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Light Loaded Potato Soup tastes JUST like a loaded baked potato and it's almost guilt free!

Light Loaded Potato Soup

Back in 2010, during the early years of Handle the Heat, I posted a recipe for light loaded potato soup that became one of my most popular recipes to date. 

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Recipe by Tessa Arias


  • 4 (6-ounce) red potatoes, peeled and diced into cubes
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 1% low-fat milk, divided
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 bacon slices crisp cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (1 1/2 ounces)
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large heavy bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes. Add the broth and the potatoes. Bring to a simmer. Cook the potatoes, covered, until they are fork tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Combine the flour and the milk in a large measuring cup. Bring to a boil, stirring often, being careful to not let the milk boil over. Cook for 1 minute. Coarsely mash potatoes into soup using a potato masher. For a smoother texture, use an immersion blender to blend the soup. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream, salt, and pepper.
  3. Ladle the soup into four bowls and top with the bacon, cheese, and green onions.

Recipe Notes

I like to oven-fry my bacon on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet at 400°F for about 12 to 15 minutes, longer if using thick slice bacon.