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A Year of Slow Cooking

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup Recipe


During my call for recipes, I got emails from Jennifer, Jenny, Jenny Y., Julie, and Charlotte asking if I had made a baked potato soup in the slow cooker. I had not. I did make a potato-leek soup last year, but that's not really the same thing. It's definitely healthier, though!

Panera bakery evidently has a very good baked potato soup, but I've never stepped foot into a Panera, so I hadn't had their soup as a reference. So I googled it, and found a
copycat recipe on RecipeZaar and adapted it to fit our family.

We all really liked this soup---the kids ate a ton, and we have a bunch leftover. I made a big batch so we'd have leftovers in the freezer. I'd guess this serves 10.

The Ingredients.

--5 lbs potatoes, peeled and diced in 1 to 2-inch chunks
--1 teeny onion, diced
--4 cloves garlic, minced
--1 teaspoon seasoned salt
--1/2 teaspoon black pepper
--1/2 teaspoon red pepper
--2 quarts chicken broth
--2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, to add at the end
--crumbled bacon and green onion or chives as garnish (optional)

The Directions.

Use a 6 quart or larger slow cooker. Peel and dice the potatoes, and put them into the stoneware. Add onion and garlic. Sprinkle in the seasonings, and pour in the broth. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4. The potatoes should be fork-tender. You can use a potato masher to mash the potatoes in the soup, or a hand-held immersible blender. I suppose you can also leave the potatoes in chunks, if you really wanted, but I wanted a smooth soup.

After smashing the potatoes, crumble in both packages of cream cheese, and put the lid back on. Cook on high for about 30 minutes, or until the cream cheese is completely dissolved. Stir a few times during the 30 minutes.

Garnish with crumbled bacon, green onion or chives, and I'd assume cheddar cheese would be just delightful.

The Verdict.

When I first started hanging out on the internet, I was surprised at how much bacon talk there was. Everywhere I turned (clicked), it seemed there was somebody else going on and on and on some more about their love for bacon. Since I don't eat pork, I really didn't get it, and just figured it was a weird internet thing.

But yesterday I figured out the secret to really good turkey bacon. Fry it in a ton of butter. Now I think I might sort of get it. Although I'm not terribly pleased with how messy it is....

anyhow, this is a fantastic soup, and the bacon on top really seals the deal. My kids both ate a bowl when it was first finished around 4pm, and another later in the evening.

We're going to have BLT's with the leftover bacon for lunch. or maybe breakfast. I'm excited.

other great soups:

Jamaican Pumpkin
Thai Coconut
Corn Chowder
Harvest Stew
French Onion

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97 comments:

Alyson said...

Just found your blog while searching for a method to bake potatoes in the crockpot. So excited to find this! I plan to visit often and trying new recipes. I'm the only vegetarian in my family, so I appreciate recipes that are veg friendly but will satisfy the carnivores around here. Planning on trying the sweet potato chili real soon!

Melissa Henning said...

yum!

Anonymous said...

Here's a tip for cooking your bacon: do it in the oven! I put mine on a rack fitted into a cookie sheet, so the bacon is elevated. You don't even need to flip turkey bacon -- so easy! Set the oven at about 400 degrees and give it 15-20 minutes, depending on how crisp you like your bacon. I can't stand bacon splatters all over the stove, and the oven method makes clean-up a snap! :)

Christian said...

Hi, I've been a lurker on your site for a long time and tried many of your recipes which my family has loved, your indian butter chicken being the best! Anyway I wanted to ask you if you have tried to cook your turkey bacon in the oven. This is how I cook it and it turns out crispy and fabulous not to mention better for you than frying in butter and much less mess. I put it on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 for about 7-10 mins (not sure of the time, you will smell it when it is done.) Hope this helps and thanks for the great recipes.

Cybil - Great Chefs said...

This is a great recipe and I'll be back to visit many times! We love to cook in the crockpot - just walking in the door after work and smelling dinner is wonderful! We also fry our turkey bacon in "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" and it turns out really crispy. Is there a substitute for the cream cheese to make the dish lighter in calories? Thanks!

Crockpot Lady said...

I have done bacon in the oven before, and you're right, it's definitely a cleaner way to go! The butter made it taste so yummy though... ;-)

Cybil, you can definitely use lower-fat or fat-free cream cheese, and I'm imagine sour cream would provide similar creaminess.

xoxo steph

Kat said...

I'm definitely going to try this one! I think I will use 1/2 FF and 1/2 LF cream cheese and Hormel's bacon bits. I think I will serve LF or FF sour cream on the side (sort of like how we get our baked potato at a restaurant - everything is "on the side")

Thanks for the great idea - and thank you for being the "provider" of wonderful recipes.

The Calico Cat said...

Not sure if that are gluten free or not, but for something like this, you could use immitation bacon bits... (They are soy & kosher.)

Wendy said...

Oh that sounds yummy! And I'll be using the bacon in the oven tip that someone suggested :-)

Erika said...

I'm not sure how I ended up on your blog but I'm so glad I found it!! Thanks for the wonderful recipes. I have your baked potato soup in my crock as we speak and can't wait to chow on it later! I love cooking with my crock too and love checking out your blog! Keep up the good work.

Little Ol' Liz said...

Holy cow - 2 packages of Cream Cheese? My thighs!

I use my stick blender to break up the potatoes. It makes this smooth and creamy -- but you could add in a can of Evaporated (not condensed) Skim Milk or two. Save your calories for the Bacon, and how about some Cheddar Cheese? You put that on a baked potato, right? Or maybe green chilis/jalapenos??

~*the gastronomic goddess*~ said...

Yum I am going to be making this :) I usually don't make soups when it gets hot over the summer because I hate heating up the kitchen for a huge pot, but the crock-pot is the way to go, definitely.

Clara said...

I am also intolerant to pork. My tips? First, see if you can find beef bacon (yes, you read that right, BEEF bacon). It is much closer to pork bacon in taste and texture and is DELISH. If you must get turkey bacon, make it in the oven! Put it on a metal baking sheet and pop it under the broiler. It will get dark and crisp. It may get smokey too though, so watch out!

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi Clara! I *adore* beef bacon, but there is only one store in town that carries it, and I wasn't at that one. ;-(

I'll give the turkey bacon in the oven a try again----I promise.

xoxo steph

Kristen said...

Sounds really yummy and something my whole family would enjoy.

And I agree, bacon made in the oven is the best! It is less messy and also it keeps the slices straight, and cooked thoroughly, even the ends.

Kim said...

I've made this before - SUPER good and it freezes AWESOME. I had it frozen for a month or so, plopped it into the crockpot, added some water and thawed it and it was amazing (we did add freshly cooked bacon though).

Oh and we added white cheddar and more garlic than it calls for. We love garlic.

Amie said...

OK I'm definitely gonna make this. Looks like a good one!

the ungourmet said...

This looks delicious! We pretty much only eat turkey bacon also. I've never tried frying it in butter. Good tip!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Wow, I love baked potato soup recipes. This one looks terrific. I cook my bacon in the microwave. Cut into pieces and sandwich between sheets of paper towels. Usually takes 3 or 4 minutes. I've never heard of beef bacon! But, I'll be investigating it! :-)

Thanks, Stephanie,
Shirley

anja3582 said...

If you can, try the brand name Godshalls for turkey bacon. It's the closest to real bacon and needs no butter/oil when you fry it. It's really, really good. Not sure where you live, so I don't know if you'll be able to find it but if you can, it's worth a try. Yum-O!

kat said...

This is going to sound kind of weird, but I accidentally discovered my secret for delicious turkey bacon. Fry it in toasted sesame oil! It really adds to the smoky flavor. One day it was the only oil in my cabinet and I gave it a shot, it was soooo good! Plus, it's healthier than butter.

mrsrfair said...

Sounds like a great recipe. I just found your blog while going through other peoples listing of blogs they follow. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my crock-pot and use it every chance I can. I have a ton of crock-pot cookbooks but never any feedback and it is nice to see what really is tasty or not. Thanks for keeping your blog up to date. Can't wait to try these!

Anonymous said...

How about a can of Cream of Celery or Chicken instead of the second package of cream cheese?

Alisha Whitfield said...

I love your blog I have been reading it for a while and LOVE LOVE LOVE all your great ideas. I have just given you a blog award on www.homemakinghoneys.com Thanks for having such an AWESOME BLOG!

Leann I Am said...

Mmmm....we used to have a Bennigan's in our town and they had a baked potato soup TO DIE FOR. I'm noping this is the same. (Though, a part of me is hoping that it's NOT because I would gain a lot of weight if I knew how to duplicate that soup!)

Thanks!

JoJo said...

Where do I find beef bacon? That sounds pretty good. I live in the bay area.

Halftime Lessons said...

Hi Stephanie!

I am a new poster to your blog, but I have been watching your recipes for a long time...love what you do.

Love the look of this potato soup, gonna give it a whirl.

Also saw that you were trolling for recipes recently, and wanted to give you my fav chicken chili recipe...I had never tasted anything like this one, and it quickly became my favorite as it is so unlike all the others I have ever had. Give it a try, you will NOT be disappointed.

You can find it here:

http://halftimelessons.blogspot.com/2009/02/some-of-my-favorite-things.html

Loving your blog!!

Jay

Carol said...

I just stumbled across your blog and I'm having so much fun going through past recipes! I feel like I struck gold!! I cannot wait to start trying these out. I've had my crockpot for ages and have barely used it. That's about to change!!

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi Jo Jo, thanks for the info about the site feed. I think I screwed with something. Hopefully in the next few hours it will be back to normal.

for beef bacon: we can only find it at Albertson's, and sometimes at Lunardi's. It's divine.

xox steph

Bonnie said...

i made this last night and it was delicious !!!

!!The Obnoxious SAHM!! said...

awesome! I am going to try this one. Thanks for posting it!

Jenn @ youknow... that blog? said...

This sounds awesome! My friend sent me the link to your blog - it's definitely going on my own blog's list of blogs that I follow!

I have a couple recipes you might be interested in on my blog too - drop by some time!

Alicia said...

Sounds great and we will definitely be trying this. I have heard that beef bacon is fantastic. I know our Whole Foods carries it. Just a thought.... Thanks for the fantastic recipes!

Dia said...

This sounds yummy! I grew up in Central Oregon - potatoe country! & love um!

I'd add some coconut milk - & you could use coconut oil for the turkey bacon as well (tho if you have a good source of free range butter, that'so yummy :)
I made black beans yest in my crock pot, & today used a 1/2 C to make a delish hummus! Had just attended a talk on brain health (details over at 'the Vale' :) & the darker beans pack more antioxidents! I'm a fan of coconut products to boost brain & general health as well . . .

Abbey M said...

I came down with a nasty cold and sore throat yesterday (can't believe I got one mid-June!) and this soup was very soothing. Made it last night (along with some strawberry Jell-O mixed with strawberries and mangoes) and my boyfriend and I have both enjoyed gobbling this up.
I didn't have a large enough crockpot, but I tried... and ended up having to use about 1 1/2 cups less of the chicken broth and it still spilled over a bit. It was delicious all the same!

Joan said...

I'm going to LOVE your blog. I try to use the crockpot at least twice a week. It's on my bookmarks. :)

Denise said...

Thanks for your inspiring blog! I have set up my crock pot in a make shift outdoor kitchen on the porch. It will be there all summer and I plan to use it lots to avoid heating up the kitchen. Yesterday, I cooked garden fresh squash and zucchini out there, using tips from your site. It turned out great. I blogged about it today. Thanks sooooo much!

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fawnda said...

I made this the other day and it was YUMMMMY!

Crystal said...

I made this last week and it was soooo good! I have a photo of it on my blog from a few days ago...my blog is mcbangerter.blogspot.com
Thanks for the great recipe! The leftovers are just as good!!!

Kelly said...

I made this soup this weekend and it was yummy. One thing, though, it is peppery! For those crockpotters who don't like food as spicy or peppery, I would cut back on one or both of the peppers. Great topped with cheddar cheese and chives though!

miss mary said...

just found your blog and I love it. I use my crockpot alot and am always looking for new recipes. I am in Heaven.
Thanks


Enter for the Rachael Ray Big Orange Cookbook at

http://woman-with-a-purpose.blogspot.com/2009/06/enter-to-win.html

heidi said...

I buy the uncured turkey pepper bacon at whole foods and it's the best out there. It does not taste rubbery and it's very flavorful. Be careful, you will get hooked and it's expensive $4.99.

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, an extra-lazy way to make this soup is to use frozen, shredded hashbrowns. I hate to cut potatoes, so I tried the hashbrowns and it was delicious. The shreds become so tender that they dissolve in your mouth. Congratulations on your book, and keep-on-crockin'!

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi Anon, that's a great idea! it's not lazy----just resourceful.

now I want hashbrowns. and an egg mcmuffin...

xoxo steph

Cooking Teen said...

I JUST finished eating a bowl of this soup. It has been in the crockpot all day. I put my soup in the blender when it was done because I like a smooth soup and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

Kim@ said...

I made this soup using low fat cream cheese and my stick blender. I topped it with shredded cheddar and fried keilbasa. I didn't have bacon, but I had leftover keilbasa.
I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I ate this soup. My little ones (ages 4 and 3) loved the soup, my husband asked me to marry him all over again, and my MIL smacked her lips and asked for seconds.
AWESOME!

Woman Interrupted said...

This looks great! Love your blog.

Quick question, how thick does this soup turn out? (I like a thick soup and I want to know if I need to make any modifications.)

Can't wait to try it.

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi WI, I'd classify this as a pretty thick soup. Your spoon won't stand up in it, but there's definitely a thick texture, and it'd even thicker the next day.

xoxo steph

Rachel said...

We love baked potatoes, the husband does not. What do you do when the husband is away?? Make baked potatoe soup! I use the O'Brian frozen hashbrown potatoes. They come with the red and green bell peppers, which means less work for mom. It's gonna be a busy day - coming home to ready and waiting soup is gonna be so nice!

Anonymous said...

We had this soup yesterday with BLT's. The flavor was fantastic. It was even a hit with my husband (who is very picky about his soups). I will definitely make this again.

RyansMommy said...

In the end this turned out so delicious! It makes alot and I had plenty to freeze.
I did have a problem with the potatoes though. I dont know if it was because I didnt mash them and left them diced? The pieces were pretty small. So after 8 1/2 hours on HIGH, I finally put the cream cheese in, cooked for 30 more min and then took the stick blender to it.
I'll definitely make this again but probably mash the potatoes right away.
Oh and I used the bacon pieces that we get in the jar and use for salads. Instead of garlic cloves, I used a few tsp of the minced garlic that comes in a jar. Anything I could do to make an easy recipe even easier. :)
I'm just cant believe how much it makes!

Next week its Buffalo Wing Soup!

Amanda said...

I just have to say THANK YOU! This is my favorite soup (the Zaar recipe, I mean - I've only been to a Panera for breakfast) and I've thought about cooking it in the crock pot but never actually tried. That's what I'll do next time, for sure.

If you make it again, try adding some corn (I throw frozen corn in with the cream cheese). And I like it best with homemade chicken stock - makes it even thicker.

Julie said...

This soup really looks yummy! My hubby makes a great potato soup, but yours looks just as yummy (don't tell him though)

Allison said...

I made this soup a few days ago. It is delicious!!! Everyone in my family enjoyed it. It makes a lot, so I froze the leftovers. So happy to have this in my freezer to have again. This is a recipe I will definitely make again.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Any suggestion for a smooth soup that can be served to someone who unfortunately has their mouth wired for a few weeks (due to an unfortunately accident)?

Thanks!

Kat Mangione Leslie said...

Stephanie, I gave this recipe a try today! It was great! It came out every bit as pretty and as tasty as yours... Thank you so much!

http://katatonicblues.blogspot.com/2009/08/whats-for-dinner.html

Kelly said...

O'Charley's has a fantastic potatoe soup from what I hear to but like you I don't eat pork. Anyway we tried a recipe for it and it had LOTS and I mean LOTS of half and half or heavy whipping cream in it. This looks alot better! I'm going to wait until it's not 98 degrees outside and try making this! Can't wait for fall just because of this recipe!

C. Beth said...

I'm making a meal plan right now and this is going on it (cowboy beans, too.) Anyway--just wanted to comment to let you know your new avatar pic is totally cute! :)

gail@more than a song said...

I love baked potato soup, will have to try this! We only eat turkey bacon; I always do it in the microwave and it gets really crispy! Easy too, just throw away the paper towels. I flip them over about halfway through...for 3 pieces I put them on paper towel and cover with another. Let it go a/b 1 1/2 minutes per side, maybe a few seconds more if needed. Adjust for more pieces! I haven't tried it in the oven yet.

Kathryn said...

We used red pepper flakes. It turned out a little too spicy for us (but we're going back for seconds). I used the hand blender to make it smooth, but I think I might have liked it with bits of potato. Topped with bacon, green onions and cheddar cheese! :-)

T said...

Fabulous! Made it for a party last night, knock out delicious! Everyone loved.

chicagoleelee said...

Have you tried freezing this soup? I'm making it tomorrow, but it's just my hubby, 16 month old daughter and myself so I was thinking that we could freeze some of it for a later date. I've read that baked potato soup sometimes separates and doesn't reheat well but have never tried it! Let me know if you can.
Congrats on your book! Can't wait to get it!

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Chicagoleelee, I haven't personally tried freezing this soup, because we don't end up with leftovers, but I wouldn't be timid to do so.

When reheating, do it slowly and on the stovetop, whisking every so often to remix the ingredients.

xoo steph

Emma said...

wow, so many people commenting on how to cook bacon... this baked potato soup is SO good! I just used bacon bits! It made TONS, and I took some leftovers to share at work. Everyone loved it! I am making again tomorrow night as our dinner before thanksgiving! :) I can't wait to eat it again! Ive tried numerous recipes on here, and I'm hoping to buy the book soon! THanks for sharing all of this with us! :)

Janet said...

We love the potato soup recipe-delicious and great to have dinner waiting when I get home from work. Spouse compares soup to clam chowder(when I leave it a little chunky.)

Madison Home Cooker said...

This was a tasty and very easy soup! I only made a half recipe, which was plenty (enough for dinner for 4 plus 2-3 more bowls). For once my 4 and 6 year olds ate soup without complaining! I omitted the red pepper because of the kids and served Tabasco at the table, which was yummy. The bacon and scallions are a must-- they make the recipe! I'll definitely make this again.

Madison Home Cooker said...

This was quite tasty, especially given the fact that it's basically zero work. I made a half recipe which was PLENTY; enough to serve 2 adults and 2 kids for dinner and 2-3 individual lunches after that. The bacon and scallion garnish is a must; it would have been too bland for me without those.

Lacey said...

Yummy! I'm so glad to have found Stephanie's blog! I had a slew of disastrous slow cooker experiences and finally this soup was a success

T said...

I love your blog and cookbook! I made a variation of this recipe last night. Thanks for some great food!

http://thehappyclipper.blogspot.com/2010/03/year-of-crockpotting-is-great-resource.html

Anonymous said...

i made this yesterday. my hubby doesn't normaly like soups very much but he really liked this and he thought it was so different from anything he normally eats that he wants me to make it again! my mother-in-law tried it & said it was yummy and i gave some to my BFF and she loved it too! and i hapen to LOVE it. i can hardly thank you enough. i am thrilled to have found this site!

TawnyaH said...

Made this yesterday for my family and it was AWESOME! I was surprised when I saw the cream cheese and not regular cream stuff, but it was great. My husband was also scared when he saw the cream cheese -- since he's not a fan -- but LOVED the soup. Yummy!

Jessica said...

I am doing a frozen meal swap with some girl friends >>> Just wondering what directions you would give for heating/cooking this once frozen? I have to put cooking/reheating directions with the frozen meal for the other ladies. BTW, this sounds delicious & simple... I can't wait to make it!

MrsSpock said...

I made this last weekend (with the addition of 1.5 cups of cheddar) and it was SO GOOD. Ate every last drop!

djsetzer said...

Excellent soup! All five of us in my family LOVED this soup. I made a potato soup recipe last week and had leftover potatoes to use. So I thought I'd try a different recipe tonight. This was even better. When the soup was done cooking (before adding cream cheese), I ran most of the soup through my VitaMix, but not all of it. So the soup turned out creamy with occassional chunks. I'm adding this to my regular list of soups. -- The cheddar cheese and turkey bacon bits were a great addition.

Rachel Clute said...

I had not heard about your blog until I picked up you book :) I was so excited to find it! So excited that I suggested a month of slow cooker only meals, and my hubby jumped right on the band wagon and said why not do a whole year just like she did...so that is what we are going to do...the official start will be January first, and we will be tracking the progress at cgfs.blogspot.com if your interested! Thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Stephanie!! I do my turkey bacon on a baking sheet in the oven...that morning, after the bacon for breakfast I tossed the diced onion on the same sheet w a little olive oil for a bit to get a nice browning on them before going into the crock, then pseudo-deglazed the sheet with a bit of broth-- nice depth of flavor ..we'll see how it turns out. I've enjoyed several of your recipes and appreciate your blog :)

Chris M.

Lauryn said...

I made this soup tonight, and it turned out phenomenal. I halved the recipe, as it is just my boyfriend and I, and we still have lots of leftovers! My boyfriend is a fairly picky eater, especially when it comes to soups. However, he couldn't get enough of this one! I used light cream cheese and that didn't seem to negatively impact the soup at all. I served it with turkey bacon, scallions, light cheddar cheese and tomatoes. To go along with the soup I made bbq chicken in another slow cooker. I ended up adding some of the pulled chicken to my soup, and boy was it delicious!

I am new to the slow cooker world, as we got our first one for the holidays. I have tried several recipes from your blog, and every one has been a huge hit. My picky boyfriend, who usually refuses to eat leftovers, has just been raving about everything we've been having for dinner! I'm so glad I stumbled across your blog. I can't wait to try more recipes, as I continue to follow your blog! PS Sorry for the super long comment!

Erin Davis said...

I punched this into a calorie calculator (http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp) Turns out if you use low fat cream cheese, each serving is less than 300 calories (without toppings) and these are pretty good size servings. SO yummy!

M Smith said...

Holy moly is this good! I used light cream cheese and halved the recipe. My 6 yo son ate two servings and asked for a thermos full to take to school. He NEVER eats like this for anything else unless it's fried and shaped like a nugget.

YUM!

EgyptianLove said...

I am guilty of 'lurking' on your site as well. A friend of mine had mentioned that she found a website about cooking in a crockpot for 365 days. I couldn't believe it. However, I did some research, I am sure this is the site she was referring too. I noticed some things today, and just thought I would comment. Several people reference turkey bacon (ugh) ok, I prefer pork, but I have recently tried beef bacon, and I prefer it over pork. I order it online and have found that it is delicious. Since I don't want to deal with a tray of fat when cooking bacon in the oven, I have decided to try cooking it in my George Forman Grill - I lay it flat out, and it cooks and drains it out.
going to try this recipe and many others, have been printing them for reference - hope to make something soon!!!

EgyptianLove said...

by the way, I order my beef bacon online! I can't find any around here, so ordering online does the trick

The Hartsfield Family said...

I just found your blog and I'm in *Gluten Free* Heaven! :) I plan to make this recipe tonight!

Happy Slow Cooking! ;)

~ Katie

Heather said...

I just made this an it didn't turn out as awesome as you and your readers said :( I couldn't get the cream cheese to melt right. It was better as leftovers, but I might try it again...

Lindsey A said...

This recipe was AMAZING!

Amy said...

This was INCREDIBLE!! We served it with bacon, green onions and shredded cheese to add in. It makes a TON. I served it with BLTs not expecting the INSANE amount of soup this makes!!

The Byingtons said...

I stumbled upon this recipe googling for crock pot potato soup. This looks like JUST what I was looking for. It's in the crock pot now and I can't wait for it to be done!! Mmmm. Thanks for the recipe!

Annalisa said...

I made this again tonight for a party and it was a big hit, yet again. I've learned that the quality of your stock is important! I love the free range organic chicken broth -- so yummy.

Tonight I also tried using the Philadelphia cooking cream tubs instead of bricks of cream cheese. They were much smoother and easier to incorporate! They melted in very quickly. I'll use those again in the future!

Atwood-Family of FIVE said...

Glad I looked at the picture of the ingredients-when you said "red pepper" I assumed you meant pink peppercorns. I always call "red pepper" "Cayenne pepper". LOL. Thanks for posting pics! Gonna make this on Thursday!

Zoe's Boutique said...

First of all, I've been following your blog for a couple years now, and I LOVE YOU!!! haha! This is great, I've been obsessed with my crockpot forever, so it's nice to find all kinds of recipes in one place. Next, I am obsessed with bacon, always have been, but have a bad heart, so try to eat more turkey. I hated it at first, till I discovered a teeny trick, try putting a little bit of garlic salt on each side as it cooks. The flavor is beyond yummy!

Gwen said...

Yum! Will be making this tonight for a brunch tomorrow.

Oh, and great news...there is such a thing as BEEF bacon! Yes! And it has real fat in it and everything. :)

Samantha Fix said...

This was SOOO yummy! I have 4 young children and it's rare that I make something that all of them eat and really enjoy. This was one of those meals! Thank you for sharing this recipe. It's delicious :)

Jessie said...

Just want you to know that I LOVE this soup, and have served it up multiple times to groups of people. Thanks so much for posting this. Seriously, one of the best (if not the best?) soups I've ever eaten.

Unknown said...

My family loved it!!! Thanks for the great recipe!!

Erin said...

This recipe is so yummy, just made it last night! My cream cheese took forever to melt though, over an hour and a half. Does this freeze well? I know some people say potatos don't do well if you freeze them.

Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi Erin,
Cooked potatoes freeze very well -- that's why frozen french fries and tater tots are so popular! It's raw potatoes that lose their flavor and texture.

This soup freezes well after it's been cooked. You may need to add a bit of water or broth to thin, however.

hope this helps a bit!

Joanna said...

Just made this and it was SO good. Hubby thought it was better than other non-crock-pot potato soups I've made. Love that cream cheese! I added some carrots and celery, too. Topped it with crispy bacon and shredded cheddar. Will definitely be making this again! We have a fussy baby right now and this kind of recipe is a lifesaver!

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