Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

This delicious comfort soup is a real-food, slow-cooker dump meal! You can set it up in 10 minutes and then forget it till dinner time. The cheese and milk at the end needs a few minutes to melt, but in that time you can make a salad and set the table.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup (Slow Cooker)

An easy, real-food , comfort soup that will please the whole family!

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword potato soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 6
Author thewanderingrd

Ingredients

  • 3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1 T. butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 T. tapioca flour (optional, for thickening)
  • 7-8 medium white potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. black pepper (or more to taste)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, freshly grated

Optional Toppings

  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled

Instructions

  1. Place 6 slices bacon on a paper-towel lined paper plate and cover with a paper towel. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Let cool. (Or use pre-cooked bacon.)

  2. Melt butter in a saute pan. Add onion and saute for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring often until lightly browned. Add garlic and saute for 1 more minute. Remove from heat.

  3. Peel and then cut potatoes into quarters.

  4. Combine the following in slow cooker: 3 crumbled slices of cooked bacon, cooked onion/garlic mixture, broth, tapioca flour (if using), potatoes, salt and pepper. Stir and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, or until potatoes are very soft.

  5. Add milk and shredded cheese and continue on low for 30 minutes. Stir, serve into bowls and add toppings.