December 20, 2019

Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup (Paleo, Dairy-Free, Whole30)

The best Loaded Baked Potato Soup! This healthy soup is hearty, warm, and comforting without any cream or cheese. It is completely dairy-free, thick and creamy, and filled with tender potatoes, crisp bacon, and green onions. It gives you all of the flavor of a loaded steakhouse baked potato while also being incredibly simple and easy to make. Not only is it delicious, this soup is also Whole30 compliant, Paleo-friendly and gluten-free! 

A Perfect Healthy Lunch Recipe: The Best Loaded Baked Potato Soup 

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Anyone else grow up eating this stuff or was it just me? Potato soup was actually one of the first recipes I ever learned to make and I used that classic recipe as the base for this new, improved, and much healthier version. 

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This healthy loaded baked potato soup still has everything that makes a potato soup good – bacon, green onions, tender potatoes, and creamy goodness. But, it is made without cream or cheese and completely dairy-free. Don’t be alarmed though, this soup is still thick, creamy, and delicious!

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Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup (Paleo, Dairy-Free, Whole30)

Creamy Potato Soup Without Flour or Cream

Thanks to a few key ingredients, and a special trick, this potato soup is still nice and creamy without any flour or cream. One of those key ingredients is arrowroot starch. Arrowroot starch works like cornstarch to thicken soups and stews. It is gluten and grain free and can be used one to one in recipes that traditionally call for corn starch.

Another trick to making this soup creamy is blending a ladle full or so of the soup until it is mostly smooth and then adding it back to the pot. The blended potatoes and broth, plus the arrowroot starch, help to thicken this soup and gives it the creamy texture we all love.

Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup (Paleo, Dairy-Free, Whole30)

The Key Ingredients for Loaded Baked Potato Flavor

Whole30 Compliant Chicken Broth: I love making my own homemade compliant chicken broth and keeping a container in the freezer to use whenever I want to make a batch of soup. If you are all out of homemade broth and don’t have time to make a batch, there are a few great Whole30 compliant shelf-stable options available. Just make sure to check the ingredients label before purchasing. You want to make sure that the broth does not have any sugar, yeast extract, or non-compliant oils.

Full-Fat Coconut Milk or Cream: Coconut milk and coconut cream are common ingredients used frequently when making dairy-free versions of traditional recipes. Full-fat coconut milk is rich, creamy, and entirely plant-based which makes it a great alternative in recipes that usually call for half and half or heavy cream. When you are purchasing coconut milk for this recipe, make sure it is full-fat (not light) and that it comes in a shelf-stable can. The ingredients should be coconut and water.

Ghee: This ingredient is optional, but it gives the soup that rich buttery flavor that we all love in traditional baked potato soup. I have made this soup with and without ghee and both versions taste great!

Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup (Paleo, Dairy-Free, Whole30)

Whole30 Compliant Bacon: loaded baked potato soup would not be what it is without a bit of crispy bacon. This is another Whole30 compliant ingredient that is becoming easier and easier to find, thankfully. Similar to the broth, be sure to check the bacon label and specifically look for added sugars like cane sugar or maple syrup.

Green Onions: last but certainly not least are green onions. You can use sliced green onions simply for garnish, or if you really love the flavor, stir a good amount directly into the soup before serving.

Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup (Paleo, Dairy-Free, Whole30)

How to Serve Your Soup

Serving this loaded baked potato soup is as simple as ladling some into a bowl and topping it with sliced green onion, crispy bacon, and fresh cracked black pepper (if that’s your thing!).

This entire soup is completely dairy-free, which makes it great if you are trying to avoid dairy or completing a Whole30, but you can also feel free to add a little shredded cheddar on top for yourself or others if you do want a bit of cheese!

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Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup (Paleo, Dairy-Free, Whole30)

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free



  1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. When the pot is hot, add the bacon to the pan and cook until crispy. Once the bacon is done remove it from the pan and allow it to drain on paper towels.
  2. Next, add the diced onion, garlic, and ghee (if using) to the pot. Cook for a few minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
  3. Next, add the potatoes, chicken broth, salt, and pepper to the pot. Bring the soup to a boil and then lower the heat. Let the soup simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. When the potatoes are tender, add the coconut milk. Next, add one cup of soup to a blender and blend until mostly smooth. Pour the soup back into the pot. Then, stir in one tablespoon of arrowroot starch to the soup. Add another tablespoon if you would like the soup to be thicker.
  5. Stir in half of the crisped bacon and green onions. Serve the soup with crispy bacon and green onions on top and enjoy!

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  1. Whole family loved this. I used red potatoes and skipped the blending and arrowroot. I added a full can of coconut milk. I took my whisk and whisked it a bit and it was the perfect thickness. It was super easy and delish! Will definitely make again.

  2. This soup is delicious! I can’t have dairy, so I love that it uses coconut milk instead. Definitely a game-changer for me. I will definitely be making it again. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Will the coconut milk cause it to taste like coconuts any? Thinking of trying this recipe out today. Thank you

    • Hi, Teneeshia! it really depends on your personal tastebuds. I don’t find it tastes like coconut. Hope that helps!

  4. Found this recipe when I started whole30 earlier this month and I’ve literally made it 4x to help get through the 30 days. It is so awesome. Maybe one of the best baked potato soups I’ve ever had (including dairy-full ones!!) thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Totally YUM. My husband loves potato soup made with dairy but his stomach does not agree – so when I saw this I decided to give it a try and it’s TOTALLY THE BEST POTATO SOUP EVER. I’ve tried other dairy-free recipes before that did not pass the test. This does and it tastes like a delicious loaded baked potato… maybe even better. It’s going into the recipe box and regular rotation. Thank you!

  6. Another fantastic soup! I prepped this for my lunches this week! The flavor is perfect!!

  7. Another wonderful recipe from your kitchen!! My husband loved this soup! It was the “meaty” potato soup he asked for!! Thank you!

  8. I make at least one recipe from this website each week. I always check your recipes before I look anywhere else. Everything is amazing and delicious!! Thank you for all the hard work you put into these recipes. This one, like all the others, is so freaking good!!

  9. Very delicious and relatively simple recipe! A few recommendations to keep it simple:
    1. Take a few spoonfuls of the soup broth and make a slurry with the arrowroot before adding to soup (simply dissolve 1-2 tbsp if arrow root in a bit of broth in a separate small bowl) this helps ensure the arrow root doesn’t insanely clump in the soup

    2. I used a potato masher to mash some of the potatoes / soup vs a food processor to save time and mess and it still turned out creamy!

  10. Amazing. Loved how easy this is with minimal steps and HUGE flavor. We added keilbasa for more protein! So delicious!

    • The addition of the kielbasa sounds great, Kadie! I’m so glad that you made this recipe work for you! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Wow! Decide to make this soup after all the crazy cold weather we’ve been having. It is AMAZING! This will definitely be on our rotation menu. Thanks for the great recipe!

  12. This was so creamy and satisfying and filled everyone at our table up. It is a perfect winter recipe, but felt so much lighter than a heavy chili. Can’t wait to make it again!

  13. This was easy and delicious and definitely did not taste like it was missing anything because it was dairy-free 🙂

  14. This was a huge hit with the family, even the picky teenager! Not quite as many leftovers for my lunch this week… Thanks for a tasty and healthy recipe for the whole family!

  15. Everyone liked it except my toddler who doesn’t eat anything and I didn’t like it because I made it too salty (I used chunks of sea salt because it’s all I had) and next time I’d add some carrots or something for some interest. The arrowroot powder did thicken up the soup but it also stayed in clumps in the soup – I’m not sure how to better distribute the powder. I also didn’t blend a cup of the soup but instead mashed some of the potatoes. I’m proud of myself for making my first fairy-free potato soup and think I’ll do even better on the next try. Good enough to try again!

  16. I served thisast week to my husband and we both liked it so much I made it again two nights later. It’s perfect for a cold weather soup. We threw whatever in there as a topping, avocado, corn, cheese. It was so so good!

  17. Made this soup for lunch today and it was delicious! I used Turkey Bacon & Cornstarch since I didn’t have regular bacon or arrowroot flour and it turned out amazing! Some of my potatoes were too small to peel so i had to leave the skins on – and it still tasted just fine! Already share this with a few people in my life who are lactose sensitive and can’t wait to hear their thoughts on it!

  18. This soup is amazing! I’ll definitely be making this again and again. I used an immersion blender instead of a standard blender, and since I made this for lunch throughout the week, I didn’t mix the bacon in, so it’ll still be nice and crunchy when I add it each day.
    Thank you for all your work creating these delicious dishes and for sharing them with us!

  19. 3rd Lindsey to make a comment LOL!
    This was great and made so much food! I was able to freeze half of it to eat later. My boyfriend loves O’Charley’s loaded potato soup and he loved this! I don’t have a blender but was able to use a potato masher in the pot and it turned out great.


  20. This soup was delicious! Baked potato soup is my boyfriend’s favorite, so I wasn’t sure how he’d feel about a healthier version, but he loved it. We’ll definitely make it again soon!

  21. Great recipe to make one of my favorites whole30 compliment! I always add in finely diced carrot too. It adds a tiny hint of sweetness but is otherwise undetectable. Great way to sneak in some extra veggies for kids (or man children lol) who aren’t big veggie eaters.

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