Recipe: Disneyland’s Carnation Cafe Loaded Baked Potato Soup

16 Jan

It’s been a tiny bit since I have posted a recipe.  This one isn’t exactly experimental as I’ve made it multiple times before.  However, it came at the requested of my husband!  On our first trip to Disneyland, we had an amazing meal at Carnation Cafe with some amazing friends.  We also fell in love with the loaded baked potato soup.  Since we don’t get to Disneyland that often, I was thrilled when I found the recipe in on of our Disney cook books!

”]Although, I will admit my first thought was, can I really make a potato soup? The answer is yes.  It’s not too hard.  My arm does get tired from all the dicing, chopping, and stirring.  However, I have the help of some handy kitchen tools.   So yes, you too can make potato soup!

Ta-da! Finished soup!


1 pound bacon, roughly chopped
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
3/4 cup diced celery
4 large russet potatoes, peeled and diced
4 medium red potatoes, diced
1/4 cup flour
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
4 cups heavy cream

Optional Garnishes: chopped chives, bacon bits, sour cream, shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses


In a 6 – 8 quart stockpot over medium heat, fry bacon until crisp.

Remove bacon and drain on paper towels (reserve half for garnish). In the bacon fat, cook onions, carrots, and celery until the onions are translucent. Add potatoes and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Sprinkle in flour and stir constantly over low heat about 5 to 7 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly. Add stock and half of the bacon. Season with salt and pepper.

Over medium-high heat, bring the soup to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft. Mash some of the potatoes for thicker, creamier texture. Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes. Adjust thickness by adding water or stock. The soup should have a creamy consistency. Season to taste, and garnish with toppings, if desired.

*Chef’s Note: Soak diced potatoes in cold water until ready to use to keep them from turning brown. To make bacon easier to chop, lightly freeze.

potato soup in the making!

I really recommend freezing the bacon lightly to chop it.  We save half of the bacon to garnish and then also garnish with cheese.  It’s a super delicious, filling, fattening soup.  However, it’s super delicious, so I just tend to look over all the fat content of the heavy cream!  It’s perfect on a cold or cool day.


One Response to “Recipe: Disneyland’s Carnation Cafe Loaded Baked Potato Soup”

  1. Hope January 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    We got the recipe from the restaurant itself (autographed by Oscar himself – one of the few remaining employees that worked with Walt) and have YET to attempt this delicious soup. *lowers head in shame* I think it’s awesome that you guys have made it and keep it at the ready for yummy dinners/cold nights.

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