Saturday, October 13, 2012

Easy Baked Potato Soup

I am a baked potato soup fan (maybe fanatic).  I have been waiting for the weather to get cold because it is certainly harder to justify my trip to Panera when I am sweating when I walk in and order hot soup which I can't finish because I am sweating too much already!!  When I was pregnant, this was my go to food (and anything else with bacon which was super weird because I had a smell issue) which is why both my husband and I know Baked Potato Soup days are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. 

I haven't had it in ages and I was super excited to get enough time to run in on Wednesday to get my baked potato soup before I picked up my son at school.  I was pretending that I would be able to make it home before eating it but thinking that I might be eating it sitting in the car.  I parked the car and walked confidently into the Panera and looked up at the soup board as a habit.  Ummm... where is the baked potato soup because it isn't up there and panic strikes.  I walk up to the register because the lunch crowd isn't there yet and ask..  "Isn't today baked potato soup day?"  The response the cashier is to ask the other lady..."Was there something wrong with the baked potato soup?"  (Internal monologue- "What could be wrong with my baked potato soup... I really NEED it! She is going to tell me that it was just a mistake")  The lady responds "It isn't cooked yet but I can go and double check."  Upon her return,  "It isn't ready and it is going to take at least 20-30 minutes." 

Back in the car, my stomach was super mad at me for getting excited about having soup on this overcast and yucky day.  Thinking about anything at home that I could make for lunch did not stack up to my need for baked potato soup.  I probably should have done drive through at Wendy's and gotten a baked potato but my brain wasn't thinking.  I got home and had leftovers but my stomach was still calling for baked potato soup.  I thought that I should e-mail my friend Ann and find out the easy recipe that she used because I needed my fix!!  She thoughtful sent me her recipe with the ideas and changes that she made when she made it for girls lunch.  A secondary thank you to her friend Danessa that gave it to her!!

I got everything ready and put it in the crock pot on Sunday morning to have a super yummy lunch on a really overcast day. 


The first step for me was to put in the crock pot liner.  For all of you out there still avoiding these, they are the best invention ever and they make clean up a breeze!!  Almost looks like a shower cap when it is in there but it is made of a little thicker material so don't let it scare you off. 


I decided that I would chop up the hash browns a little because mine were a little long but it really isn't even needed.  I threw them into the crock pot and they were really filling up the pot.


I added in the chicken broth still mostly frozen since I was using my homemade one.  I used to use the kind in the box but I just used up my last one so I am now using my homemade ones and they were super tasty if I do say so myself and well worth the effort.  I added my Healthy Choice Campbell Cream of Chicken soup which I just stocked up on the other day at the store (YEAH!)  I added the yummy onion powder (from Amish country- Thanks Mom and Dad) and the rest of the ground pepper (we have run out of pepper... near national emergency).  I stirred it up a little and put the top on to cook.


I added in the Philly Cooking Cream and it melted super fast and was easy to use.  There are different flavors and I might try a little of the savory garlic or italian herbs next time which would probably add some nice flavor.  I tried to take a few pictures of the pot of soup but it is mostly just white and doesn't look as appetizing in the picture as it smells in person.  I let it cook another hour with the cream cheese.


We were busy all morning so it was extra nice to have lunch all ready for us.  I grated a block of cheese and cooked up a few pieces of bacon.  Topped with a little cracked black pepper (the kind from the grinder because it is all we had left) and added the yummy toppings.  It was "soup"er yummy!  It really fit the potato soup craving. 

I can't wait to eat some leftovers tomorrow (and the next day)!!  I think that I might try to make it again for our Halloween party because it was super easy and I changed it a little to meet what I had in the house.  I hope that you try to make it soon.  If you want the original recipe and my changes to the recipe, both are below.

Original Recipe

EASY CROCKPOT POTATO SOUP

1 30oz. bag of frozen, shredded hash browns
3 14oz. cans of chicken broth
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
1 pkg. cream cheese (don't use fat free, it won't melt)

Throw everything in the crockpot except the cream cheese.  Cook 6 hours on low.  If you want a smoother soup you can use a mixer to crush up the potatoes (do in batches in the blender or just use a hand mixer right in the crock pot).  Add the cream cheese (chop it up some) and let it melt.  Can top with bacon and shredded cheddar.  Enjoy!

My modified recipe

EASY CROCKPOT POTATO SOUP

30 oz. bag of frozen, shredded hash browns
3 1/4-5 1/4 cups homemade chicken broth (I used lower amount because I wanted it thicker)
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1 package Philly Cooking Cream

Cut the hash browns and put all but the cream cheese in the crock pot.  Cook 6-8 hours on low.  Add the cream cheese about an hour before you are ready to serve and let it melt.  Serve toppings of cheese, bacon and any other family favorites.

Note:  If you want it even thicker, add a little bit of instant potato powder.

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5 comments:

  1. My husband makes a mean potato soup, but not in the slow cooker! I'll have to try this. Thanks for linking up at Link It! Pinterest party. I hope you come back this week.

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    1. I love this one because it is super easy and can be thrown in the crock pot without a lot of effort. I think that I am going to use more broth next time and add a package of instant potatoes to see if it thickens the broth more. It is super easy when you just have a bunch of things to toss in and then dinner is ready for you without doing anything. Of course, I would love to try your husband's too!!! I love potato soup!!

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  2. This looks super tasty! Thanks so much for linking up on the Crockpot link party with us! :)
    Ang

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    1. I hope that a few people try to make this because it is super tasty.

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  3. This looks so easy! I love potato soup. And I admit, I have had a box of crock pot liners in my drawer for OVER A YEAR unopened because I'm scared to use them. I think you have convinced me to try! :)

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