Potato Soup with Cream Cheese


This is a family favorite throughout the fall and winter! It's easy to prep and great for a lazy day, filling the house with aroma. Have extended family and guests? Simply double the quantity of each item. It's that easy! I derived the potato soup with cream cheese base compliments of Panera Bread®. I added a few extras over time to appeal to the whole family. This a well balanced, full-flavored soup, with a hint of trailing heat compliments of cayenne. If you have picky "little" ones you can substitute red pepper flakes as a side garnishment. Serve with sharp shredded cheese and a loaf a fresh beer bread!

creamy potato soup with cheese on top
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 20 mins
5 servings


  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth

  • 4 cups cubed red potatoes

  • ¼ cup minced onion

  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt

  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 8 slices smoked bacon, cut into 1/4-inch strips


  1. Combine broth, potatoes, onion, garlic salt, seasoned salt, sea salt, cayenne, basil, and parsley in a slow cooker. Cover and cook until potatoes are tender on Low, 6 to 8 hours, or on High, 4 to 6 hours.

  2. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes in the slow cooker to preferred consistency. Add the cream cheese in spoonfuls to melt until smooth.

  3. Meanwhile, place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Stir into soup or set aside as a serving garnishment. Heat until ready to serve.

Cook's Notes:

You can use 1/2 teaspoon onion powder instead of minced onion.

Garden vegetable-flavored cream cheese is a family favorite.

You can boil this in a stockpot instead of using a slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

267 Calories
22g Fat
7g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 267
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 1617mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 266mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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