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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup 4.000

Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Dinner in Minutes Jan 4, 2021

We love a loaded baked potato with bacon, Cheddar, sour cream and chives. We like it even more as a soup. Use full-fat dairy, if you like, but we made it with reduced-fat sour cream and no-salt broth for a slightly healthier take.

To make a vegetarian version of this soup, omit the bacon or use mushroom bacon (see related recipe) and swap in a vegetable broth.

If you prefer a smooth soup, rather than mashing some of the potatoes, use an immersion blender to puree the potatoes in the pan before adding the second batch of cheese and pepper. Or, transfer the potato mixture, in batches, if necessary, to a blender and puree and then return to the pan and add the cheese and pepper.

Total time: 45 mins

Storage Notes: Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.


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Tested size: 4 servings; about 6 1/2 cups

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) chopped white or yellow onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced or grated, about 1 tablespoon
  • 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes (2 to 3 medium), peeled and diced
  • 4 cups no-salt chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (2 1/4 ounces) shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt(optional)
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh chives or finely chopped scallion greens, for serving

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Set a paper towel-lined plate or a rack near the stove. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the oil and heat until shimmering. Add the bacon and cook, turning occasionally, until crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to the prepared plate to drain, leaving the oil and bacon drippings in the pan.

Add the onion to the pan and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the potatoes and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low to maintain a simmer. Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 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 potatoes to the pan along with the sour cream, 1/4 cup (about 1 ounce) of the cheese and the pepper.

Cook, stirring, until the cheese is melted and the soup is heated through, about 2 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding salt or more pepper, if needed.

Ladle the soup into bowls, Crumble the bacon and sprinkle it over the soup, along with the remaining cheese and the chives or scallion greens, and serve.

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Tested by Ann Maloney.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 449

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 29g 45%

Saturated Fat: 7g 35%

Cholesterol: 54mg 18%

Sodium: 316mg 13%

Total Carbohydrates: 34g 11%

Dietary Fiber: 4g 16%

Sugar: 2g

Protein: 15g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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