Feb 15, 2011

Baked Potato Soup




Everything you love about a baked potato loaded with cheddar, bacon and chives, in the form of a soup!

I've had several requests to make-over this soup (You really like to challenge me, don't you!) I was a little stumped on how I was going to take something as carb rich as potatoes, with added fat like sour cream, cheese and bacon, light!

I knew I had to hide a vegetable in this soup to bulk it up without added calories. My first attempt was parsnips, but the flavor was too overwhelming. My second attempt was cauliflower, knowing how much you all love my Creamy cauliflower puree recipe and it was a winner. It really made me feel like I was eating a loaded baked potato, without all the guilt. This would also be great topped with broccoli and cheese if you prefer to forgo the bacon.

Baked Potato Soup
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 5 Size: 1 cup Old Points: 4 pts Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 207.6 • Fat: 7.8 gCarb: 22.5 g • Fiber: 2.4 g  Protein: 11.9 g

Ingredients:

  • 2 russet potatoes, washed and dried
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, stem removed cut into florets
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups 1% reduced-fat milk
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 10 tbsp reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 tbsp chopped chives, divided
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (you can use turkey bacon if you prefer)

Directions:

Pierce potatoes with a fork; microwave on high for 5 minutes turn over and microwave another 3 - 5 minutes, until tender. Or if you prefer to use your oven, bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool. Peel potatoes.

Meanwhile, steam cauliflower with water in a large covered pot until tender. Drain and return to pot. On medium heat, add chicken broth, milk, potatoes and bring to a boil. Use an immersion blender to puree until smooth. Add sour cream, half the chives, salt and pepper and cook on low another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat. Ladle 1 cup soup into each bowl. Top each serving with 2 tbsp cheese, remaining chives, and bacon.

378 comments :

  1. Oh my gosh.. seriously!? This looks fantastic! Printing out and will be trying soon. Thanks Gina!

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  2. Thank you! I have a "loaded baked potato soup" recipe that is killer... in taste AND calories! Will make this one soon and enjoy a guilt free potato soup again!! YAY!

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  3. Oh this sounds SO yummy! I can't wait to try it.

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  4. Can't wait to try this. I've been staring at my own baked potato soup recipe this week trying to figure out how to lighten it up AND still have my picky hubby and 4 year old eat it! Thanks.

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  5. Sounds yummy. I wonder if I can sneak the cauliflower past my veggie-hating husband and son.

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  6. I can't wait to make this for lunch today, and we are having southwestern meatballs for dinner. Your recipes have helped me lose 20 pounds since the beginning of the year. Thank you SO MUCH. My husband and 2 year old also like all the diverse recipes. Keep them coming!!

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  7. Yay! I am soo excited! I can't wait to try it tonight! Thanks Gina!

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  8. I love baked potato soup! I make it any time I have leftover mashed potatoes. Quick and easy! Yours looks FAB!!

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  9. that looks gorgeous :-))

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  10. YUMMERS!!! Not only did you makeover something fab but you did it for only 5 points!!! Thanks a mil!

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  11. I'm in heaven just looking at that!!

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  12. That soup looks fantastic!

    I have not stopped by in a while, but after looking overs some of these recipes, I bookmarked this in my tool bar so your recipes are always close by. Thanks so much for all your work to keep this website up to date with great recipes for all of us trying to get healthier.

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  13. This sounds so good! When I checked the Points + I came up with 7 points...still not bad. Thanks for all the great recipes!

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  14. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! You must have read my mind, I just searched the internet for a baked potato soup that was 'healthy' last week. Can't wait to try this!!!!

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  15. Very cool, looks delish and full of flavor.

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  16. Ann, it's 5 points plus, my NI was off.

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  17. Any suggestions for if you don't own an immersion blender? Can I use my regular blender?

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  18. I think I need to give away some immersion blenders!!

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  19. A regular blender would work too, messy but it would work fine.

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  20. So will a hand mixer work or is the immersion blender needed?

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  21. Gina, can you give an idea of how big the potatoes should be? An estimated weight would be really helpful. Love your recipes!

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  22. Just made this today, mostly to freeze for later. Yummo! Just took my first bite (without the cheese or bacon.) Very good! Still can taste the cauliflower but that doesn't me as I like it. But, for cauliflower haters that you are trying to impress, they might notice. I think this recipe will be taking the place of my traditional potato soup recipes! Thanks! So glad I ran into this site! Looking forward to exploring it some more!

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  23. I also have a question about the immersion blender... I do not have one. Just gong to use my regular blender that has a puree feature... Just to be clear on using a regular blender, I am doing to puree the entire soup? Potatoes and all?

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  24. OMG! I love baked potato soup! I can not wait to try this! Thank you!

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  25. I just made this for supper tonight. I like my soups a little chunky, so I added one of the potatos before blending, then added the other and stirred it in. It's good... not as good as the kind that is full of butter... but good :)

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  26. OH MY GOSH!!! My husband, 18 month old daughter and I just had this for dinner. SOOOOO good!!
    My husband actually said it's the best thing I've ever made (that's including non healthy items..)

    I didn't have any 1% milk so I used fat free half and half (which im sure raised the points) and I also used bacon bits instead of real bacon (who has time to cook bacon these days) ;-) which I think is less points.
    Does anyone know how to change the calculation of old points?

    Thank you so much for this recipe. It is definitely going to be in regular rotation in our household..

    Oh- and for those without an immersion blender- they're really inexpensive on amazon and I think you will use it more than you think. Everyone told me it was a waste of money and I use it ALL of the time. My regular blender however- I never get that stupid thing out... Just FYI- worth the investment for your time and cleanliness

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  27. Amazing recipe! Tried it last night. I sliced thick turkey bacon and browned it in the pot. Then I removed it and added the ingredients as shown in the recipe. This lets the bacon flavor permeate into the soup. IMPORTANT: take the time to blend the soup really well, otherwise its not such a pleasing texture. I also put the bacon in the soup to let it cook and get more of the flavor in the soup. And finally, I used green onion instead of chives for more flavor. Great recipe! Everyone LOVED it and could not believe there was cauliflower in it... Thats my healthy secret ;).

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  28. I just found you and I have to say, I am thrilled. I used to be on WW, and I just got so sick of trying to count up points for my homemade recipes I kind of started slacking. And then I realized I was really annoyed with the amount of processed food you have to buy to get "light" things. So this is fantastic. Great, homemade recipes with whole ingredients. I can't wait to try one.

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  29. My mom used to make a similar version of this soup when I was growing up--but I love how yours is the lightened up version :-)

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  30. Made this last night, it was truly magnificent. 17YO DD and 12YO DS ate it up, and DD even KNEW it had cauliflower in it!! She asked for seconds.

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  31. Thanks so much for this...i love going to a particular restaurant here in my hometown and getting their baked potato soup...but i know the only thing "healthy" about it is the potatoes :) So thanks again for this...looking forward to making it...i know it will be delicious!

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  32. Would I be able to get away with using a steamable bag of cauliflower?

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  33. This soup is AWESOME! Texture is perfect and tastes like potatoes. Thanks Gina.

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  34. It sounds absolutely delicious, perfect winter comfort food - but without all the calories, perfect!

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  35. I was wondering if you have the sodium content for any of your recipes? My H is trying to watch his sodium and always asks how much is in whatever I'm making. Thanks!

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  36. Ironically, I purchased a small head of cauliflower just this weekend. This will be perfect for it! I will make it tonight and let you know if my extra picky hubby likes it. As for me...I love ANYTHING! hahahaha

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  37. Just wondering, has anyone tried freezing this or other creamy-type soups? I hate throwing food away but sometimes after a couple servings, I've had quite enough! Any info would be great!

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  38. Gina, this soup looks marvelous! I'd say it would be great to warm up to this winter, but it's not quite winter here in SoCal, hah. We're into spring already! That won't stop me from making a warm and cozy baked potato soup, though. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. You can use a regular blender if you don't have an immersion blender. I like to blend it until smooth, but others may like it chunky, so it's completely up to you.

    Steamed cauliflower from a bag would be fine.

    I don't have sodium listed, because I never tell people how much salt to add since it's to each individual's taste and dietary restrictions. Use low sodium broth, and omit the salt if need be.

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  40. I get sick of eating the same thing too, I always have success freezing my soups.

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  41. OMG we ate this for supper last night.....AMAZING!! and so healthy and easy!!! Great recipes Gina. THANKS!!

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  42. This was delicious for dinner tonight with some turkey. I used fat free milk and 0% Fage and it was delicious. Thank you!

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  43. Wow! You hit this one out of the park!

    I skipped the Immersion blender and put mine straight into the vita mix. I only pureed the cauliflower and left the potatoes chunky. I couldn't even tell there was cauliflower in there.

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  44. I made it last night and it was amazing! The hubby helped himself to about 4 servings and swears it's not a healthy dish lol

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  45. Oh I'm so happy to hear good comments!! Very happy you all enjoyed it!

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  46. I made this last night, along with a pork roast and salad, my husband went for seconds..it was delicous and filling!! I used real bacon bits instead and put them right in the soup, and it gave it even more flavour!

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  47. Can I skip the sour cream?

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  48. Awesome recipe! I just finished a bowl of this for supper. Thanks

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  49. Just an FYI, there were no instructions to dice (or chop) the potato before adding but no way an immersion blender could chunk up a whole cooked potato without a heck of a mess.

    I pureed the soup base with the cauliflower until smooth but then left some chunks of potato. Also, even though I got the two smallest russets I could find once they were added and blended it was the consistency of runny mashed potatoes so I added another cup of chicken stock.

    Also, the 1/2 cup cheese divided is just to be used as a topping, not to be included IN the soup (w extra for topping)? I think it could go either way, but wanted to check.

    I have it simmering on the stove for dinner. YUM!

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  50. Hi Gina-

    Thanks so much for your recipes! I was wondering if you could guess how much cauliflower I should use if I used frozen instead. Thanks again!

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  51. It is what it is, I just changed that, the NI was actually for more cheese listed in the directions. It's 2 tbsp for each on top, which is a little more than 1/2 cup. All points and NI are correct.

    I always use my immersion blender in the sink, just in case, but this soup is pretty thick. If you like it soupier, adding more broth is the way to go, serving sizes will be a little larger.

    Angie- I would guess 3 cups chopped? Maybe 4?

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  52. Yummy! I just made and ate this! It was pretty easy to make overall. I microwaved the cauliflower instead of steaming. Really tasty. I am becoming a big fan of cauliflower lately and this was perfect. Even my picky fiance liked it...mostly because of the bacon. Keep the good recipes coming!

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  53. Love, love your photos! Gorgeous! This looks so good. I've been craving this soup since Angelo made it on Top Chef this week. ;)

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  54. Two thumbs up! I did not detect any cauliflower at all after adding the cheese and scallions (what I had on hand). My daughter didn't notice either!

    I used frozen cauliflower and it was delish. I even added a lttle extra broth to thin out a bit more.

    Wish I doubled it!!! Thanks Gina!

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  55. I had to come back and tell you thanks for this one, Gina! I cook a lot of your recipes and this is going to be a new regular in the rotation - SO GOOD! question - do you transfer soup into a mixing bowl to use the immersion blender/ that's what I did.

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  56. This soup was sooo good, I love Baked Potato Soup and this really hit the spot. I also made the cheddar biscuits with the soup and it was a delicious low point dinner. I love eating healthy and not ever feel like I'm giving up the good stuff. This is my favorite recipe site!! Thanks Gina you inspire me!

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  57. Made it yesterday and my classically trained chef husband gave it a thumbs up.....thanks!!

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  58. Just made this for dinner, and both the hubs and I loved it! Adding in cauliflower and half milk/half chicken stock didn't detract from the rich and creamy pureed soup at all. Great recipe!

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  59. OMG, so good. You would never know there is cauliflower in there. I sent to my mother to make to test on my father who hates cauliflower...we'll see how it goes. I'll bet he will love it too!

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  60. So delicious, thanks Gina!! I made this tonight and added my own little tweaks, as I'm sure we all do. Gina, you definitely like your soups thick!! :) I added a little extra chicken broth and milk to mine--makes it go farther too! Also, I cooked some chopped onions (about a half an onion) in a bit of olive oil as well for added flavor. Oh, and added a few red pepper flakes for a little zing! Thanks again, we LOVED this recipe.

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  61. This is SO good! I made dinner for myself and my dad and this got a thumbs up from a guy who normally scoffs at soups for dinner.

    Mine was a little thin, for whatever reason, so I thickened it up with some instant potato flakes and it was perfect!

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  62. AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING! Thank you for doing this cause you are making my life soooo much easier!

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  63. Loved this soup!!! Was a little worried that the cauliflower would ruin the texture by making it too watery but once the soup was finished I couldn't even tell it was in there. This was so delicious - can't wait to make it again!

    ~Catherine~

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  64. Having this for dinner tonight with the Easy Garlic Cheddar Biscuits! I added a tablespoon of parmesan to the soup and topped with half reduced fat cheddar, half reduced fat pepperjack...yum!

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  65. Yum! I just made it minus the bacon - just because I didn't get that cooking in time - it was done and I was so hungry so I ate a serving...yum...my hubby loves it too.

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  66. This soup was amazing. My husband said it was the best thing I have ever made him. I did add in some more spices: white pepper, garlic powder & a few dashes of Worcestershire. Instead of putting the cheese in the soup I put blue cheese on top with one slice of bacon crumbled up.

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  67. This recipe looks amazing! I saw the link to this website on someone's Facebook and already shared it with my sisters.....and I have not even gotten to the second page. Ha.

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  68. What can I use if I don't have immersion blender?

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  69. Yummy! Made this for dinner over the weekend and didn't end up with any leftovers :( Even my picky 3 year old loved it!

    For anyone without an immersion blender, I used my handheld mixer and beat it on LOW for 1-2 minutes and it had an excellent consistency! Much less messy than pouring it into a blender, but don't turn up the speed too much or there will be a mess!

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  70. Has anyone tried this with soy

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  71. This same concept works brilliantly with shepherd's pie! I make mine with the veggie ground round and use a mixture of pureed cauliflower, sweet potato and russet potato for the topping! It's SO delish - and a nice way to keep the starches and points down!!!

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  72. My brother and I made this for dinner last night, and all 9 of us loved it (from Daddy on down to 2-yr-old sister)! As he was eating it, my Dad said, "This is the best soup I've ever had!!" I'll be making it again soon. :-)

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  73. This was great! I made it tonight, but with a few changes. I made bigger servings (4 servings instead of 5) but lower points...I used skim milk instead of 1% and turkey bacon (zero points!). I thought it needed quite a bit of salt and pepper for flavor, but that's a personal preference =)

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  74. Kbear, sounds yummy!

    Angela, aww!

    Anonymous, salt and pepper is always to taste : )

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  75. Gina - I loved this soup - I had to make a few substitutions as I saw the recipe and HAD to make it there and then - didn't have bacon but had a couple of sliced of black forest ham that was supposed to be for hubby's lunch but..lol so just diced it and cooked it with a tiny amount of oil with a small diced onion - no green onions on hand! - Also didn't have any sour cream left so left that out completely but it was still delicious - I froze some portions and it was still good - now I have to make the original recipe! Thanks so much

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  76. I made this the other day and am absolutely in love! I have made quite a few things from your blog and this is one of my favs! thanks so much for all the yummy ideas!

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  77. Another hit - I added a couple of cups of chopped broccoli and I've got lunch for the week.

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  78. I made this for dinner tonight and really liked it. I thought it was a tad bland, but I also like to keep too much sodium out of my food, so instead of going too heavy on that, I added in a couple dashes each of garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. I thought that helped a lot. I also subbed fat free greek yogurt for the sour cream, and only had 2% milk on hand, hoping the points would cancel out! I got 6 - 1 cup servings, bringing the total points+ per serving to 4 (no bacon but did have 2 tbsp shredded cheddar, included in points). I ate 2 myself for dinner and it was quite filling. I definitely want to try with broccoli. Thanks for the amazing recipes!

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  79. Awesome ty!!!! Its cooking now.. instead of using immersion blender I used my Magic bullet and ran the cauliflower through it before I cooked it as well as the baked potato.. its so amazingly thick and creamy.. cant wait to eat!! Thank you

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  80. I made this yesterday and its all gone! I had to make some impromptu changes but here is what I did:
    1. I used frozen cauliflower and cooked it as instructed, then tossed it in my magic bullet blender with a little water and it pureed great!
    2. As I was slicing my potatoes I found they were almost all bad so I was left with about 1 potato that was edible. I found a box of potatoes au gratin in my pantry and cooked the potatoes in that and added them in the end since we like a chunky soup!
    3. I also added chopped up turkey bacon into the soup along with a small sprinkle of cheese.

    It was a huge hit! What a fantastic recipe... everyone was trying to figure out where the cauliflower went ;-)

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  81. Truly one of the most amazing low calorie recipes I've found in the last 2 years. Works well with frozen cauliflower for convenience.

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  82. Not only healthy, but no added salt! My mom is on Dialysis so this will be perfect to share. Thanks!

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  83. So wonderful. Everyone loved it and no one guessed. They were even more excited when I "told". I subbed in some lit cream cheese for the sour cream as I had it at hand and was quite tasty!

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  84. This is amazing!!!!! To blog readers: If you have not tried this yet than get up and make it. So good!

    Gina: Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! So glad to have found your blog. I ran out and bought an immersion blender just to make this soup. So worth it!!!

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  85. My kids who claim that cooked cauliflower is "gross" devoured this, begging for a second bowl. It was amazing. As I usually do, I added a few things. I added onion, celery and garlic in here, because I just can't make a soup without it! LOL

    Fantastic, as all the recipes I've tried from here are.

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  86. Hi gina! I have made so many of your recipes and they are all great. Never have I read a cookbook, watched a cooking show or read a blog where literally every recipe I tried was tasty :) and good for you to boot! Regarding this soup?: I really dislike the flavor of cauliflower unless I roast it. Would roasted cauliflower work well in this soup instead of steamed? Also, is it worth the extra time? I'm not sure how strong of a cauliflower flavor is in the original recipe so if the added time of roasting it vs steaming it isn't worth it I will just make the soup as is. Thank you so much for your opinion! Keep up the awesome work :)

    Jackie

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  87. I recently discovered your site and it is wonderful to find recipes that I can eat on WW and yet my whole family can enjoy. My husband called this "a warm bowl of awesomeness" and my 9 year old son said it was the best soup he's ever had. I don't really like cauliflower, but in this is was so very, very delicious. Thank you!

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  88. Love all the reviews, thanks your comments are so helpful to others!! I appreciate you all taking the time to write.

    Thanks Jackie! I'm sure it would be great roasted!

    Holly, a warm bowl of awesomeness! Love that, I may need to use that sometime!

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  89. So I'm sitting here eating this, and all i keep thinking is I must have done something wrong....this tastes way too good! Gina you've done it again! Another AMAZING recipe!! Thanks for everything you're doing to help my weight loss journey!

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  90. You scared me for a second! Glad you liked it Sarah!

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  91. Fabulous! You are my new weight loss best friend!!!!!! Glad I found your site :)

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  92. i made this for dinner a few nights ago and LOVED IT. might be one of my top favorite recipes of yours (which is saying something because your blog is my go-to!). just a warning, be careful when simmering the soup once it's blended, if it gets too hot, and because it's so thick, its starts splattering up and out of the pot, and i unfortunately got a few burns from it. but that's my mistake, not anything to do with the recipe. amazing!! :)

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  93. I made this for dinner the other night and was a little nervous that my husband wouldn't like it. I'll confess that without the toppings, it does taste a little cauliflowery to us, but with the toppings you totally think you're eating a very fattening loaded baked potato soup! :) It reheated well for leftovers the next day so we got to enjoy it twice. The recipe is a keeper for two reasons: 1. you feel like you're eating something decadent but that actually has some really good-for-you ingredients, and 2. it's soooo filling and satisfying! Thanks!!

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  94. Made this for dinner tonight and it was great!! I used frozen cauliflower and I used an electric beater, I dont have a blender, and it was perfect!

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  95. I'm making this tonight, I'm so excited!

    Megan

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  96. Made this for the 1st time tonight. Since I like potato skin and it's supposed to be good for you, I left the skin on and used my blender. It worked out GREAT with less fuss! Another YUMMY recipe!!

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  97. This was so good. I thought I bought lite sour cream but bought regular instead...oops. I added 2 more points per serving just to be safe. Next time I will pay attention. However, this was great "feel good" food!

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  98. Wow! This was EXCELLENT! Thanks for another great recipe. I don't have an immersion blender (although it's on my Christmas list :), so I put it in the food processor and it came out perfectly. I also used nf greek yogurt instead of sour cream, it's what I had on hand. My husband had seconds and my 2 year old had thirds! (unheard of). Will definitely be making this again and often!

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  99. ok so my family would be able to taste the cauliflower if there is any trace of that flavor in the soup at all....so my question is can you taste the cauliflower at all??? I want to make this for dinner tonight! And what would happen if i omitted the cauliflower? just curious Oh and I am going to use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to make it vegetarian, will that be ok too?

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  101. I made it and you can't taste the cauliflower at all :) and I switched the chicken broth to fat free vegetable broth :) and taste yummy!!!!

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  102. This sounds yummy would like to try tonight. Is this the main course? Do you usually have this alone or with something else? Just want to see what everyone does. Thanks Bev

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  103. I think it's filling enough as a main course.

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  104. I just made this for dinner for my SUPER PICKY fiance. He hates veggies and "anything green" as he says. I *failed to mention* the cauliflower in this recipe and he LOVED it. Went back for seconds even! This was amazing. The only thing I did a little differently was I pureed half the potatoes and all the cauliflower and then I cut up the other half of the potatoes and put them in to give it a little more dimension.

    Thanks Gina!!

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  105. Got this on the stove right now and just by a few licks of the spoon, I know my hubby and I are going to LOVE this soup! (Can't wait to get the cheese and crumpled bacon in there!) I'm sure this is going to become a favorite in our house especially with the cooler months ahead.
    I love you, Gina, and I love what you do!!!

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  106. Anyone tried making this in a crock pot? Just curious if it would work...

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  107. I just discovered this site a week ago and this soup is the 6th recipe I've made from your site this week! The only suggestion I have is when seasoning the soup, I found just plain salt to be a bit bland, so I used seasoned salt instead. It was delicious and my 2 year old kept saying "Yummy tummy!" while eating it!

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  108. love this recipe and just it on my blog www.theglammom.com

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  109. Hey just wanted to let you know that this yummy recipe made my Friday Five Foodie Finds! Thanks for sharing your potato soup with us! :-)
    http://semihealthnut.blogspot.com/2011/10/friday-five-foodie-finds-3-new-favorite.html

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  110. I love how all your recipes turn out right for me. So delicious! I made the soup with the garlic broccoli and it was great! Thank you!

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  111. This soup is so good!!!! I couldn't taste the cauliflower in it at all! I did add an extra cup of chicken broth to mine to make it a little thinner but it was superb!!! Definitely will make this one again!

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  112. GINA! I just made this..It is AMAZING! Here it's a rainy cool fall day, teenagers are home for the afternoon.. they think I am a ROCK STAR (thanks to your recipes..) And I am down 17 lbs (doing WW) in large part thanks to your "teenager boy friendly" recipes. xxx Thank you.

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  113. Hi, thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It is one of my favorite fall/winter soups. So I tried it today for lunch for my DH and myself. It was super. I must say that I did add some lo-fat cream cheese(I just couldnt help it). You couldnt tell this was made from cauliflower. Thank you for sharing:)

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  114. Loved the soup. Was a chilly day and thought it sounded so good. My husband loved it and had 2 bowls. I think next time I am going to leave potato in chunks. I sure will make it again. Thank you for sharing. There are so many that I am going to try. Thanks again! :)

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  115. This soup was delicious, even my "meat and potatoes" dad admitted it was good! thanks soo much!

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  116. I cant wait to try this!! I am cooking it in my crock pot right now and it already smells so good! I did add diced carrots and onions..I am going to leave it a little chunky...and I cooked up diced turkey bacon and added it directly to the soup....Oh I cant wait! Thank you for all your amazing recipes! <3

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  117. I didn't read thru all the comments-- but Bacos are made with soy-- not meat-- you could have the bacon, too !

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  118. Jordan Jackson10/25/11, 8:56 PM

    Made this a couple of days ago & warmed it up for lunch again today & it was JUST as DELICIOUS as day one! The only suggestion I have is adding an extra potato & leaving it chunky. Aside from that, it was AMAZING!! Thank you for a recipe that keeps me feeling great in & out of the kitchen :)

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  119. Made this today and LOVED it! I didn't remove all the potato skin, mainly because I love the skins. Great excuse to buy an immersion blender!

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  120. All I have to say is the whole pot is only 25pts!! Wow that means I can eat amazing potato soup for breakfast lunch and dinner and not feel guilty!!! Yessssss LOL hahahaha This stuff is amaaaazing!! Thanks so much!

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  121. This is delicious! I made this last night
    (10/27/2011) and loved it! Had leftovers today....shared the recipes with my sisters. A perfect comfort food meal! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  122. This looks so delicious! I looked through all the comments but didn't find this answer- How big of potatoes? I'm afraid mine will be bigger than the ones you used and that will up the points. Thank you so much!

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  123. So, so good. Third recipe I've made from your site and each one has been a success :) Easy recipes, simple ingredients, delicious taste, and healthy, too! Can't go wrong. I've already recommended your site to friends and you can bet I'll be back here often!

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  124. I HATE cauliflower! However this soup is AMAZING! Perfect for dinner before Trick or Treating in Maine! Thank you so much for all you do for us!

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  125. incredible! the whole family LOVED it! (including two very picky boys ages 5 and 2) thanks so much ~ i've made at least 6 recipes from your site and all have been fantastic!

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  126. Quick question. I cook at night and eat all week. If I cook the bacon should I "save it" for when I eat it, or just put it on top and warm it when I warn the soup? Thanks, I'm so excited to try this.

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  127. Save the bacon for when you are ready to serve it. You can keep it in your fridge.

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  128. Gina! This soup is the best!i was slightly skeptical about the caulflower but you truly can't taste it! wow! More soups please!

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  129. Pretty tasty, but a bit unexciting (except for when I lit an oven mitt on fire while cooking it). I did,however, not have all the ingredients and had to improvise a bit. I didn't realize till after I combined the potatoes, broth, and milk with the cauliflower that the whole thing was to be pureed. I took a taste and threw in a bunch of frozen broccoli. It needed some chunks. I think next time I make this I will leave the potatoes in chunks, or only puree some of them. I didn't have any bacon or scallions on hand, and I only had a cup of broth and used extra milk to make up the difference. I think this might be why I found it a bit unexciting. The cauliflower is invisible in here! I'm excited to cook up some Canadian bacon tomorrow and have it for lunch. I'll definitely make this again and play with it a bit.

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  130. So delishious! Will for sure be making this again! Simple, cheap and tasty!

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  131. Just enjoyed a cup of this soup for lunch. It is delicious :) Thanks for the terrific recipe!

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  132. What is the weight of the potatoes?

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  133. Very good! Love it!

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  134. Awesome!! made last night for my super picky husband, and he loved it!! Couldn't even tell there was cauliflower in it!! New favorite site!! Keep up the good work!!

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  135. This is DELICIOUS! I made it and my boyfriend had 3 bowls. He couldn't stop commenting on how good it was. After he finished his last bowl, he said, "this is for sure a keeper".
    I have made 'light' baked potato soup before but this is by far the best. I really liked the cauliflower taste over the heavy taste of a soup filled with potatoes. I will say I used the bacon grease in the soup and cooked the cauliflower in some before I pureed it. This will definitely be made again, and again. And my other 'skinny baked potato' soup recipes will be thrown out. Thanks for the recipe! This site is a gem!!!

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  136. I made this for my dad over the weekend. It was delicious! I didn't reveal to him until days later that it included cauliflower. The immersion blender definitely helps and is a good investment. I found a cheap one at Target--about $20. We'll see how long it lasts. Next time I make this I may leave chunks of potato as mentioned in past comments.

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  137. I just made this again and calculated the points using what I had on hand and I got a total of 20 pts + (the whole pot) and I also got 6 cups total soup. What I did different was I used Lactaid Fat free milk 1 1/2 cups (3 pts.), 1/2 Cup Fat free sour cream (4 pts), Oscar Mayer Center Cut bacon 3 strips (2pts.), Kraft 2% Shredded cheddar 10 Tbl (5pts.) 2 potatoes about 2 cups cooked (6pts)I added salt pepper and Paula Deen's House seasoning(love this stuff) just a blend of sea salt onion garlic and pepper.I also used chopped Italian Parsley cause I did not have chives(didn't want to spend $3 on a tiny container) This is awesome for me cause that means 1 cup is like 3.33 pts+ the only thing I could think of as to why I got more is my cauliflower might have been a little bigger than before and I added about 1/2 cup more FF broth. I was amazing again and for fewer points awesome!!!! If I am missing something someone please tell me cause this is almost too good to be true!!! (:o)

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  138. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this soup!!! Even my 2 year old loves it!

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  139. just made this last night. so very tasty. to echo everyone else: cauliflower is undetectable. i added a tiny bit of cornstarch to thicken some. i also like the idea of leaving a few potatoes chunky, but it was tasty pureed too.
    thank you so much Gina for all your work and for making healthy taste good!

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  140. This is very very good. A perfect lunch for cool weather. Another winner, thanks Gina!

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  141. GINA!!!!!

    I just finished a bowl of this!
    This was SOOOOO good! And so easy!
    My husband said you would never guess it was light, couldn't even taste the cauliflower, and he said it tasted liked it cooked all day.

    I think the little bits of real potato are the key!

    I followed the room exactly, except I used real bacon bits and a Magic Bullet for puree. Also, I added the bacon bits to the soup.

    I had additional bacon bits, cheese, and chives for garnish.

    My pot figured out to 7 1-cup servings!

    Thank you so much! This one is going into rotation!!

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  142. THIS SOUP IS THE BOMB! My entire family LOVES IT!

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  143. The temperature dropped 20 degrees overnight, I fear winter is near but with this soup I just warmed up to the season change. I made this tonight for dinner and it was quick and easy. My husband stated it tastes just like a baked potato and was raving! Little did he know it has cauliflower! Will be continually making this soup throughout the cold winter nights ahead.

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  144. Just made this for dinner and my whole family loved it! So filling & delicious!

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  145. I just made this!!!! It turned out great! I feel like this blog was a truly great find for the weight watcher. Thanks Gina!

    Trish in WA

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  146. I made this tonight...so good! I did think however that the soup was missing something so I added a little garlic powerful the soup, it added a little more flavor. It was so good tho, love ur site.

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  147. I meant garlic powder lol

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  148. LOVED this! I just finished making it, but my potatoes were rotten (whoops!) so I obviously didn't use them...but it is still sooo yummy! I can't wait to buy more potatoes and try again the RIGHT way! I'm sharing this with everyone I know. Great recipe!

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  149. Oh my goodness....I just cooked this recipe, and it is TO DIE FOR. My brother and sister in law are in town, and they're very picky about food....I didn't tell them that there was cauliflower in it, and they think it is amazing. Thank you so much for great tasting, not too bad for you food!

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  150. i bookmarked this recipe forever ago and am just trying it tonight. i am too lame to have an immersion blender yet (it's on my Christmas wish list!) but i'm going to puree everything in my blender, save a good chunk of potatoes to add back in. it smells heavenly.

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  151. My kids love this. Lord help me if they ever found out about the cauliflower. Ive found its much easier to just get some hormel bacon pieces. Less dishes to do too

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  152. my mouth is drooling!! im so making this asap!!!
    thanks for your amazing blog!! i love it!!
    http://meganmikitahair.blogspot.com check out my blog!!! ;)

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  153. This is amazing, just finished my bowl and want to go to the rest of the pot. I left my skins on and it was absolutely fantastic!!!

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  154. Another delicious soup from Skinny Taste! Keep them coming!

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  155. I made this today for my girlfriends. YUM!! There is not a drop left!

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  156. I just received an immersion blender for Christmas, and have been waiting for one simply to make THIS recipe. Just made this for my husband and I...Amazing! I finished my bowl so fast, and just had to comment. Thanks Gina! Keep the soup recipes coming...they are perfect for winter!

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  157. I made this soup tonight and I LOVED it!! Thanks so much for the great recipe.

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  158. This turned out great and my husband loved it too! It's been added to the rotation!

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  159. This soup was delicious and so filling! My husband and I loved it, and the best part is that we have leftovers for the week:) Thanks Gina.

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  160. Made this soup today for noon and it is awesome! I can't believe how you do it. Thank you, thank you! And Happy New Year! Looking forward to what you will be sharing in 2012.

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  161. Absolutely delicious. My husband really enjoyed it too and I will be making this many more times in the future. Super easy and guilt free. Thank you for all that you do to provide us with such great recipes. I look forward to what you have in store for 2012. This was a perfect recipe start to our New Year.

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  162. I found your website yesterday and am I ever glad I did! I made the baked potato soup for lunch and it was fantastic! It tasted just like a baked potato. It takes a bit of prep work, but once you have everything ready, it comes together quickly. Your website has been added to my Favourites tab.

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  163. Made this tonight - it is great - especially on a cold winter night!

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  164. Courtney S.1/3/12, 1:33 PM

    This was SO delicious -- even my 1 and 4 year olds ate it! I doubled it up so I'd have some for leftovers. However, when I added the ingredients into the WW tool, it gave me 7 points+. Not sure why mine came up different?

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  165. It is finally chilly here in Florida and I made this last night! It was AWESOME!

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  166. Gina- I have some small bliss potatoes- not russets. How many ounces/cups of potatoes would you say you used? Thanks! Would love to make this tonight :)

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  167. Made this with red potatoes the other night (all I had on hand) & the whole family LOVED it! Can't wait to try more of your recipes! ;)

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  168. OMG, you are my new best friend. I made this today and I will definately be making it again. I am a vegetarian so I omitted the bacon and used vegetable stock. It tasted sinful. Thank you so much.

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  169. Perfect remedy for a chilly New England night. I steamed the cauliflower in the microwave and used plain fat-free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream (I forgot that we had run out). It was a hit with my husband - even after I confessed about the cauliflower. Of course, bacon and cheese make it pretty much a no-brainer here.

    Your pork carnitas are next up for me to try.

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  170. I made this today for dinner and It was pretty good. My sister asked me to make it so I did. It was interesting using an immersion blender. lol
    I didn't have all of the toppings (Cheese) and I think that took away from what it could have tasted like, but other than my own mishap it was very good.

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  171. I made this and it was great! My husband didn't have a clue that there was cauliflower in it. My husband and duaghters want me to make it again.

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  172. OMG _ this is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!

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  173. AMAZING! This is so simple to make and packs such delicious flavor! I am making this dish for my in-laws this week. My father-in-law doesn't do vegetables, so I always try to sneak them into a dish whenever possible! This is so delicious he will never know!
    I used center cut bacon which has been a really awesome find! 3 slices of cooked center cut bacon is 2 Points+ while 3 slices of regular bacon is 4 P+. It really has all the flavor of the original, just leaner, I highly reccomend it!
    Also, I used reduced fat smoked gouda from Trader Joes because I did not have cheddar on hand. A delicious, smokey addition!
    Thanks SO much!

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  174. I made this today and absolutely love it! I have never made soup before, so I was surprised how easy this was AND how delicious it was! I trusted other commenters that said they couldn't taste the cauliflower, and they were right--it's totally unnoticeable.
    I do not have an immersion blender, so I used my rocket blender to puree both the cauliflower and then the potatoes, saving some cut up potato pieces to put into the soup (and I left the skin on for those). This is really a delicious soup. I was hoping it would last all week as dinner, but it may just last a few days because it is so tasty! Thanks for a great recipe!

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  175. YUM!! The only thing wrong with this soup is that I had to have a 2nd bowl!! Loved it!! Blogged about it!! :)

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  176. Great recipe! I just finished eating this with my husband, I'm a vegetarian (he isn't!) so no bacon, and I used veggie broth. I added steamed brocolli, it was delicious! Even my husband liked it! :o) Thanks!

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  177. This recipe is great. My husband is always skeptical about "healthy" dishes, so I did not tell him that it was part cauliflower/part potato - he didn't notice and loved the soup! Definitely on the dinner rotation!

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  178. Amazing. Really. I don't really like cauliflower, but this recipe has been a complete success. One of my 5-year-olds is licking the foot of the blender right now. Thanks so much for sharing all this.

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  179. Cynthia Hughes1/10/12, 1:53 PM

    This looks wonderful. I can't wait to try it! I've made a creamy cauliflower soup where you simply steam the cauliflower in chicken broth. When cooked, add an 8 oz brick of light (or ff) cream cheese and puree together. I may use that as my base and add the potatoes and other goodies.

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  180. OMG! Thank you so much Gina! My husband hates cauliflower but I made this soup this weekend and he ate almost the whole pot! He said it was the best potato soup he's ever had. I didn't have the heart to tell him it had cauliflower in it. That'll be our little secret! I am in love with this soup

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  181. Gina, You are 3 for 3 in my kitchen. This is the 3rd receipe of yours I have tried and they are all wonderful. Thanks for all your work, and your latest addition is beautiful. Congrats!

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  182. We tried this soup for the first time this week and it is SO YUMMY!! It's really filling, too, which is awesome. Thumbs up!!!

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  183. Three words...FANTASTIC - DELICIOUS. - EASY
    one of the best soup recipes I have ever made!!!

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  184. My boyfriend wants nothing to do with the healthy eating kick that I am on right now, but he LOVED this soup! I have to say, it was so delish, you couldn't tell it was healthy!

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  185. This is my 1st try at one of your recipes. Many more planned. And I'll be able to treat my family to them because this was a hit! Thanks so much for this blog. Recipes that this simple cook can manage with great taste, easy on the waist, and the whole family likes. What more can a girl ask for? Oh yeah - WW points and enticing photos.

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  186. I tried this recipe on Friday night. I really loved it, but I made a few additions. I sauteed about a half cup each of onion and celery, plus 6 or 7 baby carrot sticks and added that to the soup. I think this really added a lot of flavor that would have been otherwise lacking. Plus, the orange of the carrots made the soup LOOK cheesy, which was a nice trick for our eyes. Finally, I also added about a teaspoon of sriracha to the soup for a little kick. This soup was even better the next day after all the flavors had blended.

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  187. My family cannot stop raving about this soup! It is our new winter staple. I love your website SO much!

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  188. I have been putting off making this for about a week and finally tried it today for lunch. It was absolutely delicious. Thank you.

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  189. I'll admit, I was a little skeptical of the cauliflower, as I'm not a big fan. But I'm so glad I gave it a chance, this soup was AMAZING!!! Even my picky 6yr old loved it. Thanks!!

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  190. I was left with a fridge full of baked potatoes and fixings after a dinner party where we made way too much food as usual. My first thought was to make mashed potatoes but then I found this - all I had to do was buy the califlower. What a success. I can't say we were fooled into thinking it was full blown potatoe soup, but it sure was satisfying. The califlower was a nice filler and didn't take over too much of the taste. I was also shocked at how filling it was. Will definitely make again!

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  191. This soup was okay, but not as tasty as my usual recipe, it needs more herbs/seasonings. I doctored it up to be similar to my recipe and it was very close. I used a few drops of hot pepper sauce, some dried basil, some minced garlic, along with the salt and pepper. I think it would add a couple of extra points but help with the daily dose of healthy oils, to saute' some chopped onion plus the garlic in a little olive oil and then add to the soup.

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  192. Absolutely delicious! I think I'm heading to the store again this week to pick up more cauliflower to make another batch! The leftovers are just as tasty, if not a tad better.

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  193. Made this today, loved it. i didnt taste the cauliflower at all. and to further test it, im not telling my husband there is any in it. he didnt have it for dinner but is taking it for lunch tomorrow i hope it fools him! my only issue is that it only yielded 4 cups but i dont think i used enough cauliflower(frozen in steamer bag) so next time i will use a head like the recipe suggests.

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  194. Stephlynn021/25/12, 7:42 PM

    Just made this tonight it was super yummy! Next one I am trying is the chicken enchilada soup I cant wait! Thanks Gina you are awesome!

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  195. Hi Gina!
    I really want to make this recipe but I have no immersion blender/hand blender but I SO want to buy one. Which one do you recommend? Oh and I forgot to tell you I <3 your site! Thanks!

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