Friday, April 9, 2010

Fully Loaded {Soup}

There's nothing like a good bowl of soup on a snowy day and this winter I set out in search of just that. Typically my winter staple is Chicken Tortilla Soup, but things changed in 2010 and I fell in love with Creamy Baked Potato Soup. Every time potato soup was listed as  soup of the day I just  had to have it. The craving became so bad one night I decided to tackle it at home and went to my trusty Cooking Light  cookbook. The rest was history.  If you are looking for a good hearty soup for those cold wintery nights I can rest assure  you will not go wrong with a good creamy potato soup!

Yield: 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)

Ingredients

  • 4  baking potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 2/3  cup  all-purpose flour (about 3 ounces)
  • 6  cups  2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1  cup  (4 ounces) reduced-fat shredded extrasharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  cup  reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3/4  cup  chopped green onions, divided
  • 6  bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
  • Cracked black pepper (optional)

Preparation

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

Nutritional Information

Calories:
329 (30% from fat)
Fat:
10.8g (sat 5.9g,mono 3.5g,poly 0.7g)
Protein:
13.6g
Carbohydrate:
44.5g
Fiber:
2.8g
Cholesterol:
38mg
Iron:
1.1mg
Sodium:
587mg
Calcium:
407mg

The end result, and it tasted soooo good!

3 comments:

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