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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882 comments on “Slow Cooker Potato Soup”

  1. Absolutely yummy! Easy to make with crockpot. I used the bacon grease as suggested :)

    Rating: 5
  2. This is fantastic. I left skin on potato and added another slice of bacon. Yum!

    Rating: 4
  3. Wow! I have made potato soup for years, but this will be my new recipe. I was thinking we would not like the evaporated milk part, but it was great and cut out lots and lots of calories. Awesome!

  4. I added corn and mushrooms, yummy

    Rating: 4
  5. I love this soup. I make it with potatoes and sometimes I just use the frozen hash brown potatoes when I’m in a big hurry on my way to work. It’s good either way.

    Rating: 5
  6. YES! It was delicious. I added some chopped up mushrooms in the end process, as well, for an extra taste treat.

    Rating: 5
  7. I have a question, can this soup be frozen or canned?

  8. My husband and grand kids love this soup. So easy to make

    Rating: 5
  9. Looks delicious, cant wait to try!

  10. Most delicious potato soup ,highly recommend

  11. I made this . It turned out awesome. Will definitely make it again. Made slow cooker recipe

  12. This was a fantastic potato soup. Very easy to make I will definitely pass this along to all my friends & family.

    Rating: 5
  13. I LOVE THIS. RECIPE. I only use this version now. So simple. I sometimes switch it up and use ham instead of bacon and sometimes both!!

    Rating: 5
  14. Loved this! Soup is my favorite thing to eat, and when I find a recipe that makes it as easy as tossing a few ingredients into a crock pot, it’s a keeper.

    For those curious, I calculated the average calories. For 8 servings, it comes out to just under 380 calories per bowl. (That’s with Greek yogurt and butter as opposed to sour cream and bacon grease.)

    Rating: 4
  15. Disappointed to hear this won’t freeze well. Why not k

  16. Being a midwestern girl, I love potato soup. This was amazing and very easy to make! Love, love, love it!

    Rating: 5
  17. Very forgiving recipe. I measured nothing except the evaporated milk. Rich and creamy. I did add celery and some celery seed and a generous amount of smoked ground Jalepeno pepper for some smokey goodness. I had been looking for a new potato soup base and this is it. Thank you.

    Rating: 5
  18. Made this soup today. Excellent! Used 4 cups of broth. 3 cups didn’t seem to be enough.
    Still plenty thick.
    Also, I Wisconsinized this recipe by substituting bratwurst for the bacon.
    Awesome. Wife even likes it.

    Rating: 5
  19. I forgot the evaporated milk. But I do have half and half is that okay?

  20. Delishioso!!

    Rating: 5
  21. Oh my gosh … absolutely delish !! We added cheddar cheese shreds and light sour cream. Grill ham sandwiches on the side. The church group loved it !!!!

    Rating: 5
  22. This recipe turned out GREAT!! Great for a rainy day! I let it sit for the 8 hours while in class and came back and finished it up and had it for dinner. Great recipe!

    Rating: 5
  23. Warms belly and heart in autumn! Here in Germany it’s the “Oktoberfest”-time of the year. This recipe is perfect for a bayuvarian-style party – served with croutons made from pretzels, roasted in butter with fresh chive. Thank you very much for this!

    Rating: 5
  24. This recipe sounds fantastic. I need to replace the flour with a gluten-free ingredient. Would corn starch work, or what would be a nice way to thicken? I’m open to heavy cream. Thanks!

  25. Hello Ali, All I can say is Outstanding!! Made this for my Mother and myself and it is nothing short of perfection. It is easy to see why this is such a popular recipe, and I’m looking forward to making many more of your recipes. This is so good that it is hard to keep from eating non-stop! Thank You, it really made dinner with my elderly mother wonderful as when she was always cooking in my youth. Definitely made today great with those wonderful moments we all cherish so much. :-)

    Rating: 5
  26. Wonderful soup. I will definately make this again.

    Rating: 5
  27. This soup is fantastic and has quickly become a family favorite. The only thing we change is we use the frozen hash browns, it makes it quicker since not having to chop up potatoes and the consistency is so good! Thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  28. I saw the video for this recipe on Facebook about a month ago and finally got around to trying it tonight. My whole family loved it. Thank you! This is going on our monthly recipe calendar.

    Rating: 5
  29. This was delicious! I just added garlic powder to taste. I love how robust and creamy it is! Thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 4
  30. I am so excited. Just started my potato’s!! Thank you

  31. I made this with fat free sour cream and milk and low-fat spread. I substituted meatless bacon too. The result was vegetarian, super low-fat, and delicious! A huge hit at my house!

    Rating: 5
  32. This soup was very easy to make! Turned out delicious!

    Rating: 5
  33. This was my first time ever making a potato soup. I’m so glad I came across this recipe! I’m not much of a potato eater but something about this just looked so delicious, I figured I’d give it a try! And I will say, IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT!! My husband who is a potato anything kind of guy was shocked I, of all people, made potato soup. We both absolutely loved it!! He couldn’t wait to take leftovers to work today to make all the other guys jealous haha

    Rating: 5
  34. This is so good I added smoked sausage to mine and king Hawaiian rolls of course thumbs up…..

    Rating: 5
  35. This is the best potato soup ever. It’s easy to make and so full of flavor. I make it often, my family loves it.

    Rating: 5
  36. So good! Didn’t have condensed milk, but regular milk worked just fine. Thanks so much for a delicious recipe that didn’t require so much dairy fats!

    Rating: 5
  37. I make this and it is great. I did make a change, I do not mash the potatoes and I add about one cup of the cheddar cheese instead of two and I add a 2 lb block of velvet a. This makes it thicker and adds great taste.

    Rating: 5
  38. This is awesome! All of my family loved it.

  39. Omg! Best potato soup! Turned out perfectly the first time!

    Rating: 5
  40. Delicious! Served with a cheddar onion mini baguette. It’s a Winner!

    Rating: 5
  41. Delicious! I made a crock-pot-full and took some to school. The teachers raved about it!!

    Rating: 5
  42. Delicious! I made so much I took it to school and the teachers raved about the flavor! I used Yukon Gold potatoes and then used my KitchenAid hand held immersible blender. It’s so easy to use with no pouring back and forth into a regular blender. The potato skins wee completely smooth!

  43. Looks wonderful-How many does this recipe serve?

  44. I made this while out camping and it was gone in a heartbeat!! I’ve been craving it again since so I’m making it for a potluck tomorrow! It’s SO good!!

    Rating: 5
  45. Ok made this just now. Going to eat. It looks yummy!❤❤❤

    Rating: 5
  46. I added clams and my husband said it makes a great clam chowder!!!!

    Rating: 5
  47. This soup is fabulous! I am not a good cook but I try! I have 4 children and a husband and they all liked it! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  48. Delicious, my 9 year old son had 3 servings in one sitting. Simple ingredients with rich flavors. I substituted the bacon with ham

    Rating: 5
  49. Made this recipe and it came out delicious.

    Rating: 5
  50. A change we made to avoid the rue, we used mashed potatoes to thicken the soup. This can be done with instant or just mash up some that you have previously mashed.

    Rating: 5