The Country Cook: Crock Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup
                                                   

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.
Ingredients:
4 lbs. potatoes (red skin, russet or yukon gold), peeled and cubed
1/2 c. onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, diced
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 original recipe did not call for garlic or celery, but I added it because those are flavors we like in this soup.

Directions:
Layer sliced (or cubed) potatoes in a lightly greased 5-quart slow cooker. 
Top with chopped onion, garlic and celery (not shown).
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 bacon, cheese and green onion. 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. 
Enjoy!
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64 comments :

  1. 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

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

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

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  4. 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!

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  5. 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

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  6. 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.

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

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  8. 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

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  9. 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!

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

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

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

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  13. 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.

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  14. 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!

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  15. 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!

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

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

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

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

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  20. This looks wonderful!
    Thank you for sharing :D

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

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  22. 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.

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

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  24. 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!

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  25. 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!

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  26. 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

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  27. 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! :)

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

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

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  30. 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! :)

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  31. 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...

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

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  33. 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

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

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  35. 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!

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  36. 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! :)

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  37. 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! :)

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  38. 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!

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  39. 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 :)

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  40. 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!

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

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

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  43. 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..

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

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  45. 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!!!

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

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  47. 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.

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  48. How do you print it?

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  49. 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?)

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  50. 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!

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  51. 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... :-)

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

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

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

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  55. So glad I found your site.tomorrow's dinner will be potato soup and salad...Thanks again for posting.

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  56. I made your soup last night and added ham, along with one glove of garlic. We enjoyed it very much...as my husband said "it's a keeper"!

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  57. So sorry, I forgot to mention,that I did not use the crock pot....I cooked it on the stove top on a low simmer.When the potatoes were tender,the soup was done...saved me lots of time!

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  58. So many good comments from those who have tried this. I'm Pinning it!!

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  59. This may sound crazy but this is awesome with canned coconut milk instead of the cream or 1/2 & 1/2,
    started making my butternut squash soup with this and it is so lovely. Love your blog.

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  60. I will be cooking this today! Simple ingredients, simple recipe! LOVE!!

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  61. Thank you for the recipe. Does the soup freeze well?

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