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Makeover Hash Brown Soup

"I like this soup so much, but imagine the calorie count is shocking, " writes Judith Webb from Blue Springs, Missouri. "Any ideas for lightening it up?" Our Test Kitchen showed her how to alter her recipe for a rich and creamy soup with all the bacony goodness of the original...but only a third of the calories and less than one-fourth the saturated fat!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 package (28 ounces) frozen O'Brien potatoes, thawed
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 6 turkey bacon strips, diced and cooked
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a small skillet, saute onions in oil until tender. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the potatoes, milk, soup and onions.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until heated through. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons bacon and 1 tablespoon cheese.

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  • ShawnyD
    Feb 23, 2013

    Family loved it! Was a little thick so I added 1 cup of chicken stock and only cooked for 2 hours on the stove. Will make this again.

  • bocana38
    Mar 6, 2012

    Since when is 3/4 of a cup a serving?? The calorie count is deceiving.

  • MrsKase
    Oct 27, 2011

    Oh and I also added 4 leftover turkey dogs to the soup!

  • MrsKase
    Oct 27, 2011

    I had frozen O'Brien potatoes I bought on a whim only b/c they were on sale, I had some leftover regular bacon in the fridge from the previous day, and went searching for a recipe for things I had on hand b/c it was time to go to the store and cupboards were getting bare. I did have a can of the cream of chicken soup and some leftover green onions (scallions) from some chili I made earlier in the week, so the site brought me to this recipe on ingredients searching. Great recipe, everyone loved it, I did add about 1 1/2 more of milk and used whole milk as well as I said real bacon though and we used Romano cheese on top along with some cheddar and this adds salty flavor naturally. We also used some scallions on top of the finished soup in our bowls.

  • lightbug
    Jan 20, 2010

    Have not tried this recipe yet, but I am looking forward to. I have a question in response to BJrickerl's comment. "How long did you cook this soup in the crock pot for your neighbor?"

  • acrosby
    Jan 17, 2010

    very bland. had to add alot to any flavor. I doubled the cream of chicken soup and milk, added of salt, pepper, cream cheese, and mozzrella cheese. then it was flavorful

  • BJrickerl
    Jul 30, 2009

    I've used this recipe many times and love it more each time. It's a favorite at our house. I've even halved it in a 2qt slow cooker for an elderly neighbor. Thanks, Mary J.

  • sandra smith
    Jul 28, 2009

    I'm going to try it using fat free condenced milk and reduced fat cheddar cheese....will cut fat and calories. Sandi S

  • grammaberr
    Jul 27, 2009


  • joycel53
    Jul 27, 2009

    what are the fat calories compared to the calories