This is a recipe for Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup, something my wife makes quite often, and I’d even say that it’s in our weekly recipe rotation. I have to mention that I’m really not much of a soup person. I like to eat real food, not something I can drink out of a bowl. This soup is really hearty though. It’s made with potatoes and onions that soften up after 8 hours in the slow cooker. Then heavy cream and cheddar cheese are added in right before the soup is served, and it’s garnished with green onions, bacon bits, and maybe a little more cheese on top. So it’s pretty thick and cheesy, something you can eat as a meal.
I like to use the slow cooker for breakfast, so I can walk downstairs to a warm meal. Or I’ll use the slow cooker on the weekend so I can spend the day out with my family somewhere, then come home to a nice warm meal that’s ready to eat. My wife on the other hand likes to use the slow cooker for days when she has to work. In fact, this is my wife’s Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup recipe. Well we both contributed to the recipe because I came home and put the finishing touches on the soup. Something that only takes a couple minutes.
My darling wife started this meal by peeling and dicing six large potatoes and a few small sized onions. She placed them into our slow cooker along with some chicken broth, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper. My wife stirred the ingredients together, locked the lid in place, then set the slow cooker to low heat for eight hours. It didn’t take too long. I’m sure she even had time to chase the dog around the backyard before leaving for work.
Fast forward eight hours; I’ve got just a couple easy steps to finish the soup. I used our potato masher to break down the softened potatoes, then I stirred in a cup of heavy cream, along with a cup of shredded cheddar cheese. That was when I heard my wife’s car pulling into the garage. Or I should say, I heard my wife’s blaring stereo down the street. I ladled the Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup into serving bowls. I sprinkled some sliced green onions on top, along with some bacon bits and a little more shredded cheddar cheese. Soup’s on!
This is the slow cooker that I use and I really love it. This one is much nicer than the old ones with the glass lid and the mechanical switch. It has a programmable timer from 30 minutes to 20 hours so I can set it on high or low heat for a certain time, then when the cooking time has ended, it will operate in a mode where it will just keep the food warm. This is nice because when I was single I would worry about the food getting overcooked if I had to stay at work longer than I planned.
One other thing I really like about this slow cooker is the lid which locks into place and has a gasket to seal the food inside. This is especially nice if you’re making something to bring to a party so there’s no worrying about the lid coming off in the car and food spilling all over your trunk. That is what sold me on this slow cooker.
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Adapted from The Crockin’ Girls