I used to think that potato soup was nothing special. Good, warms you up, a quick meal, but nothing delicious and craveable. Totally, completely, wrong. I’m literally craving this soup as I sit here and write about it. There are a few things that make this golden loaded baked potato soup special.
First, this soup is made with Golden Yukon Potatoes. They are creamier and a little more delightful.
Second, that Knorr Homestyle stock rears it’s head again. It adds flavor, and fat without adding a ton of butter or bland, liquidy stock. It truly does make a difference. If you can’t find it just use 2 teaspoons of chicken stock granules.
Third, the honey. I know what you are thinking, “This is weird”, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Promise. The creamy soup, with the salty bacon and sharpness from the cheese are all begging for a little hint of sweet. If I didn’t tell you it was there you probably wouldn’t even know it. Well, in this picture you can see the drizzle around the soup, but anyway.
One thing about the Holidays is that although they are so fun, they are also so busy, stressful and crazy. I love the idea of having a family gathering and making it a soup potluck. You get to concentrate on being together instead of a big, huge crazy meal. Plus, I love seeing all of the family favorite soups that arrive. It’s so fun!
What Potato is a Good Substitute For Yukon Gold?
If you don’t have Yukon Gold potatoes you can substitute equal quantities of:
Any other yellow skin varieites, red skinned potatoes, or white potatoes.
What is a Healthy Substitute For Sour Cream?
You can substitute plain yogurt for sour cream.
Low-fat plain yogurt has a similar consistency to sour cream, but is much lower in fat per serving.
Are Potatoes Vegetable?
Potatoes are classified as a vegetable.
But they are a starch and do not count toward a serving of vegetables.
Potatoes can contain a good amount of carbs, but they are also a good source of fiber, as well as vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and manganese.
Golden Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Golden Loaded Baked Potato Soup
- 5 Medium to Large Yukon Gold Potatoes, cut in half
- 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
- 1 Tub Knorr Homestyle Chicken Stock, or 2 teaspoons better than bouillon
- 1 Small Onion, Chopped Fine
- 2 Tablespoons Flour
- 3 Cups Skim Milk
- 2 Cups Heavy Cream , or Half and Half
- 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
- 1-2 Tablespoons Honey
- Kosher Salt to Taste, I did about a teaspoon
- Pepper, to taste
- 6 Sliced Cooked bacon, we bake ours in the oven at 425. Trust, it's better in the oven
- Extra Sharp Tillamook Cheese, shredded
- Sour Cream
- Extra Honey , for drizzling
- Heat a large stock pot, filled with water, to medium-high.
- Add the potatoes and cook until just tender.
- Drain the potatoes, and peel off the skins. I left a few pieces on, but you don't have to.
- Chop the potatoes into 1/2" pieces and set aside.
- Take 3/4 of the potatoes and mash them. Add them back in with the potatoes.
- Return to your stock pot and heat it up to medium heat.
- Add the unsalted butter and the tub of Knorr Homestyle Stock.
- Heat, whisking occassionally until melted, and add the onion.
- Cook until transleucent, about 3-4 min.
- Quickly whisk in the flour and continue to whisk for about 1 minute in order to cook out the flour taste. The mixture should be clumpy, and golden in color.
- Add the cream and milk, whisking as you pour in order to dissolve the lumps.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn down to simmer until it begins to thicken, about 5-10 minutes.
- Add the sour cream, honey, and seasonings.
- Add the potatoes back in, and continue to cook for another 5-10 min.
- Serve in bowls, topped with cheese, bacon, sour cream and a drizzle of honey.
- You will love it!
How many pounds of potatoes would you say you use? Thanks!
Hi Maureen! It ends up being about 2 lbs of potatoes.
I just made this recipe tonight, from your gorgeous cookbook which I recently purchased at a TOFW event. My extremely picky seven-year-old son declared it his “favorite soup ever”. Thanks for another great recipe!
Happy dancing!! Thank you for the great feedback Shannon! Sooooo glad it was a hit in your house!
I just finished making and eating this soup. I am so glad I found this recipe. I couldn’t imagine changing one thing about this recipe. My 3 and almost 2 year old loved it. Thank you for such a yummy new recipe for our family to enjoy!
I love to hear that! It’s one of our absolute favorites!
This was The Best Soup! Delicious and pretty easy to make, served it with a few slices of wheat French bread. Hubby says it’s now his favorite soup, loved it! Thank you for this recipe!
Hi! My son has been having trouble with solids for about 6 weeks now, so I really need a soup that can be more of a creamy purée. Do you think I could just leave all the potatoes in with the liquid and use my stick blender? I read that Yukon gold aren’t great for soup, but it’s what is like and what I have on hand. Thoughts? Thanks!
Oh we love yukons in soup as long as it isn’t left cooking for too long or reheated for too many days. They are so creamy in a soup! I would for sure blend it and have a little extra warm milk just in case it gets too thick. Good luck and thinking of you all as you figure out the solids issue!
So what is the measurement of a tub since that brand is not sold in our stores?
Hi Judy, you can just substitute 2 teaspoons of better than bouillon and watch the salt. Or you can use granulated bouillon. 🙂
My family is hooked, the honey is the key. I can’t believe I’m just now coming across your blog. Looking forward to exploring more of your recipes.
Right? Everyone is always shocked we add honey, but it totally works! And thank you so much for your sweet comment. Can’t wait to hear more from you!
So, I’m not to much of a fan of standong over the stove cooking soup. More of a lay low, take it easy, throw it in the crock pot type of gal. How would you say to the directions would go if I used the crock pot. This recipe looks so yummy and we’d really like to try it! (Tonight actually….ha)
If you do it in the crock you would still want to cook the butter and flour together and then add the rest. It really only takes a couple of minutes to start and then the rest of the time the soup is just chillin in the pot. 😉 The biggest thing is cooking the potatoes ahead of time, but the yukon gold are awesome at cooking up faster.
About how much is in a tub of knorr chicken stock?
So, the tubs are kind of weird. I suggest just using a teaspoon of the granules or skipping it entirely.
Absolutely the best, the honey is amazing
This is my favorite kind of soup I can’t wait to try it with the honey. The only thing I do differently is bake the potatoes instead of boiling them it adds an extra layer of flavor that makes all the difference.
I loooove baking them too! I’ve found that most of my readers avoid that so I did a boil just for everyone else. So glad to hear I’m not the only one!
Okay so went ahead and tried the honey on top of my potato soup, and can I just say….AMAZING!! Seriously! So delicious! It's like the same flavor experience as a honey barbeque sauce. Thanks for expanding my world! YUM.
I love the idea of adding the honey for a salty/sweet combination with the bacon. This would be perfect for this snowy day.
wow this soup truly looks amazing, perfect for the rainy day we are having.