For a hearty lunch or dinner in the winter months, there’s nothing better than a bowl of loaded potato soup. I love sitting in front of the fire after a busy day at work and enjoying a huge bowl of soup with a chunk of crusty bread. Today I’ve collected ten different loaded potato soup recipes that will get you through the coldest months of the year.
1. Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Damn Delicious combines all of the flavors of a loaded baked potato into one creamy and comforting dish. This soup is a carb-heavy dish that has heaps of bacon and cheese in the recipe. The melted cheddar and crispy bacon bits add the perfect finishing touch to this soup that you’ll return to over and over again this winter. For the perfect meal, add green onion and more cheese and bacon on top before serving.
2. Fully Loaded Baked Potato Soup
This recipe from Food Network creates a hearty bowl of soup that’s packed with different toppings and ingredients. It takes twenty minutes to prepare and then fifty-five minutes to cook, but it is well worth the wait and effort for the four huge bowls of soup it creates. Before serving, you’ll want to add a generous drizzle of sour cream and sprinkle your soup with the leftover bacon bits, grated cheese, and chives. It’s a family-friendly recipe that will be a hit with the kids and teens in your family.
3. Loaded Potato Soup in a Mug
If you are looking for a simple lunch recipe, try out this soup in a mug from Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking. This is a microwave soup recipe that comes together in just minutes by combining bacon, cheese, and scallions. It makes a single serving, so it is ideal for a day when you are home alone, and it would make for a filling lunch on a busy workday. If you don’t like bacon, you can simply use corn as a substitute instead, and this recipe is easy to customize to your needs. The best thing about this soup is that it uses basic ingredients, most of which you’ll probably have in your fridge or freezer already.
4. Creamy Loaded Potato Soup
Jo Cooks shows us how to make this loaded potato soup that is a really comforting meal in a bowl. This recipe creates a smooth and creamy soup that is ideal for a cold day and is sure to be a hit with your whole family. For best results, use Yukon gold or russet potatoes that will create the perfect texture for this dish. Applewood smoked bacon offers the best flavor for this recipe, but if you are catering to vegetarians, the bacon can be switched out for a sprinkle of smoked paprika.
5. Quick and Healthy Loaded Potato Soup
For a lighter and healthier version of the traditional recipe, try out this dish from Cooking Light which still offers plenty of flavors and a hearty bowl of soup. To create the best texture for this soup and give you a nice and creamy consistency to this dish, use russet potatoes. This is a great recipe for preparing ahead of time and reheats well when you need lunch in a rush on a busy day.
6. Instant Pot Loaded Potato Soup
I love using my Instant Pot to create quick and easy meals, and it’s a fantastic device for cooking soups. This recipe from Belle of the Kitchen creates a smooth and tasty bowl of soup that your family will think you’ve spent all day cooking. There’s also an alternative recipe that uses the slow cooker if you don’t have an Instant Pot in your kitchen. If you prefer a soup that’s a little less chunky, you can use your immersion blender after it’s cooked to create your desired consistency.
7. Vegan Creamy Loaded Potato Soup
If you are following a vegan diet, you’ll absolutely love this recipe from The Plant Riot. You’ll enjoy the same creamy texture and delicious tastes of a classic loaded potato soup, without any dairy or meat. The secret of this delicious recipe is to add leeks into the mix, which are easy to find during the fall and winter. They have a subtle flavor that won’t overpower your potatoes but also adds a delightful taste to the dish.
8. Slow-Cooked Loaded Potato Soup
Taste of Home shares this slow cooker recipe for loaded potato soup that will take between eight and ten hours to cook. It’s the ideal recipe for preparing in the morning before work, and by the time you’re done for the day, you’ll have a yummy and warming soup ready to serve to your family. You’ll use a low setting for cooking this dish, and you’ll want to make sure the potatoes are nice and tender before serving. To finish this soup off, simply top each bowl with bacon, cheese, and chives for the perfect serving.
9. Easy Cheesy Loaded Potato Soup
If you can’t get enough of cheese in your soup recipes, you’ll love this easy cheesy loaded potato soup from Favorite Family Recipes. Each dish will be packed with hearty potatoes, cheese, bacon, and scallions, all covered in a creamy and savory sauce. If you use this recipe for meal prepping, it’s best reheated on the stove, as the microwave won’t heat it up evenly. You can create a whole batch of this soup and then use up the leftovers for the next three days when you don’t have time to make lunch or dinner.
10. Crock-Pot Veggie Loaded Baked Potato Soup
For a vegetarian alternative to your usual baked potato soup recipe, try out this crock-pot recipe from Peas and Crayons. You’ll enjoy a thick and creamy vegetarian soup that’s healthy and packed with flavor. Before serving, you’ll want to top this soup with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and green onions, and it will taste just like a loaded baked potato!
Any of these recipes would make an ideal quick lunch or dinner throughout the colder winter months, and they will provide you with a hearty and filling meal to keep you satisfied for the rest of the day. All of these recipes use basic ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen or you’ll easily be able to find in your local grocery store to create a budget-friendly meal that your whole family will be sure to love.