Photo: Grant Cornett; Styling: Angharad Bailey

Herbed Parmesan Potato Soup

Prepared mashed potatoes tend to come packed with a lot of sodium--too much for a side dish. Here we stretch them out into an entrée-sized soup that's creamy, cheesy, and brightened with fresh herbs.

Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: 1 cup)
  • Hands-on: 24 Minutes
  • Total: 24 Minutes


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 shallots, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1 (24-ounce) container prepared traditional mashed potatoes (such as Simply Potatoes)
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves, divided
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh chives, divided
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots; cook 5 minutes or until shallots begin to brown, stirring frequently. Add garlic; cook 1 minute or until fragrant. Stir in stock; cook 30 seconds. Transfer stock mixture to a blender; process until smooth.

2. Return stock mixture to pan; add potatoes, stirring with a whisk until combined. Stir in 1/4 cup basil, thyme, and 1 tablespoon chives; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; discard thyme. Stir in half-and-half, cheese, and pepper. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup basil and remaining 1 tablespoon chives.


MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 198
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated fat: 5.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
  • Protein: 9.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 19.9g
  • Fiber: 2.8g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg
  • Iron: 1.2mg
  • Sodium: 597mg
  • Calcium: 174mg

Go to Full Version of

Herbed Parmesan Potato Soup Recipe