Monday, December 27, 2010

loaded potato soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

by Laura on Mar, 04, 2010 in Recipes, leftovers, potatoes, soups

The other day I had some leftover baked potatoes that I needed to do something with. So of course my first thought was Loaded Baked Potato Soup, creamy, yummy potato goodness. My mom has a great recipe that you make using only cream. I decided that day though that I wanted to find a recipe that was a little more budget friendly and that uses milk. I ended up adapting a recipe that I found at Baking Like Betty. However, I think the original recipe would have worked just fine. It would probably just depend upon if you want it really creamy or not.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

* 4 lg. baking potatoes (I had 8 small to medium leftover baked potatoes that I used)
* 2/3 C butter
* 2/3 C flour
* 1 tsp salt
* 1/4 tsp pepper
* 6 C milk (I used 5 cups of skim milk and 1 cup cream)
* 1 C sour cream (I used reduced fat)
* 4 thinly sliced green onions
* 10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
* 1 C shredded cheddar cheese

1. Scrub potatoes, pat dry & cover with foil. Bake for 75 minutes at 350 or until tender; cool completely.(Or use leftover potatoes from another meal)
2. Peel and cube potatoes.
3. In a large pot melt the butter, stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Use a whisk to make sure any lumps from the flour are smoothed out.
4. Gradually add milk a 2 cups at a time. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for a couple minutes or until thickened.
5. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add cubed potatoes. Heat until warm. Mix in sour cream.
6. Garnish with bacon, cheese, and green onions. Yield 8 servings