Incredibly Stupid-Easy Crock Pot Potato Soup

by heirtoblair on November 18, 2012

Yep, pulling out my faithful crock pot again.

Doug adores potato soup because it’s cream & carbs & fat & then you get to smother it in bacon & cheese.  (let’s be serious – I love the shit out of it, too.)  I’ve tried several potato soup recipes in the past & all of them have fallen short – not enough taste, or texture, or cream.  Which means that if we want potato soup, we go out to dinner.  Then my friend Sarah was like, “I HAVE THIS BALLS-AWESOME RECIPE” & I was doubtful but I gave it a whirl.

It was yummy.  Perfect for a cold, rainy November night.  Not to mention that it had been cooking all day which meant a) the house smelled delicious & b) the only thing I had to do when I got home was toss in the cream cheese & wait an hour.

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(Rumor has it that it is an adaptation of a Paula Deen recipe.)  Here’s what you’ll need…

  • 30 oz. bag of frozen hash browns (we used the shredded Orida kind)
  • 1 regular can of cream of chicken soup
  • 48 oz carton of chicken broth
  • 1 diced onion (I used half of an onion – it just depends on how onion-y you are feeling)
  • 1 tsp black pepper (I used a little more – more like 2 tsp)
  • 1 block of regular cream cheese (do not use fat free. just don’t. it won’t melt.)

Toss everything in your crockpot EXCEPT the cream cheese. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. One hour before you’re ready to eat, toss in the cream cheese. Let it melt & stir it in.

Serve with bacon, chives, cheese…whatever you like.  I serve with a salad on the side & this soup would be delicious in a sourdough bread bowl.

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angela king November 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

warm cream cheese creeps me out but for this, i might just try it. :)


Shannon D. November 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm

This sounds so unhealthy, but totally yummy! Can’t wait to try:-)


Casey November 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I found this exact recipe on Pinterest about a year ago, and it has earned a place in the standard dinner rotation. It’s fabulous!


Melinda November 19, 2012 at 12:00 am

I got this off pinterest last fall also! I make it often! :)


Laura November 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I have this exact recipe from a Paula deen cookbook — it is really good ! A tip if you want to make it a bit healthier– you are right on fat free cream cheese but I have found that if you let neufchâtel ( like 1/3 less fat or something) soften either on stove or in microwave before adding , it works really well too.


Beth Anne November 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Zuh… You had me at “toss in the cream cheese”.


Jess November 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm

What happens to the shredded hash browns? You don’t have to put it on a blender???


Alicia November 19, 2012 at 8:35 am

I have this recipe too, love it! I use the Potatoes O’Brien with peppers and onion, mainly because I don’t feel like cutting up onions… Also, I have made it in sourdough bread bowls, AMAZING!!!


Julia Reed November 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

It sounds so yummy and tempting… A nice combination of ingredients I can find in the fridge right now. Can’t wait to try it.


Kelly November 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Oh…it’s going down. This is so being prepared this weekend.


The Many Thoughts of a Reader November 19, 2012 at 10:55 pm

i really like this for potato soup in the crockpot


lindsay November 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm

made this today (but tweaked a bit to make it vegetarian) & loved it! thanks for sharing – it will definitely be finding its way into our regular rotation.


Ashley September 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Hi, I am a vegetarian also and was wondering what you used to substitute the cream of chicken? Cream of celery, maybe?


Liz November 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I made this over the weekend. Loved it!!! My family went crazy for it too. Great recipe. Thanks so much for sharing :)


Desiree November 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

What would happen if you used chopped up russet potatoes instead of hash browns? (because that’s what’s in my pantry and I want to make it tonight without going to the store ha!)


heirtoblair November 27, 2012 at 11:25 am

I think you’d just have to cook a shorter amount of time since it’s not frozen!


Ashley December 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Made this tonight. So good!


Lisa December 23, 2012 at 11:53 am

How many will this serve?


KaylaSarrica December 28, 2012 at 3:34 am

Making this tomorrow! Just adding some minced garlic and corn :)


Julia January 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I am making this for work, AT work, so I won’t have 6-8 hours. Should I defrost my hashbrowns the night before, or could I make this on high? I will have about 4 hours to cook…

Thanks for your help!


Kim F August 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Made this yesterday and love it! I added a bit of garlic powder and dried Italian herbs/seasoning at the end because my stove top recipe calls for that and my son likes it that way. Son loves the crock pot version and I love that it’s so much easier than the recipe I ordinarily make on the stove top!


judy August 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm

This is really good, I added sharp cheddar cheese to the bowl of soup. I bet crumbled bacon would be good, too.


Mona August 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Well, I tried this recipe tonight and I thought it was wonderful. My son and husband couldn’t stop bragging about it. After the cream cheese was added it melted into little chunks. I stirred it up real good before serving. The flavor was exceptional. My son walked by and said, Mom, you could serve this in a restaurant. Needless to say, it goes in my special recipes. I hope the chili is as good. I’m trying that out next..


Kylee September 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm

What size can of chicken soup?


Beth Anne September 18, 2013 at 10:52 am

Just a regular size!


angie October 29, 2013 at 10:11 am

Fabulous! I made it for Teachers Soup Day at my daughters school! YUMMY and huge serving size!


Matt November 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

Planning on trying this tonight, was hoping someone might show up on this board and tell me what size crockpot to use before I start it this afternoon!!!


Beth Anne November 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Hi, Matt. I use a basic 3 QT crock pot.

Good luck & enjoy!


Kathy November 14, 2013 at 11:42 am

Have it in the crockpot now, cant wait for it to get done…seems like it may be a little salty?


Shauna November 21, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Just made this for dinner… It’s amazing. Definitely saving the recipe. :)
Instead of shredded hash browns I used the cubed kind, and added bacon in while it cooked for a little bit of protein, but I think small cubes of ham might actually be a little better.


Wendy January 16, 2014 at 10:34 pm

New family favorite. Put together, left for work, came home to add the cream cheese and there was only a bowl-ful left. That said, I would leave the cc out, healthier anyway. Thanks for this great idea.


Beth Anne January 17, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Wonderful, Wendy! :)


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