Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Soup Of The Day: Loaded Baked Potato

About seventeen years ago I fell in love with the loaded baked potato soup from Bennigan's.  Then, sadly, a few years later all the local Bennigan's closed!  I've tried other restaurant's version of baked potato soup, but none of them came close to my favorite!  After a couple of years of unsuccessfully searching for a good replacement, I decided to take matters into my own hands.  I used my ol' dial up internet connection (hey, it was 2001) and found a copy cat version, that I tweeked a bit to become my own.  It's always a hit around our house, and one of my husband's favorite things I make.  


One of the things I love most about soups is that they are fairly easy to throw together.  This soup has a few more steps than just throwing things together, but it is super easy, and comes together fairly quickly.  Here's what you need: 2/3 cup of butter, 7 cups of milk, 4-5 baked potatoes (cooled, peeled and cubed), 4 green onions, 1 package of bacon, 1 1/4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, 1 cup of sour cream, 1 teaspoon of lemon pepper. I forgot to add to the picture that you also need a little flour.


Start by melting the butter in a large pot.  Stir in a little flour ( I used about 1/8 of a cup).  Heat and continue to stir until smooth.  


Once the flour and butter are smooth, gradually add in the milk, constantly stirring.  Add the cubed potatoes and chopped green onions, and bring to a boil.  (Just a note, remember the potatoes have already been baked).  Reduce heat and simmer for about ten minutes.


Then add this delicious trifecta...the bacon, cheese and sour cream!  I usually add a teaspoon of lemon pepper and then taste and see if more needs to be added.  Sometimes I add a little salt and pepper, too, but I think that's easier to let everyone doctor up their own bowl to their liking.  Just like you would with a normal baked potato.


Seriously, this is so good, so filling, and perfect for a cold night.  


Please promise me you'll make it soon!


Just in case you missed my other Soup of the Day posts, check out my Tomato Basil and Chicken Noodle recipes.

I'm linking up with some of my favorite bloggers today for Tuesday Talk.


I'm also linking up with these fabulous bloggers!  Be sure to check them out to find some delicious recipes!

Tuesdays: Savvy Southern StyleDucks 'n a RowA Savory FeastMy Girlish WhimsDelicious Dish Tuesday
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28 comments:

  1. Loaded Baked Potato Soup is one of my all time favs but I have not made it in awhile!! Girl, your recipe looks delicious!!!!! I'm making this asap!!! I can taste it now! Mmmm

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    1. Thank you! It is soooo good, Andrea! I hope you enjoy it!

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  2. As much as I love this soup, I never make that. You've convinced me I need to fix that.

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    1. The worst part is peeling and dicing the potatoes, other than that, it's a cinch! Hope you'll try it out and let me know what you think.

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  3. We had this soup for the first time a little over a year ago. And then I made it back several months ago and we loved it! I'm not sure why I haven't made it again...that needs to change!! It so so good!!

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    1. The best part is that there's leftover for the next day, which would be perfect for Emma's thermos! The best part of soup is leftovers. :)

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  4. YUM! I LOVE soups this time of year and am so excited to try this recipe. This looks so good, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

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    1. You're very welcome, Jenna! I bet your weather is more suitable for soup than ours is here in the South!

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  5. I love Potato Soup!!! This recipe sounds so yummy and I can't wait to try your recipe.

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    1. This is definitely one of our favorites! I hope you love it, too!

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie! You really can't go wrong with bacon and cheese, right?

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  7. This sounds incredible! I love anything with potatoes! I'll have to try this version! I just wish it would get colder here so soup would be more appropriate. Haha.

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    1. I hear ya!! It's 80 degrees here, too! We can turn the fan up and just pretend, right?

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  8. Oh I can make this and it looks so amazing! I have pinned to make soon.

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! If you make it, let me know what you think.

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  9. I totally agree that Bennigan's had the best potato soup! Unfortunately, ours closed, too. I guess this will be another one of your yummy soups to add to my list to make! Still dying over the Tomato Soup! So yummy!!

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    1. I loved everything at Bennigan's. I don't know why so many of them closed. Did you ever have the Monte Cristo? Yum!!
      I'm glad you enjoyed the tomato basil! Tell your hubby that this is my husband's favorite. It's a little more manly, so maybe you can talk him into trying it. ;)

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  10. Wow, that looks sinfully delicious! Can't wait to pin the recipe!

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    1. Thanks, Tanya!! It's one of our favorites!! It's so rich and filling!

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  11. That looks sooo good. Definitely going to have to make it soon.

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    1. Thanks, Dara! It's a crowd pleaser around our house!

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  13. Your recipe looks yummy Emily! Soup season is my favorite time of the year! It's like a little gift to all of us busy moms. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thanks, Windy!! You're exactly right! I have another soup in the crockpot for today. I'm just going to pretend it's not 80 degrees outside!

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  14. The salad bar at my grocery store features a killer baked potato salad which I'm powerless over. This soup looks like an amazing antidote against winter. I have pinned it and will whip some up at the earliest opportunity!

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