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Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup is creamy, rich and hearty. It's a nice warm bowl of comfort food that makes for an easy dinner when it simmers in the slow cooker all day.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 658kcal
Author: Wendy

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker or Crock Pot

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 cup cooked bacon chopped or crumbled
  • 1 cup diced ham optional (not in the ingredients photo)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 2 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Spray your slow cooker insert with cooking oil.
  • Add potatoes, onion, and garlic to the slow cooker. Add bacon, spices and 2 cups of the broth.
  • Add ham if using in the recipe. Close the lid and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours or until potatoes are tender. (Check halfway through for tenderness.)
  • Add butter to medium sized skillet. When butter begins to sizzle, slowly add flour, whisking constantly. When mixture becomes solid, slowly whisk in the broth. When the mixture is smooth, remove from the heat.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove about a cup of potatoes from the slow cooker. Mash and add to the mixture. Blend until smooth. Add the mixture to the slow cooker and mix well.
  • Mix in 2 cups of the cheese until it melts.
  • Serve in bowls and top with remaining cheese, and your favorite toppings.

Notes

To make your soup thicker you can add a cornstarch slurry of 1/2 cup water and one tablespoon cornstarch.  Another way to thicken potato soup is by adding dry instant mashed potatoes.  Add in 1/3 cup of flakes and allow to simmer for a few minutes to your get desired texture. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 658kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 1343mg | Potassium: 1014mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1630IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 361mg | Iron: 2mg