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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

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This slimmed down version of loaded baked potato soup is a comforting & delicious recipe that’s ready in only 20 minutes! It  has everything you love about a baked potato – sour cream, cheddar, bacon and chives, at a fraction of the calories!

This slimmed down version of a loaded baked potato soup has everything you love about a baked potato – sour cream, cheddar, bacon and chives, at a fraction of the calories!Loaded Baked Potato Soup

This baked potato soup is so easy to make, it takes less than 20 minutes for a creamy, delicious homemade soup the whole family will love. The secret to slimming it down is swapping part of the potatoes with cauliflower, you can’t even tell! If you love potato soup, you will also love this Potato Soup with Leeks.

This slimmed down version of a loaded baked potato soup has everything you love about a baked potato – sour cream, cheddar, bacon and chives, at a fraction of the calories!

This has been one of my most popular soup recipes since I first shared back in 2011. I had gotten a request to make over  traditional baked potato soup (you really like to challenge me, don’t you!) and was a little stumped on how to tackle it. With potatoes, sour cream, cheese and bacon, the challenge was how to make it 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 feels like you’re 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.

How Do You Make a Creamy Baked Potato Soup?

In this recipe, I baked the potato in the microwave, and boiled the rest of the vegetables. Then, using an immersion blender or a regular blender, blend it all together until it’s creamy and thick.

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Baked Potato Soup

4.73 from 61 votes
7
Cals:200
Protein:14
Carbs:23
Fat:7
This slimmed down version of a loaded baked potato soup has everything you love about a baked potato – sour cream, cheddar, bacon and chives, at a fraction of the calories!
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: American
This slimmed down version of a loaded baked potato soup has everything you love about a baked potato – sour cream, cheddar, bacon and chives, at a fraction of the calories!
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Yield: 5 servings
Serving Size: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 2 medium russet potatoes washed and dried
  • 1 small head of cauliflower   3 1/2 cups or 16 ounces, 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)

Instructions

  • 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 400F 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.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 cup, Calories: 200 kcal, Carbohydrates: 23 g, Protein: 14 g, Fat: 7 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 17 mg, Sodium: 323 mg, Fiber: 3.5 g, Sugar: 6 g

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This slimmed down version of a loaded baked potato soup has everything you love about a baked potato – sour cream, cheddar, bacon and chives, at a fraction of the calories!

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677 comments on “Loaded Baked Potato Soup”

  1. Potato soup is my favorite and I’ve always wanted ways to lighten it up. You can’t taste the cauliflower in this recipe at all. I always look forward to eating this soup, it deserves all of the hype!

  2. Made this tonight and was really good!  Doing Weight Watchers, so this fit right in. Thanks so much for sharing!
    ~Dina

  3. Delicious! Made this many times.
    Just one substitution for me: Instead of bacon, I use 1 strip of Parma ham per bowl (since it has only table salt, not nitrite salt as you will typically find in cured meats). No need to fry them, you just cut them into smaller strips and voilà.

  4. Adventures in cooking!  Sharing for others who run out of Ingredients 🙂 

    I’ve made this many a time but today I found myself with missing ingredients :

    So I adjusted the recipe – veggie broth instead of chicken; Greek yogurt instead of sour cream; and freeze dried chives instead of fresh Plus I supplemented some of the cauliflower with frozen (as I didn’t have enough fresh) ; And guess what it was amazing as ever !  Yay!  Thanks for the recipe again!

  5. This was so good. I added 1 extra potato and rough smashed it for texture in the soup. The rest of the potatoes and cauliflower I blended in my vitamix. I also added the sour cream as individual dollops in the bowl rather than mixing in the whole soup. I’ve made a loaded cauliflower only soup too but I like the potato/cauliflower version better. 

  6. I made this for lunch today, and it’s terrific! I think it’s even better than regular loaded baked potato soup. The cauliflower gives more flavor and doesn’t leave you feeling too full. Thanks!

  7. Could you make this in the slower cooker? If so, how? Loved it on the stove but need to use a slow cooker for a cooking challenge with the family. Thank you! 

  8. I had some of this leftover and a serving of beef bourguignon leftover in the freezer so I decided to combine the 2 since it’s a consistency like mashed potatoes.  The results were over the top amazing and I’m so full.