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Makeover Hash Brown Soup Recipe

Makeover Hash Brown Soup Recipe

"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 YIELD: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


  • 1. In a small skillet, saute onions in oil until tender. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the potatoes, milk, soup and onions.
  • 2. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until heated through. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons bacon and 1 tablespoon cheese. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 206 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 520mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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ShawnyD User ID: 7148608 172910
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3450318 162265
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

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

MrsKase User ID: 3265136 93273
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

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

MrsKase User ID: 3265136 162263
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4812749 101208
Reviewed 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 User ID: 977704 113962
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3224130 141678
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1466325 174026
Reviewed 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 User ID: 826492 159718
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2009


joycel53 User ID: 2938611 174025
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2009

"what are the fat calories compared to the calories"

foxydi User ID: 3585171 101207
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2009

"i made this and it sure was a winner so easy i wish i thought of this soup myself from now on i will be keeping hash browns in my freezer this web site is the best there is

diane ontario canada"

beatsons User ID: 570140 105175
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2009

"I love the soups that use the condensed soup. As a busy grandmother, who works full time and tries to cook great meals for 6 I praise them. When I retire (God willing) maybe I'll have time to make my soup from scratch but until then I adore these recipes."

Madampiemaker User ID: 1842903 88707
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2009

"I love your website. You have so many appealing recipes, but when I see condensed soup (additives!) as an ingredient, it is an immediate turn-off. Why bother with the slowcooker here - simply heat up a couple cans of soup, some frozen hash browns, and throw some packaged bacon bits on top."

BJrickerl User ID: 3224130 141677
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2008

"Best soup ever and so easy!


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