souuuper soup for supper!

Ohio has been dreary the last two days. After work on Monday I skipped my workout “because my achilles was a little sore” (kind of a true story 😉 ) after my hockey game on Sunday night. And it was…a little…but nothing out of the ordinary for me. I really just wanted an excuse to veg out after a busy weekend…I’ll admit it! So when I hopped on the treadmill after work yesterday, I was shocked to find my legs lead-like again. Humph. About 3.5 miles into my 4 mile run I glance down to see that the incline was set at 2.5%. Oops. Not sure how that happened, but the last 1/2 mile was easy breezy after knocking the incline down to 0.5%. Those incline runs are killer, especially when you do it without knowing! I typically run on a 0.5% to 1% incline, but 2.5% proved to be much more challenging…and not in a fun way! Undercover Boss on the DVR occupied my mind from the struggle pretty well though, I’d say 😉

After surfacing from our basement gym, I found no improvements in the weather and was all the more excited for pure comfort food: Loaded Potato Soup! There’s something about cooler weather that makes soups all the more satisfying!

The recipe calls for cooked potatoes, so I washed, pierced, and wrapped my potatoes in tin foil before placing them in the crock pot on low all day (about 8-9 hours)*. When I got home they were ready to go!

Loaded Potato Soup from Cooking Light

4 (6-ounce) red potatoes
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 1/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 cups 1% milk, divided
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
3 turkey bacon slices, halved
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 tsp thinly sliced green onions

Directions:

Pierce potatoes with a fork. Microwave on HIGH 13 minutes or until tender. Cut in half; cool slightly. *Or cook potatoes in the crock pot as detailed above.

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 SLOWLY (you don’t want the milk to curdle!). 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. Yield: 4 servings (about 1 1/4 cup each).

Nutrition Information (per serving): 325 calories; 11.1 g. fat; 27 mg. cholesterol; 670 mg. sodium; 43.8 g. carbohydrate; 3 g. fiber; 13.2 g. protein

Result: This was delicious! On a scale of 1-10, Mr. P gave the soup a 7.5 and I would give it an 8.5. Like Mr. P said to me over dinner, potato soup is one of those foods that can be outrageously unhealthy, and that’s why it tastes SO good. Given that this was a slimmed down version of a standard loaded potato soup, I do feel it captured all the flavors and richness. We both agreed that we would make it again. Plus, it’s super quick and can come together in 15 minutes or less…always a bonus. 😀

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“Mommy, are all of bumps on me wrinkles or jelly rolls?”

At least she still fits into her Halloween costume…BARELY!

Question: What’s your all time favorite soup? And do you eat soup during the warmer months?

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27 Comments

  1. September 29, 2010 / 6:38 am

    I’m a fan of soup year-round…it’s such a comforting meal! I love potato soups like this, and what a great idea to cook the potatoes in the crock pot so they’re ready for you when you get home from work! Lily’s costume is absolutely adorable!!

  2. September 29, 2010 / 6:42 am

    I love this cheese soup that my mom made while I was growing up. It is literally the best soup I have ever had – melts in your mouth!

  3. Christin
    September 29, 2010 / 7:03 am

    Stuffed pepper soup from my Gooseberry Patch Autum cookbook is my all time fave soup…..with crusty bread and a salad! It’s a must for fall weather!

  4. September 29, 2010 / 7:14 am

    Soup looks awesome!! I love most soups except here it always seems too hot for soup.

  5. September 29, 2010 / 7:36 am

    The GOOD thing about running on the incline is that you burned more calories without even realizing it! Awesomeness.

    This soup sounds SO incredibly tasty! I love how potato soup is creamy without actually having to add cream.

  6. September 29, 2010 / 7:51 am

    Whoa, no wonder!!! Anything over a .5 incline, and I start to seriously struggle, ha!

  7. September 29, 2010 / 7:54 am

    I don’t think there is ANYthing wrong with wanting to veg after a busy weekend! You are one busy girl – you deserve it. 🙂

    I have only had potato soup a few times because, like you said, it can be so rich and almost too much sometimes! But I love this version. And any Cooking Light recipe does it for me.

  8. September 29, 2010 / 7:55 am

    I’m boring: My favorite soup is vegetable. I used to love Panera’s vegetarian vegetable soup–it was seriously some of the best ever–until they changed the recipe. Now it’s kind of gross.

  9. September 29, 2010 / 7:58 am

    Ooo I remember cutting this recipe out of Cooking Light when I first saw it, but I usually always stick to my mom’s amazing baked potato soup recipe. However, I’d have to say that good ol’ minestrone is my fav!

  10. September 29, 2010 / 8:00 am

    hahhahah lilly is so cute and funny. love her! I’m a fan of broccoli cheddar soup but i know it’s horrible as far as nutrition stats go. Can you create a lower cal and lower fat version for us pretty please?

  11. September 29, 2010 / 8:01 am

    I love soups and this one looks so creamy and rich…very delicious one…

  12. September 29, 2010 / 8:09 am

    Wow the soup looks really rich and delicious! Lilly looks so sweet.
    I love soup in when the weather is cold and my fav. soup is chicken noodle soup.

  13. September 29, 2010 / 8:31 am

    Yes, ohio has been dreary! It’s the perfect weather to stay inside and bundle up! This weekend is supposed to be CHILLY 50 degrees-ish. Ug
    I’m not a big soup person but thicker soups like this I can handle! Perhaps I’ll have to give it a try this weekend!

  14. September 29, 2010 / 8:51 am

    Love days after work when you do nothing but veg out! They are the best especially when it is rainy!
    I love the traditional chicken noodle or veggie soup, but my all time favorite is chili right now. However, I love a good rich and creamy soup like potato. This recipe looks great!

  15. September 29, 2010 / 9:46 am

    I typically stick to soup when it’s cool. Homemade is so much better than canned too!

  16. September 29, 2010 / 11:54 am

    I LOVE soup!! Soup and sandwiches are my favorite foods. 🙂 I do eat it all year long, just less in the summer because I get too hot. Potato soup is my all time favorite, so I will have to try this one!!

  17. September 29, 2010 / 4:12 pm

    I love loaded potato soup! I’ve never tried making it at home before though… I think I’ve probably only had it at O’Charley’s. My favorite soup ever is my mom’s vegetable beef soup – it’s the perfect cold weather food!! 🙂

  18. September 29, 2010 / 5:10 pm

    Oh YUM!!! This looks so comforting and delicious! Hubby and I are both soup addicts- I make it all the time!

  19. September 29, 2010 / 8:02 pm

    I really like plain ol’ vegetable soup. And any time of year.

  20. September 29, 2010 / 8:37 pm

    haha, Mark is so funny! It’s true, it can be REALLY unhealthy, and that usually when it tastes the best. However, if you can create a great recipe that is on the lighter side, I’m always up for that instead!

    I love soup. I typically do a lot of broths with just chunks of chicken or beef, and tons of veggies and spices! No more garlic this year though 🙁 I’ll have to find a new spice for my soup!

  21. September 29, 2010 / 9:07 pm

    I need to make this ASAP! Holy yum.

    One of my favorites is broccoli cheddar, but chicken wild rice may take the cake.

  22. September 29, 2010 / 10:09 pm

    I love the concept of loaded potato soup. I don’t really eat soup while it’s hot so I definitely looking forward to making vegetarian chili and Senegalese peanut stew. Yum, yum.

  23. September 30, 2010 / 10:13 pm

    I am bookmarking this recipe! I love that it is a “slimmed down” version of one of my favorites! My absolute favorite is chicken, basil and orzo soup, which I discovered last winter and made it almost every week until it was just too hot! Chicken soup=comfort 🙂

  24. September 30, 2010 / 10:21 pm

    I love soup in the fall and winter time. I will be trying that real soon but in moderation of course 🙂

    And <3 the tutu!!

  25. October 4, 2010 / 12:33 am

    I’m a huge soup fan and this looks very yummy! I can’t believe you didn’t notice the incline sooner – at least you got a great workout in 🙂

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