Makeover Potato Cheese Soup

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 20 min. + standing


12 servings

Updated: Oct. 23, 2022
This makeover recipe has about 40% fewer calories, two-thirds less fat, less than half the saturated fat, about half the cholesterol and a third less sodium of the original. Yet its comforting taste and creamy consistency will surely please the soup lovers in your family!—Bethany Thayer, Troutville, Virginia
Makeover Potato Cheese Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 cups water
  • 2-1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 5 cups diced peeled potatoes
  • 2 large carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sodium-free chicken bouillon granules or 3 vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat Velveeta, cubed
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup mashed potato flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine first six ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in celery and red pepper; simmer for 10 minutes or until tender. Reduce heat to low. stir in Velveeta and mayonnaise until blended. add cheddar and Swiss cheeses; stir until melted. Stir in the potato flakes and pepper. Remove from the heat; let stand for 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 195 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 520mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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