Potato Pimento Cheese Soup Recipe | Slow Cooker It’s creamy, hearty & flavorful. Inspired by the popular Pimento Cheese spread, it’s sure to become a favorite!
I don’t even know where Pimento Cheese came from originally. All I know is it was primarily a regional dish until recent times when the internet and Pinterest spread regional favorites far and wide. I didn’t touch the stuff growing up. I was one of those none of my foods could touch on my plate and I ate one item at a time! All I know about Pimento Cheese was my Mom made for church dinners and family reunions.
I’m not the only one confused. There are two recognized spellings of the word pimento. It can be pimento or pimiento. Pimento is the Portuguese word for bell pepper. While Pimiento is derived from the Spanish word.
Of course, my tastes changed and now I love traditional Pimento Cheese. In fact, I made my family’s favorite Pimento Cheese, Jalapeno Pimento Cheese and The Masters Pimento Cheese to name a few and shared with you before!
What is a pimento anyway?
A pimento is a mild pepper. Also know as a cherry pepper, a pimento pepper is a large, red, heart shaped chili pepper. It’s sweet and more aromatic than a red bell pepper. Some varieties are hot. For this recipe and all my Pimento Cheese recipes, I use pimentos that are pickled and jarred.
I decided to take pimento cheese spread and turn it into a soup! Not only a soup, but an easy slow cooker soup! That’s right, there is very little hands on time spend on this recipe. The wonderful slow cooker does the work for you!
Potato Pimento Cheese Soup Recipe | Slow Cooker
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- 2 to 3 pounds potatoes peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup onion diced
- 6 cups chicken broth or stock
- 1 cup half and half
- 3 tablespoon all purpose flour
- 4 cups cheddar cheese shredded (I used a mild cheddar cheese), reserve some for garnish
- 1 4 ounce jar, diced pimento peppers, drained, reserve some for garnish
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup sour cream if desired
- 4 to 6 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
- Add onion and potatoes to slow cooker.
- Add chicken stock or broth, salt and pepper. Cook on high until soup is simmering.
- Check potatoes. They are done when they are fork tender.
- Meanwhile, toss grated cheddar in flour to coat.
- After you have the texture you want, add half & half, cheese/flour mixture and pimentos. Cook on medium 30 minutes until cheese is melted and soup has thickened slightly.
- Serve with sour cream, bacon.
- Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese and pimento
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Jennifer Barrow says
What a find! Can’t wait to make it. Could this be made with diced hash browns? Many thanks!
Yes, you can add hash browns, that would be wonderful!
I have received several containers of premade pimiento cheese through a co-op. Any suggestions on how to adapt this recipe using that, or any other recipes I could use it with? The only thing I have seen is for cheese straws. Thanks!
You can make this recipe omiting 4 cups cheese, pimentos and reduce the sour cream to 1/3 cup. Stir in the prepared pimeno cheese until it melts. It will be virtually the same.
You can make grilled pimento cheese sandwiches, grilled bacon and pimento or grilled tomato and pimento.
I don’t know how big your container is but you can stir in sour cream and make a dip. Cook it ina pie pan. I’d add 1/2 cup sour cream to 1 cup pimento cheese, you can top it with crushed ritz crackers, bake until hot and serve w/ Ritz or corn chips or tortilla chips. You can also top it with bacon (yum)
I’ll keep thinking of more ways to use it too.
Kim Honeycutt says
I’ve been eating pimento cheese as long as I can remember. I loved grilled pimento cheese sandwiches and Mom spread pimento cheese on celery and served it on a relish tray. Now, another thing I love is potato soup and look at what you’ve gone and done!!!! OH MY!!! Pinning this to try!!!
Kim in North Carolina
Natasha in Oz says
Thanks so much for joining the Say G’Day Linky Party. We have pinned your post to the Say G’Day Saturday board! Hope you can join in again this weekend!
Natasha in Oz
Found you at foodie friday. The pimento looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life says
I make a ton of soups once fall comes back around…pinning this one to try it!
I do a lot more, this is one of my all time favorites. Thanks for sharing Michelle!
Rina~I Thee Cook says
I am all about cheese soups! I could live off them. This sounds and looks amazing!
Thanks so much!
Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama says
This looks delicious, Paula! 🙂 I just tried pimento cheese for the first time while I was in Savannah, and I know I will love this soup!
Pinned to try soon and sharing!
I could live off Pimento Cheese. Thanks for visiting and sharing!
Julie @ This Gal Cooks says
Oh how I have been waiting for this soup recipes to pop up in my email box. I was drooling when you told me about it a couple weeks ago. YUM! Great recipe, Paula, Pinned and sharing on FB.
Thank you, it was so yummy! I hid it way back in the fridge so the family wouldn’t eat it!