This recipe is inspired by Pioneer Woman’s famous slow cooker potato soup. It is a comforting and hearty dish that is perfect for a cold winter night. With simple ingredients like potatoes, onion, garlic, chicken broth, milk, and cream, this soup is easy to prepare and cooks to perfection in a slow cooker.
Topped with shredded cheese, chopped green onions, and bacon bits, this recipe is sure to be a hit with the whole family. So, let’s get started and cook up a delicious Pioneer Woman-inspired potato soup!
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Can You Put Uncooked Potatoes In The Slow Cooker
Yes, you can put uncooked potatoes in the slow cooker but it will take longer to cook and may not be as evenly cooked. It’s easier and quicker to precook or dice the potatoes before adding them to the slow cooker.
Should I Par Boil Potatoes Before Slow Cooker
It’s not necessary to par-boil the potatoes before adding them to the slow cooker for this recipe, but it can help the potatoes cook more evenly and in less time.
Parboiling the potatoes will also make them easier to peel if you decide to remove the skins. It’s up to you to decide if you want to par-boil them, but keep in mind that it will reduce the cooking time in the slow cooker.
Will Potatoes Fall Apart In Slow Cooker
Potatoes can fall apart in the slow cooker if they are cooked for too long or if they are not cut into evenly sized pieces. To avoid this, it is important to make sure that the potatoes are cut into evenly sized pieces so that they cook at the same rate and not to cook them for longer than the recipe recommends.
Keep in mind that potatoes can also fall apart if they are too old and have been stored for a long time.
Pioneer Woman Slow Cooker Potato Soup Ingredients
- 6-8 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and diced: Make sure to use russet or Yukon Gold potatoes as they are the best for this recipe. Peeling and dicing the potatoes before adding them to the slow cooker will ensure they cook evenly.
- 1 onion, diced: You can use any type of onion you prefer, but yellow or white onions are the most common. Dicing the onion will help it cook evenly and release its flavor into the soup.
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced: Fresh garlic will give the best flavor, but you can use pre-minced garlic from a jar if you prefer. Mincing the garlic ensures it cooks evenly and releases its flavor into the soup.
- 4 cups of chicken broth: Use a good quality, low-sodium chicken broth for the best flavor.
- 2 cups of milk: Whole milk will give the soup a richer flavor, but you can use 2% or skim milk if you prefer.
- 1/2 cup of heavy cream: Heavy cream will give the soup a rich and creamy texture. You can use half-and-half or even milk instead if you prefer.
- 2 tablespoons of butter: Use unsalted butter so you can control the amount of salt in the soup.
- Salt and pepper, to taste: Taste the soup as you go and add salt and pepper as needed. Be mindful that the chicken broth and cheese toppings may already contain salt.
- Optional toppings: shredded cheese, chopped green onions, bacon bits: Feel free to add your toppings to customize the soup to your taste.
How To Cook Potato Soup In Slow Cooker
- In a slow cooker, combine the diced potatoes, onion, garlic, chicken broth, milk, and heavy cream. Stir to combine.
- Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper.
- Cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 3-4 hours, or until the potatoes are tender.
- Use an immersion blender to puree the soup to your desired consistency.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
- Serve the soup hot, with your desired toppings.
What Is A Good Thickener For Potato Soup
For thickening Pioneer Woman’s slow cooker potato soup, you can use mashed potatoes, pureed vegetables, flour or cornstarch, heavy cream or milk, or potato starch. Each option will add thickness and creaminess to the soup and you can choose the one that fits your preference or dietary restrictions.
Can You Leave Skins On Potatoes For Potato Soup
It’s possible to leave the skins on potatoes when making potato soup, but it can affect the texture and color of the soup. Potato skins can also add starch, which can make the soup thick and cloudy.
However, the skins are a good source of fiber, minerals, and other nutrients. It’s up to you to decide if you want to leave them on, but if you do, make sure to clean them well.
How To Store Leftovers Potato Slow-Cooked Soup
To store leftovers of Pioneer Woman’s slow cooker potato soup in the fridge, simply place them in an airtight container and put them in the refrigerator. They should last for 3-4 days in the fridge.
To store leftovers in the freezer, transfer the soup to a freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag and place it in the freezer. The soup can last for up to 3 months in the freezer.
When you’re ready to eat the frozen soup, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator or in the microwave. Then reheat the soup on the stovetop or in the microwave.
There are a few ways to reheat leftovers of Pioneer Woman’s slow cooker potato soup:
- Stovetop: Transfer the soup to a pot and heat it over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it reaches the desired temperature.
- Microwave: Place the soup in a microwave-safe dish and heat it on high power for 1-2 minutes, or until it reaches the desired temperature. Stir the soup every 30 seconds to ensure that it heats evenly.
- Slow Cooker: You can also reheat the soup in the slow cooker on low heat for 1-2 hours, or until it reaches the desired temperature.
Note: If the soup is too thick after reheating, you can add a little bit of milk or cream to thin it out and adjust the seasoning if needed.
Pioneer Woman’s slow cooker potato soup is a hearty and comforting dish that can be served as a main course. It can be served with a variety of sides to complement the flavors of the soup. Here are a few options:
- Bread: Serve the soup with a slice of crusty bread, a roll, or a baguette. It’s perfect to dip the bread in soup.
- Salad: Serve a green salad on the side, it adds a nice contrast to the creamy soup.
- Grilled Cheese: A classic grilled cheese sandwich is a great option to serve with soup.
- Crackers: Crackers, like oyster crackers or buttery crackers, can be a great addition to add some texture to the soup.
- Croutons: Homemade or store-bought croutons are a great option to add some crunch to the soup.
- Cheese: Grated cheese, such as cheddar, parmesan, or gouda can be added to the soup for added flavor.
- Toppings: If you have some leftover bacon bits, chopped green onions, or chives, you can use them as toppings to add some color and flavor to the soup.
Slow Cooker Potato Soup Recipe Variations
- Slow Cooker Potato Soup Vegetarian: To make this recipe vegetarian, omit the heavy cream and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. You can also add some extra vegetables such as mushrooms, carrots, or celery.
- Healthy Slow-Cooker Potato Soup: To make this recipe healthier, omit the heavy cream and use low-fat milk or skim milk. You can also add some extra vegetables such as mushrooms, carrots, or celery.
- Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Potato Soup: To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free chicken or vegetable broth and gluten-free flour or cornstarch to thicken the soup if desired. You can also use gluten-free flour or cornstarch to make the roux for thickening the soup.
- Slow Cooker Potato Soup with Hash Browns: To make this variation, add 1-2 cups of frozen hash browns to the slow cooker with the potatoes, onion, garlic, chicken broth, milk, and heavy cream. This will give the soup a crispy texture and additional flavor.
- Slow Cooker Potato Soup with Milk: To make this variation, add 2 cups of milk to the slow cooker with the potatoes, onion, garlic, chicken broth, and heavy cream. This will give the soup a creamier texture and additional flavor.
Slow Cooker Potato Soup Nutrition Facts
|Total Fat||7.9 g|
|Saturated Fat||4.2 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat||0.6 g|
|Monounsaturated Fat||2.0 g|
|Total Carbohydrate||33.3 g|
|Dietary Fiber||3.8 g|