Thursday, February 23, 2012

Creamy Baked Potato Soup

So as a general rule we try to be "cautious of creamy" in our house. This can often mean unnecessary calories and fat, but as I've learned recently -not always! This soup was delicious. It had a secret ingredient that I didn't mention to Brett. After he had already complimented me on the taste of the soup I asked him if he could guess what was in it, besides the potatoes. He eventually guessed correctly-cauliflower! A whole head, in fact.
A creamy soup with something healthy besides all potatoes to make it that way?! Eat up! :)
Creamy Baked Potato Soup
Servings: 5 Size: 1 cup Old Points: 4 pts Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 207.6 • Fat: 7.8 gCarb: 22.5 g • Fiber: 2.4 g  Protein: 11.9 g

  • 2 russet potatoes, washed and dried
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, stem removed cut into florets
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups 1% reduced-fat milk
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 10 tbsp reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 tbsp chopped chives, divided
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (you can use turkey bacon if you prefer)

Pierce potatoes with a fork; microwave on high for 5 minutes turn over and microwave another 3 - 5 minutes, until tender. Or if you prefer to use your oven, bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool. Peel potatoes.

Meanwhile, steam cauliflower with water in a large covered pot until tender. Drain and return to pot. On medium heat, add chicken broth, milk, potatoes and bring to a boil. Use an immersion blender to puree until smooth. Add sour cream, half the chives, salt and pepper and cook on low another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat. Ladle 1 cup soup into each bowl. Top each serving with 2 tbsp cheese, remaining chives, and bacon.

*I didn't use turkey bacon, just regular. We only eat bacon once or twice a month at our house (if that) so I don't feel it's necessary to go with a lower fat version the few times we do eat it.
I also used regular cheese, but watched the portion size.

Happy Eating!

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