This healthy loaded baked potato soup recipe is inspired by the comforting flavor of fully loaded baked potatoes with bacon, Cheddar, sour cream and chives. To make a vegetarian version of this potato soup, omit the bacon and use “no-chicken” broth. Serve it with a green salad and crusty bread to clean up the bowl. It will warm you from your nose to your toes.
Keyword: bacon, potatoes
Method: Stove Top
Skill Level: Intermediate
Author: Marilyn Lesniak
2slicesbaconcut in half
1 1/2poundsmedium russet potatoes2-3, scrubbed and diced
4cupsreduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2cupreduced-fat sour cream
1/2cupshredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheesedivided
1/4teaspoonfreshly ground pepper
1/4cupsnipped chives or finely chopped scallion greens
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, turning occasionally, until crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel to drain, leaving the oil and bacon drippings in the pan. Add onion to the pan and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add potatoes and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer about half the potatoes to a bowl and mash until almost smooth, but still a little chunky. Return the mashed potatoes to the pan along with sour cream, 1/4 cup cheese and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the cheese is melted and the soup is heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve garnished with crumbled bacon, the remaining 1/4 cup cheese and chives (or scallion greens).