This ultra thick and creamy crock pot potato soup is made with shredded potatoes, thick broth, and creamy cheese. It’s pure comfort food for any time of year!

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Crock Pot Potato Soup! This ultra thick and creamy crock pot potato soup is made with shredded potatoes, thick broth, and creamy cheese. It's pure comfort food for any time of year! |

About Crock Pot Potato Soup

No matter what time of year it is, I always have room in my life for a big bowl of creamy potato soup.

And for whatever reasons, my cravings for it this week were at their peak. Maybe it’s because I’m perpetually dreaming of fall weather. Maybe it was a rough week and it was my stomach’s way of saying I needed some comfort. Or maybe because it’s one of my favorite go-to recipes that I didn’t have ingredients for in the house (so of course I develop an irrational craving for that one thing).

But no matter the reason, the occasion, or the position of the moon, I simply had to have my favorite potato soup in my life this week.

So I totally did.

Which, of course, now means I’m sharing that ultimate potato soup recipe with you.

How to make creamy potato soup in a crock pot.

How long is potato soup good for?

Once made, this soup can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to three to four days.

Can you freeze potato soup?

This soup contains milk, and because of this, I can’t recommend freezing it. Milk typically separates once frozen and it will give this once-creamy soup a grainy texture when thawed. You can try whisking it back together or adding fresh cream to save it, but sometimes, the damage is already done.

However, if you simply must freeze this soup and are willing to do what it takes to bring it back to glory, it can be done.

To freeze this soup, allow it to cool in the refrigerator for at least four hours or ideally overnight. Once chilled, transfer soup to freezer containers or bags of your choice.

Potato soup can be frozen for one to two months.

When ready to eat, let the soup thaw in the fridge. Once soft, the soup can be heated by using the “warm” setting on your crock pot for an hour or so.

What to serve with potato soup?

If you’re serving soup as the main course, you might be wondering what else to serve with it. And I totally get it; soups are one of those gray areas where it can be an appetizer, side, or main course, and each situation can call for different options.

In my house, we typically serve soup with:

  • Bread. Whether it’s plain toasted bread, a bread baked with cheese, or even some simple sandwich, anything with bread is bound to be a good compliment to soup.
  • Salad. And when serving salad with soup, I try to pick a variation that has different (yet complimenting) ingredients to the soup. Leafy salad or hearty pasta salads are always a good fit.
  • Meat dishes with minimal seasonings. You don’t want the other recipe to totally steal the show, but a lightly flavored chicken or beef dish would go great with potato soup.

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Notes & tips for this creamy potato soup recipe

  • I recently upgraded my crock pot to one that comes with bowls for 2.5 Quart, 4 Quart, and 6 Quart and I highly recommend it! It’s so nice to have one unit that can make fabulous dinners and heat up party dips. You can pick one up here: Choose-A-Crock Programmable Slow Cooker, 6 quart/4 quart/2 x 1.5 quart.
  • Once you’ve made this soup, you may want to serve it up in some classic soup bowls. I have these soup bowls in a few different colors and love them!

How to make homemade potato soup

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a large crock pot, add the shredded potatoes, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Give the ingredients a good stir, then cover.

Crock Pot Potato Soup Step 1 - Add shredded potatoes. Crock Pot Potato Soup Step 1 - Add chicken broth. Crock Pot Potato Soup Step 1 - Add seasoning and stir. Crock Pot Potato Soup Step 1 - Stir well. Crock Pot Potato Soup Step 1 - Cover.

Step 2 – Let the crock pot cook!

Step 3 – In a medium bowl,  whisk together milk, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and flour. Lift the lid of the crock pot and pour in the milk mixture,  give the soup a quick stir, then return the lid.

Crock Pot Potato Soup Step 3 - Add milk. Crock Pot Potato Soup Step 3 - Sour cream. Crock Pot Potato Soup Step 3 - Add cheddar cheese. Crock Pot Potato Soup Step 3 - Add flour. Crock Pot Potato Soup Step 3 - Whisk well. Crock Pot Potato Soup Step 3 - Whisk well. Crock Pot Potato Soup Step 3 - Pour into crock pot. Crock Pot Potato Soup Step 3 - Stir well. Crock Pot Potato Soup Step 3 - Stir well. Crock Pot Potato Soup Step 3 - Cover.

Step 4 – Let the soup cook a little bit longer.

Step 5 – Remove the lid, give the soup a final stir, and serve!

This recipe was originally published on May 1st, 2015. It was updated with new text and photos on July 27th, 2018.

Easy potato soup recipe.

Recipe Details

Crock Pot Potato Soup! This ultra thick and creamy crock pot potato soup is made with shredded potatoes, thick broth, and creamy cheese. It's pure comfort food for any time of year! |
4.19 from 54 votes

Creamy Crock Pot Potato Soup

10 minutes prep + 4 hours cook
338 kcal
Yields: 6 servings
This ultra thick and creamy crock pot potato soup is made with shredded potatoes, thick broth, and creamy cheese. It's pure comfort food for any time of year!


  • 2 1/2 cups shredded potatoes, I used a 20oz pkg of Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns
  • 1 pinch salt, to taste
  • 1 pinch black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sour cream, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, or cornstarch or instant mashed potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives, (optional)


  • In a 6 quart crock pot (or larger), add shredded potatoes, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Gently stir ingredients together.
    2 1/2 cups shredded potatoes, 29 ounces low-sodium chicken broth, 1 pinch salt, 1 pinch black pepper, 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • Cover crock pot and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and flour.
    2 cups whole milk, 1 cup sour cream, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Remove lid from crock pot and pour in milk mixture, then stir.
  • Cover again and cook on HIGH for 30 minutes or LOW for 1 hour.
  • Remove lid, stir soup, then serve. Garnish bowls with more cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and chopped chives (all optional).
    2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 731mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 612IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 291mg | Iron: 2mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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Recipe Rating


    • Laurie
    • 5 stars

    This is one of the best comfort food soup recipes. It will forever be a keeper. We loved it. So delicious. Instead of chicken broth, I used vegetable broth and I put a handful of bacon bits when I added the last ingredients and a little more pepper. I added instant potatoe flakes instead of flour. Served with a spinach salad. It could not have been better!! So easy to prepare!! Thank you!

    • Stacey
    • 5 stars

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was yummy! I have been searching for an easy to make recipe for potato soup and I’ve found it!

    • Sharon

    I doubled this recipe and brought it to work. I cooked it for 5 hours and it never thickened. It stayed looming clumpy and separated. I wound up not serving it.

    • Diane Stelling

    I thought of adding chopped onion , celery and shredded carrots only because I like something crunchy in my soup 🙄

    • Samantha
    • 4 stars

    It says something about flower in the ingredients but not in the instructions? But I’m trying this tonight ❤️

      • Chrisy

      Hey Samantha! The flour is mixed with the milk, sour cream, and cheese, and then that milk mixture is added to the crock pot near the end of cooking 😀 Good luck with the soup, I hope it turns out well!

    • Callie
    • 5 stars

    Very excited to try and make this! If I wanted to add some bacon when should I add it in? Also how much do you recommend?

    • Adriaan Schiltkamp
    • 3 stars

    Praying that it came out well because of an error in the instructions, see both step 3s to the inconsistencies.

    I added the flour to the cooker a minute after I realized. Hope it comes out well.

    • Stephanie

    Would it be possible to substitute a veggie broth for the chicken broth?

    • Mellisa

    I followed recipe exactly and it looks broken and tastes a little like flour, where did I go wrong?

      • Linda Leone
      • 3 stars

      If the soup boiled after adding the milk/sour cream mixture …. then that is why it is “broken” … i don’t agree with this method !!! Reduce flour by 1/2 and sub with cornstarch. See if that helps … try using a stick blender to repair “broken” soup!

        • Cecilia Menchaca
        • 5 stars

        You could also use instant mashed potatoes in place of flour or cornstarch to thicken. Just add a little bit at a time until it’s to your liking.

    • Ruth Gates
    • 5 stars

    Can this recipe be adapted to Instant Pot. Just learning to use mine.

    • Kelly

    First of all – thank you for posting this recipe! Definitely a time saver compared to my stovetop recipe. I did alter this one slightly by adding sautéed onion (3/4 cup chopped sweet onion and 4 tablespoon butter) once I had tasted the finished product. Tres bien!

    • I like that addition Kelly 🙂 When I first posted this recipe, I wasn’t too keen on onions, but the times have changed and I’m a big fan of them now. Will have to try adding them the next time I make this!

      • Rachel Anderson
      • 5 stars

      I added the diced onion sautéed in 4 TBSP butter and a tad of Berber pepper. Also used my immersion mixer to smooth the soup. Super soup!!!!!

    • Aijika

    Thank you for sharing your recipe, I also find it hard to figure out what type of recipes I’m going to use in making creamy potato soup to my wife really happy and proud but Also, thanks for the tips. I hope I’ll be able to make such delicious creamy crockpot potato soup like yours.

    • Jenna Johnson

    I’ll take a bowl of soup during any time of the year. I don’t care if it’s starting to get warmer out either!

    • Kathy Hester

    I love using my slow cooker and it’s even better once the weather warms up!

    • Sloan @ Life Food and Beer

    I’ve been craving potato soup and these pictures make me want it more.