Loaded down with to-do’s, deadlines, and all the business of raising tiny humans, all of which are hungry and you still have to make dinner? Yeah me too.
My solution? Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup! Check out the video to see how easy this comfort meal is to make!
Serving a hearty, robust meal after a long day is possible with the help of a slow cooker. It’s the mighty appliance that can cook while we sleep, work, are out at baseball games or soccer practice, and more.
I love making this recipe year-round, it’s also gluten-free so my entire family can enjoy this meal. The kids love topping their bowls with bacon and a ton of cheese!
It even tastes better on the second and third day so you know I like to pack this soup into a thermos for one amazing hot lunch on a cold day!
Can You Freeze Potato Soup
Well, technically yes you can freeze almost anything. But you should probably skip the freezing process when it comes to potato soup.
Potatoes tend to have an odd texture when defrosted and the soup really won’t be the same.
If you simply must try it, place all ingredients in a zip bag and freeze, laying flat, until ready to use. Thaw and cook as directed. Freeze leftovers in 1 cup servings for up to 3 months.
How to Prep Potato Soup Ahead of Time
Even though freezing is frowned up, there are still other ways to streamline your potato soup plans!
You can easily prep this meal ahead of time by placing all ingredients in the slow cooker bowl, covering it, and refrigerating for up to 3 days. Then, when you are ready for it, cook using the instructions below.
But by far, the fastest way to get this Loaded Baked Potato Soup from a thought to reality is to use the Instant Pot Potato Soup Recipe. It’s all the creamy goodness of the slow cooker one, but in under 30 minutes.
Best Potato Soup Toppings
We love topping our bowls with any baked potato toppings like cheese, bacon, and chives, but the sky is the limit! If you can dream it for a baked potato, you can definitely add it to the top of this soup!
How will you top your baked potato soup?
Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Loaded Baked Potato Soup is the perfect hearty meal that can be made in the slow cooker and prepped ahead for a later meal.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 6 hours
- Total Time: 6 hours + 10 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Slow Cooker
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 pound yellow potatoes, washed, peeled, and chopped into large chunks
- 8 ounces ham steak, cubed
- 32 ounces low sodium vegetable broth
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups (16 ounces) half and half or whole milk
- ¾ cup shredded cheese
- 6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
- 4 green onions, chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped chives
- Sour cream, optional
- In the bowl of a large (5qt) slow cooker, place onion, potatoes, ham, broth, pepper. Cook on low for 6 hours.
- Once the potatoes are tender and the soup thickened, stir in the half and half, and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Ladle soup into bowls, top with shredded cheese, chopped bacon, green onions, and sour cream if using.
- Serving Size: 1 bowl
- Calories: 450
- Sugar: 7g
- Sodium: 801.8mg
- Fat: 28.6g
- Saturated Fat: 14.1g
- Trans Fat: 0.4g
- Carbohydrates: 23.9g
- Fiber: 2.2g
- Protein: 24.2g
- Cholesterol: 96.1mg