Slow Cooker Potato Soup

This ridiculously easy slow cooker potato soup is the perfect go-to recipe for busy weekdays. 

I was just out of college when I discovered the magical soup that would be the almost-cure to about 50% of any illness that would plague me through my young adult life.Slow cooker potato soup. Quick, easy comfort food.

When I had my tonsils out as a young single adult right out of college, my mother was out of town on business when I had the procedure done. My father was left in charge of my care, which, since I couldn’t eat, amounted to fetching meds and answering to an annoying bell to provide me with liquids and lots of popsicles and Jell-O.

Within two days, my normally insatiable sweet tooth had been completely cured, nausea set in, and a dehydration-induced headache put my whole body in a vise and squeezed hard. I don’t know why, but during said infirmity, all I could think about  was my mother getting home, making this soup and running it through the blender for me.Slow Cooker Potato Soup _ Five Marigolds_3

Soon, she was home and did just that. I kid you not: I was cured within hours.

This super-powered soup coated my stomach with carb-y goodness, cured my nausea and helped me get back to drinking fluids and swallowing that crushed Excedrin.

Over the years, this potato soup would help me through countless migraines and headaches.

I don’t know why it’s magic; IT JUST IS.

The soup? Just a basic homemade potato soup made with a simple white sauce.Slow cooker potato soup. Quick, easy comfort food.

The problem is, I HATED making it.

Because potato soup requires peeling, which apparently too much work for me.

I despise peeling vegetables. Am I alone in this?!

Anyway, with an abundance of laziness, I came up with a recipe that not only matches my favorite meal growing up, but is embarrassingly easy.

Slow cooker potato soup. Quick, easy comfort food.


To make this slow cooker potato soup, start by adding a package of frozen hash browns to your slow cooker. They can be shredded or diced, but our family prefers diced. Then, add about a cup of diced onions.Slow cooker potato soup. Quick, easy comfort food.

Add 5 cups of chicken broth and a can of cream of chicken or cream of cheese soup.
Slow cooker potato soup. Quick, easy comfort food.

Cook on low for 4-5 hours. Then, about 30 minutes before serving, remove a cup or two of the liquids and whisk in 1/2-1 brick of cream cheese.  Return the mixture to the pot and allow to warm before serving.

Serve with green onions, cheese, bacon and crackers.Slow cooker potato soup. Quick, easy comfort food.

So, throw this slow cooker potato soup recipe into your cold weather meal rotation.

I’m not saying it’s going to work the magic that it does for me.

I’m just saying you won’t be sorry.Slow cooker potato soup. Quick, easy comfort food.

What is your favorite meal that your mom or dad made growing up? Share with me in the comments below!

Slow cooker potato soup. Quick, easy comfort food.

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

This ridiculously easy potato soup is the perfect go-to recipe for busy weekdays. Add sour cream, chives, bacon, and broccoli for a loaded potato soup!


  • 32 oz. package frozen hash browns
  • 4-5 C. chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of cheese OR cream of chicken soup
  • 1 C. diced onions
  • 1/2-1 brick of cream cheese
  • Shredded cheese
  • Crumbled bacon
  • Scallions
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Add the frozen hash browns, diced onions, broth and cream of cheese (or chicken) soup to the slow cooker.
  1. Cook on low 4-5 hours
  2. About 30 minutes before serving, remove 1-2 cups of liquids and whisk in the cream cheese until smooth. Pour back into the slow cooker and let warm until it's time to serve.
  3. Serve garnished with shredded cheddar, crumbled bacon, scallions and crackers.

If you’re a fan of this recipe you might also like this slow cooker white chicken chili:

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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8 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Potato Soup

  1. Caroline says:

    Oh yum, this looks so good! I love these set and forget type dinners, it’s always nice to come home to a dinner that has pretty much cooked itself! The bacon and onions on top are a really nice addition.

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