Looking for the perfect meal to serve on a cold, busy night? We've got just the thing for you! This crockpot potato soup recipe is yummy, filling, and couldn't be easier.

a bowl of loaded baked potato soup, from Shelf Cooking

Potatoes are a grocery staple around here because they're one of the best ways to fill up a family on a budget. And you know what's even better than a cheap, filling meal? An easy one!

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It doesn't get easier than soup. If you've been to our blog before, then you probably know how much we love to use what we have to whip up a batch of homemade soup! Well, this crockpot potato soup might be the holy grail. Ready for this set it and forget it dinner? Let's do it.


fruit salad with bananas on top, from Shelf Cooking

The beauty of serving up soup for dinner is that it goes with just about anything! And because this one is so filling, you can serve it on its own without any complaints. But, if you're looking for the perfect side dish to round out this meal, here are a few great options:

  • Fruit Salad – Sneak those vitamins in where you can! No one will turn away a salad that includes Cool Whip, so give our fruit salad a try.
  • Salad – Is there any combination more classic than soup and salad? Try one of our mason jar salads for a little extra fun! No dressing on hand? Learn how to make your own vinaigrette. It's super simple!
  • Bread – Your family will be SO impressed if you make your own bread, and guess what? This rustic bread recipe is foolproof. We won't tell anyone how easy it is to make; your secret is safe.
  • Sandwich – Use that batch of bread to whip up some grilled cheese sandwiches. PB&J works, too. Take it over the top with our homemade freezer jam!
  • Cheesy Garlic Bread – We love carbs. What can we say? When in doubt, serve the cheesy garlic bread!

Looking for a healthier option? Roast up some veggies or hide them in a quesadilla! Now, let's get to that soup. First order of business: toppings and add-ins


a bowl of homemade croutons, from Shelf Cooking

If you want to put your shelf cooking techniques to practice, here are some toppings you can add to this soup to make it even better:

  • Croutons
  • Sour Cream
  • Chives
  • Green Onions
  • Guacamole
  • Fresh Herbs

Want to make the meal even heartier? You can add in some protein, too! Try mixing in some shredded chicken or ground beef. If you have some in the freezer, your meal prep will be a breeze.


Need to substitute an ingredient or two? No problem! You know we're all about using what you have on hand, so don't even think about grabbing those car keys and heading for the store. You don't need to! Here are some simple recipe swaps you can make:

  • Russet Potato Substitute – If you don't have any Russets, don't worry! Any potato will work just fine. Try Yukon Gold.
  • Whipping Cream Substitute – Out of cream? You can use evaporated milk in its place. We also have an entire post devoted to cream substitutes. You're welcome!
  • Onion Substitute – If you're cooking for picky eaters, you can leave out the onions and use carrots, celery, and onion salt instead.
  • Cream Cheese Substitute – Running low on cream cheese? Try greek yogurt or sour cream. Because they're not as thick, you may need to add a bit of cornstarch.
  • Bacon Bits Substitute – If you don't have bacon bits, make your own. You can even air fry some turkey bacon for a healthy alternative!
  • Chicken Bouillon – No chicken bouillon? That's okay. You can use poultry seasoning or a little soy sauce.

Making swaps is easy! Don't be afraid to add to or take away from this recipe if you need to. Now you're ready to make this yummiest batch of soup you'll ever taste! It is SO dang good, you guys. So, without further ado, here we go!


If you have leftover soup, toss it in an airtight container and store it in your refrigerator for up to four days. You can reheat individual servings in the microwave or heat the whole batch on the stovetop. If you need more liquid, add a little chicken broth or water, and stir in some sour cream.

Sadly, this soup doesn't freeze well. The cream separates when frozen and the consistency just changes too much. But, we don't think you'll have any problems eating those leftovers within four days. In fact, you'll be lucky if they make it past a day.

Just in case you need some ideas for using up the leftovers, we'll share a few quick ideas! Keep on reading.


homemade pot pie with potato soup, from Shelf Cooking

Want to use up any remaining crockpot potato soup? Besides the obvious, here are a couple of ways to serve your leftovers and make them seem brand new:

  • Pot Pie – Add some shredded chicken and a few peas, then toss your soup in a pie shell!
  • Loaded Mashed Potatoes – Add some soup to a big batch of mashed potatoes. You won't believe the flavor and the texture you'll get!
  • Potato Latkes – If you've never had potato pancakes, you are missing out! Here's a quick and easy recipe from Sabrina's Organizing that calls for potato soup.
  • Quiche – Looking for a filling brunch idea? Add some soup to an egg mixture, toss it in a pie shell, and enjoy a nice quiche.

When all else fails, make a few quick bread bowls. This soup tastes just as good (if not better) on the second day!


The wait is over! If you're not hungry already, you will be soon. Let's learn how to make crockpot potato soup!

a bowl of loaded baked potato soup, from Shelf Cooking

Easy Crockpot Potato Soup

Try this crockpot soup once, and we bet you'll make it a part of your regular meal rotation! It's a crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly dinner option.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 2 lbs Russet potatoes, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup bacon bits
  • 2 tsp chicken bouillon
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup softened cream cheese


  • Spray or line your crockpot.
  • Add diced potatoes, onions, garlic, bacon bits, 4 cups chicken broth, and salt and pepper/spices to the pot. Cook until potatoes are tender, for around 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
  • Remove 2 cups of the soup and place it in a blender with whipping cream and and cream cheese and pulse until smooth. Add more whipping cream or chicken broth as needed. To thicken the soup, add cornstarch, ½ cup at a time.
  • Pour your blended mixture into the crockpot and turn the heat up to high. Stir in your shredded cheese and cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Top with your desired garnishes, serve, and enjoy.


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop and enjoy!
Keyword crockpot, slow cooker

How easy was that? While your soup cooks, you'll have plenty of time to make a batch of bread, whip up a dessert, or just enjoy a little downtime. Sweet! (By the way, we think peach cobbler would make the perfect ending to this meal!)

And there you have it! A simple, filling, comforting dish the whole fam will love. Don't be afraid to make it your own by adding any meat or veggies you need to use up. That's the beauty of soup!

Tell us: what's your family's favorite soup recipe? We're always looking for new ideas, so drop a comment below or head over to our Shelf Cooking Facebook Group.

learn how to make crockpot potato soup, from Shelf Cooking

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