Easy Cheesy Potato Soup made with frozen hash browns

Cheesy Potato Soup

Easy Cheesy Potato Soup is comfort food at it’s best! It’s a smooth, creamy, cheesy soup that will fill you up and warm you up on rainy or snowy cold days! It is the perfect soup for fall or winter!

This recipe is everything that heaven in bowl of soup should be. Most of the time when I make this soup I double the recipe below which makes about 6 quarts of soup…that is a lot of soup! But if you double it, it is perfect for a big family party, potluck, church party, or you can share it with your neighbor….or keep it for yourself and eat it all week! NOTE: the photos below show the recipe doubled. The best thing about this recipe is you don’t have to spend time peeling, dicing and cutting potatoes-it uses frozen hash brown potatoes! Simple and easy!

The Soup Base for Cheesy Potato Soup

This recipe does take a bit of time. You will start out making a basic roux with your pound of butter (you health conscious people are cringing at that I know), some dried minced onions and flour. Melt your butter over medium heat. Whisk as the butter melts, making sure the flour and minced onions are mixed in well.

This photo shows the recipe doubled – really you only use 2 sticks of butter, unless you double it
melted butter and flour to make the roux for easy cheesy potato soup

It will be like a thick paste. You will let this cook for a good 5-8 minutes to cook out the flour. See the picture below, you will notice, the roux is thick. When you stir it, the roux sticks to the whisk and you can see the bottom of the pot where you just whisked it. This is how you know it is close to being done. You can also smell the butter and flour cooking out (I have no other way to describe it but I promise you can smell it). If you are still in doubt, take a taste and it should be thick tasting but not really floury.

butter and flour for roux for easy cheesy potato soup
Sometimes mine is a bit more runny than this…I have no idea why, but if it doesn’t look exactly like this, it is ok!

Next, you will add in your half gallon of milk (2% works fine but stay away from 1% and skim…that is just way too healthy…but seriously it won’t turn out as good).

adding milk to the butter and flour roux base for easy cheesy potato soup

Add the milk and let it thicken on med-low (a 4 on my stovetop) and go about your day. This is not something you have to babysit. It just needs a quick stir (wire whisk works best) every now and then so it doesn’t stick to the bottom as it heats. As you stir it and it starts to heat, you will feel it thickening. Keep stirring it occasionally and go about your laundry and toilet scrubbing! Mine usually thickens for a good half hour to 1 hour, seems like forever….it will thicken I promise! (If you turn the heat up you run the risk of the milk curdling…so keep it low and slow!)

soup base thickening in a pot over medium heat for easy cheese potato soup

After it has thickened, add in your chicken base or chicken bouillon, salt and then your cheese, stirring until it is all melted. You can add more or less of the cheese, salt or bouillon. This is the Chicken Base I LOVE! the flavor is so yummy!

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Adding shredded cheddar cheese to the soup base for easy cheesy potato soup
whisking in the shredded cheddar cheese for Easy Cheesy Potato Soup
creamy cheesy soup before the frozen hash browns are added
Creamy, cheese goodness!

The Potatoes for Cheesy Potato Soup

frozen country style hash browns for creamy easy cheesy potato soup
This shows a giant pot full of soup because I doubled the recipe!

My secret for simple Easy Cheesy Potato Soup is that I use a bag of frozen hash browns (the cubed southern style of course…nobody wants shredded potatoes in their soup). Just make sure you don’t get the bag with peppers and onions…that would be gross! You can thank me for this fast little tip…no peeling, cubing and cooking potatoes…if doing all of that extra work is your jam, then go right ahead…for this one I am all about the ease…and they never turn out mushy. I leave the bag out on the counter the entire time I am making the soup, so by the time you add them, they are perfectly thawed. For this recipe you need half the bag (about 3 cups) of hash browns. If you double it, add the entire bag. They will warm up in the soup and be perfect.

Back to cooking….You will need a big spoon at this point because the potatoes will get stuck in your whisk. If it is too thick for your liking, add a little more milk. Stir it up, add more seasoning as needed, or cheese (no judgment from me because I always add more to my own bowl).

Big scoop of easy cheesy potato soup

What to eat with the Cheesy Potato Soup

Make my yummy and Easy Breadsticks or Garlic Knots to go with this soup! Click HERE for the recipe for the breadsticks. Click HERE for the Garlic Knots!

I also love to add some extra cheese to my bowl and if I have some crispy crumbled bacon and chopped green onions it makes it even more delicious!

Easy Cheesy Potato Soup in a bowl with extra cheese

Easy Cheesy Potato Soup is comfort food at it’s best! Smooth, creamy, cheesy soup that will fill you up and warm you up on rainy or snowy cold days! It is the perfect soup for fall or winter!

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Cheesy Potato Soup

This cheesy potato soup is heaven in a bowl…comfort food at it's best! Smooth, creamy, cheesy soup that will fill you up and warm you up on rainy or snowy cold days! It is the perfect soup for fall or winter!
This recipe makes about 3 quarts of soup. (about 12 cups of soup)
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings (1 cup serving)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound butter (2 sticks) *salted or unsalted, it doesn't matter
  • 1/2 heaping tbsp dried minced onions
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 gallon whole milk *2% works fine too
  • 1/2 bag (32 oz) frozen cubed hash browns (about 3 cups) *thawed
  • 1/2 to 1 lb medium cheddar cheese, shredded *or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chicken base *see notes
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp salt *or more to taste

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.  (This makes about 3 quarts of soup so make sure your pot is big enough). As the butter melts add in the dried onions and flour.  Whisk together as the butter melts.  (Tip: take your potatoes out of the freezer and let them thaw on your countertop.)
  • Let the roux cook, stirring/whisking almost constantly.  It should be like a semi-thick paste, not super runny.  You will need to cook it about 5-8 minutes to make sure the flour cooks out.
  • Once it has cooked long enough, add in the milk, slowly adding it as you wisk it into the roux.  Turn the heat down to medium-low.  It is a 3-4 on my stovetop.
  • Stir occasionaly, and let it slowly heat up and thicken.  It takes mine about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Once it's thickened, add in the chicken base, salt and stir.  You can add in more seasoning to taste.
  • Next, add your cheese, letting it melt completely.  Add your thawed potatoes/hash browns.  Grab a spoon to stir this in, the potatoes will get stuck in your whisk.  Let the potatoes/hash browns heat in the soup until fully cooked and soft.
  • Add more seasoning or cheese as needed.  Then enjoy! You can also add green onions or bacon for a loaded cheesy potato soup! 
  • This soup will keep for 4-5 days in the fridge.  When reheated, it may need to be thinned out with a little milk.

Notes

I use frozen hash browns  and I let them thaw on the counter as I am making the soup.  If they aren’t quite thawed when you are ready to add them to the soup, pop them in the microwave or just add them to the soup and let them cook and soften in the soup!  You can absolutely use fresh, peeled and boiled potatoes that are cut up. 
I use mild cheddar cheese, but use what you like best.
I use chicken base (you can see a picture above).  It is a thick chicken paste that flavors it perfectly.  If you are using dried chicken bouillon granules you will probably need to start out with 1-2 tbsp. and then add more to your liking.  
 
Easy Cheesy Potato Soup | The Butcher's Wife
Easy Cheesy Potato Soup | The Butcher's Wife
Easy Cheesy Potato Soup | The Butcher's Wife
Easy Cheesy Potato Soup | The Butcher's Wife
Easy Cheesy Potato Soup | The Butcher's Wife
Easy Cheesy Potato Soup | The Butcher's Wife
Easy Cheesy Potato Soup | The Butcher's Wife
Easy Cheesy Potato Soup | The Butcher's Wife
Easy Cheesy Potato Soup | The Butcher's Wife
Easy Cheesy Potato Soup | The Butcher's Wife
Easy Cheesy Potato Soup | The Butcher's Wife
Easy Cheesy Potato Soup | The Butcher's Wife
Easy Cheesy Potato Soup | The Butcher's Wife
Easy Cheesy Potato Soup | The Butcher's Wife

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