There is one thing that I really love in life and it’s soup. It could be one hundred degrees out and you’ll still find me cozying up to a big bowl of soup. Now that the weather is cooler you’ll find at least one to two different pots of homemade soup in my refrigerator at all times. I don’t make baked potato soup as often as I should! Being pregnant I find myself memorizing the soup schedule at Panera… I know that every Monday and Wednesday I can baked potato soup! Sad but true.
It dawned on me recently that I’ve never shared my baked potato soup recipe with my readers. It’s something I’ve been making for years for my family and always a comforting lunch or dinner. Even better you can freeze the leftovers for another night.
You know, the days when you have no desire to cook and/or don’t feel well and just want a warm bowl of baked potato soup. Yep, you got it stocked away in your freezer. Or at least I do! Which is a good thing since I can only get it twice a week at Panera. I actually freeze in individual portions so I can heat it up for lunch on days when all I want is a big bowl of soup for lunch.
I’ve experimented with many versions of baked potato soup and I found that I like actually baking the potatoes first. It yields a starchier and more flavorful soup. I also like to add minced onion and celery to the soup to give additional flavors. I mince them so they don’t take away from the star of the soup–the potato! These are extra steps, but I find are well worth it in the end! If your looking to make a big pot of soup, this recipe for Baked Potato Soup is the winner!
Baked Potato Soup
- 6 medium size russet baking potatoes
- 6 bacon strips
- 1 medium onion minced
- 2 stalks celery minced
- ¼ cup sour cream + more for garnish
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 3 cups 2% organic milk
- 6 green onions thinly sliced
- ¼ cup fresh parsley minced
- ½ cup shredded Cabot Sharp Cheddar Cheese + additional for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Farenheit. Clean the baked ptoatoes, poke with a fork and bake on a tray for 45 minutes.
- While potatoes bake, cut the bacon strips in ½ inch pieces. Fry in a cast iron skillet until golden brown and crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan. Add in the diced onion and celery and cook until translucent about 10 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly.
- Once the potatoes are done, carefully, remove the baked potatoes from the oven, cut in half and scoop out the flesh. Potatoes might still be a little hard–it’s okay. You’ll want to chop into cubes. Add to the stock pot. Mix in ¼ cup sour cream. Blend well and season with salt and pepper.
- Then, mix the chicken stock with the all-purpose flour until well blended. Pour the mixture into the stock pot and add in the milk. Increase heat to medium-high for 5 minutes until simmering.
- Add in ¾ of the chopped green onions, parsley, half of the cooked bacon, and the shredded cheddar cheese. Mix well and begin to ladle soup in bowls. Top each bowl of soup with additional sour cream, green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, and bacon pieces.