Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe

BREAKING NEWS. Ben ate this Crockpot Potato Soup recipe for dinner. I know it might seem like an obvious choice—how could you not want a creamy, cheesy bowl of loaded potato soup bliss?—but as with so many other mysteries of life, the man is a soup skeptic. Until now.

Easy, healthy Crockpot Potato Soup recipe. Creamy, cheesy, and loaded, this simple potato soup tastes decadent but is better for you!Pin it on Pinterest!

I suppose it’s a fairly promising sign for my marital outlook that what I consider to be a serious “project” for our relationship is slowly bringing Ben around to the idea of eating soup for dinner. He does appreciate a good bowl of Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili and the occasional serving of Shrimp Corn Chowder, but veggie-heavy soups like this Crockpot Loaded Potato Soup recipe usually are met with a plea for takeout instead.

This slow cooker cheesy potato soup? He gobbled his entire bowl! It appears the man can see reason after all.

Crockpot Potato Soup. Easy, cheesy, and made in the slow cooker.

While this recipe tastes like a Crockpot Potato Soup with heavy cream, in keeping with my approach of lightening up recipes without skimping on flavor, I used a few sneaky swaps instead.

This simple potato soup is primarily veggie based, and I added a few helpful shortcuts that make this Crockpot Potato Soup weeknight meal friendly too.

How to Make the Best Creamy Crockpot Potato Soup

Option 1: White Sauce Base. The most direct way to make potato soup creamy is to cook a butter-and-flour-based white sauce on the stove.

  • I don’t mind taking this extra step every once in a while, but because my goal for this slow cooker potato soup was to have it be easily attainable on a weeknight, I was determined to hit upon a “set it and forget it” slow cooker method. The white sauce was a no-go.

Option 2: Canned Soup. The next option for easy, cheesy potato soup to use canned cream-of-something-or-other to thicken it (crockpot potato soup from Paula Deen does this). No thanks.

  • We can make much better tasting, better-for-you Crockpot Potato Soup from scratch, with minimally processed ingredients. I dismissed the canned soup option too.

My secret to a healthy Crockpot Potato Soup recipe that’s so rich, creamy, and decadent tasting that even soup-skeptic Ben could not resist? Secret Option 3.

Healthy Crockpot Potato Soup. Made without cream or canned soup!

Simple Potato Soup—Healthy Recipe Secrets

Or should I say, Secret Options 3, 4, 5, and 6. This healthy slow cooker potato soup has four tricks to tasting cheesy, creamy, and rich, while staying comparably light.

  • Yukon Gold Potatoes. If butter had a potato cousin, it would be Yukon golds. They’re creamier than russets, making them my top choice for Crockpot Potato Soup.
  • Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt. Thick, protein-packed, and creamy, this is an easy way to give the soup velvety texture and make it better for you too. It’s particularly delicious here since it has a similar tang to sour cream, a classic baked potato topping.
  • Good-Quality Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Fully flavored cheese means that you can use less and still have the same taste oomph. I recommend grating the cheese directly off the block for maximum melt-factor. Pre-shredded cheeses are usually coated with a powder meant to keep them from sticking together, so they don’t melt as smoothly.
  • Evaporated Milk + Cornstarch. This is the biggest healthy creamy potato soup tip! Forget the heavy cream. Stir a slurry of cornstarch and evaporated milk into the slow cooker about 30 minutes before it’s done cooking, and it will thicken into the creamy potato soup of your dreams.

Crockpot Potato Soup. A weeknight dinner the whole family will love!

What to Serve with Crockpot Potato Soup

  • The Fixins. For a tasty slow cooker LOADED potato soup effect, top it off just like a baked potato: plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream), fresh chives, a sprinkle of bacon, and (go there) extra cheese.
  • A Hunk of Crusty Bread. I splurged on a loaf of ciabatta at our neighborhood Italian market, and it was perfect for mopping up every last morsel.
  • Buttery Crackers. A good stand-in for bread, they add a nice crunch.
  • A Big Green Salad or Roasted Vegetables. For some green, if you feel so inclined.

This tasty Crockpot Potato Soup also makes fantastic leftovers. We enjoyed ours two nights in a row for dinner, and Ben even took the leftovers to work for lunch. It was the ultimate sign of true soup success!

 

Easy, healthy Crockpot Potato Soup recipe. Creamy, cheesy, and loaded, this simple potato soup tastes decadent but is better for you!
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Crockpot Potato Soup

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
7 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs
Creamy Crockpot Potato Soup recipe. Healthy potato soup in the slow cooker! Creamy and loaded, this simple potato soup tastes decadent but is good for you.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter*
  • 1 small yellow onion — diced
  • 3 large carrots — scrubbed and diced
  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes — peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt — plus additional to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3–4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (12-ounce) can 2% evaporated milk
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese — plus additional for serving
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt — plus additional for serving

For topping:

  • Cooked crumbled bacon
  • Chopped fresh chives

Instructions

  1. Lightly coat a 6-quart or larger slow cooker with nonstick spray. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently and adjusting the heat so that the onion does not crisp or turn dark brown. Add to the slow cooker.
  2. To the slow cooker, add the carrots, potatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, cayenne, and 3 cups chicken broth. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours, until the potatoes and carrots are completely tender.
  3. While the vegetables cook, in a medium bowl, whisk together the evaporated milk and cornstarch until no lumps remain. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, add the cornstarch/milk mixture. Continue cooking for 30 additional minutes.
  4. Just before serving, stir in the shredded cheddar and Greek yogurt. With a potato masher or large spoon, mash half of the potatoes directly in the slow cooker. The soup will continue to thicken as it cools. If you would like the soup to be thinner, add the remaining 1 cup chicken broth until you reach your desired consistency (warm up the broth first). Stir to combine, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot, topped with bacon, chives, and additional cheese/Greek yogurt as desired.

Recipe Notes

  • *If you plan to serve the soup with bacon, I suggest chopping it into bite-size pieces, then sautéing it in a large skillet over medium-low heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon. Drain out all but 2 tablespoons bacon fat, then use it to sauté in the onions in place of the unsalted butter.
  • Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then rewarm in the microwave or on the stove with a splash of chicken broth or milk to thin the soup as needed.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crockpot potato soup recipe, healthy crockpot recipe, healthy slow cooker potato soup

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 of 4 (about 2 1/4 cups)) — Calories: 418, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Carbohydrates: 81g, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 17g, Protein: 21g

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26 comments

  1. hey girl- this soup looks amazing! yummy!

  2. As soon as my dairy restriction is lifted I’ll be making this soup!!! Can’t wait!

  3. Easy to make but not very flavorful. I found it rather bland.

    • Hi Paula, I’m sorry to hear the recipe wasn’t to your taste. I know it’s disappointing to try something new and not love it, so I truly wish you would have enjoyed this!

  4. This was amazing!! Super affordable and so comforting on a cold day! I halved the cayenne due to my daughter and she declared it was “a little spicy, but a really good spicy”
    Thanks for another winner Erin!! 😊

  5. We made this this weekend, it was so good! Not only is it economical, its absolutely delicious! Thanks for another win Erin!! :)

  6. This potato soup was delicious! It’s hard to believe it’s not loaded with heavy cream!!!

  7. I could cozy up to a bowl of this ANY day of the week!

  8. I make this again and again! A real family favorite.

  9. I loved how comforting it is! My family enjoyed it!

  10. Any idea what the sodium amount is?

    • Hi Lisa! You can use an online calculator like MyFitnessPal to estimate the sodium. I hope that can be a helpful resource for you!

  11. This is making me SOOO hungry. So good.

  12. Another winner! I made this for friends on a very snowy night here is Seattle. I was gone in a flash and several friends asked for the recipe. My slow cooker died just as I got everything in the pot (I had used to make chili earlier in the day, so I have no idea what happened), so I tossed in a pot on the stove, simmered for about 4o min until the potatoes and carrots started to soften then followed the rest of the recipe. Excellent. I’ve tried so many of your recipes and have never had one fail. Thank you so much for being such a great resource when I need inspiration or something fool proof and yummy.

  13. And thank you for the lovely response! I should maybe note that I doubled the amount of Italian Seasoning and added and extra dash of thyme, because I love thyme! And I didn’t peel the potatoes because I like the skin. I’m thinking of changing up the seasonings a bit next time – exchanging the Italian herbs for cumin and coriander and adding roasted green chilies, diced Serranos, and shredded chicken. Do you think that’ll tun out or am I just going to make a mess?

    • Thanks for sharing your extra notes, Jerda! I think experimenting with the flavors sounds delicious—if you decide to give it a try, I’d love to hear how it goes.

  14. Going to make this today! Could I use dairy milk instead of the evaporated milk? Just don’t have any on hand! 

    • Hi Rachelle! Yes, you can use regular milk, although you might find that the soup is a bit more thin. I hope you enjoy it!

  15. This soup was amazing considering how easy it was to put together. I did substitute cream cheese for the cheddar because I am a dirty dish minimalist (if that’s a thing) and really didn’t want to dirty the cheese grater haha. Definitely will make it again. 

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Meghan! Thanks for taking the time to leave this review!

    • Meant to say this soup is amazing ESPECIALLY considering how easy it was to put together. My husband was shocked when I told him it didn’t have much cheese in it. He’s from Madison, WI so he thinks every meal should be based around cheese haha. 

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