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Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe

4.6 from 57 votes

posted: 02/25/19

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This Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe is easy to make and even easier to eat! It is the ultimate in comfort food. Loaded with bacon, cheese, and potatoes, your family will love this loaded baked potato soup recipe.

small white bowl full of crockpot potato soup

I have been thinking a lot lately about happiness and joy. I’ve been thinking about what specifically brings me joy, and how I can have more of that in my life. Even more than that, I’ve been thinking about joy that doesn’t seem to have strings attached. For example, sure, a big chocolate bar brings me immediate joy, but after eating it I sort of feel like a lump on a log. I guess what I’m talking about is lasting joy rather than an immediate high.

Food is really something that brings me a lot of joy. Yes, I am in part talking about eating good food. But I guess I’ve been thinking about it in a much bigger picture way. Cooking food for people I love is something that has been passed down to me from my grandmother and my own mother (interestingly my dad’s mom passed it on to her daughter in law, my mom). I come by it honestly. There is a lot of joy for me in making delicious food that other people enjoy.

This joy has gotten bigger by creating my own recipes. There is such a spark of joy for me when I come up with a recipe, taste it for the first time, and am overcome with how delicious it is. And then I photograph it and admire not just how delicious it tasted, but how beautiful it looks. (I realize I sound like a huge nerd, and I’m totally okay with that). Finally, I find so much joy in then coming here and sharing that love and that joy with you.

Easy Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe

This is exactly what happened with this Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe. I decided to combine the cooking method I used in my Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup with the cooking method I use in my New England Clam Chowder. And it turned out so incredibly perfect.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my story where I talked about how in love with this recipe I was that it was getting bumped to the top of my editorial calendar.

If I could, I would make this for you right in my own house so that I could watch you eat it and enjoy it. Only in a non creepy stranger on the internet inviting you over sort of way. Since I can’t do that, I hope you do make it at home and I hope you love it’s simple easy flavors and comforting warm ways. I hope it spreads a little joy to your life. Because that is what food is. It doesn’t just nourish our bodies, it nourishes our souls.

overhead view of a crockpot full of a potato soup recipe

How Do You Make Crockpot Potato Soup?

The key to a good soup from scratch is a homemade roux, a thickening agent made from a fat and flour. My New England Clam Chowder uses bacon fat. Then you add in flour to start the soup, slowly adding clam juice to make a great thick and creamy soup in the end. In my Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup, at the end of the cooking time you pull broth from the crock pot, melt butter on the stove top, add in some flour, and then slowly add the stock and eventually put it all back in the slow cooker.

In this slow cooker potato soup recipe, you cook up some bacon at the end of the slow cooker time. Then you add in flour, stock from the slow cooker, eventually some heavy cream and some cheese. You add it all back into the crock pot for the most delicious crockpot loaded potato soup ever.

Add the bacon at the end keeps it crisp. Additionally, using bacon to start our roux and thicken this soup really deepens the flavor of the whole soup.

See? It brings me so much joy just to talk about cooking and food.

spoon ladeling crockpot loaded potato soup

Can I Make This Crockpot Potato Soup on the Stovetop?

Yes! You can! This recipe is basically the crockpot version of my Creamy Potato Soup with Bacon recipe. So if you would like to do it on the stovetop instead, I would point you to that recipe.

overhead view of potato soup recipe

Reheating Instructions

This soup will make great leftovers. Though I won’t judge if there aren’t any. It will last in your refrigerator for two to three days in an air tight container.

Reheat it at low temperature so that it doesn’t separate. Either cook it covered in the microwave at half power, stirring halfway through, or cook it over very low heat on the stove top, stirring often.

two bowls of loaded baked potato soup made in the slow cooker

Other Great Comforting Recipes to Bring You Joy

  • These Italian Meatballs are my grandmother’s recipe, and they truly bring me joy and take me right back to her love filled home.
  • This Crab Pasta Salad is my mom’s recipe and I love making it when I’m missing her.
  • These Zucchini Fritters are my dad’s recipe. He has many talents, cooking may not be at the top of that list, but when he makes these magic happens.
easy crockpot potato soup recipe in the crock pot
overhead view of a crockpot full of a potato soup recipe
4.60 from 57 votes

Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe

Serves: 6 people
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 3 hours
Total: 3 hours 10 minutes
This Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe is easy to make and even easier to eat!  It is the ultimate in comfort food.  Loaded with bacon, cheese, and potatoes, your family will love this loaded baked potato soup recipe.


  • 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cups chicken stock see note
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon diced
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (plus more for serving)
  • sour cream (optional for serving)
  • green onions (optional for serving)


  • In a large slow cooker combine the potatoes, onion, chicken stock, salt and pepper.
  • Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
  • When there is only 15 minutes left of cooking time, remove 2 cups of the cooking liquid from the crock pot.
  • In a small stock pot over medium heat, cook the bacon. Once it is crispy, whisk in the flour.
  • Very slowly stir in the cooking liquid from the crock pot.  Once it is completely added, stir in the heavy cream, and the cheese. Stir until the cheese is fully melted.
  • Mash the potatoes in the crock pot using a potato masher or an immersion blender. Stir in the mixture from the stock pot.  Serve and enjoy!


This recipe can be made with 4 cups of chicken stock or 6.  Four cups will yield a very hearty thick soup. Six cups will yield a thinner soup.  I prefer the four cup version. The nutritional information is for the recipe as written.Please note that the soup you see being ladled in the video is made with six cups.
Serving: 1cup Calories: 396kcal (20%) Carbohydrates: 43g (14%) Protein: 16g (32%) Fat: 19g (29%) Saturated Fat: 9g (56%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 59mg (20%) Sodium: 876mg (38%) Potassium: 943mg (27%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 6g (7%) Vitamin A: 500IU (10%) Vitamin C: 44.6mg (54%) Calcium: 180mg (18%) Iron: 1.6mg (9%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
overhead view of a crockpot full of a potato soup recipe

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  1. jessie says

    hi i misread chicken stock and used chicken broth instead is that okay? it has already been in the crockpot for 30 minutes and i used 4 cups of chicken broth.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I use them interchangeably in recipes all the time, you should be good to go!

  2. Mary says

    I can’t use chicken stock or broth due to allergies. Can I use vegetable broth instead or will it not be as good?thank you.

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  3. Brianna says

    Can I just pour the heavy cream and cheese in? I would like to cook my bacon in the oven?

    • Lisa Longley says

      The fat rendered from the bacon is what makes the roux, the thickening agent of the soup. So without that you aren’t going to get the creaminess you see here.

  4. Ashley says

    Do you have to mash the potatoes? I usually leave them cut up in the soup. Will the roux be enough to still yield a thicker consistency?

    • Lisa Longley says

      If you don’t mash them, it won’t be as creamy but it will still be creamy.

  5. Jill says

    Have you ever frozen it?

    • Lisa Longley says

      This soup can be frozen, but when you thaw it, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight, and then heat it over low heat, stirring often.

  6. Amanda says

    5 stars
    I added some extra bacon -!; wowza it was good! I will say it’s almost mush consistency with 4c stock. I will probably add a bit more next time for a bit more of a soup feel! Will most certainly be baking this again!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m glad you liked it!

  7. Nancy Robinson says

    Whyy not leave the potatoes diced and not mashed. Mom never mashed hers. Always left then diced.

    • Lisa Longley says

      It’s just a matter of personal preference.

  8. Marissa says

    I’d love to try this recipe but wondering if I can use an alternative to the bacon like Turkey bacon? I don’t eat any pork products. Any help is appreciated ☺️

    • Lisa Longley says

      You could use turkey bacon, but you will need to add some butter so that you have enough fat to make a roux before adding the flour.

  9. Staci says

    5 stars
    Some of the best potato soup i have ever made. I did not use bacon, i just used the chicken base. This will be my go recipe!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it, Staci!

  10. Nancy says

    I really enjoy your site and have made many of your recipes. All of which have been successful. My only issue is the ads that make it almost impossible to see the recipes. They pop up and cover everything. I try to X out and they are so small, often I end up going to that site.

    • Lisa Longley says

      The ads shouldn’t be covering any of the content. I’ll be sure to mention this to the company that runs my ads so that they can take al look at it.

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