Joann Goetz of Genoa, Ohio recalls, "My husband and I enjoyed a delicious potato soup at a restaurant while on vacation and I came home determined to duplicate it. It took me 5 years to get the taste right!"
This better-for-you version uses lean ham, canola oil, fat-free milk and reduced-fat cheddar cheese. Additional potatoes, whirred in the food processor, plus dry milk powder help keep the soup's thick creamy texture.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
Roasted jalapeno and red peppers plus garlic accent the delicate sweet potato flavor in this golden soup. "The recipe is from my grandmother, who loved making soups that were fast, easy and great-tasting," relates Suzan Wiener of Spring Hill, Florida. "My family always asks for seconds."