Ultimate light potato soup for the crock pot is an easy, healthy and delicious dinner choice that is sure to please your family. It’s easy on your budget and knocks off 370 calories per serving from the original recipe. Try this healthy crock pot recipe today!
Classic Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Loaded baked potato soup is standard fare in my home state of Iowa and throughout the Midwest. I’m not sure where the recipe originated but I frequently see it popping up on menus when cold weather arrives.
The creamy dreamy texture of classic potato soup comes from the starchy potatoes and full fat dairy products it contains. Potato soup was probably invented by an ingenious farm wife who had loads of potatoes in the root cellar, a cow that provided fresh cream each day, and a whole heap of hungry farm hands to feed.
It’s definitely hearty and delicious: thick creamy potato soup loaded with salty bacon, scallion, and cheese. The only thing not to love about potato soup is the calorie and fat content. I rarely order potato soup because it is so calorie laden andnever made it at home. One classic potato soup recipe I found contains 585 calories and 38 gram of fat per serving (and that's before the cheese)!
I'm afraid my suburban life doesn’t involve the hours of farm work necessary to burn off this treat. My kids were missing out!
Ultimate Light Potato Soup
Enter the Ultimate Light Potato Soup! This healthy makeover of baked potato soup is sneakily packed with celery, cauliflower, and onions in addition to the standard potatoes.
I promise that you won’t even know the vegetables are in the soup. They are slowly cooked in the crock post with the chicken broth and potatoes then blended smooth … it tastes and looks like pure potatoes!
More Healthy Swaps
To make the soup even more healthy, I replaced the heavy cream commonly used in potato soup with skim milk that is thickened with flour. This simple roux is made by cooking a bit of butter with all-purpose flour and then slowly whisking in milk until a thick and creamy sauce is formed. This roux is stirred into the soup making it just as thick and creamy as full fat dairy.
Cooking with Herbs
Classic potato soup contains nothing from the spice cabinet other than salt and pepper. This recipe calls for a bit of dried herbs to add flavor instead of relying on lots of added fat for depth. The result is so tasty that you don’t even need to load the soup with extra toppings.
Don’t get me wrong, the toppings are an amazing addition, but the soup is delicious enough to serve on its own.
Classic Baked Potato Toppings
Take this family favorite over the top by serving it with classic baked potato toppings such as easy oven-baked turkey bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, and sliced green onions. Set bowls of each next to the crock pot so each family member can customize their soup .
Adding 8 ounces of shredded cheese, 8 ounces of turkey bacon, and 4 diced scallions to the recipe makes each serving approximately 396 calories. That's still a savings of 91 calories from the original…. and that recipe was not topped with cheese or scallions.
Ultimate light potato soup for the crock pot is an easy, healthy and delicious dinner choice that is sure to please your family. It’seasy on your budget and saves 370 calories per serving. Try this healthy crock pot recipe today!
- 6 medium potatoes, peeled and diced (2.5 lbs)
- 2 cups cauliflower, diced (12 oz)
- 2/3 cup celery, diced (2 oz)
- 1 onion, diced (8 oz)
- 6-8 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups chicken broth (low sodium) (32 oz)
- 1/2 tsp thyme, dried (optional)
- 1/4 tsp cilantro, dried (optional)
- 1 tbsp butter (0.5 oz)
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour (1 oz)
- 1 1/3 cup skim milk (11 oz)
- 1/4 tsp black pepper (to taste)
- 1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
Place potatoes, cauliflower, celery, onion, garlic, and herbs in a slow cooker.
Cover vegetables with chicken broth.
Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or low for LOW for 7 hours* (potato should be tender).
Use a potato masher or immersion blender to puree soup.
Melt butter in a medium skillet and sprinkle with flour. Whisk continuously for 3-4 minutes until the mixture becomes golden yellow. Slowly add milk (about 1-2 tbsp at a time) whisking smooth between each addition. Once all the milk is added continue whisking and cooking until the mixture is thick (about 1 minute).
Pour the roux into the soup and stir until well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste,
Heat soup on low for 15-20 minutes or until hot.
Serve with your favorite toppings.
*Each slow cooker tends to cook at a slightly different speed. Watch new recipes closely the first time to find out exactly how long they take to cook to your liking. You should adjust all crock pot recipes for your slow or fast slow cooker.
I hope you try this easy crock pot recipe. You're just four steps away from light potato soup that is sure to become a family favorite.
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