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Baked potato soup

Total Time
1 hr 25 min
15 min
1 hr 10 min
This satisfying soup replicates the great flavor of a baked potato that's been topped with all of the works—except we've used healthier toppings like turkey bacon, reduced-fat sour cream, reduced-fat shredded cheese, and raw scallions. It's still a super-filling dream come true in a bowl. You'll find yourself reaching for this recipe whenever you want to warm up after a long winter day. The best part is you can roast the garlic and potatoes directly on the oven rack; there's no need to wash a baking sheet. If you don't have a potato masher, simply use a large spoon, but keep in mind it may take just a little longer.



1 bulb(s), large, 1/4-inch-slice cut off top

Uncooked potato

3 pound(s), rinsed, pierced with a fork (about 6 large baking potatoes)

Uncooked turkey bacon

6 slice(s)

Reduced sodium chicken broth

4 cup(s)

Fresh thyme

1½ Tbsp, fresh, chopped

Table salt

½ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground

Reduced fat sour cream

6 Tbsp

Shredded reduced fat Mexican-style cheese

6 Tbsp


6 Tbsp, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Wrap entire garlic bulb tightly in foil; place garlic and potatoes in oven. (You do not need to put them on a pan; they can go right on an oven rack.)
  2. Bake garlic until soft when squeezed, about 45 minutes; remove from oven and let cool. Continue baking potatoes until tender when pierced, about 15 minutes more; let potatoes stand until cool enough to handle.
  3. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned, about 6 minutes. Place bacon on paper towels to drain off any fat; chop bacon.
  4. Unwrap garlic and squeeze pulp from bulb with hands into a large saucepan. Peel potatoes and add to saucepan; mash with a potato masher until smooth. Gradually stir in broth, thyme, salt and pepper until blended; place saucepan over medium heat and cook until hot, stirring occasionally, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Spoon about 1 1/3 cups of soup into each of 6 soup bowls. Top each with 1 tablespoon of sour cream, 1 tablespoon of cheese, 1 rounded tablespoon of bacon and 1 tablespoon of scallions. Grind fresh pepper over top if desired.