Thursday, March 3, 2011

Outback Ain’t Got Nothin’ on Me!!

Do y’all like Outback Steakhouse?!?!  I LOVE IT!!!  My favorite combo is the 8oz. sirloin, medium rare, with a side caesar salad and baked potato…fully loaded.  Mmmmm.  Dang…I’m hungry!  Anyhoo…I also LOVE their baked potato soup.  O.M.G.  SO yum!!  I don’t care what time of year it is…that soup is delish in any kind of weather!!!  I always manage to screw up any kind of potato soup recipe I’ve been given, but y’all…this one.  THIS.ONE.  Holy OMG.  Seriously could NOT be easier.  Our sweet librarian at school shared this recipe with me and I’m SO dang glad she did.  I literally raced to the store after school to buy all the ingredients to whip it up for dinner.  Mr. Spouse said this is his FAVORITE potato soup :)  Outback ain’t got NOTHIN’ on me!!! HA!!!   

EASY CROCKPOT POTATO SOUP

1 30oz. bag of frozen, shredded hash browns {I used Ore Ida}

3 14oz. cans of chicken broth

1 can of cream of chicken soup

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1/4 tsp. ground pepper

1 pkg. cream cheese {don’t use fat free.  It WON’T melt!!!}

As the Pioneer Woman would say, here are the “cast of characters”.

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Not too shabby, eh?! 

In a crockpot, combine everything EXCEPT for the cream cheese.  Cook for 6-8 hours on low heat.  About 1 hour before serving, add cream cheese and keep heated until thoroughly melted.  Serve with cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, green onions, or whatever else you think would be good!!

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Seriously y’all.  DANG good.  I didn’t have time to make this on the crockpot, so I cooked everything stovetop style.  Probably took about an hour total after everything was said and done.  The hardest part of preparing this meal was ripping open the bag & cans to pour them into the pot.  Yes, friends…it was THAT easy!!!  Mr. Spouse was lovin’ him some potato soup courtesy of wifey and requested that this be added to our dinner “rotation” {which currently consists of taco salad, pasta, and take out}.  Yes please!!!  Promise you’ll love it!!!  By far, one of my faves!!!!

182 comments:

  1. That sounds T-t-t-tasty-tasty! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. We even sometimes add chicken to our version of this potato soup for something a little different. Very yummy!!!

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  3. Sounds delicious!! Is a thinner or thicker potato soup?

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  4. sooooooo yumm-o! made this tonight! delish! thanks!!!!

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  5. Just found your blog via Jenna's Journey. Oh. my. word. Do I have some recipes to try!

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  6. I made this after I saw the recipe on your blog - SO GOOD! This recipe is definitely a keeper!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Dana
    http://love2learnandshare.blogspot.com/

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  7. I'll add a 'yum' to the mix too. Thanks for posting this!

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  8. Oh my goodness this was good. My husband and I made it last night. It was SO SO filling and so good. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Soo delish! Wish I would have had this about mid-december when it was snowy!

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  10. Wonderful dish and could not be easier!!

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  11. I re-pinned this! Love it! http://pinterest.com/pin/119972417/

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  12. Found your blog through another from Kelly's Korner. So glad I did...I love finding new cute blogs!

    The problem I have with all of my recipes that use the frozen cubed hash browns is that the cooking time never yields them soft and even a little mushy. I don't like my potatoes hard. So does this cook time yield them soft or do I need to plan on cooking it longer?

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  13. @Audrey...this recipe definitely makes the hash browns soft and mushy!!! There's no crunchiness at all!!!!

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  14. This is freaking amazing!!! Thank you so much for posting this recipe!!

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  15. how many servings does this make? I want to make it for our small group this Sunday, we have 12 people..So I wanted to know if I should double or triple this recipe?

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  16. @The Lillipad...for 12 people, I'd probably triple the recipe :) Hope you love it as much as we do!!

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  17. how much cheese did you use? the whole bag? (it wasn't in the ingredients list, but was in the picture)

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  18. @Myra...I can't remember how much I used. I added just to taste. The cheese is an optional step, just like adding toppings to your baked potato. So, however much looks good to you would be the perfect amount! I just add it after serving!!

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  19. My husband and I have the same dinner rotation! We may be adding this

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  20. I'd be curious about how long you cooked on the stove top, if you have time? Would love to do this for supper tonight as my daughter will be cold after her soccer game, but of course since I'm at work now the crock pot option isn't an option.

    Glad to have found your blog through Pinterest! Will definitely be adding you to my Google reader! (And LOVE your blog title and "disclaimer".... why couldn't I have thought of something more clever when I started a blog?)

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  21. made this soup and loved it! thanks for sharing it. i posted about it on my blog too, i hope that's ok. so happy i found your blog :)
    Made By Meech

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  22. What size crockpot would you use for this? Mine is on the smaller side, so I would be worried it all wouldn't fit.

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  23. This was SOOO good. I also mixed a little corn starch (about tbs) w/ about 1/4 cup of milk and added it in w/ the cream cheese, just to thicken it up a little.

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  24. Had this for supper tonight! The whole family loved it! :)

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  25. Yum, making this today and pinning it on Pinterest. If it turns out really yummy, I would love to feature you on my blog on one of my Simply Sunday posts!
    Barb @snowmanlover.blogspot.com

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  27. hi- i've tried this a couple of times... with the same problem. the cream cheese doesn't melt all the way. ive used name brand and store brand and they both do the same thing -- melt for the most part, but leave small pieces of cream cheese throughout. is there a secret, or suggestion for this problem?? thanks so much!!

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    1. I would melt the cream cheese in the microwave to where it is really soft and melty and then add it a little at a time to the soup. Use a whisk if it doesn't melt down all the way. I have also mixed a little of the soup with the cream cheese and used an immersion blender. Smooth as silk.

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    2. I would put the cream cheese in the microwave for a minute or so and get it really melty. Then add it in a Tablespoon at a time. I like to take a little of the liquid from the soup and mix it in with the cream cheese and use an immersion blender to mix it up completely, before adding it to the soup. Smooth as silk.

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  28. Oh yes! I made a soup like that this week. I used white Velveeta cheese instead of sour cream or cream cheese - heavenly!! and oh so comforting and SO easy.
    I posted my recipe here.

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  29. This looks delicious, but I'm not sure why you brought Outback into it. The mass of processed foods doesn't even come close to the real recipe Outback uses.

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  30. I will be going to the store for the ingredients tonight! I think I'm going to add a jar of Old English cheese to it just because we like everything extra cheesy! Thanks whoever posted this on Pinterest, because that's how I found you!

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  31. @Meredith...I served this soup with a side of sarcasm :) I was *hoping* my readers would read it tongue & cheek. I'm obviously not insinuating it's as authentic and "real" as Outback :) I do realize there's a HUGE difference in ingredients!! HA!!!

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  32. After making a lighter alfredo sauce last night, with chicken broth, flour and greek yogurt... I will give that a try instead of the cream cheese! Anything to lighten up a sauce!

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  33. Just wondering, and sorry if this is obvious, but do you dilute the cans of soup or leave them concentrated?

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  34. Making this for dinner tonight! It smells delicious already!

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  35. what do i do if i wanted to make it on the stove top??

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    1. That's what I was wondering. Did you get a reply?

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    2. I make it on the stove top and it comes out just as well. Cook until potatoes are nice and tender, turn up heat until you get an easy boil. Turn back down to medium heat and add cream cheese. It takes about an hour start to finish.

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  36. Yummy! I have mine simmering on the stove now. I made a few changes. I have left over ham from Thanksgiving, so I threw a little of that in. I also added some chopped celery and sauteed it with the onion in a little butter before adding the other ingredients.
    Thanks for posting this. I love potato soup and have made it several different ways, but never thought of using hash browns.

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  37. So there is no cheddar cheese IN the soup? Only as a garnish?

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  38. Someone pinned this potato soup recipe on Pinterest and I'm making it right now for a yummy dinner as we decorate the tree tonight--thanks for sharing. I'm following now (because I always need recipe ideas)!

    www.trustychucks.blogspot.com

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  39. I think Ive made this 3 times now and it only gets better. I am allergic to onions so I omit them and I added bacon bits so its FABULOUS. I share it with everyone (via your blog of course!) and its a HUGE hit. Ive got my hubby, parents and Nannie hooked now :-p I use all generic store items so I can make it pretty dang cheap too...well no I lied, I do use Campbells Cr of Ckn Soup...I'm afraid to try the off brand of that! THANK YOU SO MUCH ... just doesnt seem like enough... I <3 this soup!!!

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  40. I made this today, vegetarian style (substituting vegetable broth and cream of mushroom soup)... and it was fantastic! Hubby said it's the best soup I've ever made :) Thank you!

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  41. wow!!! Thanks so much for this recipe!!! I just made 2 batches for our small group at church and OH MY GOSH!!!! WOW!!!! This recipe ROCKS and YOU ROCK! Thanks sooo much!
    ~Tracy

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  42. I am making this tonight. It looks delicious! I am linking this on my blog.
    http://niki-has-3.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-love-affair-with-internet.html

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  43. I'm making this right now, I had to forgo the onions because my husband is allergic, do you think that will make a big difference in the taste?

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  44. New follower here. Found you through pinterest. I had your page pulled up to refer to the recipe since I just put it all in the crock pot! I can't wait to try it later this evening!

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  45. Found you through Pinterest, and am your newest blog follower! I would love it if you would come link up your delicious recipes at my weekly party, Wow Me Wednesday!

    http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/

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  46. I made this tonight for dinner & it was amazing! Discovered through Pinterest

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  47. I've made this 5-6 times now..it's great with cheese, bacon, and green onions on top! Found it on Pinterest.

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  48. Found you on Pinterest! I tried this recipe tonight and everyone loved it! Even the family I took a meal in to! This is so much better than the soup mixes!

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  49. Found you on Pinterest! Fed this to the family tonight. Everyone LOVED it. Even the kid who HATES soup. He begged for seconds! LOL Oh, and we fed a family of five and had ONE bowl left over for Dad for lunch tomorrow!

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  50. can you make this with frozen cubed hash browns instead of the shredded? not sure if it'll taste the same?

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  51. Not that you need another rave review :) but this soup was AWESOME! So easy, cheap, and tasty! I found this recipe on Pinterest after a friend recommended it. I just made it for my husband and MIL and I think we've found a new meal for our dinner rotation as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  52. Fabulous ... My kind of cooking !!!

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  53. I've made this a few times now. I like to add chicken sausage to it at the beginning and I always make it on the stove top, and it's always gotten rave reviews! I can't go without green onions, cheese and sour cream on top! Thanks for an easy recipe!
    Also discovered through Pinterest.

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  54. Im having the same problem someone else mentioned earlier... My cream cheese isn't melting all the way. I cubed it, I tried different brands... Maybe kick the heat up to high for the last hour? Help!

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  55. Oops... I forgot to check the box to have follow ups emailed to me :-)

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  56. I make sure my cream cheese is extremely soft before adding it to the soup. Infact, I sorta nuke it in the microwave before I add it in. Cheating, yes. I honestly haven't had this problem, but I mainly cook it on the stovetop!!! When I've cooked it in the crock pot, it's a little lumpier, but the cream cheese is usually melted. Are you cooking on high?!?! So sorry you're having trouble with it!!

    Cara :)

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  57. Sounds delicious... I am so excited for make a wonderful recipe. It such a very testy and yummy. I appreciate of your recipe.
    Solvency II

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  58. I made this last night...but did it on the stovetop as well. How freakin easy can it get? This soup was so delish I had 3 bowls...shouldn't admit that I guess. Thanks for the recipe!

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  59. Made this last night and it was a hit! I added smoked sausage. Yummmm!! Thanks for this awesome easy recipe!

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  60. Your potato soup recipe was one of my first pins on Pinterest several months ago. I have made it several times, passed the recipe around to my friends and even made it for a friend who had surgery. It is the perfect potato soup recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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  61. I just commented but wanted to leave another for the people have trouble with the cream cheese not melting...
    I make sure mine is very soft...like I let it sit out for hours. Then I "spoon" it into the crockpot a little at a time (not just the whole brick). I give it a stir just to get the cream cheese submerged a little in the soup and let it cook for about 30 minutes more. I'll then go in with a fork or slotted spoon and find the lumps of cream cheese and break them up a bit. I hope that helps. By the way, I'm using low-fat cream cheese.

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  62. Can I make a batch of this and heat it up in the microwave later? Will the cream cheese curdle or do any weird tricks?

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  63. Yum! Soooo good! Here from pinterest, of course :) made ot last night and took the easy.a.step further and used dried minced onions. And added some milk after it was done
    We will be eating this again! Love mot having to peel and cut potatoes!

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  64. i just made this for sunday dinner. i did everything the same as the recipe, except i added a little garlic powder (because we don't love onions) and added chopped red potatoes (with skins on) to add a little more chunk... it was SO good. inexpensive, super easy and delicious! thank you!

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  65. Ok....so I made this for dinner tonight. So easy and YUMMY. I am "eating healthy" so i figured the calories up using myfitnesspal.com and LOVE this recipe even MORE!!! I did use the Less Fat Cream Cheese since I am counting calories. To make sure that it melted and stayed creamy I took some soup out of the mixture and added that and the cream cheese to a mini food processor before adding back to the soup. No lumps :) and by the way for calories - This recipe makes about 9 cups of soup and 1 cup = 164 calories, 22 carbs, 6 fat, and 5 protein. I am thinking this would pair well with a turkey and cheese sandwich! YUM, YUM, YUM

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  66. My family loved this! Even my 3 very pickly kids!! So happy i found this during the winter months as it is fabulous on a cold day. My kids love to pick out their choices of toppings(cheese, real bacon bits, and green onions)it really helped them try out this new dish and it was a winner! thans so much for sharing it w/us Pinteresters! ;)

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  67. I found this on Pinterest. I have already made it twice at my husband's request. This is so easy and will definitely be going into our recipe rotation!

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  68. I am getting ready to make this on Sunday and was wondering if it would come out really soupy or thicker? If it comes out thinner, do you have a suggestion on how to make it thicker?

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  69. I made this recipe this past weekend and loved it. Thanks for sharing!

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  70. found it on pinterest. I made this tonight. I used 3 red potatoes and 3 russetts instead of the frozen. I put on high and cooked for 4 hrs. put in cream cheese and 1.5hrs. later is was still clumpy, and I had it sit out all day to make soft. put the soup in a stockpot for about 15mins on high and the cream cheese melted nicely. I added broccoli too. It is def something I will make again. Might be easier to just do it on the stove if I have to time.thanks for the recipe!

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  71. I think this is the best potato soup I've ever made. So rich and creamy. I added some fresh broccoli when I added the cream cheese. Next time I will add the broccoli a little later, it was a little too done for me. We added bacon pieces and cheese to our bowls - sooo good!

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  72. I am new to Pinterest and I am so glad I found your site, I tried this recipe tonight and I love it,was so easy and I will put it on my weekly dinner menu. Thank You so much

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  73. Hi there!
    holy cow, I (and my family) am in love with this recipe! I made some last week because all of us were sick with a nasty cold and am now convinced there is magic healing dust (or just tiny germ eating unicorns) inside it. hehe :)

    Anyway, I hope you don't mind -- I am linking to this recipe in my blog's "project: Learn to Cook" section. (http://onedaysdreams.blogspot.com/p/project-learn-to-cook.html)

    Keep up the awesome blogging!

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  74. I just found this recipe on Pinterest... I wanted to try it ASAP! I liked your idea of making it on the stovetop (crockpot meals actually involve deciding what's for dinner before 5pm!). For those who asked about how to do this, I put the first three ingredients (potatoes, broth, and soup) in a pot, and set it at a little less than medium for about 30 min., stirring occasionally. When the potato pieces are mushy, you know you're good. Instead of onion and pepper, I just added a dash of onion powder. Then, I added the cream cheese (I microwaved it for about 30 sec and stirred it a bit, since some people said they had issues with it clumping). I let it simmer for another 5 min, and then it was done! It had a nice, creamy taste and texture, with the bits of soft potato for substance. I followed the instructions and added a dollop of sour cream, some shredded cheese, and crumbled bacon on top, but it was delicious all by itself! I am definitely going to be making this often!

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  75. Next time i'll add a whole onion. I was worried it would be really bland, but the pepper really helped.

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  76. I'm trying this out today..hope all goes well will report back on how well it went over with the family.

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  77. I made this yesterday and it was so good! I followed the recipe exactly and garnished mine with crispy bacon, green onions and cheddar cheese. It is better than any potato soup I have had in a restaurant! Thank you!

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  78. Yum, this was so good! The only thing I would change next time is to saute the onions in a little butter first if I cook this on the stove top. They were just a little too crunchy since I didn't leave them simmering for 8 hours but made this the speedy way instead. Delicious soup though and super easy! Will definitely be making this again! Thanks :)

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  79. yes and yes and yes and oh boy oh boy oh boy...my husband is actually taking me to the Outback tonight but I am skipping the soup and making it here at home tomorrow. Thank you so very much for sharing.

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  80. I was referred to this recipe and your blog through Pinterest. My husband and I just tried it and it is super easy and really delicious! We've added it to the "rotation"!! Thank you for posting!

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  81. I absolutly LOVE this soup!!! I cook it on high for about 5-6 hours and then give it a good whisk to make it super creamy and smooth. I add a big handful of cheese, and some chopped bacon at the end. DELISH!!!

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  82. I found this on Pinterest and can't wait to try it! I'm always looking for new ideas for the crock pot!

    http://agrainofcumin.blogspot.com

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  83. For those asking about the cream cheese melting..I leave it on the counter for a few hours, so it can get soft. Then add it to the crock pot the last hour, or so, and it melts. Takes about an hour to be good and mixed in, but it melts. I use the regular cream cheese, no low fat stuff.

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  84. Just saw this last night on Pinterest and it sounded amazing? Rushed to the store this morning to buy everything and threw it all together in less than 10 minutes! Wow! This was DELISH and so filling!!!!

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  85. I'll definitely be trying this once the weather cools off!

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  86. Has anyone tried making this soup and freezing it?

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  87. @Michelle Rodriquez. I make this all the time and freeze 1/2 the batch since it makes way too much for a family of 3 to eat. It tastes great!

    I just let it cool overnight and then stick it in regular tupperware containers. I have thawed in the microwave and in the fridge, and both had the same result. When it first starts to thaw, it separates alot. But once it is completely heated and stirred together, it comes back together quite nicely, so don't be alarmed. Then just add some crumbled bacon and big handful of shredded cheese and you're set. Delish!

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  88. I have this cooking right now.. I was a little concern because it just smelled like chicken and rice at first. BUT once I added the cream cheese it completely changed the taste.. YUMMY! I cant wait until its done..

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  89. i accidentally bought 1/3 less fat cream cheese. its not completely fat free, do you think i could still use it?

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  90. @Rebecca - That is what I used. I took out some of the soup and put the cream cheese and soup in my pampered chef manual processor to mix and make sure there were no lumps then added it to the soup. It was delicious.

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  91. How many servings is this (and serving size)? I am trying to figure out the calories. Thanks!

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  92. I figured up calories using my fitness pal and using the low fat cheese....see pose above - This recipe makes about 9 cups of soup and 1 cup = 164 calories, 22 carbs, 6 fat, and 5 protein.

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  93. I'm a newbie when it comes to cooking with cream of chicken soup and I see someone asked if you dilute it, but I didn't see a response. Can anyone answer?

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  94. Veronica, I haven't actually made this soup yet (but I will soon!), but you shouldn't dilute the soup first. Condensed soups are usually used in crock pot cooking in place of milk products because they stand up to the long slow cooking process. That's why the cream cheese isn't added until the very end.

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  95. Okay, you have a bag of cheese in the picture do I add this too? Or is this for toppings afterwrard?

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  96. Wanted you to know that this recipe looks amazing. This has been one of my favorite recipes since you published it! LOVE! I just put together a round-up of great cooler weather soups & stews for slow cookers and had to include this! Hope you can stop by! http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/09/twenty-slow-cooker-soups-perfect-for.html

    Thanks again for all the time you put into this great site!

    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  97. My husband loved this soup, but I had mixed feelings. I made it in the crock pot and it seemed like the potatos and the onions just disintegrated. I also had problems with the cream cheese melting, I left it out to soften when I started the soup. I would recommend melting it in the microwave before adding it in. I would make it again I would probably add some meat to it to give it something extra.

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  98. I accidentally bought the cubed hash browns....has anyone ever used them with this recipe? Any suggestions?

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  99. I made it for dinner tonight. OMG delish!!!

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  100. I put this going at lunch time and came home to a smell in my house that had my mouth instantly watering.! Yum-O!!!

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  101. Anyone make thus then freeze for a later date? Yay, nay?

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  102. Nevermind! I saw a post above about freezing :)

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  103. We loved this! It is so simple and good! We added bacon the first time I made it, today I will try with some ham added in! Thanks for posting!

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  104. I made this soup tonight. It was okay. It tasted better once I added sour cream to it, and bacon. It was very easy to throw everything in the crockpot. I think next time I will cut back on chicken broth and add add milk, or half & half.

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  105. If I half this recipe, will that change my cooking time? I have a small slow cooker and I usually just love to dump stuff in before I head to class then come home to a wonderful smelling house :) But I'm new at this! If I cut down the recipe will I have to shave off some cooking time?

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  106. Mmmm this is the best soup I've ever made!

    I did misunderstand the directions, I guess, LOL so I dumped in 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese into the crock pot when I dumped everything else. I dont know if that's what made it come out so cheesy and delicious, but Im gonna keep doing it! Bacon and extra cheese on top, mmmm, good. :)

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  107. Made this soup for the first time for a luncheon at school today! OMG so embarassed! The cream cheese never did completely melt. Followed the directions and did not use Lf or FF cream cheese. Any suggestions??

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    1. Try using whipped cream cheese... That's what i use every tome and it turns out great!

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  108. I found your recipe through Pinterest. This has become a regular in my house. It's amazing. Thank you for sharing!

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  109. Oh my gosh.. This was AMAZING! It turned out perfect in the crock pot! I served it with French onions, bacon bits, and cheese as optional toppings and it was delicious! Thanks so much for this recipe!

    P.S. just a hint for those of you having issues with the cream cheese-- let it soften while the soup is cooking and once it is time to add it do this: cube it and put it in a medium sized bowl, ladle some of the already cooking soup over the cream cheese and mix it until smooth. Once smooth, pour it back into the soup. This is a really quick and easy way to ensure a perfect soup!!

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  110. This calls for shredded hash browns. Has anyone used cubed?? Is there a difference or just a preference thing??

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  111. This is in the crockpot right now! Nothing like a hurricane to make you want to cook something warm and tasty. can't wait until it is time to eat!

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  112. Wonderful. I made this tonight to enjoy after a cold evening trick or treating. I used the cubed style hashbrowns and added 2 cups of shredded cheese right into the pot like an earlier poster.

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  113. I'm making this tomorrow!Can't wait!

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  114. I've made this recipe a few times now and I love it every time! Question though--how do you get your cream cheese to melt evenly!?! I always have cream cheese chunks, no matter if I stir it or try to soften it beforehand.

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  115. Well you know how Pinterest is full of recipes claiming "the best ___" this one really is! The whole family loved it.

    After reading through the comments I did it on the stovetop. When it came time for the cream cheese I put it in a bowl with a couple ladles of the hot soup and blended it with my electric blender until it was smooth. Then I stirred it into the rest of the soup and it was perfect. No clumps at all.

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  116. Made this for dinner the other night. It was fantastic. After reading the comments, I used my hand held electic mixer to help break up the cream cheese, it worked great and only made a tiny mess :p. The recipe made enough for dinner for my husband, my toddler and myself and two lunches. Thanks for the recipe.

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  117. This recipe was simply amazing. This was dinner tonight. i llet the cream cheese sit out the whole time while soup was in crock pot, then added it chunk by chunk, also added a little bit of flour to make it just a little bit thicker. I served it in a bread bowl topped with cheese, green onions and bacon bits, it's the boyfriends new favorite! Didn't have any issues with any lumping. Thanks for such a great recipe!

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  118. Leave the cream cheese out to soften while the soup cooks, and then beat it in with a wire whisk. I'm telling you it makes all the difference! Not only does it make the soup creamy, it stirs in the cream cheese without any problems.

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  119. I made this recipe today and it was lick the bowl fabulous! I had some leftover ham that I included and added to its' heartiness. Definatly making again.

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  120. If you cook on the stove top, do you cover it or leave it uncovered?

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  121. Yummy! Made it for dinner tonight. So good, so easy, and no big mess to clean up.

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  122. Yummy! Made it for dinner tonight. So good, so easy, and no big mess to clean up.

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  123. Yummy! Made it for dinner tonight. So good, so easy, and no big mess to clean up.

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  124. Yummy! Made it for dinner tonight. So good, so easy, and no big mess to clean up.

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  125. If you cook it on the stove top what are the temperature settings and instructions?
    Thanks in advance!

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  126. do you let the hashbrowns unthaw before putting in crokpot or put them in frozen.

    thanks!

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  127. I tried this tonight for supper, problem with the cream cheese. Still ate it though, super yummy.

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  128. I made this last week and my family LOVED it! It is so easy and affordable to make. We had it for left overs 3 times! The only thing I did differently was add some garlic salt and pepper to it at the end for a little more flavor. Amazing! Making it again tonight!

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  129. Oh and as for the problem some are having with the cream cheese, I cut it up into squares and put it in about 90 mins before I planned to serve. About 60 mins after I put it in I gave it a good stir and mashed up any clumps with a spoon. Turned out perfect! I would bet Whipped Cream cheese would work well too.

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  130. Has anyone done this with vegan cream cheese? My son is allergic to dairy, so I have to find an alternative. Thanks!

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  131. my family loves this.
    i add another can of cream of chicken and a bit less chicken broth tho. and i adda bout 1/2 cup of kale that i used my bullet to chop. it dosent change the flavor, but if does give us some extra vitamins and minerals =]

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  132. This is really good, thank you for sharing. It makes a great base that you can add other ingredients to as well, I plan on making it with shredded chicken, corn, and carrots next time... yum!
    Cortney @momhascooties.blogspot.com

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  133. Hi! I adore this recipe. I'm actually making it tonight for the 4th or 5th time in 2 months. I wanted to mention something about fat-free cream cheese, though. You mentioned not to use it because it won't melt. That's true, but with a little extra work, you can still totally use it. I just toss the fat free cream cheese into a bowl and soften it a bit in the microwave and then ladle some of the soup into the bowl and stir until it's smooth. Pour the whole thing in to the crockpot and let cook for another 30-45 minutes.

    Great way to save some calories and spare yourself some fat and get the same amazing flavor.

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  134. oh. em. gee. this is DELICIOUS. i dumped it all in the crock before i left for work, added the cream cheese about an hour and a half ago, and just finished my delicious bowlful. i used better than bouillon vegetable base instead of chicken stock (because i'm addicted to that stuff), frozen diced onions, and store brand hash browns. oh, and campbells cream of chicken. my husband texted me the second he got home to tell me how good the house smelled! i just dumped the cream cheese in straight from the fridge :/ and then read the comments. i smushed the big pieces up but still had little clumps. right before serving, i tried whisking it - that TOTALLY fixed the problem. i served the soup with a small handful of extra sharp cheddar, some scallions, and a sprinkle of bacon bits and my husband and i are STUFFED. and there is A TON left! i use a 4 quart crock and it was stuffed. i estimate this makes about 15 cups of soup and we may have eaten 3 or 4 - and we're not light eaters. definitely a keeper - going to try making it with cream of mushroom next time for a vegetarian meal that my brother can eat too!

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  135. Found you by way of The Frugal Girls! Made this recipe today~all I can say is delicious. I made homemade bread to go with it. This is a keeper and I have already shared it with all of my family. Thanks again!

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  136. Awesome soup..made it yesterday for supper. Easiest meal I have ever cooked in a crockpot.

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  137. Awesome soup..made it yesterday for supper. Easiest meal I have ever cooked in a crockpot.

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  138. Very tasty! I had no problems with the cream cheese...I put the whole cube in the crock pot straight out of the refrigerator and it melted just fine. Will definitely make again! Thanks!

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  139. It dropped into the 60s last night and for us, that is freezing! Just put everything into the crockpot this morning. With dicing the onion, it took me all of 2 minutes prep work. That's the kind of meal I like! We're having this with grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner tonight :D. I'll update tonight and let you know how it tastes, but it's hard to see how it could be anything other than delicious.

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  140. I was right! Sooooo delicious! Can't wait to heat this up for lunch tomorrow. Bet it tastes just as good the next day!

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  141. I think that my recipe for (WORLD FAMOUS POTATO SOUP) Taste like outbacks!It can be made in a crockpot or on top of the stove. 8 cups coarsley chopped peeled potatoes 1/2 pound bacon fried crisp, drained & crumbled (I use pre-cooked bacon) 1 med. sweet onion chopped 1/2 cup 1 8oz pkg cream cheese softened 3-14oz. cans chicken broth 1-10oz. can cream of chicken soup 1/4 teasp. pepper In large bowl combine cream cheese,chicken broth,cream of chicken soup and pepper, add to the potato mixture. cover & cook on low heat 8-10 hrs or high 4-5 hours if you like a thinner consistency mash down some of the potatoes. I serve this loaded with cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and sweet diced onion

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  142. Hello, I found this on Pinterest and wow this looks delicious but was wondering if I can use fresh potatoes and if so does that effect the cooking time? We have 20 lbs of potatoes I need to do something with and I really want this :-). Thanks!

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  143. A new family favorite. After it cooks it is so hard to believe frozen hash browns were used. We ran out and immediately had to make more again. By far top five recipes I've found on Pinterest. Thank you!

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  144. As the dog commercial says "Where's thE BACON?!"

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  145. As the dog commercial says "Where's thE BACON?!"

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  146. Has anyone ever tried substituting the cream cheese with Greek yogurt? Does it change the flavor?

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  147. I made this for the first time last night and it was wonderful. I used the cubed potatoes, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, and I cooked it on the stove, lid on until the potatoes were tender. I used the whipped cream cheese due to others comments. I only added the cheese to the bowl because the taste was great without it.

    For lunch today, I added some ham and it too was yummy! And I used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Delish!

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  148. I put in corn and broccoli! It was AWESOME!!!!
    Thanks!

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  149. I LOATHE using "prefab" ingredients like packaged hash-browns and canned soup. But I just had to try this. For mostly prefab, it was GREAT, so now I'm working on taking all the prefab out of this recipe and making it healthier for my dietary needs and my family's. If anyone would like me to share my eventual re-work here, just holler at me: orionaut @ gmail . com (remember to remove the spaces!)

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  150. Can this be frozen afterwards and kept for a later date, such as prepare on a sunday and eat during the week?

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  151. First time I tried this soup I was living with my mom. She doesn't speak English so she doesn't understand the recipe. She loved it! Made it about 4 other times before I moved away. Now every time I am on the phone with her I give her the recipe. She loves it, I love it, my husband and daughter love it.

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  152. This is my 'go to base' for making all kinds of different soups. Today, it'll be clam chowder!

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  153. Here is the best potato soup recipe ever.

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  154. Anyone else find this to be bland? I read all the reviews, but was kinda dissapointed. =(

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    1. I used onion salt instead of onions, garlic salt, whipped cream cheese, and added 1cup sharp cheddar at the same time as the cream cheese. Not bland at all!!

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    2. I used onion salt instead of onions, garlic salt, whipped cream cheese, and added 1cup sharp cheddar at the same time as the cream cheese. Not bland at all!!

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    3. No, this was the best soup I have ever tasted! I cannot sing it's praises enough!
      I had to make a few changes though because I live in the UK and we don't have shredded hash browns here. The kind we have come in triangles similar to what you get at McDonalds. I bought a bag of those, they are seasoned and already contain diced onions. I thawed them, and crushed them up myself. Since they already have onions I didn't add anymore. Easy peasy, and amazing!!

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  155. hey cara, i actually just blogged about my modifications to this recipe to make it vegetarian. i linked back to yours - hope that's okay! this soup is a huge winner with my husband and other vegetarian family members. here's my post: http://justanotherwastedday.blogspot.com/2013/10/vegetarian-potato-soup.html

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  156. I've made this twice now, both times I have put a couple of chicken breasts in with everything else except the cream cheese. The last hour I shred the chicken, put it and the cream cheese in the crockpot to finish out the last hour of cooking. The family loves it!

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  157. Thumbs up! I added ham to mine. Yum!!

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  158. This was the best soup EVER!! I want to eat it every day for every meal and be buried with it when I die! So great! Can't wait to make it again!!!

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  159. Has anyone tried using cream of potato soup instead of the cream of chicken?

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  160. Has anyone tried using cream of potato soup instead of the cream of chicken? Seems strange to add cream of chicken when making potato soup.

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