8 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups soup, 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese, 1 1/2 teaspoons onions, and about 1 tablespoon bacon)

Best Soup. "This recipe was originally for our Lighten Up column. Most everyone was happy with it the first time we tried it, but I knew the soup could be better. The soup originally used fat-free sour cream, which I felt gave it a too-tart taste. After tweaking a few ingredients, the recipe now calls for reduced-fat sour cream, and we all are much happier with the results." --Recipe by Ann Taylor Pittman (October 2002)

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Pierce potatoes with a fork; bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool. Peel potatoes; coarsely mash.

Step 3

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Place flour in a large Dutch oven; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly (about 8 minutes). Add mashed potatoes, 3/4 cup cheese, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, stirring until cheese melts. Remove from heat.

Step 4

Stir in sour cream and 1/2 cup onions. Cook over low heat 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated (do not boil). Ladle 1 1/2 cups soup into each of 8 bowls. Sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese, 1 1/2 teaspoons onions, and about 1 tablespoon bacon. Garnish with cracked pepper, if desired.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Too Thick

December 05, 2016
I made half this recipe for 2 of us and it needed some work to make it good. It was WAY too thick so less flour. I added at least 1 cup sour cream to half the recipe and more milk (still very thick). It was pretty bland so I added a few good squirts of Sriracha sauce and that made for a nice little kick of flavor. Half the recipe made more than 4 servings.

lirpa76's Review

September 19, 2010
We love this soup and make it often in the fall and winter.

ardisa's Review

October 03, 2011

LaraRR's Review

February 01, 2009
This soup was excellent. My husband loved it too. I forgot the green onion but it still had plenty of flavor. Good consistency. Pretty easy, though, for some reason it took me a long time. I will have to figure that out next time. There will be a next time. Great with a green salad.

krispy6372's Review

May 28, 2009
love love love this recipe! I fed it to my husband and my mother and both refused to believe it was light. a definite keeper.

veryslowcook's Review

February 23, 2015
Thick and creamy as you could want it to be. It took longer than 8 min for the milk to thicken. I cooked it for about 25 min, but later the soup was so thick I had to add more milk. Next time I may try about 20 min and see how that works.

Jendi51's Review

November 11, 2010
Tried this last night for the first time, and it's a keeper. I decreased the onions that were added to the soup by half because my mate is not an onion lover. Baking the potatoes really is the hardest part, as one reviewer said. Do this ahead of time, if you are a planner! Great flavor. I'm glad to have a light potato soup recipe as we go into the winter months.

rederin's Review

May 17, 2010
Really, really good, and very easy. I followed another's suggestion and replaced a cup of the milk with chicken broth to add depth of flavor, but that was my only change. Tasty. I serve it with a salad or a sandwhich.

rmiller415's Review

September 30, 2009
LOVED this soup. I did have to add a bit more salt and I added Ms. Dash salt-free table seasoning. Used 1% milk and it was fine. Very think and chunky. Will def. make again!

crikit310's Review

February 05, 2012
Very tasty.