Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins
This soup is satisfying without being heavy and leaving you in carb-coma. It is rich, creamy and filling. Serve with a nice salad and a glass of cold iced tea and you have a perfect meal that will not bust your diet! Occasionally, I have been known to sprinkle a few fat free croûtons on top for added texture and crunch. A great way to use up left over baked potatoes, or bake off a few extra the next time you bake potatoes and store them in the fridge up to 4 days in a sealed container.
- 4 baking potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds)
- 2⁄3 cup all-purpose flour (about 3 ounces)
- 6 cups 2% low-fat milk
- 1 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese, extra sharp shredded, divided
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 3⁄4 cup green onion, chopped divided
- 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Pierce potatoes with a fork; bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool. Peel potatoes; coarsely mash.
- Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Place flour in a large Dutch oven; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly (about 8 minutes). Add mashed potatoes, 3/4 cup cheese, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, stirring until cheese melts. Remove from heat.
- Stir in sour cream and 1/2 cup onions. Cook over low heat 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated (do not boil). Ladle 1 1/2 cups soup into each of 8 bowls. Sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese, 1 1/2 teaspoons onions, and about 1 tablespoon bacon. Garnish with cracked pepper, if desired.