Slow Cooker Potato Soup

This Slow Cooker Potato Soup recipe is easy to make in the crock-pot, and it’s perfectly thick and creamy and flavorful (without having to use heavy cream)!

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Alright everyone, I think this one tops the charts as our most requested recipe on the blog ever, so I hope you like it.  :)

That’s right, I finally made you a recipe for Slow Cooker Potato Soup!!!

The keywords, of course, being slow cooker.

Many of you have already discovered my classic Potato Soup recipe on the blog, which will forever and always be my favorite.  But nearly every other comment we have received about this soup is from all of you slow cooking fans, asking if you can make the soup in your crock pots.  As someone who shares a deep and undying love of all things potato soup and slow cooking, I was right there with ya!  Unfortunately, the traditional recipe wasn’t one that that easily converted to slow cooking.  Or at least, you couldn’t just dump all of the ingredients in and expect thick and creamy and delicious potato soup afterwards.

But I tested out a few different slow cooker approaches and finally figured out one that I think we’re all going to love.  Just like my classic potato soup recipe, this one is super rich and creamy (but made a tiny bit lighter without heavy cream – yay!), it requires less than 20 minutes of prep time (mostly just chopping those potatoes), and it’s wonderfully comforting and delicious.  But unlike my classic potato soup recipe, your crock pot gets to be the one to slow cook this soup to perfection.

Alright, let’s do this.

 

Slow Cooker Potato Soup Recipe Video (1 Minute)

 

The first step in this Slow Cooker Potato Soup recipe is probably the most time consuming — chopping up a storm.  Chop up lots of potatoes (I strongly recommend Yukon golds), a big onion (white or yellow), and lots of cooked bacon (you can fry or microwave the bacon while you chop, or buy it pre-cooked).Slow Cooker Potato Soup -- so delicious, and made extra-easy in the crock pot! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then toss everything in the slow cooker (<– this is the one I use!), along with lots of good-quality chicken (or vegetable) stock.

And then set the timer for 3-4 hours (on high) or 6-8 hours (on low), and walk away and let the slow cooker do its thing.

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Then once everything has slow cooked, you’ve gotta do the final step on the stovetop.  I know, I know, this recipe isn’t 100% slow cooker.  But in order to have a soup that’s nice and thick and avoid using heavy cream, we need to make a quick and easy creamy roux on the stove.

So just melt your butter (or you can use reserved bacon grease, if you fried the bacon on the stove, which will be way more flavorful) and whisk it together with some flour to form a roux.  Then whisk in a can of evaporated milk.  And once the mixture comes to a simmer, it will thicken up into a really thick gravy-like mixture.  Add that to directly to the slow cooker, and give everything a stir.

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And then if you’d like an even thicker soup (which I recommend), use a potato masher to mash up about half of the potatoes in the soup.  Or you can just leave them all chunky.  Up to you.

(Or, some of you have asked about a slightly healthier soup.  If you’d rather leave out the roux entirely and just have a brothy-er soup, you can do that, and/or just mash some of the potatoes if you’d like to thicken it up a bit.)

Slow Cooker Potato Soup -- so delicious, and made extra-easy in the crock pot! | gimmesomeoven.com

And then…ta da!  A big crock pot full of delicious, creamy Slow Cooker Potato Soup will be yours to enjoy!Slow Cooker Potato Soup -- so delicious, and made extra-easy in the crock pot! | gimmesomeoven.com

You’re welcome to serve it up plain…Slow Cooker Potato Soup -- so delicious, and made extra-easy in the crock pot! | gimmesomeoven.com

…or pile it high with all of your favorite toppings. The choices from here on out are totally up to you.  But however you serve it, I’m pretty positive this soup is going to make your day.  Because I’m convinced that a warm, thick, delicious bowl of potato soup always makes life a little better.  :)

Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Potato Soup

This Slow Cooker Potato Soup recipe is thick and creamy (without using heavy cream), wonderfully flavorful, and made extra easy in the slow cooker!

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices cooked bacon*, diced
  • 3-4 cups good-quality chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes**, peeled (if desired) and diced
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 4 tablespoons bacon grease* (or butter)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 (12-ounce) can 2% evaporated milk
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • optional toppings: thinly-sliced green onions or chives, extra shredded cheese, extra bacon, sour cream

Directions:

  1. Add bacon, 3 cups chicken stock, potatoes and onion to the bowl of a large slow cooker, and stir to combine.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, or until the potatoes are completely tender and cooked through.
  2. Once the soup has slow cooked and is about ready to serve, cook the butter in a small saucepan on the stove over medium-high heat until it has melted.  Whisk in the flour until it is completely combined, and then cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.  Gradually add in the evaporated milk while whisking it together with the flour mixture, and continue whisking until the mixture is completely smooth.  Let the mixture continue cooking until it reaches a simmer, stirring occasionally, and then it should get really thick.
  3. Immediately pour the milk mixture into the slow cooker with the potatoes, and stir until combined.  Add in the cheddar cheese, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), salt and pepper, and stir until combined.  If you would like the soup to be even thicker, you can use a potato masher or a large spoon to mash about half of the potatoes (while the soup is still in the slow cooker) to thicken the soup up.  If you would like the soup to be thinner, add in an extra 1-2 cups of warmed chicken or vegetable stock.  Stir to combine, then taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Serve warm, garnished with desired toppings.  Or transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.  (This recipe will not freeze well.)

*You can either fry the bacon, cook it in the microwave, or buy pre-cooked bacon.  If frying or microwaving, I recommend dicing the bacon before cooking it.  And if you are frying it, I highly recommend saving the bacon grease for later and then using it to make your roux (instead of butter).

**I highly recommend using Yukon gold potatoes, which have the perfect texture and buttery taste for this soup.  But Russet potatoes or red potatoes would also work just fine in this recipe.

***If you would like to make this recipe vegetarian, use vegetable stock, omit the bacon, and I would recommend adding in 2-3 teaspoons of Old Bay seasoning for extra flavor.

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  1. This soup turned out wonderfully! Make sure you get the Yukon Gold potatoes, they have a buttery flavor and great texture.

    Rating: 5
  2. I use Potato flakes to thicken my potato soup. Works great, just be sure to add a little at a time as the flakes do not absorb liquid quickly. If you’ve add to much just add a little liquid to get consistency you want. By using the flakes you still keep the potato flavor.

    Rating: 4
  3. Very good thanks for sharing.

  4. Turned out great! I followed all directions except I used Idaho potaotos. I didn’t mix the bacon in at the beginning, just used it as a topping since we like it crunchy, Also added cheese as a topping, not mixed in. Third time trying to make potato soup n this turned out perfect. Thank you so much!

  5. Made this today..hubby and daughter enjoyed. I did use russet potatoes as I had them on hand and no onion because they are evil in my opinion. Very easy and perfect on this very rainy, cold Florida day!

    Rating: 5
  6. This was honestly the best homemade potato bacon soup ever!
    Seriously husband gobbled it down and told me to make it again, even my two year old picky eater ate it.
    Thanks for the amazing recipe!

    Rating: 5
  7. Hands down BEST soup recipe ever, easy to follow recipe as well.
    The entire crockpot was gone in less than 24hours.

    Rating: 5
  8. This soup freezes fine. And it tastes great, both freshly made and thawed/reheated!

    Rating: 5
  9. Initially this wasn’t my first recipe choice as I am not big into soups or potatoes but I had some potatoes that I wanted to use up and I happened to have every ingredient in this recipe so I made this earlier today. It was fairly easy to make and I was pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted. I can’t wait for my potato loving kid to get home from work and try it.

    Rating: 5
  10. I’ve made this twice now. Outstanding! So easy to make.

    Rating: 5
  11. I have this in the crockpot now and it smells so good. I’m sure it will be delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I’m my goodness! What a fabulous soup! It was a hit with my family on a cold day in February. Thank you!

  13. I made it in my instapot in less than 1 hour! My done and husband said it was, hands down, the best potato soup they’ve ever eaten.

  14. ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS GREAT Love it

    Rating: 5
  15. I cook for an elderly woman and I leave her home before dinner time rolls around, so I need to have her meals ready to “heat + eat”. Can I add the roux halfway into cooking time without it seperating ? Thank you….Annie

  16. This is a delicious recipe that I made as written. The amount of roux was perfect, and using the bacon grease to make it enhanced the soup flavor. I used my immersion blender, but left plenty of whole potato chunks as well. The texture was perfect.

    Rating: 5
  17. This is a delicious recipe that I made as written. The amount of roux is perfect, and using bacon grease to make it enhances the soup flavor. I used my immersion blender, but left plenty of potato chunks as well. The texture was perfect.

    Rating: 5
  18. I did not need the evaporated milk. I just made a roux with flour and butter and poured that into the crockpot and added a little heavy cream and it thickened up just as well. I only used a touch of sour cream as well. It came out good. I added cloves of garlic while it cooked too

    Rating: 3
  19. Hi from Western Australia. I love this recipe! So easy to make. I made a gluten free version by substituting the flour for gluten free all purpose flour. Didn’t have any sharp cheddar so I used Colby. Turned out absolutely delicious and no one could tell that it was gluten free. Thank you.

    Rating: 5