This Loaded Smashed Potato Beer Soup has all the flavor of a traditional homemade baked potato soup, but is ready in half the time!
I have always been a fan of homemade baked potato soup.
What I have not been a fan of is the actual baking of the potatoes. I mean, it can take over an hour for them to bake & be done all the way through.
And then you have to wait for them to cool enough to be able to handle them...
Ain't nobody got time for that! Especially on a busy weeknight, right? ;)
So, I had to find a tasty solution one busy, time crunched evening when I was just craving a good homemade baked potato soup.
Forget baked! Let's do smashed potatoes!
And while we are at it, let's throw a little beer in there. I did say it is loaded smashed potato beer soup, didn't I? ;)
Of course, what really makes it a loaded smashed potato soup is all the yummy toppings- bacon, cheese, & sour cream. You could throw some chives on yours as well. We just are not big chive lovers in this family...
Loaded Smashed Potato & Beer Soup
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Ingredients (6 servings)
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 4-5 medium potatoes, peeled & cubed
- 3 cups chicken broth (I used low sodium organic.)
- 1 1/2 cups half & half (I used fat free.)
- 12 oz beer (about 1 1/2 cups, I used Yuengling.)
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 5-6 slices of bacon, cooked to your preference & then chopped
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Sour cream
In a dutch oven, heat the olive oil & butter over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted, add the chopped onion and saute for 2-3 minutes or until tender.
Add in the flour and cook 1 minute, stirring the entire time.
Pour in the chicken broth, half & half, beer, and water. Add in the chopped potatoes.
Turn up the heat to high and bring the pot to a boil.
Continue boiling until the potatoes are fork tender, abut 15 minutes.
Bring the soup down to a simmer.
Using a potato masher, mash about half of the potatoes in the soup. Do this very slowly and carefully. You do not want to plunge the masher down into the hot liquid- ouch!
Season with the salt and pepper and continue to simmer 5-10 minutes more or until the soup has thickened slightly.
Taste test and add more salt & pepper, if needed.
Ladle into bowls and top with your favorite baked potato toppings- chopped bacon, sour cream, & shredded cheese.
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This Loaded Smashed Potato Soup is creamy, comforting, super flavorful, and can even be low fat and healthy when you use low fat or fat free half & half, low sodium chicken broth, and take it easy on the loaded toppings.
This has quickly become a new favorite with my family, and also with this busy mama.
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