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O'Charley's Baked Potato Soup

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Rating: 4/5 4 stars
22 reviews

ready in: 30-60 minutes
serves/makes:   10

recipe id: 1698
cook method: stovetop

O'Charley's is known far and wide for their awesome baked potato soup. This copycat recipe gets rave reviews and some speculate it's even better than the original restaurant soup!

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3 pounds red potatoes
1/4 cup margarine, melted
1/4 cup flour
8 cups half-and-half
16 ounces Velveeta cheese, melted
White pepper, to taste
Garlic powder, to taste
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/2 pound bacon, fried crisply
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup fresh chives, chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped


Dice unpeeled red potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes. Place in a large Dutch oven, cover with water and bring to a boil. Let boil for 10 minutes or until 3/4 cooked.

In a separate large Dutch oven, combine melted margarine and flour, mixing until smooth. Place over low heat and gradually add half-and- half, stirring constantly. Continue to stir until smooth and liquid begins to thicken.

Add melted Velveeta. Stir well. Drain potatoes and add to cream mixture. Stir in pepper, garlic powder and hot pepper sauce.

Cover and cook over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Place soup into individual serving bowls and top with crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, chives and parsley.

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817 calories, 59 grams fat, 44 grams carbohydrates, 33 grams protein per serving.
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Member since: September 29, 2013
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Curious about the review that said that OC's uses french fries so I used frozen fries instead of red potatoes. I have to say it was pretty good!

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I make this soup all the time. I've used regular potatoes, frozen french fries, and hash browns in it - and they all work fine. The flavor of this soup is addicting!

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Sep 30, 2012

Soup lover
OCharleys actually uses french fries in their soup, not red skinned potatoes. This is a great way to use left over french fries!!

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I thought this soup was better than O'Charley's. I had their soup before I made this recipe and I tasted O's after I made this soup. Yours is much better! Rave reviews from us!!Five stars all the way! My family loves this soup!

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Jan 26, 2011

we love baked potato soup and I have several recipes. Many times I se a bag of Idaho hash browns to sub for the potatoes. Especially like the Countrty Style hashbrowns hat have added chopped peppers and onions. Also, would not use as much half and half-dive it and add whole milk. A can of Cream of Celery soup gives it that good celery taste. This recipe you gave is good but certainly needs your own personal touches/tweaking.

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I was looking for an O'charleys recipe and found this one. It does not taste exactly like it but me and my family love this one. I will continue to use this recipe. Very Good and easy!

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I fixed this soup for a Christmas party and everyone loved it. It was easy to make and only two pans to clean up.

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After reading all the reviews, I admit I was a little skeptical of trying this soup... but I took a leap of faith and it was wonderful! Due to complaints on reviews over thickness, the only thing I done different was I used a quart of half and half and once I put the potatoes in I added appox. 2 more cups of 2% milk.
(6 cups of total rather than 8). It was great. Even my very picky husband loved it. This will be one of our favorites especially on a cold snowy day like today:)

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Member since: March 22, 2010
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I tried this recipe today. My family loved it. I added a few little extra things to the recipe.

I added 3 tsp. of hot sauce. I made the rue, with 1 stick of margarine and added enough flour where the rue was very thick (about 6 Tbs. flour). I also cut up 1 small onion and chopped it very fine and sauted it in the bacon grease rendered from frying your bacon). I added 1 cup of sour cream and 1 TBS. garlic powder. I also added more pepper.

In individual bowls, add your shredded cheddar cheese, bacon pieces and chopped green onions.

Great with buttered bagets, sprinkled with garlic powder and toasted until crisp.

It makes a lot and my family said this was just as good as O'Charley's.

The folks that said it was horrible, must not know how to cook.

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I don't know what you guys did to the recipe, but everyone who has eaten the soup is made thinks it is very good. Every bit as good as O'Charleys.

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I love this recipe,however i did tweak it. I add additional flour to help thicken. I also add shredded cheddar to the recipe. I use more hot sauce than called for, about 2 teaspoons. I also use 1 tablespoon of garlic powder with herbs and a tablespoon of pepper as well as some seasoned pepper. I throw in 1/2 lb of diced ham. When ready to serve, I add shredded cheddar, chopped green onions and a sprinkle of parsley

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Not very good. its like mush potato soup! not nearly creamy cheesey enought, to juicy even after adding more velveeta, too much half and half make it to rich.

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