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Houlihan’s Baked Potato Soup

No one does Baked Potato Soup like Houlihans. They use instant mashed potato flakes for a special flare. Source Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Houlihan's Baked Potato Soup

Houlihan’s Baked Potato Soup


Houlihan's Baked Potato Soup

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  • Recipe Type: Soup
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Serves: 8
Houlihan's Baked Potato Soup

You can make potato soup that is much like Houlihan's with this recipe.


  • 1 and 1/2 pounds baking potatoes
  • 1/4 pound Butter
  • 2 cups yellow onion -- diced
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/4 cuplow sodium chicken base
  • 1 cup instant potato flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon tabasco sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt -- to taste
  • white pepper -- to taste


Preheat oven to 400. Prick washed potatoes & bake until a fork pierces to the center easily. Remove potatoes from oven & allow to fully cool. Remove skin & cut potatoes into 1/2" cubes. Set aside. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add onions & saute over low heat for 10 minutes or until onions are translucent. Don't allow onions to burn. Add flour to onions & butter and cook 4 - 5 minutes, stirring well until flour is absorbed. In a separate container, combine water, chicken base, potato flakes & seasonings. Stir or whisk thoroughly to eliminate lumps. Add slowly to onion mixture, stirring constantly so no lumps form. Increase to medium heat & continue cooking until the soup begins to gently simmer. Add milk & cream, stirring until smooth & lightly thickened. Simmer for 15 minutes. Do not boil. Soup should just simmer lightly. Add cubed baked potatoes & Stir to combine. Remove from heat & serve. Top each serving with grated Cheddar cheese, sliced scallions & bacon pieces.

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  • Nancy Manion

    Made this for dinner last night, my family LOVED it. Fixed salad to go with it. Cooked a pack of maple bacon and then ran it through my Magic Bullet chopper for a garnish on top, sprinkle of cheese and voila a wonderful, pleasing, filling meal that my husband and kids gobbled up. Six hours and 2 bowls later my husband was still pleasantly full. I added parsley, chives, and garlic to the seasonings. Used 3 cups of water and the other 2 cups chicken broth for more flavor. Also used 2 cans of carnation milk instead of heavy cream and regular milk….did not have any heavy cream, plus did not need the extra calories from heavy cream.

    • Stephanie

      Thank you for all of your great suggestions. Your additions were well thought out, I have never thought about using canned milk for heavy cream. I will have to give that a try sometime.

  • Jeannie Parisi

    Oh my daughter is going to be thrilled that I found this. The Houllihans closed by us and that was her favorite

  • Jeannie Parisi

    Oh my daughter is going to be thrilled that I found this. The Houllihans closed by us and that was her favorite

  • ediven

    I used flavored instant potato flakes and it was delicious. It added a depth of flavor. I also cooked the onion in the bacon fat. Good stuff.

  • Justin

    Was very easy to make. Too bland to be a stand-alone meal – would have been nice with a sandwich. Ended up adding some ham and doubling the spice contents.