Loaded Potato Soup

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This 5 ingredient soup is so easy, but still so yummy! Most parents don’t have the time or patience to cook a family dinner that takes a long time, and this dinner is perfect for that! It cooks in a slow cooker, and is super yummy with toppings on it.

When the weather turns chilly, there’s nothing quite like a warm bowl of soup to comfort the soul. And when you’re a parent with a toddler in tow, you know that finding a meal that pleases everyone can be a challenge. That’s where this Loaded Potato Soup comes to the rescue! With just five simple ingredients, it’s not only a breeze to make but also a toddler-friendly meal that’s sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. In this blog post, I’ll explore why this Loaded Potato Soup is a fantastic choice for your little one, provide step-by-step instructions on how to make it, and share tips for storing any leftovers.

Why Loaded Potato Soup Is Great for Toddlers:

  1. Nutrient-Packed: The star of this soup is the diced potatoes, which provide essential vitamins and minerals, making it a nutritious choice for your growing toddler.
  2. Creamy Texture: The addition of half and half gives this soup a creamy and velvety texture that toddlers tend to love, making it an excellent option for transitioning to heartier meals.
  3. Simple Ingredients: With only five ingredients, this soup is a straightforward and wholesome meal without unnecessary additives or preservatives.
  4. Customizable: Loaded Potato Soup is highly versatile. You can let your toddler have fun with toppings like crispy bacon bits, chopped green onions, or even a sprinkle of grated cheddar cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 4 pounds peeled and diced potatoes
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 16 oz chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 16 oz half and half
  • Additional toppings (optional): bacon bits, chopped green onions, sour cream

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Potatoes+ Onion: Start by peeling and dicing the potatoes into small pieces. Set them aside. Chop the onion.
  2. Slow Cooker- Add the potatoes into a slow cooker. Add the chopped onion on top. After that, pour in the chicken broth (it probably won’t cover the whole thing and that’s okay.) Add salt and pepper as desired.

3. Cook- Cover with the lid and cook on high for three to five hours, or until potatoes are soft and ready to mash.

4. Mash: Once the potatoes are done cooking, mash them with a potato masher until you reach your desired consistency.

5. Add Cheese and Half and Half: Stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and half and half. Cover again and cook for about 20 minutes.

6. Serve: Ladle the Loaded Potato Soup into bowls and add your favorite toppings, whether it’s crispy bacon bits, chopped green onions, or a dollop of sour cream.

Storage:

Here’s how to store any leftover Loaded Potato Soup:

  • Refrigeration: Place the soup in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezing: To enjoy it at a later time, freeze the soup in individual portions in freezer-safe containers or zip-top bags. It can be frozen for up to 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
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5 from 2 votes

Easy Loaded Potato Soup

Ingredients 

  • 4 pounds peeled diced potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 16 oz chicken broth
  • 16 oz half and half
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • optional toppings, green onions, sour cream, bacon bits, cheddar cheese

Instructions 

  • Wash, peel, and dice the potatoes into small cubes.
  • Chop the onion.
  • Add the potato and the onion into a slow cooker. Add the chicken broth on top. You can add salt if desired.
  • Cook on high for 3-5 hours or until the potatoes are soft and ready to mash.
  • Once the potatoes and onion are done cooking, mash the potatoes with a potato masher until they have reached your desired consistency.
  • Add in the half and half, and cheddar cheese. Stir to mix, and then cover and let sit for about 20 minutes.
  • Ladle the soup into bowls and add whatever toppings you like! Some ideas are: bacon bits, green onions, cheddar cheese, and sour cream!

Notes

You can store this soup in the fridge for 3-5 days, and in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 1126kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 45g, Fat: 92g, Saturated Fat: 54g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 24g, Cholesterol: 281mg, Sodium: 2703mg, Potassium: 928mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 2749IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 1328mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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