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Chunky Potato-and-Swiss Chowder

Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 5 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
What does the new light mean for Cooking Light recipes? It means eliminating our old no-no ingredients list, for one thing. Used with balance and moderation, even half-and-half is fine for healthy eating. A little goes a long way in this rich-tasting soup that's a meal in itself.


  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups thinly sliced leek (about 2 large)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups cubed peeled Yukon gold potato (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup cubed carrot (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1 cup cubed yellow squash
  • 2 (15.75-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup hot cooked wild rice
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Fresh chopped parsley (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 302
  • caloriesfromfat 28 %
  • fat 9.5 g
  • satfat 5.6 g
  • monofat 2.6 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 12.4 g
  • carbohydrate 43 g
  • fiber 4.2 g
  • cholesterol 28 mg
  • iron 2.3 mg
  • sodium 693 mg
  • calcium 209 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add leek and garlic; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in potato and next 4 ingredients (potato through bay leaves); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until tender. Discard bay leaves. Place half of the potato mixture in a blender, and process until smooth. Return pureed potato mixture to pan; stir in rice and the remaining ingredients except parsley. Cook over medium heat until cheese melts. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.