Thick & creamy, comforting, tasty, simple, pretty…. I could go on about how great this Loaded Baked Potato Soup is. Did I mention how easy it is to make (once you get passed the potato peeling part)? Inspired by the Crockin’ Girls, I decided to give this soup a shot, but of course I had to lighten it up. No butter, no cream, yet it still had a richness that made super satisfying. If I was having one of my more obsessive calorie counting moments of life, I would have taken the “lightness” a bit further and used fat free cheese and turkey bacon, but since we were having company, I opted for the reduced fat cheddar and real bacon pieces. Believe it or not, the packaged bacon pieces only have 25 calories and a couple grams of fat per tablespoon- not too bad when you consider the flavor it adds (I don’t think the soup would be complete without it).
The version is much lower in fat and calories than most of the other Loaded Baked Potato Soups out there, but I promise you all of the flavor is there. It tastes even better on day two!
For Garnish (optional and interchangeable):
Serve in individual bowls with garnish (may need additional salt and pepper too).