Soup’s On!

Baked Potato Soup

It might snow again here in Alabama! What is going on? We so rarely get snow. We’re in North Alabama, but, our elevation, being near the Tennessee River bed, usually aborts any chance of fluffy white accumulation. We actually had a white Christmas this year. I was the first out of the bed, squealing like a kid, jumping up and down… basically freaking out.  Well, they’re calling for another small snow event in a couple of nights. One thing you can be sure of, there will be no milk, bread or toilet paper at the grocery stores for a 20-mile radius of my house. You’d think each household was going into the deep-freeze-black-out. It’s pretty hysterical, actually.  And, driving in Alabama during snow?? Just stay home!

Nothing feels better than to hunker down in warmth and quietness while anticipating a yummy warm soup supper that’s simmering on the stove. Soups are such a staple… you can always double the recipe and insure seconds and thirds for the following days. Bake some muffins or just have crackers handy, and you’ve got an easy meal waiting.

Here’s a delicious one for you to try. Cheree’ Cheatham, one of our meal writers here at eMeals, sweetly shared this with me from her family’s recipe archives. It’s so thick and scrumptious. It calls for baked potatoes, which can be baked at any point, and be ready to go.  Also, it calls for bacon. A recent discovery of mine (which, I don’t know why it took me so long to try this) is already-cooked bacon. It’s actually the best. A quick jaunt through the microwave or oven, and you’ve got perfectly cooked, crispy bacon.

So, here’s one for the deep-freeze-black-out coming your way. Stay warm!



Baked Potato



8 med Idaho potatoes1 pkg bacon – cooked & crumbled,divided

1 bunch green onions, divided

(⅔ c butter)

(⅔ c flour)

(1 t salt)

(½ t pepper)

6 c milk

1 ½ c shredded cheddar cheese, divided

8 oz sour cream


Heat oven to 400o. Wash & dry potatoes. Wrap in aluminum foil & bake in the oven for approximately 1 hour.  Remove & let cool. Fry bacon until crisp, drain, crumble. Set aside. Slice the white part of onions thinly to about halfway down. Set aside. Peel skins from potatoes & mash w/ fork, leaving some chunks. Set aside. Melt butter in large soup pot. Gradually add flour, salt & pepper, stirring constantly. Cook for about 1 minute. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly until cream base thickens. Add more milk if a thinner soup is desired.  Add potatoes, ½ of crumbled bacon, diced green onions & 1 c shredded cheese. Mix well. Add sour cream. Serve soup into bowls & top each w/ remaining bacon, green onions & cheese.  Salt and pepper to taste.


5 thoughts on “Soup’s On!

  1. Michelle Koepp

    This does look yummy!

    One question for you about e-mealz. I love this concept of planning meals based on what’s on sale for the week. I live in northern Indiana and we have Walmart and Kroger, but we also have a chain called Meijer(website is Anyway, they are consistently cheaper on staples than Walmart and Kroger. I cannot find any websites that create menus and shopping lists based on this store. Is there a formula you use to do this that you could share or is this store a possibility to add to your site? I have quite a few friends who subscribe to your site, mostly by hearing of you through Dave Ramsey. I am a mother of 4 and am always looking to save money on food and also address low fat/low salt issues in cooking. I’m so close to signing up, I just need my store added. Sorry to throw this in to your post comments, I couldn’t find another way to contact. Thanks for your time! Michelle

    1. Heather Brown

      Hi Michelle,
      Thank you so much for the suggestion. We have an outstanding customer service team, so anytime you have any questions, feel free to email them Their email address is I’m sure they’d love to answer your questions.

  2. Pattie @Olla-Podrida

    I love baked potato soup. We have a lot of potatoes this week (on sale) so I may just make up a big pot of it. We’re experimenting with potato recipes this week. Just made a chorizo/goat cheese twice baked potato from the recipe in Country Living. Not bad, but nothing special.

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