Friday, August 17, 2012

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

First off, can I just say a big HUGE thank you to all of you guys for your responses to my last post?! Your comments and emails made. my. week. I wish I could give each and every one of ya’ll a big ol’ hug! I feel very blessed to have such great readers hanging around here being invested in our lives. :)

What do you eat when you are sick/not feeling well? For me, it’s SOUP. Why? Soup is my ultimate comfort food! Sticks to your ribs and warms your belly & soul… something about it ahhhh: 

Before I went in for surgery last week, I made a HUGE pot of this Loaded Baked Potato Soup! Hearty, filling, re-heats amazingly well (and only requires the pressing of a button on the microwave)! Just what I needed post surgery!

When I posted this picture of it last week on Facebook, I got an overwhelming response of “RECIPE PLEASE”. Which shouldn’t suprise me… I posted Chicken Tortilla Soup in the grueling heat of last summer and it was a HUGE hit (and continues to be one of my tops posts – go figure!). Turns out I’m not the only one who loves to eat soup in the summertime! I fuh-reaking love you guys. ;)

Well, friends, at your request we’re having a little soup in the summertime (again)!

Potatoes, CHEESE, sour cream, scallions… BACON – Does it get any better, ya’ll?! 

I sincerely doubt it. ;)

Question: What is your favorite SOUP to eat?! & are you a summer time soup eater?

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

4 baking potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds)
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
6 cups 1% milk
6-8 ounces shredded colby jack cheese, divided
2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup light sour cream
3/4 cup chopped green onions, divided
1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled (reserving 1 TBS of bacon grease)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Poke holes in potatoes using a fork and bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender (fork pierces them easily). Allow to cool to touch. Halve the potatoes and scoop out the white portion (leaving the skins behind). Mash coarsly.

Place flour and reserved bacon grease into a large Dutch oven (or stock pot) and gradually add milk. Whisking it in until completely blended. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly (8-10 minutes). Add mashed potatoes, 1 cup cheese, salt, and pepper, stirring until cheese melts. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and 1/2 cup green onions.

Reduce heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes more to make sure it is heated well (do not bring back to a boil). Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle each serving with additional cheese, green onions, and of course BACON. Garnish with additional salt and cracked pepper, if desired.

Serve with crusty bread.

Adapted from: Cooking Light

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25 Responses to “Loaded Baked Potato Soup”

  1. 1

    Bree — August 17, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    Yum -great comfort food!

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish — August 17, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    Even though it’s a bajillion degrees outside I could still eat way too much of this soup!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 17, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

    Something I could totally use right now! Pinned!

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    Leslie — August 17, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    Soup..I could eat it all year long..even if its a bagillion degrees outside!

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    Allie — August 17, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

    I am doing a post tomorrow about your jalepeno kettle chip chicken! YUMMO!!!! I credited you over and over and linked up with your blog so people can see how creative you are!!! You are a great cook!!!

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    The Weekend Dish: 8/18/2012 — August 18, 2012 @ 12:02 am

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 18, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    Yum! I loved baked potato soup anytime of the year!! Yours looks fantastic!!!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 18, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    Mmm this looks awesome!

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — August 18, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    Wow! That looks amazing!! I’m really not a soup in the summer gal but, in the winter, I absolutely LIVE on it.

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    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — August 18, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    Looks amazing! One of my favorite soups ever, and definitely gets me in the mood for fall!

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    Sample Saturday | Homekeeping Adventures — August 18, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

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    Sues — August 20, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    Soup can get a little boring, but this one isn’t at all!! Totally satisfying and beautiful. And definitely OK in the summer :)

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 20, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    Looks perfect and we keep getting hit with cooler weather so I’d absolutely love this right now.

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    Kari — August 20, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    Soup is my comfort food, i eat it all summer long. Loaded Baked potato soup or broccoli cheese soup are my favs. Love your blog and all the great recipes.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — August 20, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    Oh I love Baked Potato Soup! Haven’t made it in forever, but I can see that changing! Pinning :)

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    Lane @ Supper for a Steal — August 20, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    I can eat soup year round, you’re not the only one :) Love baked potato soup. It’s been a while since I last made it.

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 20, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    This is perfect comfort food! I would definitely eat this in the middle of the summer!

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    Rachel Cooks — August 20, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

    This looks amazing–one of my favorite soups. Love those spoons too–so cool!

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — August 21, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    Agreed! Baked potato soup is definitely one of my favorite medicines…errr, comfort foods. :) So good. And I love your cute little bowls!

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    Jenn @ cupcakesncouscous — August 22, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    I want this right now and it’s a bajillion degrees outside, I really don’t care. I made your baked potato soup this past winter and it was so good, I am sure this will be just as fantastic :)

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    Cassie mullins — September 3, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    Looks amazing!! Can’t wait to try!!!

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    Stephanie — September 11, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    Yum! I made this for dinner tonight and it’s a great potato soup! I especially love how quickly and easily it comes together. I cooked the bacon and cooked/scooped/mashed the potatoes earlier in the day so it only took about 20 mins to actually get the soup ready when it was time for dinner. Looking forward to leftovers! Thanks for sharing!

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    Meredith — October 1, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    I made this yesterday for football Sunday! It was so tasty. My hubby thought it was the best soup he has ever had (and he is pretty picky!!). Also, I followed the tips and cooked the bacon the day before, and the potatoes earlier in the morning. Doing this made the it come together very quickly! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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