Lunch / Dinner
Cheesy Baked Potato Soup with bacon
When you’re chilled to the bone and all you want is a bowl of comfort, this is the soup to turn to. Incredibly creamy and luscious, this Cheesy Baked Potato Soup is simply flavored with bacon, seasoned salt, Tabasco, and Cheddar.
Test Kitchen Tip
It’s important to use russet potatoes (a typical baking potato) here. They have a high starch content that thickens the soup, and those starch cells also easily absorb the butter and milk.
Preheat oven to 425°.
Cook bacon in a pot until crisp. Transfer bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp. drippings.
Melt butter in pot with drippings over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; sweat, covered, until onions soften, about 5 minutes.
Whisk in flour; cook 1–2 minutes. Add potatoes, milk, broth, seasoned salt, and Tabasco. Bring soup to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in Cheddar until melted,then stir in sour cream; season soup with salt and pepper.
Top servings with Cheddar, bacon, and chives
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 53%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 1241mg 51%
Carbs 30g 10%
Fiber 2g 8%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.