Slow-Cooker Potato Soup


This easy slow-cooker potato soup has all the good stuff you love on a potato--including bacon, cheese and scallions. Serve this loaded baked potato soup with a salad for an easy dinner--just 15 minutes of active prep time!--whenever you're in need of some serious comfort food. It would also be fun fare for a casual party. Serve it straight out of the slow cooker and set out bowls of toppings so everyone can assemble their own. You can easily make this soup vegetarian--just use vegetable broth and skip the bacon.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 15 mins
6 servings


  • 3 pounds small russet potatoes, peeled and chopped

  • 4 cups unsalted chicken broth or vegetable broth

  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ½ cup half-and-half

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 6 tablespoons whole-milk plain Greek yogurt

  • 6 tablespoons chopped scallions

  • 3 slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled


  1. Place potatoes, broth, garlic, salt and bay leaf in a 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low until the potatoes are very tender, about 6 hours. Turn off the slow cooker.

  2. Remove and discard the garlic and bay leaf. Add half-and-half and pepper to the potato mixture; mash using a potato masher, leaving some chunks.

  3. Pour half of the potato mixture into a blender. Secure the lid on the blender and remove the center piece to allow steam to escape. Place a clean towel over the opening. Process for 10 seconds. (Use caution when blending hot liquids.) Return the blended soup to the remaining potato mixture in the slow cooker; stir to combine. Ladle evenly into 6 bowls. Top evenly with cheese, yogurt, scallions and bacon.


Equipment: 6-quart slow cooker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

316 Calories
10g Fat
45g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 316
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 45g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 14g 28%
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Vitamin A 318IU 6%
Vitamin C 15mg 16%
Folate 41mcg 10%
Sodium 468mg 20%
Calcium 176mg 14%
Iron 2mg 12%
Magnesium 63mg 15%
Potassium 1146mg 24%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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