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Creamy, earthy Loaded Baked Potato Soup is everything a hearty winter soup should be. Topped with crisp bacon, creamy onion topping, grated cheese and green onions, it is the ultimate baked potato experience.
Place bacon slices in a large heavy-bottomed soup pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, just until bacon begins to crisp. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a paper-towel-lined pan. We’ll get back to this bacon in a bit. Don’t eat it all.
Stir Greek yogurt, sliced onions and Kosher salt together in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving time. Making this Creamy Onion Topping before the soup gives it time for the flavors to blend.
Drain all but 6 tablespoons of the bacon drippings out of the pan. Stir the finely diced onions into the bacon fat that remains in the pan and turn the heat to low. Sweat the onions gently until they’re translucent.
While the onions are sweating, cut each baked potato into quarters, taking care to keep the skin as intact as possible. Use a regular soup spoon to carefully scrape most of the insides out of each potato quarter into a large bowl, leaving behind a shell of about 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch. When you have eviscerated all your potatoes, line your potato shells up on a baking sheet and cover well with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the shells for later use as potato skins. Use a potato masher to break up the remaining potato pulp. It doesn’t need to be ‘mashed potato’ smooth, just broken into small bits. Some pieces of baked potato are desirable in the finished soup.
Sprinkle the flour evenly over the translucent onions and whisk until smooth. Turn the heat back to medium. Although at first the fat and flour will seem to seize up, it will loosen and become liquid again fairly quickly. Once it returns to a liquid state and begins bubbling, stir constantly and cook for 1 minute. This is your roux, or your thickener, for the soup. Whisk all of the milk into the roux and bring to a simmer. Simmer gently until thickened. To check whether your base has thickened enough, dip a soup or wooden spoon into it and remove it. If the sauce clings to the spoon and is still liquid, you’re good to move on to the next step. If it is still thin, simmer a little while longer or until it does coat a spoon.
Whisk the chicken stock into the thickened milk base and then stir all of the smashed potato innards into the soup. With the pot over medium heat, stir frequently to prevent scorching. You don’t need to boil the soup; you just need to get it steaming hot. When it is steaming, check the consistency. If it is not thick enough for your liking, sprinkle two tablespoons of instant potato flakes over the top of the soup and stir in quickly. Wait a couple of minutes and check the consistency of the soup again. You can continue adding potato flakes until it is as thick as you like it. We like our soup quite thick, so I have added as much as 1 cup of flakes before. Make sure, though, to wait a couple of minutes between additions, as it takes a little while for potato flakes to reach full thickening power. Stir in the two cups of shredded cheese until it is completely melted. Adjust flavors with salt and pepper to taste.
Remove the soup pot from the heat and serve immediately with Creamy Onion Topping, the crispy bacon pieces, sliced green onions and shredded cheese.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!