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Bread Bowl Soup

This Bread Bowl Soup recipe can be made using any of your favorite bread like sourdough, asiago cheese, and more. Fill your bowl with loaded baked potato soup seasoned with ranch and topped with bacon and cheddar cheese.

bacon ranch potato soup in a bread bowl

🥖What Type of Bread to Use

Your favorite bread will always work best. I’m using sourdough bread for this recipe. The best place to grab loaves of bread are at a bakery or a bakery inside a grocery store. Some grocery stores don’t have bakeries and some inside the grocery store simply may not carry a bread loaf in a bowl shape, so keep that in mind. You typically can’t go wrong if you visit an actual baker.

You can also bake your own bread loaves if you want to go that route. Check out this No Knead Dutch Oven Bread recipe.

sourdough bread loaf on a wooden cutting board

🍞How to Slice the Bread

  1. Use a sharp/pointy knife and cut a circle into the top of the bread.
  2. Cut about 2 inches deep and remove the cut out. I keep this for more dipping later.
  3. Remove some of the inside layers of bread. Keep bread intact along the edges of the bread bowl. This will keep it intact structurally and will taste amazing once you add the soup and it gets soaked up.
sourdough bread loaf on a wooden cutting board

🍜Soup Recipe

I love to use my loaded baked potato soup for this recipe. But anything will work!

🥔What Type of Potatoes to Use

I like to use russet potatoes, but you can use any potatoes you like. You can also leave the skin on the potatoes if you prefer.

sliced potatoes and broth in separate glass bowls

🥦What Type of Vegetables to Use

I add carrots, celery, and onions to the soup. Any veggies you like will work for this soup.

uncooked bacon, carrots, celery, onions, and ranch seasoning in separate bowls

🥘How to Make Bread Bowl Soup

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Add potatoes, celery, carrots, onions, garlic, bacon, broth, ranch seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste to a slow cooker or Instant Pot.
  2. Slow cook or pressure cook.
  3. Open the pot and add sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and half and half (or heavy cream).
  4. Stir until the soup thickens.
  5. Pour the soup into the bread bowl(s).
cooked bacon in a pan
collage photo of 4 photos with bacon potato soup in a pot

How to Thicken the Soup

Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt is used in the recipe for flavor and to help with thickening the soup.

plain Greek yogurt and half and half in glass bowls

🥓Soup Topping Ideas

  • Crumbled Bacon
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Green Onions
  • Croutons
  • Fresh Dill
  • Parsley
  • Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt
bacon potato soup in a pot with a wooden spoon

How to Store Leftover Soup

Leftovers can be stored tightly covered and sealed in the fridge for 3-4 days.

How to Reheat

Leftover soup can be reheated in the microwave or in a pot on the stove until warm.

Freezer Tips

I love to freeze soup using these freezer molds from Amazon. Because the soup contains dairy, you will notice separation when you reheat it. This does not bother me, because it tastes the same. 

bacon potato soup in a pot with a wooden spoon

🥗What to Pair With the Soup

Air Fryer Green Beans
Broccoli Salad with Cheese
Grilled Asparagus
Roasted Air Fryer Carrots

ranch potato soup in a bread bowl

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Creamy Chicken Alfredo Soup

bacon ranch potato soup in a bread bowl

Bread Bowl Soup

This Bread Bowl Soup recipe can be made using any of your favorite bread like sourdough, asiago cheese, and more. Fill your bowl with loaded baked potato soup seasoned with ranch and topped with bacon and cheddar cheese.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword bread bowl soup, soup in bread bowl
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 933kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes Peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes.
  • 5 slices bacon Cooked and crumbled.
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2-3 garlic cloves Minced
  • 3-4 cups broth Any broth will work. Use enough to cover the potatoes.
  • Ranch Seasoning to taste Taste repeatedly and adjust.
  • salt and pepper to taste Taste repeatedly and adjust.
  • 1/2 cup half and half or heavy whipping cream Either will work
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • round loaves of baked bread

Instructions

Bread Bowl Assembly

  • Use a sharp/pointy knife and cut a circle into the top of the bread
  • Remove some of the inside layers of bread. Keep bread intact along the edges of the bread bowl. This will keep it intact structurally and will taste amazing once you add the soup and it gets soaked up.
  • Cut about 2 inches deep and remove the cut out. I keep this for more dipping later.

Slow Cooker Soup

  • Add the potatoes, celery, carrots, onions, garlic, bacon, broth, ranch seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste to the slow cooker. Stir.
  • Cook on High for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours.
  • Open the pot and add the sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and half and half (or heavy cream).
  • Stir until the soup thickens.
  • Pour the soup into the bread bowl(s).

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Add the potatoes, celery, carrots, onions, garlic, bacon, broth, ranch seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste to the Instant Pot. Stir.
  • Cook for 10 minutes on Manual > High-Pressure Cooking.
  • When the pot indicates it has finished, quick release the steam. Open the pot and add the sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and half and half (or heavy cream).
  • Stir until the soup thickens.
  • Pour the soup into the bread bowl(s).

Notes

The best place to grab loaves of bread are at a bakery or a bakery inside a grocery store. 
Use 3 cups of broth for thick soup, use more/add more broth to thin out overly thick soup.
The dairy in the recipe can be omitted if you want a dairy free version.
I typically use a couple of teaspoons of my Homemade Ranch Seasoning. Add the ranch seasoning to taste to ensure the ranch flavor suit your taste and does not overpower the soup.
For a creamy soup without the potato chunks, feel free to puree it with an immersion blender or high powered blender once cooked.
If you prefer to cook the soup on the stove, follow the instructions noted above and simmer the soup until the potatoes have softened. Then add the sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and half and half (or heavy whipping cream).
Calories noted assumes 13oz bread loaf.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1cup + bread bowl | Calories: 933kcal
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