This healthy loaded baked potato soup recipe is inspired by the comforting flavor of fully loaded baked potatoes with bacon, Cheddar, sour cream and chives. To make a vegetarian version of this potato soup, omit the bacon and use “no-chicken” broth. Serve it with a green salad and crusty bread to clean up the bowl.

Carolyn Casner
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook


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Recipe Summary

45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, turning occasionally, until crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel to drain, leaving the oil and bacon drippings in the pan. Add onion to the pan and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add potatoes and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, 12 to 15 minutes.

  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer about half the potatoes to a bowl and mash until almost smooth, but still a little chunky. Return the mashed potatoes to the pan along with sour cream, 1/4 cup cheese and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the cheese is melted and the soup is heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve garnished with crumbled bacon, the remaining 1/4 cup cheese and chives (or scallion greens).

Nutrition Facts

328 calories; protein 14.1g; carbohydrates 37.5g; dietary fiber 2.7g; sugars 2.4g; fat 14.8g; saturated fat 6.1g; cholesterol 29.2mg; vitamin a iu 421.7IU; vitamin c 13.2mg; folate 38mcg; calcium 171.6mg; iron 2.2mg; magnesium 52.9mg; potassium 1023mg; sodium 400.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 8
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  • 2 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
It's a keeper My husband isn't a big fan of soup but he likes this one. I've made it several times this winter - served with a salad and crusty french bread. Tastes like it says like a loaded baked potato! I've added chopped carrots Pros: easy to make --- freezes well Cons: non really - but suggest you double the recipe Read More
Rating: 4 stars
A new staple This has become a regular recipe for our family. Usually we boost fiber/veggie content by using a whole onion or even adding chopped leeks. The recipe is also good adding a head of finely chopped broccoli at the same time as the potato and blending with an immersion blender before serving - a great healthful rendition of broccoli cheddar soup. Pros: Easy; Doesn't taste like health food; Good base recipe Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was a nice soup. Made it for a casual Christmas dinner with family as a starter. Added a head of broccoli to beef up nutrition--was good but also would like to try it without. Used an immersion blender but would also like to try recipe as stated mashing some of the potato and leaving the rest chunky. Bacon and cheese topping a must! I doubled the recipe and froze the leftovers. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Buttery! I made this soup exactly as the recipe was written with the exception of having to let it simmer for about twice as long as the recipe called for in order to let the potatoes tenderize. It was worth the wait. I couldn't believe the buttery taste even though there was zero butter in the recipe. I am already looking forward to tomorrow's leftovers because I am willing to bet that it tastes even better after setting! Pros: Easy to make tastes wonderful low calorie count for the serving size Cons: You need to save enough time to let the potatoes get tender about twice as long as the recipe says Read More
Rating: 2 stars
didn't much like! I'm throwing the remainder away! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Instant family favorite I make a double batch of this soup almost every week! We make ahead and reheat for dinner on busy nights and lunches. Use red potatoes (skin on) and substitute fat free plain greek yogurt for the sour cream. Pros: Quick Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Loaded Baked Potato Soup The title is totally misleading as there is no mention of baking the potato scrubbing and dicing and then boiling takes place. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
best soup Used turkey bacon and red potatoes Pros: easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Some members of my family didn't like the texture of this dish but my kids and i enjoyed this meal. Read More