Outback Steakhouse™ Potato Soup Recipe

  • Yield : 3 Quarts
  • Servings : 8
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 2:000 h
  • Ready In : 2:30 h

Your search is finally over.  I have scoured all of my restaurant recipes resources and found a very close copy cat of the Outback potato soup recipe.  This comes from someone who claims to be one of the former cooks at Outback™, so I know it may be pretty authentic.

Too many people are making this with Velveeta cheese because of the cheesy flavor of the soup.  That’s wrong.  The base for thickening this up is rather simple.  Try this recipe at home and you’ll be amazed at how close it tastes.  Please comment below to let me know what you think.

Oh, and YES, this is not a healthy soup.  It has lots of cream and more than enough butter. I’ve had people over on YouTube complain about it not being healthy.  That’s not the point. It’s certainly not a soup you can enjoy on a regular basis, but it does taste pretty darn good.  So, relax and have a cheat day from time-to-time.


  • Potatoes (4 large or up to 8 small potatoes)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Vegetable Oil
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup of all purpose flour
  • 48 oz of chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • Celery salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 4-6 slices of cooked bacon, chopped
  • Chopped chives (depends on your preference)
  • 2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack / Cheddar cheese blend.


Step 1

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Step 2

Rinse and scrub the skins of the potatoes and dry with a towel and then pierce each potato several times with a fork.

Step 3

Place a small amount of oil in your hands and coat each potato and then sprinkle each one with Kosher salt.

Step 4

Place in the oven, directly on the rack (no cookie sheet and NO foil!)

Step 5

Bake at 350 for approximately 60 minutes

Step 6

In a large pot, cook your bacon, turning it frequently until just crispy. Leave the grease from the bacon for the next step (yes, it's unhealthy, I know).

Step 7

In the same pot, melt the butter with the bacon grease, over a low to medium heat, being careful not to burn it.

Step 8

Add the onion and cook until softened.

Step 9

Add the flour and stir while it cooks for about 3 minutes, using a rubber spatula to loosen any bits of bacon stuck to the bottom (yum!)

Step 10

Slowly add the chicken broth, water, salt, pepper, basil and sugar, bringing to a boil and stirring often with a whisk.

Step 11

Gradually add the heavy cream until you've reached the proper consistency.

Step 12

Chop the potatoes into bite sized cubes and add to the soup and simmer for approximately 5 minutes to bring the potatoes to temperature (remember, they're already cooked.. so don't overdo it).

Step 13

Ladle the soup into individual bowls and garnish with chopped bacon, chives and the cheese blend.

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Koby Davis
Koby Davis

This is the best recipe that I have come by so far for making Loaded Baked Potato Soup. I suggest to use 1 cup of water and celery seeds. If the soup does not have his consistency I also mashed the potatoes while they were in the pot and it made the consistency instead of being watering. It is a winner in the Davis household and it is very delicious on this cold winter day. Thanks for the recipe! ☆☆☆☆☆

Captain Munky
Captain Munky

Looks close but not correct, I cant give the recipe, due to a promise, but loose the broth, water and flour. dosnt use a chedder type cheese,except for garnish. missing the alcohol content and mushrooms, no basil and the pepper is not black no sugar. there is 2 types of cream used and of course Idaho pots. This is a great soup and should always give the wow factor, I can rem a chef using black pepper, was a good soup but not a wow soup, he was told to throw away and start again sticking to the recipe. 


@Captain Munky I love the Outback Potato Soup so want to clarify a couple things you said knowing you can't give specifics... If you lose the broth & water are you suggesting it only uses cream? And, you would obviously need more than 1 1/2 cups of cream.  Also if you don't use flour how do you thicken the cream? Thanks for your help!


I'm no expert, but I imagine it's a good bit of alcohol and more cream that's replacing the broth and water. I've heard of this method for cake recipes as well, using beer instead of water.

The Guff
The Guff

There are no mushrooms or alcohol in outbacks recipe. It does use flour and a roux. One type of cream and yes to black pepper. -ex front line prep cook for outback.


Outback server for a year, the soup comes in a bag, how would you ever know the ingredients? The servers slice open the bag to put it in the heater.


The soup never use to come in a bag. I worked at outback a few years ago and I would make the soup homemade ALL THE TIME. This is the closest recipe to the recipe. I have pictures of the original recipe cards.


I love this soup!! I did my own swing to it. I cook the onion,(My touch)garlic celery,carrots in to bacon grease. Then added butter and flour. I do prefer my soup ticker so left out the water. I also made mine with six potatoes. It turn out so good. Thank you


Actually outback's recipe calls for using a roux and adding it to the stock separately.

The Guff
The Guff

Correct. And chicken stock not broth is used.


This was easy to make and tasted prretty close to Outback's soup. Next time I make it, I will fry the onion in just bacon grease so it caramelizes. If you fry it with the butter as well, the onion just sweats and softens. I will also add just one stick of butter and just use chicken stock and not add the water. Soup was a little more liquidity then I like. Cooking the flour for more then 3 minutes will also help the flour brown, adding more flavor. Jumbo lump crabmeat added to soup at the end is a nice final touch.

Unofficial "Chef" who loves to share..

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