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Baked Potato Soup (Light version)

Updated on November 3, 2015

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The Aroma of Baked Potatoes in a Tasty Soup

Baked Potato Soup at Claimjumper was one of my favorite dinners out when I lived in Southern California. It was rich, cheesy, and delicious, no doubt very high in calories. It's exceptionally good. The baked potatoes give it a special aroma and flavor that makes it distinctive from a regular potato soup.

Once I moved from Southern California, I was craving a bowl, so decided to make the soup myself, in a lighter, healthier version.

It is lighter, though you wouldn't know it by looking at it--or tasting it. I use 1% milk, low-fat shredded cheese, low-fat sour cream, and Applewood turkey bacon. Not only is turkey bacon lower in fat and calories, but this brand is preservative free. It doesn't keep as long as regular bacon, but it's worth it to avoid the nitrates, etc.

Since I did not want the soup to be thin or runny, I started with 5 cups of milk. But the soup comes out very thick. It definitely needed all 6 cups of milk. You can cook the potatoes earlier, even the day before, if you want to cut the preparation time the day you make it.

The Garnishes Add to the Flavor

One of my favorite parts of the soup was the garnish of thinly sliced, crisp potato skins sprinkled on the soup, so I used some of the skins to create my own. Slice them as thin as you can for the best results.

Vegetarian? Leave off the bacon. It's only used as a garnish in this recipe.

The soup freezes well too. I thawed and heated it, some in the microwave, some on the stove, to test both methods. Both work as long as you stir thoroughly (don't let it boil). It still tasted great.

You'll find Baked Potato Soup very filling, not to mention warming. When the weather starts to cool, it will taste even more satisfying. Serve it with a salad or simply with a roll or crackers. It is wonderful in a bread bowl.

Once Potatoes are Baked...

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 50 min
  • Yields: 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 6 cups 1% milk (2% okay too)
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled (I used Applewood no preservative turkey bacon)
  • Spray olive oil (for potato skin garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Pierce potatoes with fork, then bake at 425 degrees for an hour or until cooked through. Let cool.
  3. Cut potatoes in half, scoop out as much potato as possible, then mash coarsely. Set aside potato skins.
  4. Pour flour into a dutch oven. Gradually stir in milk with a whisk.
  5. Cook over medium heat until it starts to thicken and bubble (8 to 12 minutes).
  6. Add mashed potatoes, 3/4 cup of the cheese, salt and pepper.
  7. Stir until cheese melts, then remove from heat.
  8. Stir in sour cream and 3/4 cup of the onions. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Do not let it boil.
  9. When serving, top with chopped green onion, some crumbled bacon, cheese and the potato strips as you like.
  10. POTATO SKINS:
  11. Slice some of the potato skins into very thin strips. The thinner you can get them the better.
  12. Spread out on a baking pan (I used parchment paper on mine), then spray lightly with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  13. Broil for 5 to 7 minutes, or until they are crisp.
  14. When ready to serve soup, sprinkle the potato skins on top for garnishing. They add a great flavor!

Mash the Potatoes Like This

Slightly mashed potatoes for Baked Potato Soup Light
Slightly mashed potatoes for Baked Potato Soup Light | Source
Simply Calphalon Nonstick 7-qt. Dutch Oven & Cover
Simply Calphalon Nonstick 7-qt. Dutch Oven & Cover

You'll need a big pot, and Calphalon is a great choice. It cooks so evenly, and seems to stick far less often than other pots I've used.

 

Garnishing Your Soup

There are so many delicious ways to garnish this soup. I combined several of my favorites here in this recipe, but you can adapt it as you like.

  • Bacon bits or slices
  • Grated Cheese
  • Thinly sliced potato skins
  • Capers
  • Sliced or chopped green onion
  • Chopped parsley

Actually, any of your favorite vegetables can be sprinkled on top. They add color and appeal to the soup.


Crisp Potato Skin Slices

Potato Skin Slices for Baked Potato Soup Light
Potato Skin Slices for Baked Potato Soup Light | Source

Blend AND Cook Soup Maker

Cuisinart SBC-1000 Blend-and-Cook Soup Maker, Black
Cuisinart SBC-1000 Blend-and-Cook Soup Maker, Black

This amazing blender will sauté, and blend then keep soup warm for you. Can't make it much easier! Oh, and you can crush ice with it or make smoothies too! I love multi-function appliances.

 

What's your favorite soup? I'd love to know! If you try this recipe, will you please come back and let me know how you liked it?

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Have to try this, saving it for a cooking mood! looks wonderful

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      June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      This is one for my "must try' list. Great looking hub, by the way.

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      Yum! Looks and sounds delicious! Sadly, I can't eat dairy. Do you think almond or rice milk would make a suitable substitution for the milk? I can tolerate yoghurt, so I could easily swap out the sourcream, but not sure how well "alternative milks" would thicken up. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Sylvia 3 years ago from Corpus Christi, Texas

      I've been looking for a good baked potato soup for quite awhile now and it looks like I've found it! Looks rich and creamy and I've got to have me some!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Thanks so much Paula! Always appreciate you.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Thanks Angelatvs, Zigwynn, and John. It's cooling down so it is definitely nearing soup time!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Oh my yes. I'm sure this will be one of my new favorites. I do love a delicious potato soup. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      G+!

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      zigwynn 3 years ago

      This will be great for those chilly evenings! Thanks!

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      John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

      I am a great fan of soups, especially healthy soups, so am very interested in trying out this recipe. Thanks for the info.

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      angelatvs 3 years ago

      Sounds yummy!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @Brite-Ideas: Thanks Brite-Ideas!

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      My favorite is fish soup. My wife makes it two different ways. Both are delicious.You baked potato soup recipe seems like something I can handle. I just might try it. Thanks.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @David Stone1: Sounds good Dave. Thanks for your comments.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @Nancy Hardin: Thanks Nancy! I hope you like it.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @Susan Zutautas: Thanks Susan, for the comments and adding it to your pages!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      this looks fantastic - must pin it :)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      It's funny, but my partner recently mentioned liking potato soup, and I've been looking for a tasty, low-calorie version. And today I found this, and it sounds perfect. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @KimGiancaterino: Thanks for stopping by!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh my this is making me so hungry! I like the turkey and chicken bacon and will buy it sometimes over the regular bacon. Have added your lens to my "Soups On" lens and will be sharing this on my FB page and pinning it to my Pinterest Soups and Stews board. Can't wait to try your recipe.

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      KimGiancaterino 3 years ago

      This looks delicious! We love soup and salad meals.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @dudexyx: Thanks dudexyz! Hope you like it.

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

      YUMMO-licious! My potato soup is a favorite with my family but I have been wanting to try 'baked potato' soup and looking for a good recipe. This looks 'D'elicious [that's with a capital D] and will be trying this one during these blast of cold days we've been having, MMMMM, good comfort food.....

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      dudexyx 3 years ago

      Looks like a great Potato soup recipe. I should give it a try. :)

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @Jim Houston: Thanks Jim, Nice to see you out and about!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @Linda Pogue: Hope you like it! Thanks.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @BESTDOGTRAININGCOLLAR: Thanks for stopping by.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @Sara2901: Thanks! Hope you enjoy it!

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      Sara2901 3 years ago

      I was looking for a healthier version of this recipe. Glad to find it here. Thanks.

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      BESTDOGTRAININGCOLLAR 3 years ago

      Look so delicious and good for heath.Thanks

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      Linda Pogue 3 years ago from Missouri

      I used to eat baked potato soup at O'Charley's until they closed in our area. I have to try this recipe. Thanks!

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      Rob 3 years ago from Kansas

      That looks so delicious!!!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @eilval: Thanks to you for stopping in.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @norma-holt: Ha! That's why it's a light version. Thanks for stopping by.

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      angelatvs 3 years ago

      Mmmmmmm!

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      Eileen 3 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Looks good - thanks for the recipe !

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @Lynn Klobuchar: Cold and colder there this past week! Thanks for your comments. Stay toasty!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @TreasuresBrenda: Sounds good too!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @OhMe: Thanks so much!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @serendipity831: Thanks for your comments! Hope you enjoy it.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @smine27: Thanks Smine27!

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      Looks delicious and I am putting on the pounds just looking at the pics. Great recipe and certainly worth trying. Well done.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I agree with serendipity, soup is one of my favorite foods. So easy to make and usually only one pot to clean. This looks like a keeper!

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      Drake McSherry 3 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Soup is one of my favorite foods. It's the best comfort food ever. I like many kinds actually, but Potato is one of my all time favs. A light version of it is an awesome idea. Great job!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My husband loves Potato Soup so I will definitely try this great sounding recipe. Your background is wonderful.

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      EmmaBrown1 3 years ago

      Sounds delicious! Must try it.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      Love that this is a lightened up soup. My favorite soup? Corn chowder!

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      Sure Temp 3 years ago

      looks yummy :)

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      DeeDeeGee LM 3 years ago

      Sounds great! I have never had potato soup but I love potatoes so I will definitely give it a go.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Oh boy, this sounds so good. I love potato soup and am always looking for new ways to make it.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Looks fabulous and contains nothing but flavors I love. Thanks for posting -- it is coooold here in Minnesota and I am always on the lookout for warming soups.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Thank you! And a very Happy New Year to you too!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      Sounds like a delicious soup recipe! Sure wish I have a bowl of it right now :) Happy New Year!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @WriterJanis2: Tortilla soup does sound good. Thanks for commenting!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @favored: Thanks so much!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I love soup year round and this looks so good. I love the chicken tortilla soup from a local restaurant. It's so good.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      It looks really good, and being so cold here we could go for some about now. Giving it a tweet as well. Congratulations for making the homepage.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @gottaloveit2: Thanks for commenting!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @zigwynn: Thanks Zigwynn, good memories for me too!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @River_Rose: Ha! I can relate to that! Thanks for your comments.

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      River_Rose 3 years ago

      I like soup...my favorite? Hmmmm.....chicken noodle....no wait.....broccoli and cheese.....no wait....potato ......no wait......I will get back to you on that! =)

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      zigwynn 3 years ago

      Some of my best memories revolve around my family eating my mom's homemade potato soup.I can't wait to try your recipe!

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      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      Looks delicious.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @ecogranny: Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy it too!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I love baked potato soup, and your recipe looks both healthy and delicious. Can't wait to try it--without the bacon, most likely, as we are working at becoming fully vegetarian, but boy is it tempting!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Delicious sounding recipe! Thanks so much!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @MissLivvy: Thanks!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @ClassyGals: Thanks for stopping by!

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      MissLivvy 3 years ago

      Sounds scrumptious!

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      Cynthia Davis 3 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Not a big fan of soup but this one sounds delicious!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @mommyplus3kids: Thanks for checking it out!

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      mommyplus3kids 3 years ago

      I'm a soup lover! I don't have a favorite yet, but I will try this great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @michelephotog: Well well well, Michelephotog! Thanks for your comments. Sweet to see you here!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @Ruthi: Thanks! Hope you enjoy it too.

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      michelephotog 3 years ago

      Thanks for the yummy recipe, can't wait to try it! This will be great for a cold winter night. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I love potato soup and your recipe made with baked potatoes sounds splendidly different. I also like the fact that it is a thicker soup as opposed to runny and love the idea of using the skins, almost like a cracker substitute! I will definitely be trying this potato soup recipe.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @TerriCarr: Thanks for your comments. The potato skins are one of my favorite parts, but is still tastes good without.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @PaigSr: Thanks for commenting! Enjoy your soup.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @llamasam lm: Thanks! Hope you enjoy.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @Susan Zutautas: It does have a different flavor! Thanks for your comments.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @Mommie-Moola: That sounds good too! Thanks for stopping by.

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      Looks like a nice recipe. I don't think I could be patient enough to make the potato skins. I think I would skip that. There are also plenty of veggie/vegan brands of veggie bacon and sausage that could be substituted for your turkey bacon.

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      I was just about to make some soup. Not this kind mind you but this will be part of the to do list.

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      llamasam lm 3 years ago

      Potato soup is one of my favorite things! I have to try this out.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Potato Bacon Soup is my favorite. I must try your recipe using baked potatoes, that sounds so different but really good!

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      Mommie-Moola 3 years ago

      Potato chowder is in my Top 3 - same ingredients here but I use half and half and add carrots and green beans.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @hobbity: Thanks for your comments!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @RoadMonkey: Thanks! Lovely comments.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

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      hobbity 3 years ago

      This is a new soup on me and it sounds really satisfying. I'd love to get a soup maker one day.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Nice potato soup. I am sure that baking the potatoes before using them, as opposed to just boiling them, gives it a much richer flavour, especially with those lovely garnishes.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      My favorite is French Onion soup but this one sounds delicious and I will definitely try it. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @Diana Wenzel: Thanks! Hope you enjoy it.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I love potato soup. Can't wait to try your recipe. Thanks!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @DebW07: Me too! Thanks!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @kehsiberry: Yum, that sounds good too! Thanks!

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      kehsiberry 3 years ago

      A must try recipe. I love the cabbage and corn soup!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Well my favorite soup is wedding soup, but this just may take over. I've never had this soup and will be giving it a try. Thanks For a Great Recipe

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      DebW07 3 years ago

      Yum! This is one of my favorite soups!