Cheesy Potato Soup

You won’t find an easier Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe anywhere else! Just throw a small handful of ingredients in the crockpot, and a few hours later, you’ll have a creamy, delicious, CHEESY soup.

It’s always the first soup gone at every potluck we take it to because it’s so cheesy and delicious. This soup goes so well served in a bread bowl, just like some of our other favorites including broccoli potato soup and cauliflower soup.

Cheese potato soup in bowl

Easy Potato Soup (A family fav)

Is it “Soup Weather” where you live just yet? I’m not going to lie… we’re not quite there yet here in Arizona, but the high this weekend is suppose to be mid to low 60’s, which is definitely Soup Weather, and I CANNOT wait!

One of my favorite things to do when the weather cools down is to have soup with bread bowls (other favorites include Broccoli Cheese Soup and Chicken Tortilla Soup ), especially this simple Cheesy Potato Soup. It’s my favorite slow cooker soup to eat in a bread bowl by far! It is so yummy and can literally be made in a few hours in the crockpot. BONUS!!

The secret ingredient to this potato soup is a package of frozen hash browns. You know what that means… No peeling, shredding, or chopping potatoes for you! It saves so much time and effort. Combine those hash browns with:

  • butter
  • cream of chicken
  • cream of celery
  • half and half
  • plus tons of cheese

And you have yourself a creamy, cheesy crock pot potato soup with hash browns that everyone will love!

Frozen cubed potatoes thawing in collander

How to Make Cheesy Potato Soup

I almost wish there were more instructions for this recipe, because the recipe card looks really empty, but that just proves this is the easiest potato soup recipe. Here are the whopping 3 steps:

  1. Melt butter in the crockpot, then add the thawed hash browns, cream of chicken, cream of celery and half and half.
  2. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours.
  3. Add cheese, salt, and pepper right before serving.

This hash brown potato soup is so thick and cheesy and flavorful! If you want it to be less thick, be sure to add some more half and half or chicken broth until it’s the consistency you like.

Can this soup be made on the stove? Yes, indeed! Just melt the butter in a large pot, add the thawed hash browns, cream of chicken, cream of celery and half and half. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and cook on low for 30-40 minutes (or until potatoes are tender). Add cheese, salt and pepper before serving.

Slow cooker potato soup close up

Toppings, storing + REHEATING potato soup

What are the best cheesy potato soup garnishes? We love adding extra cheese, sour cream, bacon crumbles and even chives or green onions. And of course – salt and pepper!

Storing: First, be sure to cover and STORE your soup in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

To REHEAT, just microwave or heat soup over medium heat in a pot. You may need to add more half and half when reheating because soup may be chunky.

Cheese potato soup recipe in bowl

I love that all the ingredients can be thrown in the crockpot and hours later you have a delicious, hash brown potato soup, and it’s even more delicious served in a bread bowl.

I sometimes have a hard time finding them at the grocery store, so if I can’t find them there, I head to my local Panera or Paradise Bakery to get them. 😉 If you love Potato Soup, you will definitely want to save this recipe. It’s always the first soup gone at every Soup Potluck we’ve been to (no joke)!

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Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe

4.88 from 31 votes
The easiest and yummiest Cheesy Potato Soup - just throw it in the crock pot and you're set for a delicious, warm and cheesy soup everyone loves.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 1500 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (32oz) package frozen hash browns cubed and thawed
  • 2 cans cream of chicken
  • 1 can cream of celery
  • 3 cups Half & Half
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese grated
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Melt butter in crockpot. Add remaining ingredients (except cheese, salt and pepper).
  • Cook in crockpot on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Add 1 cup cheese, salt and pepper before serving. Use reserve cheese to sprinkle on top.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    This is everything a gourmet soup should be and then some! Looking forward to warming up with this on a cool evening!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for a good potato soup recipe. This one is great. I love putting dinner in the crockpot in the morning and boom it’s done when you get home.

  3. 1 star
    So, are we to assume hash browns only come in one size bag? I would think not. I’ve never bought them, but would assume there’s 1 lb bags and 2 lb bags, and maybe other sizes.
    Also, there’s no mention as to whether I would just dump everything in the crockpot and leave it, or if everything should be stirred together.

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe is seriously amazing…comfort food at it’s finest! It has become one of my favorite go-to soups.

  5. 5 stars
    Easy and sooo cheesy, what more could you want?! Perfect with homemade bread bowls and cold winter nights 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    You really can’t go wrong with potato soup. Thank you for making yummy recipes but also making a website that is easy and quick to navigate! ❤️

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe was a game changer! Mom of 6 with NO time to peel a million potatoes. Love the hashbrowns instead! So creamy and delicious. Thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    Looks delicious with your soup. I’d like to cook one of ’em.
    I’m Japanese but I love America food, bc I have host family in Pennsylvania and Texas, and they cook for me such meals like you show here.
    They’re delicious so I love.

    Thank you. I’ll try to cook one of ’em.

  9. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday! I did tweak by adding diced onion and 1 cup velveeta cubes the last 45 minutes. This was super easy and my family loved it!!

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