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Hash Brown Potato Soup

Whip up a comforting bowl of Hash Brown Potato Soup in just 30 minutes on your stovetop. This fuss-free, one-pot wonder is rich, creamy, and delicious, making the most of easy-to-use frozen hash browns for a quick and hearty meal.

A pot of hash brown potato soup with a ladle.


There’s nothing quite like a hot bowl of soup on a cold day. And this thick soup is the definition of comfort food! Whether you enjoy it along with a delicious dinner or make it the main course, you can’t beat the flavor of cheesy potato soup. After just 30 minutes, you’ll be ready to eat! It’s quick, easy, and incredibly satisfying. 

It will go down as one of your favorite soups of all time! You just can’t beat how this bowl of hot soup warms you up from the inside out. And the ingredients are the best part! This easy potato soup recipe is filled with chunks of potato (and you don’t even have to dice them!). The cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and shredded cheese make this a great recipe to cook when you’re hungry but don’t have time to cook. 

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Why You’ll Love Hash Brown Potato Soup

  • Easy Soup Recipe. After just ten minutes of prep time, you’re ready to let it cook. 
  • Perfect for soup season. This is the best way to enjoy a bowl of potato soup. 
  • Delicious meal. It’s perfect for both lunch and dinner 
  • Easy to customize. The easiest way to customize it is to add different toppings and spices. 

Ingredients

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    Instead of measuring a bunch of complicated ingredients, my loaded potato soup uses simple ingredients, saving you so much time. 

    • Frozen Hash Brown Potatoes: I used Ore-Ida Diced Hash Brown Frozen Potatoes. Using frozen potatoes makes this soup quick, easy, and convenient. 
    • Onion: I used a yellow onion, but white will work great also.
    • Chicken Broth: This is the base of the soup. Either broth or chicken stock will work perfectly. 
    • Cream of Chicken Soup: This ingredient contributes to the creamy texture and rich flavor of the soup.
    • Butter: Use unsalted butter so you can control how salty it tastes. 
    • Sharp Cheddar Cheese: This cheese adds a wonderful sharpness and creaminess to the soup. Using sharp cheddar cheese gives the soup a nice flavor boost.
    • Sour Cream: Sour cream adds tanginess and richness to the soup. It also helps create a smooth and creamy texture.
    • Salt and Pepper: Add as much salt and pepper as you want to get it to taste how you want it to. 
    Ingredients to make hash brown potato soup.

    How to Make Hash Brown Potato Soup

    • Step One: In a large pot, combine the frozen hash brown potatoes, diced onion, chicken broth, and cream of chicken soup.
    • Step Two: Add the butter to the pot and place it over medium heat. Cook until the hash browns are tender and heated, about 15-20 minutes.
    • Step Three: Reduce the heat to low, then stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until fully melted.
    Steps to make hash brown potato soup.
    • Step Four: Add the sour cream, salt, and pepper, stirring until everything is well combined and the soup is heated.
    Steps to make hash brown potato soup.

    Equipment Needed

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    • Large Pot or Dutch Oven: This is what you’ll cook the soup in. 
    • Cutting Board: You only need a cutting board using fresh onions. 
    • Knife: Cut the onions with a sharp chef’s knife.  
    • Measuring Cups and Spoons: You’ll. Use dry measuring cups and spoons. 
    • Cheese Grater: This is optional only if you want to grate cheese at home. 
    • Large Spoon or Ladle: This is to stir the soup.  

    What to Serve with Hash Brown Potato Soup

    Serve the creamy soup in a bread bowl for an unforgettable meal. Here are some other recipes that will taste delicious with a bowl of ultimate comfort food.      

    • Crusty Bread: One of my favorite things to serve with soup is some bread; I love dipping it into it. Serve it with either garlic bread or cheese toast croutons.
    • Green Salad: If you will top this soup with bacon, serve it with a BLT salad
    • Grilled Vegetables: You can’t beat the taste of roasted root vegetables on the side. 
    A bowl of hash brown potato soup.

    Variations and Substitutions

    • Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. 
    • Instead of cream of chicken soup, use cream of mushroom soup. 
    • Potatoes: frozen diced potatoes or shredded hashbrowns 
    • If you don’t have fresh onion, substitute it with one tablespoon of onion powder or 1/4 cup of dried minced onions.
    • Greek yogurt is the perfect substitute for sour cream. 

    Storage Instructions 

    Hash Brown Potato Soup should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The leftover soup will keep for 3- 4 days.

    To reheat the soup, microwave it for a few minutes or heat it on the stove over medium heat until warmed through.

    While you technically can freeze Hash Brown Potato Soup, the texture may change upon reheating due to the potatoes in the soup.

    Hash Brown Potato Soup Tips and Tricks

    • Stir the potatoes frequently to prevent burning. 
    • Use unsalted butter to prevent the soup from tasting too salty. 
    • Cook the soup on low when you add the cheese and sour cream. 
    • Sprinkle some cooked bacon or crumbled breakfast sausage in the soup to give it a flavor and nutrition boost. 
    • Taste the soup and add any herbs or spices that you want. Garlic powder is an easy herb to add to make it taste even more robust. 
    A bowl of hash brown potato soup.

    Can I Use Fresh Potatoes

    Yes, you can use fresh potatoes in this soup instead of frozen ones. But you’ll need to peel and grate or dice the potatoes and then wash them to remove the excess starch. I love using the frozen hash brown potatoes because they’re quick and easy.

    Do I Need To Thaw The Hash Browns?

    No, you do not need to thaw the hash brown potatoes before you add them to the soup. The frozen hash browns can go directly into the pot. The heat from cooking

    will thaw and cook them properly.

    Toppings

    Have fun, and add your favorite toppings to the creamy soup! 

    Here are a few different things you can add on top: 

    • Bacon or bacon bits
    • Green onions
    • Fresh parsley 
    • crusty bread 
    A bowl of hash brown potato soup.

    Crockpot Instructions

    Crock pot potato soup is also delicious and makes this easy recipe even easier. Remember, the cooking time depends on the temperature at which you cook the soup. Add everything except the sour cream to the slow cooker and cook it on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-4 hours. Then, 30 minutes before you serve it, add the sour cream and stir it well. 

    How To Make Smoother

    If you don’t like the pieces of potatoes, use an immersion blender to mix everything. If you don’t have an immersion blender, puree everything with a food processor. 

    How To Thicken

    The best way to thicken the potato soup is to add heavy cream or a block of cream cheese. It will mix perfectly with all the other flavors and keep it hearty and creamy.  

    A bowl of hash brown potato soup.

    FAQ

    Is this recipe gluten-free?

    Yes, this creamy potato soup is naturally gluten-free. 

    How do you make the soup taste spicier?

    If you want this hearty potato soup to taste spicier, add some red pepper flakes. Or sprinkle some sliced jalapenos and mix in some shredded pepper jack cheese. 

    How many servings does this make? 

    This recipe makes about six servings.

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    4.75 from 4 votes

    Hash Brown Potato Soup

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 6
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 22 minutes
    Total Time 32 minutes
    Whip up a comforting bowl of Hash Brown Potato Soup in just 30 minutes on your stovetop. This fuss-free, one-pot wonder is rich, creamy, and delicious, making the most of easy-to-use frozen hash browns for a quick and hearty meal.

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 1 package frozen hash brown potatoes 32oz package
    • 1 small yellow onion diced
    • 2 cans chicken broth 14.5oz cans
    • 1 can cream of chicken soup 10.75oz can
    • ½ cup unsalted butter
    • 1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ½ tsp pepper

    Optional Toppings

    • bacon
    • green onions
    • fresh parsley

    Instructions

    • In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine the frozen hash brown potatoes, diced onions, chicken broth and cream of chicken soup.
    • Add the butter to the pot and place it over medium heat. Cook until the hash browns are tender and heated through, about 15 to 20 minutes.
    • Reduce the heat to low, then stir in the shredded cheese until it's fully melted.
    • Add the sour cream, salt, and pepper, stirring until everything is well combined and the soup is heated through. Serve hot.

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    Course Soup
    Cuisine American
    Keyword soup, soup recipes

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