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!


Recipe Summary

20 mins
4 hrs
4 hrs 20 mins
5 servings


Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

267 calories; protein 10.1g; carbohydrates 6.9g; fat 22.2g; cholesterol 69mg; sodium 1616.8mg. Full Nutrition