Loaded baked potatoes get a lightened makeover in this hearty and flavor-packed recipe. Make this reviewer favorite the star attraction of your next soup night. Kids of all ages will enjoy topping their bowls with bacon and cheese, but don't let the toppings stop there--roasted chopped broccoli florets, diced fresh tomatoes, and even a dollop of plain tangy Greek yogurt would all make for great finishing touches. Set up a topping buffet and let every member of the family make their own custom loaded bowl. After trying this, check out some other crock pot soup recipes we've got for you. This soup is the perfect make-ahead recipe for the whole week.
Pierce potatoes with a fork. Microwave on HIGH 13 minutes or until tender. Cut in half; cool slightly.
While potatoes cook, heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add broth. Combine flour and 1/2 cup milk; add to pan with 1 1/2 cups milk. Bring to a boil; stir often. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream, salt, and pepper.
Arrange bacon on a paper towel on a microwave-safe plate. Cover with a paper towel; microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes. Crumble bacon.
Discard potato skins. Coarsely mash potatoes into soup. Top with cheese, green onions, and bacon.
This recipe originally ran in Cooking Light October, 2010 and was updated for the November, 2012 25th anniversary issue.
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This soup is really delicious! It needed a little touch-up (a clove or two of garlic sautéed with the onion and a little extra salt and pepper). Instead of microwaving, we boiled the potatoes and pan fried the bacon. We chose to purchase the mini gourmet red skin potatoes and leave the skin on and I'm glad we did. It gave it a little added color and texture. I will definitely add this to our repertoire.
I did not follow the recipe exactly - except to use the microwave for the potatoes and the bacon. As it stands - the recipe is very bland - so I added - 3 tablespoons minced garlic; 2 tablespoons Farmer Johns Potato Seasoning (you can find how to make it on their site) and 2 tablespoons Original Mrs Dash seasoning. Now this soup has flavor and lots of it. I also left the potato skins on as that is where most of the vitamins are. Boy - did this soup ever come out great. My next door neighbor loved it too.