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Lightened-Up Loaded Baked Potato Soup

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 139kcal
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Lightened-Up Loaded Baked Potato Soup


  • 6 medium white potatoes diced
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen cauliflower (8 ounces)
  • 1 head broccoli chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 leek washed and chopped thinly
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon Crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic divided
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 ounces reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese for topping
  • 5 slices center-cut bacon microwaved and crumbled for topping
  • Chives chopped for topping


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Fill large pot with potatoes and salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 15 minutes. When potatoes have finished cooking, drain water and set potatoes aside in bowl or colander.
  • While potatoes are cooking, line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. To prepare broccoli, remove bottom part of stem, and slice into bite-sized florets leaving an inch of the stem intact. Place broccoli on prepared baking sheet, lightly drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle with pinch of salt and ½ teaspoon garlic. Roast in oven for 20 minutes until crispy.
  • Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat. Sauté leeks, crushed red pepper, and garlic until leeks soften, about 1-2 minutes. Add cauliflower and vegetable stock, increase heat to medium-high and cook until cauliflower is soft. Remove pot from heat, and add potatoes, milk, and ½ teaspoon salt.
  • Using an immersion blender, (or transfer soup to regular blender), puree soup until smooth and creamy.
  • To serve, ladle one cup of soup into a bowl and top with cheese, bacon, chives, and roasted broccoli.


Boil or microwave broccoli for the topping if you don’t want to fire up your oven for roasted broccoli.


Calories |139kcalCarbohydrates |26gProtein |6gFat |2gSaturated Fat |1gPolyunsaturated Fat |1gMonounsaturated Fat |1gTrans Fat |1gCholesterol |4mgSodium |226mgPotassium |706mgFiber |4gSugar |5gVitamin A |607IUVitamin C |75mgCalcium |103mgIron |1mg