Loaded Baked Potato Cheddar Soup

LoadedBakedPotatoCheddarSoup

So, how exciting is this?! I am BEYOND thrilled to unveil the new design and functionality of The Comfort of Cooking. I tell ya, I could do a hundred cart wheels… if I could do cart wheels at all.

There’s so much I love about this new look I’ve been working on with Purr, but the transition to WordPress has been my favorite part… a bit frustrating at times and definitely with its learning curves, but still. My favorite. part. Sayonara, Blogger!

I have lots to show you come Monday, when I’ll zip you around on a little tour of my new digs. But first, let’s talk soup. And St. Patricks Day. And gluttony in general.

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A rich, warm potato cheddar soup is the best meal to warm you up in the winter. It doesn’t need to pack tons of cream and butter to be flavorful, though. This delicious, easy soup has a base of chicken broth to keep it lighter than most. Just add some milk (I used skim) towards the end of cooking, and pile it high with tasty toppings. For a luscious “loaded baked potato” type soup, I tossed on crispy bacon, Sargento sharp cheddar, scallions and a dollop of plain yogurt.

You’ll love this soup. It’s perfect for weeknight meals or a St. Patty’s Day party… and it freezes well, too!

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Loaded Baked Potato Cheddar Soup

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. butter

1/2 cup chopped yellow onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups (4 medium) russet potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks

1 (14 oz.) can chicken or vegetable broth

1 3/4 cups milk (I used skim)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 cups Sargento® Traditional Cut Shredded Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese

4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

4 green onions/scallions, chopped

Plain yogurt or light sour cream, for topping

Directions:

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add potatoes and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 12-14 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

Remove from heat. Transfer mixture to a blender or food processor; pureé until smooth (you may need to do this in batches). Return mixture to saucepan. Alternately, blend the soup in the pot with an immersion blender. Stir in milk and heat over medium heat until hot (do not boil). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in 1 cup cheddar cheese.

Ladle soup into four serving bowls. Evenly top each bowl with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar, bacon, scallions and plain yogurt.

Enjoy!

Adapted from Sargento

      

20 Responses to “Loaded Baked Potato Cheddar Soup”

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — March 15, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!! yay!! Gorgeous- perfect fit for you!!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — March 15, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    So comforting and divine!!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — March 15, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

    I love the new design – it’s so pretty! I made the switch from Blogger to WordPress at the end of last year and could not be happier!!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — March 15, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

    I LOVE your new design! Looks so pretty! This soup looks great. It is snowing and cold here so I could go for a big bowl of this today!

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    Calgary Corporate Catering — March 15, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

    Can you say comfort food? Hell yeah! This looks delicious, and of course bacon makes any meal wonderful. :3

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    Avilene Cueto — March 16, 2013 @ 12:06 am

    This soup sounds delicious! Unfortunately wintery weather is long gone here in Riverside, CA. Sll I am craving right now is ice cream, smoothies and really cold/fresh things. in Southern California it is a bit over 80 degrees but it feels like it’s over 100!

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    Liz — March 16, 2013 @ 2:14 am

    Your blog looks amazing!!! I just made the transition in December…and I’m so pleased I did! I love baked potato soup…and yours looks perfect (especially with snow in the forecast…ugh!).

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    Honey What's Cooking — March 16, 2013 @ 4:05 am

    OMG, your blog is so pretty. the colors are so soft, pastel-like. Very clean. Love it. This soup looks good, I don’t ever think of making potato soup, and it’s the easiest way to thicken a soup. :-)

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    Joanne — March 16, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    LOVE the new site! It’s super gorgeous. I’m switching to WP soon and you’ve made me so excited about it!

    This soup is the perfect comfort food. Cheesy delicious.

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    Judy @Savoring Today — March 16, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    Welcome to WordPress, it’s been good to me, hope it works well for you. :) Love the new look and the soup, all is good!

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — March 16, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    Love, love, LOVE the new design Georgia! I’m so excited for you. I started out with WordPress but as soon as I can find time I want to work on a new design. Purr did a fantastic job for you. Can’t wait to see all the changes.

    The soup looks amazing. I love creamy, comforting soups like this. Gorgeous pictures, btw :)

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    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — March 16, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    Your blog looks gorgeous and so does your soup! Potato, bacon and cheese in a soup sounds so comforting and delicious :)

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — March 17, 2013 @ 4:26 am

    Potato cheddar soup is one of my all-time faves! Your pictures are so appetizing, I’d love to mosey up to a full cheesy bowl.

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    DessertForTwo — March 18, 2013 @ 2:29 am

    Love the new look! And love this soup! It’s one of my favorite comfort meals :)

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — March 18, 2013 @ 6:24 am

    Comfort food at it’s best!! You can never go wrong with WordPress. Ever :)

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — March 18, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    Your new look is stunning, and so is this soup. Mmm, cheesy!

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    Bree {Skinny Mommy} — March 18, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

    YUM. This looks like great comfort food!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — March 19, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    I LOVE the new design! Lindsay’s designs are so gorgeous, and this soup sounds absolutely phenomenal. Yummy! Need to make it soon. Pinned!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — March 19, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

    I can honestly say that I can eat this (want to eat this) anytime (yes including summer). Very comforting indeed. I love the gingham check fabric with this – very appealing!!

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    Phil @ Hand blenders — May 18, 2013 @ 5:22 am

    Your site is looking so good and so does your soup. I’m sure you will enjoy using WordPress as its a great platform to work with

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