Lightened Up Baked Potato Soup

Who doesn’t love baked potato soup?  I hesitate to order it in restaurants, though, because I have (foolishly) checked out the calorie and nutrition info online. I thought there must be a better, healthier way to make this soup, without losing any of the flavor. After a few tries, I came up with this keeper.

I bake the potatoes while making dinner the night before we’re having this.  Then, it only takes about half an hour to finish it up before dinner on the serving day.  I throw together a green salad, and we generally have some sort of crusty rolls with it. Hope your family enjoys it as much as mine!


Lightened Up Baked Potato Soup

  • 4 medium baking potatoes (about 2-1/2 lbs)
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 6 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 can (14-oz) fat free chicken broth
  • ¾ cup sliced green onions, divided
  • ½ cup bacon bits, or 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Pierce the potatoes all over with a fork, and bake for 1 hour or until tender. Let cool, then peel potatoes and mash them coarsely.

2. Place flour in a large Dutch oven; gradually add the milk, whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Cook over medium heat until thickened and bubbly (about 8 minutes), stirring frequently. Add mashed potatoes, ¾ cup cheese, and black pepper, stirring until cheese melts.

3. Reduce heat to low. Stir in sour cream, broth, and ½ cup green onions. Cook over low heat until hot throughout, about 10 minutes. Do not boil, though! Ladle into bowls and top with remaining onions, cheese, and about 1 Tbsp of crumbled bacon per serving.

Yield: 8 servings (about 1-1/2 cups each)

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6 thoughts on “Lightened Up Baked Potato Soup

  1. Thank you for making it lite!! I can’t make regular potato soup because has so many calories! I can’t wait to make this!! Yay!!

    • I know, Crystal…it always sounds so good, but you just can feel the pounds piling up on your hips! This really tastes just as good, I think, with many fewer calories.

    • I’ve not, Lisa…I think it would freeze okay, except it might separate a bit and need some half-and-half added when reheating, to smooth it out. Let me know if you try it, how it turns out!

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