Baked Potato-and-Bacon Soup

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Bake the potatoes and shred the cheese the day before making the Baked Potato and Bacon Soup. If the soup needs to simmer awhile on the stove, you may need to add more chicken broth.

Yield: 18 servings (serving size: 1 cup soup, about 1 teaspoon bacon, about 1 tablespoon cheese, and about 1 tablespoon green onions)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 237
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 7.8g
  • Saturated fat: 3.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.8g
  • Protein: 10.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 31.8g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Sodium: 394mg
  • Calcium: 228mg

Ingredients

  • 5 1/4 pounds baking potatoes
  • 7 bacon slices
  • 4 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 7 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  • 1 1/4 cups sliced green onions
  • 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) finely shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Pierce potatoes with a fork; bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool slightly. Partially mash potatoes, including skins, with a potato masher; set aside.
  3. Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add onion to bacon drippings in pan; sauté 5 minutes. Add salt, garlic, and bay leaf; sauté 2 minutes. Add potato, milk, pepper, and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in parsley, if desired. Top individual servings with bacon, green onions, and cheese.
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