Loaded Baked Potato Cheddar Soup

LoadedBakedPotatoCheddarSoup

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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