Christmas Eve Dinner Tradition – Loaded Potato Soup

Each Christmas Eve we head out to church, drive to see a few Christmas lights, and then come home to this yummy potato soup served with Hickory Farms Summer Sausage, crackers, cheeses, and Christmas cookies for dessert. It all started the first year we were married when my hubby told me that his family’s Christmas Eve traditional dinner was OYSTER STEW (can you say YUCK????)  So I tweaked a little with tradition and decided Potato Soup would be just find in our home. 


We’ve tried many different potato soup recipes over the years and they’ve all been good, but last year when I tried this one out I was thrilled to finally find my favorite!  Even if you don’t cook it up on Christmas Eve, I’m betting your family would enjoy this as a nice warm supper over the Christmas Holidays.


Loaded Potato Soup


  1. 2 potatoes 5 lb. bag $2.50
  2. 3 tablespoons margarine I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, BOGO $2.49, FREE BREAD when you buy 2 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Products $1.50/2 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter try zip code 60538
  3. 2 cups chopped white onion
  4. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour Gold Medal Flour $1.49
  5. 4 cups chicken broth Swanson Broth BOGO $1.05, $0.75/2 Swanson Broth 11/7/2010 SS Insert (exp 1/31/2011), $0.50/2 Swanson Broth 11/7/2010 SS Insert (exp 1/31/2011), $0.75/2 Swanson Broth 11/7/2010 SS Insert (exp 1/31/2011), $1/2 Swanson Broth or Stock Publix Share Something Delicious Booklet (exp 1/15/2011)  
  6. 2 cups water
  7. 1/4 cup cornstarch
  8. 1 1/2 cups instant mashed potato flakes Betty Crocker Potatoes BOGO $1.59, $0.55/1 Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes, $0.50/2 Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes , $0.50/2 Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes 11/21/2010 SS Insert (exp 1/15/2011)  
  9. 1 teaspoon salt
  10. 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  11. 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  12. 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  13. 1 cup half-and-half
  14. 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  15. 8 ounces bacon – cooked and crumbled Hormel Black Label Bacon On Sale 2/$6, $0.55/2 Hormel Fully Cooked Bacon
  16. 2 green onions, chopped



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Bake potatoes for 1 hour, or until done. Set aside to cool.
  3. Melt butter in a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Saute onions until tender and golden brown.
  5. Stir in flour, and cook 5 minutes to make a roux.
  6. Pour in chicken stock and water.
  7. Add cornstarch and mashed potato flakes.
  8. Season with salt, pepper, basil and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. Remove the skin from the cooled potatoes, and discard.
  10. Dice the potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes, and stir into soup, along with the half-and-half.
  11. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until thick.
  12. Spoon into bowls, and garnish with shredded cheese, bacon and chopped green onion.


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  1. Yum!! I’ve got to try this. Thank you!

  2. Hope you like it Kelly!

  3. This recipe sounds good, but how much water do I use?

  4. My family always ate oyster stew on Christmas Even when I was growing up too.

  5. Mercy Cope says:

    Sounds great ! I will try this week while I am on vacation 🙂
    Not on Christmas Eve….our Cuban tradition of roast pork & beans & rice will never change LOL

  6. Just made this soup for our christmas eve dinner and its a hit. I burnt my hand and had to improvise on a couple things, but the basic recipe was the same. We are trying something new for christmas dinner because we went all out for thanksgiving. We are going to make fajitas with all the trimmings, i hope it turns out good. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • I’m so glad you liked it Alycia! We just finished up dinner here too and I’m stuffed!!!! (Hope your fajitas turn out great – what a fun Christmas dinner!)

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