. Visiting from Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays.

Vickie said...

I made this yesterday, and boy was it good! My husband told me that it was the best potato soup he's ever put in his mouth! He said it's definitely a keeper! :) YaaaY!...lol...Thanks for sharing this simple, and comforting soup! Oh and by the way, I love your site! Found ya threw Southern Plate! :)

Julie B. said...

I make this soup using shredded frozen hash brown potatoes, and I also add julienne cut carrots. I like to saute the onions, celery, garlic and carrots in some butter/olive oil, to give it a richer flavor...

Andrea said...

Made this soup today and it was wonderful!! Thank you for another great recipe :o)

Carrie G. in MN said...

Hi, Brandie!
I love your site. Your recipes are great, and my picky seven-year-old daughter really enjoys them.
Question: Can this potato soup be frozen? Since it's just my daughter and me, I'm assuming we'll have leftovers . . . and having some on-hand in the freezer would be nice if you think it would work.
Carrie

philllygurl814 said...

just was wondering if this could be cooked on high for 4 hours instead of slow on 8? Thanks!

donna said...

i made this last night and my husband asked why i can't make soups like this all the time. So i am now making it again. Added the garlic last night but forgot the celery so added it tonight but had no more garlic. It was delicious!

Julie said...

I made this last night and it was AMAZING! This marks my fifth recipe of yours I've made and my husband and I have loved every one! So far we've made your Oreo Pudding Poke Cake (made for my husband's birthday last year and loved by everyone at his party) and then I rediscovered you a couple weeks ago searching for a Cheeseburger Soup recipe (I had found your Oreo cake via Pinterest and hadn't looked around your site ath the time). I have since made your ranch dressing (FINALLY a Ranch dressing that I like at home, I've only ever liked restaurant's ranch dressings before so I'm so happy to have found your recipe), your baked ziti and your garlic butter bread, so DELICIOUS! :) Last night was your Loaded Baked Potato soup and it was phenomenal! It will definitely be made again but I'm thinking of adding celery, like you suggested, and either chopped or sliced carrots next time too. Have you tried that before? If so, did you add them at the beginning and cook all day or add later on in the day? Thank you so much for all your delicious recipes! :)

The Country Cook said...

Oh Julie you make my heart sing with that comment!! Yippee!! I am just so, so thrilled that you have had success with those recipes! Thank you for taking the time to let me know!
About the celery, I add it right on in at the beginning so it will add some good flavor to the broth. I think carrots would probably work too. I haven't tried them but carrots, celery, onions and garlic all just seem to naturally go with each other! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing! To quicken the process I used Yukon gold potatoes and kept the skins on! Added a little cornstarch and water to thicken! Great soup!

Denise Marie Queen said...

Made the Mac & Cheese & got great Family review. This is next on my list :)Cant wait to try it. I have my version but im lovin the CrockPot Idea. Will let You know when the Fam. reviews come in :)

Anonymous said...

I made this yesterday. Loved the ease of letting it cook in the crock while I picked up the kids from school. I didn't have any bacon and added dill to it to season it. It was really good! I love your site and visit often for easy ideas. Thanks!

Sugar Cookies to Peterbilts said...

Oh Brandie! I am making this as soon as our temps drop!! Love this!

Anonymous said...

I love the its so quick i'm going to try with hashbrowns. thank you.

Deb said...

I made this for a church lunch today...it was fantastic! There was so much flavor and we are so glad there are leftovers!!!!!
I did add some garlic and celery. My hubby was so happy with this soup. Thanks so much for a great recipe..

Dwask said...

Try adding some bacon bits. They plump up and they seem to give that extra something!

tslemprn said...

The potato soup was amazing! I added some diced ham that I had in the freezer and it was so good. Thank you for your site and for your recipes!!!

Anonymous said...

We love this recipe but use heavy whipping cream in place of the half and half

Susan said...

Really enjoyed your loaded potato soup. I added some canned corn at the end with the half and half. My husband wanted the corn. We topped with a little sour cream, crumbled bacon and cheese. It tasted just like a loaded baked potato. Will definitely make this again! Thanks for the easy crock pot recipe.

Anonymous said...

How do you print it?

ruckus1314 said...

I am in the process of making this right now, with my own little tweaks to account for food allergies, of course! I will be using Almond milk in place of the half and half, and nixing the pepper completely (an allergy to black pepper...who knew?)

Yarning Too said...

Just found this recipe recently and pinned it. :) I too am wondering if it could be done on High for 4 hours? I waited too long and want it for dinner tonight! :)
Thanks for posting!

Theresa D said...

Egads! It's six a.m. and I'm standing in my kitchen staring at my frozen hash browns and wondering if they have to be thawed before making the soup. Yipes! I'm going to find a way to screw this up, aren't I? LOL If anyone knows, I would surely appreciate an answer... :-)

Anonymous said...

Can a person use whole milk instead of half and half? Trying to reduce my fat intake.

Anonymous said...

Could I use heavy cream instead of half and half? I have some cream in my fridge I need to use up :) thanks!

Anonymous said...

Could II use whole Lactaid milk in this instead of the cream due to dairy allergies?