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Makeover Baked Potato Soup Recipe

Makeover Baked Potato Soup Recipe

This soup holds on to its decadent qualities and mouthwatering flavor even though the Taste of Home Test Kitchen slashed the fat and calories it contained. —Judy Tyler, Bossier City, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 5 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 to 1-1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions (white portion only)
  • Additional parsley, cheese, green onions and crumbled cooked bacon, optional

Directions

  • 1. Scrub and pierce potatoes; place on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 8-12 minutes or until tender, turning once.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels.
  • 3. In the drippings, saute onion until tender. Stir in 1/4 cup flour; cook and stir for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Gradually stir in broth. Add the parsley, garlic, basil, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce. Bring to boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • 4. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining flour with milk until smooth; add to the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • 5. Peel and cube potatoes; add to soup. Add bacon. Cook and stir until heated through. Add cheese and green onions; stir just until cheese is melted. Garnish with additional parsley, cheese, green onions and bacon if desired. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 235 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 720mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein

Reviews for Makeover Baked Potato Soup

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Iluv2toh
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"Delicious soup! My husband of 56 years loved it, a keeper for sure!"

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DEADMOON7
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2013

"This soup is delicious! Even my boyfriend liked it and he's a picky eater. I didn't use the pepper or hot sauce and kept the skins on the potatoes. I also used 1% lactaid instead of milk and it came out scrumptious! I will definitely be making this again."

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DEADMOON7
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2013

"This soup is delicious! Even my boyfriend liked it and he's a picky eater. I didn't use the pepper or hot sauce and kept the skins on the potatos. I also used 1% lactaid instead of milk and it came out scrumptious! Will definitely be making this again."

MY REVIEW
DEADMOON7
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2013

"Provide ProvideThis soup is delicious! Even my boyfriend liked it and he's a picky eater. I didn't use the pepper or hot sauce and kept the skins on the potatos. I also used 1% lactaid instead of milk and it came out scrumptious! Will definitely be making this again. a review on what you thought of the recipe and how you adjusted it.a review on what you thought of the recipe and how you adjusted it."

MY REVIEW
DEADMOON7
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2013

"ProvideThis soup is delicious! Even my boyfriend liked it and he's a picky eater. I didn't use the pepper or hot sauce and kept the skins on the potatos. I also used 1% lactaid instead of milk and it came out scrumptious! Will definitely be making this again. a review on what you thought of the recipe and how you adjusted it."

MY REVIEW
DEADMOON7
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2013

"This soup is delicious! Even my boyfriend liked it and he's a picky eater. I didn't use the pepper or hot sauce and kept the skins on the potatos. I also used 1% lactaid instead of milk and it came out scrumptious! Will definitely be making this again."

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ConnieK
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"This is excellent!!! Easy to make, GREAT taste and fully loaded!! A keeper for sure."

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jess.p
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"HOLY CRAP!! This soup was amazing!! You would never know it's a makeover recipe. Great flavour and very filling. Freezes beautifully!!"

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K9ChemoNurse
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"Was a bit blah to me."

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foreveringlass
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"My daughters do not like most soups, however they have been requesting this weekly."

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adyoder
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"This soup was excellent. I added 1 cup carrots and 1 cup celery with the onions."

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AquaPixe
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"My husband and I enjoyed this soup very much. I served it with roastbeef and horseradish-cheedar sandwich's. The only thing I add was a shot of hot sauce!"

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obsessedwithfood
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"Best potato soup I ever ate!"

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veronicawi
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"Added a couple more bacon strips and some thyme. Loved it!"

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plugginalong
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"I made this using 2% milk and reduced fat cheddar cheese and it was still delicious. By my calculations, using the modifications I did, it lowered the calorie count to 202 per cup. I'm more than willing to spend that on a bowl of delicious soup."

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shelleyjCA2AZ
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2009

"haven't made it yet...but I saved to my recipe box...I would use reduced fat cheese instead of the regular and fat-free milk...even lower in calories..."

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mjlouk
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2009

"This was great! I think you could make it faster by using frozen hash browns thawed out in the microwave. I used bacon bits and it worked out just great!"

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Altine
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2008

"This is very tasty! You'd never know it is a Makeover recipe. AGH Beaver Dam, WI"

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