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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

by Health & Wellness Team - December 06, 2013

Loaded baked potatoes are the classic comfort food, but add sour cream, butter, cheese and bacon and you’ve got more than a meal in terms of calorie consumption. Choosing lower fat ingredients cuts the calories while retaing that oh-so-goodness you love so much.

4 servings
Serving Size: 1 3/4 cups each
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


1 tablespoon canola oil
2 slices bacon, cut in half
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 pounds medium russet potatoes (2-3), scrubbed and diced
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/2 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup snipped chives or finely chopped scallion greens


1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, turning occasionally, until crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel to drain, leaving the oil and bacon drippings in the pan. Add onion to the pan and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add potatoes and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, 12 to 15 minutes.

2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer about half the potatoes to a bowl and mash until almost smooth, but still a little chunky. Return the mashed potatoes to the pan along with sour cream, 1/4 cup cheese and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the cheese is melted and the soup is heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve garnished with crumbled bacon, the remaining 1/4 cup cheese and chives (or scallion greens).

Nutrition Facts:

304 calories
13 g fat (6 g sat , 5 g mono)
30 mg cholesterol
35 g carbohydrates
0 g added sugars
13 g protein
3 g fiber
737 mg sodium
1024 mg potassium

Recipe from Eating Well


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