January 30, 2018

RECIPE: Loaded Baked Potato Soup

I've been making this soup for years when I don't have a clue what to make for dinner, and everyone is starving. I always have a bag of diced potatoes in the freezer, and we have gotten creative with toppings for this--from the usual things like bacon and chives to things like diced ham, cheddar cheese, and broccoli. This recipe is for the potato soup base, and then you can add what you like to it.


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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Ingredients:

2 tsp. olive oil
1 (32 oz) bag frozen diced potatoes
4 cups of chicken broth
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup of milk
8 oz of sour cream
Toppings: shredded cheese, bacon, chives, green onion, etc.

Directions:

Heat soup pot over medium heat and add oil. Add the onion and cook until onion is soft.

Meanwhile, put the potatoes in a colander and run under hot water to thaw a little.

When onions are soft (not brown) add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, and simmer until potatoes are soft. Add the milk and let it heat through on medium heat (don’t boil the milk, to avoid curdling it).

Sometimes I puree the soup with a stick blender at this point, but you don't have to—it just depends on the texture you’d like.

Stir in the sour cream and warm through on medium-low heat (again, don’t boil it).

Ladle into bowls and add your toppings.

Notes:

After adding milk or sour cream, just make sure you don't boil the soup--boiling it will make it curdle.

You can use a stick blender to make it completely smooth, or just leave it with small chunks of potatoes.

I've used skim milk and fat free sour cream in this, but I much prefer the high fat stuff! Besides, if it's richer, you'll be satisfied with less of it anyway ;)

Wait until the end to salt it, because I find that the broth adds enough salt. And then adding bacon and cheese on top of that will make it even saltier.


5 comments:

  1. This sounds really good! I have a baked potato soup recipe that I love to make but I love the idea of using the diced frozen potatoes. I'm definitely going to try this!!

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  2. This sounds delish!! Any clue on the calorie count?

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    1. I honestly don't know. It really can't be too bad, I imagine! It's SUPER filling, so you could always have a small portion if the calorie count is high.

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  3. I love potato soup...weirdly enough I have never made it...I might have to give your version a try!!!

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  4. Loved it! I made the recipe and my boys ate every bite! Just as an FYI. I had pre-made freezer bags of diced potatoes (8 medium potatoes), onion and carrots from a big bag of potatoes I bought weeks before. When I saw your recipe I thought this was an easy way to use it. The freezer bag worked perfectly in this recipe. Made for a quick weeknight meal. Thank you!

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