Forget sandwiches, sometimes we just need a heartier lunch! This loaded Baked Potato Soup for one is rich, creamy, loaded with cheddar cheese and all your favorite toppings. Plus it’s made in the microwave in less than 5 minutes.
When I’m at home, especially on cold winter days, sometimes I need something other than sandwiches for lunch! What I love about this Loaded Baked Potato Soup recipe is that it can be made in the microwave in less than 5 minutes and it is the perfect way to use up leftover baked potatoes.
I can’t even begin to tell you how delicious this Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup is! It’s hearty, comforting and so full of flavor. Butter, cheese, milk, and potatoes? Yes, it’s like the best loaded baked potato ever, but in soup form. As good as any restaurant potato soup!
Show your teenagers how to make this soup and they will be set for “fend for yourself” nights or anytime they crave a home-cooked soup. Bonus: it’s cheap! Perfect for college kids with access to a fridge and microwave.
Tips to Get the Best Results in this Microwave Potato Soup
To achieve the creamiest and most delicious soup. It is important to use the right potatoes and milk. You might be wondering, what potatoes are best in the easy microwave potato soup?
I recommend Yukon Gold Potatoes (or any yellow/gold potatoes) as they produce the creamiest results in the microwave.
I did also try a generic russet baking potato and they produced a grainy result in the potato soup. (The soup made with regular russet baking potatoes still tasted good, it just wasn’t the smooth creamy texture you want in a creamy potato soup.) The Yukon gold potato is absolutely superior in this type of recipe.
When it comes to which milk to use, whole milk will give you the richest result, but 2% would be ok as well.
Ingredients in Cheesy Baked Potato Soup
Want to make this soup (or just have the ingredients on hand for you next lunchtime craving?) Add these ingredients to your next shopping list:
- Yukon Gold Potatoes
- Whole Milk
- Shredded cheese
- Salt and pepper
- Optional toppings: green onions, bacon, sour cream, extra shredded cheese
How to Make Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Add about 1/2 cup cooked potatoes to a mug or bowl. Use a fork to thoroughly mash the potatoes. (If the potatoes are cold, warm in the microwave first for about a minute.)
Add 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 tablespoon butter to the potatoes. Stir and mash the potatoes a bit more until the milk, butter, and potatoes are thoroughly combined. Heat the potato soup mixture for about a minute in the microwave.
Add 1/4 cup shredded cheese, 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper to potato soup. Stir to combine. Heat soup at 60% power for another minute. If you would like your soup a bit thinner, just add a bit more milk.
Top with your favorite baked potato toppings (bacon bits, green onion, extra cheese and or/sour cream.)
Topping Ideas for a Loaded Baked Potato Soup
There are so many options to top your soup! Whatever you like on a baked potato would be a perfect addition to this soup:
- Extra cheese
- Sour cream
- Crispy bacon bits or ham
- Green onions or chives
- French fried onions
Can I Use Mashed Potatoes in this Potato Soup Recipe
Yes, you can use mashed potatoes in this soup recipe. If you use mashed potatoes form a box (yes, we tried this too ), the soup consistency will be a bit different – definitely smoother and creamier than if you used a just microwaved potato.
You will just use a little bit less milk. Also, If your mashed potatoes are “leftover” and already have butter salt and pepper, you can probably reduce these as well.
Do I Have to Peel the Potatoes for this Soup?
I prefer my potatoes peeled in this soup, but whether or not you peel your potatoes is completely up to you.
When I make this soup, I usually pierce the potato a couple of times with a fork and cook it into the microwave using the potato cooking setting. The potato cooks perfectly and I can usually press the potato and the pulp “pops”right out!
Can This Potato Soup Be Doubled or Tripled
Of course! This loaded baked potato soup recipe doubles beautifully. Since the basic ratio of potatoes to milk is one to one, increase the recipe as much as you like. Give it a taste to adjust the salt and pepper and you can always add more milk if the soup is too thick or more potatoes if it is too thin!
More Potato Recipes you might love:
- Loaded Mashed Potato Bake Recipe
- Barbecue Brisket Stuffed Baked Potatoes
- Zesty Parmesan Ranch Baked Potato Wedges
- Potato, Egg and Cheese Waffles (with bacon!)
- Cheesy Sausage and Potato Hash
- Microwave Potato Chips
Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup for One (in the microwave):Print
This loaded Baked Potato Soup for one is rich, creamy, loaded with cheddar cheese and all your favorite toppings. Plus it’s made in the microwave in less than 5 minutes!
- 1/2 cup potato pulp
- 1/2 cup milk (2% or higher)
- 1/4 cup shredded cheese
- 1/2 tbs butter
- 1/8 tsp salt and pepper
- optional toppings: green onions, bacon, sour cream, extra shredded cheese
- Add cooked potatoes to a mug or bowl. Use a fork to thoroughly mash the potatoes. (If the potatoes are cold, warm in the microwave for about a minute.)
- Add milk and butter, stir and mash the potatoes a bit more until the milk, butter and potatoes are thoroughly combined.
- In the microwave, heat potato mixture for about a minute.
- Add the cheese, salt and pepper, stir to combine. Heat at 60% power for another minute.
- Top with your favorite baked potato toppings (bacon bits, green onion, extra cheese and or/sour cream.)
Use Yukon Gold potatoes for creamiest potatoe soup. (I hve found standard baking potatoes result in a grainy potato soup.
Whole milk is best for a creamy, rich flavor. (Definitely don’t use less than 2% milk.)
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.