Copycat Loaded Baked Potato Soup


Creamy and thick, this potato soup is topped with savory cheese, fresh chives and crumbled bacon.  It tastes just like O’Charley’s loaded baked potato soup!


Cream-based, silky and rich, this is almost an exact copycat of O’Charley’s loaded baked potato soup.  A delicious indulgence that will have you coming back for a second bowl!

Copycat Loaded Baked Potato Soup | Creamy and thick, this potato soup is topped with savory cheese, fresh chives and crumbled bacon. It tastes just like O'Charley's loaded baked potato soup!

Growing up, my family and I would go out to eat at O’Charley’s restaurant often and I would inevitably chow down on two things… the dinner rolls (OMG they’re so good!) and the loaded baked potato soup!  It was so rich, so creamy, so cheesy and full of yumminess!

Over the years I’ve gone back to O’Charley’s and was a little disappointed to find that the soup had changed.  It didn’t seem to have as much flavor, used different potatoes and the chives had disappeared completely.  Bummer!!   Thankfully, we live in a computer age where there are copycat recipes for just about any restaurant out there 😉

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I found a decent base recipe on CDKitchen, made a few tweaks and came up with a truly delicious copycat of the original!

Copycat Loaded Baked Potato Soup | Creamy and thick, this potato soup is topped with savory cheese, fresh chives and crumbled bacon. It tastes just like O'Charley's loaded baked potato soup!
In all fairness, I will warn you… this is NOT a “skinny” soup.  It certainly won’t win any health awards.  If you’re a person who hates anything that uses canned soups (such as Campbells cooking soups), then this isn’t the recipe for you.  I do try to cook from scratch or as much from scratch as I can most of the time… however, to get the flavor that I think is very similar to the original O’Charley’s version, you need to use some not so “from scratch” items.  So yeah, obviously you’re not going to want to eat this soup every single night.  Well, you’ll want to, but you probably shouldn’t lol.

Copycat Loaded Baked Potato Soup | Creamy and thick, this potato soup is topped with savory cheese, fresh chives and crumbled bacon. It tastes just like O'Charley's loaded baked potato soup!

Some of the parts of this soup can be made ahead of time, which can really cut down on the time spent in the kitchen on the night of.  The bacon can be cooked ahead of time and crumbled, chives can be chopped and kept in the refrigerator, and the potatoes can be par-boiled and kept in the refrigerator.

For this recipe, I think the garnishes are pretty much a “must”… they take a good soup and make it OMG great!

Copycat Loaded Baked Potato Soup | Creamy and thick, this potato soup is topped with savory cheese, fresh chives and crumbled bacon. It tastes just like O'Charley's loaded baked potato soup!

Just imagine diving into a bowl like that on a cold evening… perfection!

Copycat Loaded Baked Potato Soup | Creamy and thick, this potato soup is topped with savory cheese, fresh chives and crumbled bacon. It tastes just like O'Charley's loaded baked potato soup!

Soooooo creamy!!

Copycat Loaded Baked Potato Soup | Creamy and thick, this potato soup is topped with savory cheese, fresh chives and crumbled bacon. It tastes just like O'Charley's loaded baked potato soup!

Copycat Loaded Baked Potato Soup | Creamy and thick, this potato soup is topped with savory cheese, fresh chives and crumbled bacon. It tastes just like O'Charley's loaded baked potato soup!

Save yourself a trip to the restaurant… make this loaded baked potato soup at home, you won’t regret it 🙂


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Copycat Loaded Baked Potato Soup | Creamy and thick, this potato soup is topped with savory cheese, fresh chives and crumbled bacon. It tastes just like O'Charley's loaded baked potato soup!
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4.6 from 5 votes
6 -8 servings
Copycat Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Creamy and thick, this potato soup is topped with savory cheese, fresh chives and crumbled bacon. It tastes just like O'Charley's loaded baked potato soup!
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 3 lbs red potatoes
  • chicken stock (enough to cover potatoes)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • 4 cups milk
  • 16 oz Velveeta cheese melted
  • 3 cans Campbell's Cheddar Cheese soup
  • 2 tsp Black pepper more or less, to taste
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder more or less, to taste
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 lb bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • Fresh chives chopped
Instructions
  1. Wash and scrub potatoes. Dry, and dice into 1/2" cubes. Place potatoes in a large pot, cover with chicken stock, bring to a boil. Boil for approximately 10 minutes, or until they are 3/4 of the way cooked. Drain and set aside.

  2. In a large dutch oven or stock pot, melt butter over MED heat. Add flour and whisk until smooth. Let flour mixture cook about 1-2 minutes.

  3. Carefully pour in half and half and milk, whisking constantly. Continue whisking until liquid is smooth and starts to thicken slightly.
  4. Add in melted Velveeta cheese and whisk to combine. Add in the cans of cheddar cheese soup and whisk until everything is smooth.
  5. Stir in hot sauce, pepper and garlic powder.
  6. Add in boiled potatoes, stir, and place lid on pot.
  7. Cook over LOW heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. To Serve:
  9. Top individual servings with a sprinkling of cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon and fresh chives.
Recipe Notes

** Recipe adapted from CDKitchen

This soup is supposed to be ultra creamy, like the original O'Charley's version.  If you aren't a fan of milk/half and half based soups, then try substituting some of the half and half for chicken stock

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52 comments on “Copycat Loaded Baked Potato Soup”

  1. I love chunky soups and this looks so comforting! Great flavors!

  2. It looks delicious! I don’t usually used canned soups but I could make an exception for this one!

  3. Ok, that soup looks seriously yummy!

  4. This looks perfect for the cold winter months ahead! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try it!

  5. I would love to just face plant into that bowl! It looks all kinds of inviting! YUM!

  6. This soup looks and sounds amazing! It is supposed to me pretty cold here this weekend, so this is on my list to make!

  7. Yum, I wish I had a big bowl of this right now! This looks absolutely wonderful – the perfect dish now that the weather has taken a turn for the colder. The chives add such a nice pop of color, too!

  8. Baked potato soups are the epitome of comfort food, and this one looks perfect for wintertime!

  9. This hunky soun sounds perfect and with cheese as well, what is there not to love?! Thank you for bringing this to Fiesta Friday! 🙂

  10. Please disregard my previous comment, I got distracted, oops!! This chunky soup sounds perfect and with cheese as well, what is there not to love?! Thank you for bringing this to Fiesta Friday! 🙂

  11. Congrats, I drooled over this the first time on Fiesta Friday and then saw you today on Buzzfeed! Still drooling!!

  12. this looks amazing I really want to try it but I was wondering what kind of hot sauce do you use?

  13. I love loaded baked potato soup. It’s my absolute favorite soup.

  14. Baked potato soup – yum! Can’t wait to try this one with some cornbread on the side. Any kind of cornbread!

  15. Making this tonight. Can’t wait to try it.

  16. This looks awesome and cannot wait to make it! Does it freeze well?

  17. Sounds delicious! I was wondering if you used salted or unsalted butter?

  18. What is half and half?

  19. can you put this all together in a crock-pot and cook all day ?

    • Hi Kimberly, I’ve never tried it in the crockpot, so I can’t really say for sure. If you try it, I’d love to know how it turns out!

      • I’ve thrown this in the crockpot for dinner tonight! I cheated and bought frozen cubed hash browns. I mixed the cheese soup and half and half in the crock. Then made the roux and melted the velveeta and added everything to the crockpot. I’ll post how it turns out. It looks delicious though. ?

  20. Why did mine turn out so bland? What do you use to get the milky taste out.

    • Hi Cassey 🙂 I’ve never had a problem with it being bland… did you add all the seasonings and/or garnishes? If you did, then maybe add a bit more of them next time, or some more hot sauce. It’s definitely supposed to taste ultra creamy, but not milky.

  21. I’m not one to leave comments, but I tried this soup and it was sooo delicious!!!! So creamy and thick. Just what I was looking for! Will definitely make again! Thanks for sharing!!

  22. I like potato and honestly, it is rather difficult for me to make this dish, but I made it finally and it tasted very good. I will cook the dish for my friends at this weekend, I am sure that they will love it. Thank you for the recipe!

  23. I made this for supper tonight. We are Catholic, it is Lent, and it is Friday, so we had to leave out the bacon. I made 2 other small changes besides the bacon. I replaced 1 can of cheddar cheese soup with nacho cheese soup to spice it up a bit….. AMAZING!! I also used heavy whipping cream instead of half and half, because I didn’t realize I was using it until I had emptied the carton and was tossing it in the trash. It still tastes great! This made enough to freeze and eat for every Friday of Lent and then some (I will probably add bacon when Lent is over!) Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  24. This soup looks so mouth-watering! Cannot wait to prepare it!

  25. Have you ever freezed leftovers or made it ahead of time and froze and cooked it on another day

    • Hi Brooke 🙂 I haven’t, so I can’t say for certain whether than will work or not. Sometimes cream-based soups can take on a different texture and consistency after being frozen.

  26. Do you peel the red potatoes first?

  27. My wife (Amy Hawkins) made this yesterday. She has to follow a recipe exactly the first time she makes a dish. This was DELISIOUS!! I would not change a thing. Actually better than O’Charley’s.