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Southern Potato Soup (Chunky!)

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Old-fashioned, creamy, cheesy Southern Potato Soup is the perfect comfort food for any day. This soup is homemade with a buttery roux consisting of flour and milk.

butter with flour for baked potato soup

How do I make an old-fashioned Southern potato soup?

This chunky, old-fashion baked potato soup can be made from scratch. And, it’s easy because it’s all made in one pot.

First, you’ll start with a stick of butter melted in a pot. Next, your ad and flour to form a roux, stirring constantly.

mixing flour and butter for baked potato soup

Then, slowly add in your milk, while whisking constantly. Here, you’ll want to reduce heat and continue whisking until the base becomes thick and hearty.

Finally, add in your baked potatoes by cutting each open with a large tablespoon. Scoop out chunks of potato from the inside, leaving the skin.

Top with your favorite toppings and you’re done!

bowl of southern baked potato soup with toppings

What toppings can I add for loaded potato soup?

Serve up this old-fashioned baked potato soup with

  • real bacon bits
  • chives/green onion
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  • crackers

Can I add corn to potato soup?

For this soup, we added corn to make it even heartier, like a loaded bacon potato chowder.

If you don’t have corn, you can swap it out for peas or broccoli.

baked potato soup with sour cream, bacon, cheese and green onions

Can I make potato soup in the crock pot?

I do not recommend making this soup in the crock pot, as the butter and flour mixture would need to be constantly whisked.

However, if you’re in a pinch, you can use a few cans of cream of potato with chopped potatoes on low for 4-5 hours. The potatoes are finish cooking when they are soft. This is similar to recipes you might find at Campbell’s.

potato soup dripping with cheese from a spoon

Can I freeze potato soup?

Yes, you can freeze the soup well if it is in an air-tight bag. The soup should not be thawed and then re-frozen, however. It is best kept in single-serve bags during freezer storage.

What to serve with potato soup

southern baked potato soup

Southern Potato Soup

Southern Potato Soup made from scratch with flour, butter and chunky potatoes. The thickest, creamiest potato soup you'll ever taste!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 478kcal
Author: Amber


  • 6 russet potatoes
  • cup butter
  • cup flour
  • 4 cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 15 oz canned corn optional
  • 2 tbsp real bacon bits
  • 2 tbsp chives optional


  • Pre-bake your potatoes in microwave or bake (20 minutes each side) in oven at 450°F.
  • In a large non-stick pot, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Reduce heat. Add flour and mix until incorporated.
  • Whisk in ½ c. milk until thick. Slowly repeat until all milk is used, whisking constantly for approximately 7-8 minutes.
  • Add corn, sour cream, and bacon bits.
  • Serve when hot with cheddar cheese and chives (optional).


Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 1233mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 759IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 407mg | Iron: 2mg

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Rebecca Council

Friday 30th of September 2022

Sorry I used talk text so it sounds weird but how big of a pan did you use

Rebecca Council

Friday 30th of September 2022

How big what is the parent you used I would like to make this for my boyfriend when he comes to visit and I’m worried I may not have the right size pan