Homemade Potato Soup | Slow Cooker

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bowl of homemade potato soup made in the slow cooker

How to Make Homemade Potato Soup

How do you like your potato soup? I like mine with a little cheese and crackers. The best way to make homemade potato soup is to put it in the slow cooker and let it cook all day.

A little planning in the morning and you will have yourself a meal for a week. Make this soup quicker from your own canned potatoes.

Can You Use Water Instead of Chicken Stock?

You can use water in place of chicken stock. Chicken stock adds a lot of flavor though. You can use vegetable stock if you don’t want to use chicken stock.

What Kind of Potatoes Should I Use in Potato Soup?

We usually use russet potatoes when making potato soup.  You can usually find them on sale or if you have a garden, you can grow your own.

I’ve also made potato soup with Yukon Gold, but they are smaller.  And if I’m peeling, I just go with a medium/large russet for a quicker job.

Can You Put Raw Potatoes in a Slow Cooker?

Yes.  The potatoes will be in liquid and heating up for 4-6 hours. This will give them enough time to cook and be done.  They are done when they are fork tender.

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Homemade Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Delicious and inexpensive potato soup. And you get to throw it in the slow cooker and it will cook it for you. So simple!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time5 hours
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 crock pot
Author: Regina Sober


  • 7 potatoes, peeled I used russet
  • 1 carrot use more if you want more, I used 3 baby carrots
  • 1 26 oz container of chicken stock
  • 2-3 strips of bacon crumbled more if you want more
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese


  • Peel the potatos (keep the skins on if you want to) and cut them into cubes.
  • Add the potatoes and chicken stock into the slow cooker.
  • Chop the bacon until it's fine, or you can leave it chunky. I made it fine (to hide it from the kids).
  • Chop the carrot super thin and cut it up as fine as you like (the smaller you cut it up, the faster it will cook).
  • You will want to cook this on low for 6-8 hours, so start it in the morning if you want it for dinner.
  • Once it has been cooking for a few hours, stir it up a bit to loosen the potatos (you can do this when you get home as well).
  • Add the cheese after it has been cooking a while and right before you serve it, so the crock pot doesn’t burn.
  • Stir it in and when it melts it’s ready to serve!


Alternative way to cook: If you want to speed this recipe up, you can cook the potatoes on the stove (like you do mash potatoes, but instead of using water to boil them in, use the chicken stock, and add the carrots). Get your slow cooker turned on while the potatoes are cooking and when they are soft move it from the stove to the slow cooker. Add the bacon and let it cook for at least 4 hours, you want the flavors to meld with the bacon. Add the cheese at the end.
PIN now, Make later. Love in a bowl. Make this delicious homemade potato soup. Perfect dinner for cold days. Great to put in slow cooker and have an easy meal.

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  1. This looks so good! Potato soup is soo good in the slow cooker. Love your website!

  2. Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about potatoes! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

      1. thank you for linking this in to Food on Friday. We are now getting quite a collection of potato dishes together. Do stop by some of the other links to check them out!

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  3. I luv using my crockpot and this recipe looks perfect for today…temp outside is 28 degrees!!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love being able to use my crockpot. Plus, my two year old can’t get enough of potatoes. We even tell her that other vegetables are potatoes just to get her to eat them. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays at The NY Melrose Family.

    1. I love that you fib to your kids too! We told my daughter cauliflower was white broccoli so she would eat it. And once she liked it, we told her it was cauliflower. 🙂

      anyway, I love love love my crockpot. I have two! thanks for stopping!

  5. Yummy! I would love for you to link up at my linky party via:

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    Mrs. Delightful

  6. Stopped by to say hello and I am following back. Thanks for stopping to visit your blog does feel like Michigan also. I know it is blog world but it still is nice to run into blogs from home. I am trying to get more blogs close to home. So much to keep straight in blog world. soup sounds great i been looking for things to make on Sundays in the crock pot roast is getting old lol

  7. This looks and sounds super good!! I’m always happy to find an easy slow cooker recipe! Love how you put carrots in it… Adds a good, different flavor and makes it a bit healthier!
    Thanks so much for joining us for Delicious Dish Tuesdays! We’d love it if you linked to one of the hosts, and please join us every week to share more yummy recipes!

    1. That gives it a little more flavor since potatos have little flavor (why we had butter to them!). the chicken stock gives it a lot of flavor as well.

      thanks for stopping by!

  8. I wish I would remember to freeze my leftover soup.
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    Patricia aka Mamaw

  9. That looks tasty on a cold snowy day. I will have to get it a try. Found your blog on SSS. New follower. I really liked the design.

  10. I love this recipe. I have a bag of potatoes that needs to be used and I’m definitely making this with them this weekend. Thanks so much, love your site and design. Isn’t Misty just the bees knees!

    Melissa 😉

  11. YUM!! I love potato soup, too – and homemade is even better…add the crockpot aspect and I’m SOLD! 🙂 I’ll definitely be trying this! Luckily I won’t have to finely chop the bacon to hide from the kids, since they both LOVE bacon. The carrots, on the other hand, will definitely be hidden. 😉

    Thanks for stopping by and following me – I’m following you now, too! 🙂

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