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Learn how to make this Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe for the absolute best comfort food. The slow cooker does all the work to make the creamiest potato soup that will impress the entire family.

crock pot of potato soup with a wooden spoon and topped with shredded cheese, bacon and diced green onions
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This simple Ingredient Crock Pot Potato Soup makes the most delicious soup without any of the work. We have been sharing crockpot recipes for over 12 years and this is one of the most popular recipe.

We absolutely love potato soup around here and I was so happy to be able to use my crockpot. It is so nice coming home to dinner waiting. If you love potato soup as much as we do, try Sausage Potato Soup, Kielbasa Potato Soup, or Crock pot Ham Potato Soup.

Be sure to check out all of our delicious Crock Pot Recipes. Find more Crockpot Side Dishes. You may also love Crock Pot Potato Corn Chowder Soup.

What is the Best Potatoes to Use?

This soup is best made with Russet Potatoes. We love the way they cook and the texture of the potatoes. You can also make this soup with Yukon Gold Potatoes or red potatoes.

Ingredients:

ingredients for recipe: potatoes, onion, seasoning, milk, butter
  • Large Russet Potatoes (you can substitute with any kind of potato
  • Onion -diced
  • Chicken Broth
  • Butter
  • Minced Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Heavy Cream (milk can be used as well)
  • Sour Cream
  • Xanthan Gum

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Variation Ideas:

  • Change the Potatoes – The recipe calls for russet potatoes. But you can use Yukon gold potatoes instead. Yukon golds really make it thick and creamy. Red potatoes are another option.
  • Mash Potatoes – If you prefer a smoother soup that is less chunky. You can use a potato masher to mash potatoes more to reach the desired consistency. Immersion blender also works great to mash some of the potatoes.
  • Stir in Ingredients – Try stirring bacon and ½ cup of sharp cheddar cheese in the soup. Stir in right before serving for a different flavor.
  • Whipping Cream – Another idea is Crock Pot Potato Soup with whipping cream. Evaporated milk is another option instead of heavy cream.
  • Add Meat – If you are wanting a hearty soup add in cooked ground sausage. It adds flavor, texture and makes it the best soup.
  • Vegetables – Feel free to add in other types of vegetables into the potato soup. We recommend bell peppers or chopped broccoli. It is a great way to sneak in those veggies.
  • Stovetop – You can easily make this potato soup on the stovetop. Cook the soup over medium heat in a saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to a Boil the potatoes in water and then simmer over low heat.
  • Serving – You can easily serve this soup with a slotted spoon. But we like use a ladle to get all the broth.

Step by Step Instructions:

  • Step 1 – Add Ingredients – First, add the peeled and diced potatoes to the slow cooker. Then add the diced onions, chicken broth, seasonings, and butter.
diced potatoes and broth in crock pot ready to cook
  • Step 2 – Cover and Cook – Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, or on high 3-4 hours. Stirring occasionally until the potatoes are tender. You want the potatoes to be soft and fork tender. Just use a fork to test.
  • Step 3 – Thicken Soup – Finally, about 30 minutes to an hour before the soup has finished cooking. Make the xanthan gum mixture to thicken the soup. If you cannot find xanthan gum, you can use cornstarch or flour to thicken it. See the recipe card for more information.
  • Step 4 – Whisk Heavy Cream – Use a small mixing bowl and whisk the heavy cream and sour cream. Then add in the xanthan gum and mix together. This will get thick but it’s normal. This is essential for the best creamy potato soup.
  • Step 5 – Add to Soup – The last step is to stir it into the soup. Cook on high for 20 minutes or until the soup thickens.
  • Step 6 – Serve – Serve with your favorite toppings. We prefer cheddar cheese, sour cream, chives and bacon.

Tips for Crockpot Loaded Potato Soup:

  • Topping – You need toppings like you would for a loaded baked potato. Make sure you have butter, sour cream, crispy bacon, and chives.
  • Topping Bar – Serve these toppings along the side of the soup. Everyone can add their own toppings to make their favorite version of potato soup.
  • Cutting Potatoes – When preparing this soup, make sure to cut the potatoes in about the same size. This helps to cook them evenly. After cooking, you can test the potatoes by using a fork.
  • Cooking Soup – You can cook this soup on low or high, depending what you prefer.
  • Hand grate the cheese – If you are topping the soup shred the cheese instead of buying pre-shredded. The cheese will melt smoother. Pre shredded cheese will make the soup stringy.
loaded potato soup in bowl

Do I Boil Potatoes Before adding to Slow Cooker?

No you do not need to boil potatoes before adding to the slow cooker. The slow cooker does all the work for you. So this one pot meal makes it easy to get dinner on the table quickly.

How do you Thicken Potato Soup?

You can use xanthan gum to thicken the soup. Another option is to substitute 2 tablespoons of corn starch instead of the Xanthan gum to help thicken the soup.

You can also try using ¼ cup of flour if you prefer using a flour mixture. If you are unable to find Xanthan gum at your local grocery store for this Potato soup recipe.

See How to Thicken Potato Soup for more tips

Potato Soup Topping ideas:

  • Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • Bacon -cooked and crumbled
  • Green Onions
  • Sour Cream (greek yogurt works great too)
  • Saltine Crackers

These are our most favorite toppings but you can use whatever you like in your potato soup. Don’t skip the optional toppings. They really make the soup so amazing.

How to Make Potato Soup with Hash Browns:

If you don’t feel like cutting up the potatoes and want to make this soup even quicker. Try using frozen hash browns. 

You can substitute a bag of frozen hash browns instead of the the potatoes. Then this soup just got even easier.

loaded potato soup in bowl

Can Potato Soup be Prepared ahead of Time?

Potato soup can be prepared ahead of time and placed in the fridge. If you are planning on making ahead of time. We recommend not making it no more than two days before serving.

Once you are ready to serve, then you can reheat on the stovetop or back in the slow cooker.

We actually think the soup taste better the next day as the leftovers marinate together overnight.

What to Serve with Crockpot Loaded Potato Soup

Besides the toppings we suggest you serve it with these ideas to make it a complete meal.

  • Salad – This goes great paired with a salad. Soup and salad is a fun dinner idea.
  • Crackers – Saltine crackers are amazing dipped in this soup recipe.
  • Garlic Bread – Serve with your favorite crusty bread or garlic bread.
  • Breadsticks – Breadsticks are also a fun option as you can use them to get every last drop of the soup.
  • See all our 21 ideas on our What to Serve with Potato Soup

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Store your leftovers in an airtight container. These leftovers will stay fresh for up to 5 days.

How to Reheat Leftovers:

We recommend reheating on the stovetop for the best results. You can also reheat in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave in 30 second intervals.

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Learn how to make this Easy Crock Pot Potato Soup for the absolute best comfort food. The slow cooker does all the work to make the creamiest potato soup that will impress the entire family. 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 50 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main
Calories 408

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the potatoes, diced onions, chicken broth, seasonings, and butter to your slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 4 to 6 hours, or on high 3-4 hours – until potatoes are soft.
  • About 30 to an hour minutes before it is done, in a small mixing bowl whisk the heavy cream, sour cream, and the xanthan gum together. This will get thick.
  • Stir into the soup.
  • Cook the soup on high for 20 to 30 minutes until the soup thickens slightly.

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Recipe Notes

Serve with your favorite toppings. We like cheddar cheese, sour cream, chives and bacon! you can substitute 2 tablespoons of corn starch instead of the Xanthan gum to help thicken the soup.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 408kcal, Carbohydrates 38g, Protein 8g, Fat 25g, Saturated Fat 15g, Cholesterol 81mg, Sodium 584mg, Potassium 950mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 895IU, Vitamin C 11.7mg, Calcium 76mg, Iron 1.9mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe was amazing! I’m making it again right away so I can share. Question – can you give me cooking time info if I use an Instant Pot? Thanks so much!

  2. 5 stars
    This is the easiest most delicious potato soup I have ever made! I do not care for xatham gum so I used instant potato flakes to thicken the soup and I also added thinly chopped celery to our soup.

  3. Made this it was so yummy even my sisters who are very picky eaters loved it it can feed a lot too definitely will make again

  4. I have made this twice so far, i added broccolli both times, i dont use xanthan gum, i just add a little cornstarch to a tablespoon of heavy cream, whisk and put it in, i also add a few slices of bacon crumbled in it for more flavor, It didnt last long! My guy loved it and asked when am i making it again!

  5. 5 stars
    This turned out amazing! I did it the lazy way because I was short on time and running late.

    I used a 2lbs bag of frozen diced potatoes and great value brand real bacon bits, the large bag. I put everything but the dairy products in my instant pot on high for about 5 minutes, with 5 minute natural release. Then I added the sour cream and heavy cream, I replaced xanthan gum with flour. Threw some shredded cheese and a little potato flakes to make it a bit thicker. It was awesome! My family loved it!

  6. 5 stars
    Good! Played around with the recipe, I did add a half cup more cream, 1/3 cup Bobs 1to1 flour, no xantham gum, and some left over ham. This will probably be made and frozen a couple times a month from now on.

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