two bowls of baked potato soup with toppings of cheese and bacon
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Houlihan’s Baked Potato Soup

This take on Houlihan's potato soup recipe makes a wonderful, pleasing, and filling meal that your family will eagerly spoon up. Serve with a sandwich for lunch or with crusty bread and a salad for dinner. It’s easy to make.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Houlihan's Baked Potato Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 348kcal
Author Stephanie Manley


  • 1 1/2 pounds baking potatoes
  • 1/4 pound butter
  • 2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken base
  • 1 cup instant potato flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon tabasco sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt to taste
  • white pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400. Prick washed potatoes & bake until a fork pierces to the center easily. Remove potatoes from oven & allow to fully cool. Remove skin & cut potatoes into 1/2" cubes. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onions and sauté over low heat for about 10 minutes or until onions become translucent. Don't let the onions burn. Add flour and simmer 4-5 minutes stirring continuously until the flour is thoroughly absorbed.
  • In a bowl, combine chicken base, water, potato flakes, and seasonings. Stir or whisk thoroughly to get rid of lumps. Add gradually to onion mixture, constantly stirring so no lumps form. Increase to medium heat and continue cooking until the soup begins to simmer gently. 
  • Stir or whisk thoroughly to eliminate lumps. Add slowly to onion mixture, stirring constantly so no lumps form. Increase to medium heat & continue cooking until the soup begins to gently simmer. 
  • Add milk and cream, stirring until smooth and slightly thickened. Simmer lightly for 15 minutes – DO NOT BOIL.
  • Top each serving with grated Cheddar cheese, sliced scallions & bacon pieces.

Recipe Tips

  • Substitute two of the 5 cups of water for 2 cups chicken broth for more flavor.
  • Use 2 cans of carnation milk instead of heavy cream and regular milk (cuts down on calories from the heavy cream.)
  • Choose flavored instant potato flakes for a different depth of flavor.
  • For a spicier soup, double the spice contents.
  • Add some ham.


Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 552mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 840IU | Vitamin C: 13.2mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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