It’s cold here, really cold. Mother Nature can turn up the heat any time now. The high today is 12 degrees. Next week when the temperatures are back in the 30’s it is going to feel like a heat wave. On top of frigid temperatures it has been snowing non-stop.
Cold and wintry days call for a warm bowl of soup. When you are stuck inside a pot of soup simmering on the stove is perfect for days like these. And if you are lucky to live in a warmer climate, I’m jealous. This soup can still be enjoyed while you snicker at us snowbirds that are stuck up north wishing for warmer days ahead.
The best thing about this soup is it can be enjoyed without guilt. It is thick, creamy and only about 230 calories per serving. By swapping out regular bacon for turkey bacon and using just a little fat free half and half you slash the calories drastically. The soup is thickened with a little flour and water paste that is added into the broth. Add in some fresh chives, a little reduced fat cheddar cheese, and a scoop of fat free sour cream and you have a satisfying bowl of soup to enjoy.
I love making a big pot of soup in the newest addition to my cookware, this amazing Le Creuset French Oven. Isn’t it lovely? The beautiful dune color is gorgeous in my cream kitchen. I love to find any excuse to cook with it. From hearty stews, chicken and rice, to soups, the Le Creuset French Oven is a workhorse bringing one pot dinners to your table cooked to perfection.
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- 2 pounds potatoes (about 3 or 4 potatoes) peeled and cubed
- 3 slices turkey bacon
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 3 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1/3 cup white onions, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup fat free half and half
- 3 tablespoon fat free sour cream
- 1/2 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh chives, chopped
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons water
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place potatoes in a large pot. Fill with water and bring to a boil over medium high heat and cook until potatoes are tender. Drain and set half of the potatoes aside. Coarsely mash the remaining half of potatoes and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 375 degree Fahrenheit. Place bacon strips on small foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes until crispy. Crumble and set aside.
- Generously spray a large pot with cooking spray. Add 2 tablespoons chicken broth and onions and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes until slightly tender adding a little more chicken broth if needed. Add in garlic and cook for about 30 seconds more. Stir in remaining chicken broth, half and half, sour cream, mashed potatoes, cubed potatoes, crumbled bacon, cheese and chives.
- In a small bowl stir flour and water to make a paste. Stir into soup.
- Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until soup thickens, about 15-20 minutes.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve warm.
For a thinner consistency soup use only 2 tablespoons flour and 2 tablespoon water to make paste.
Disclosure: I was provided a French oven for review. I was not monetarily compensated for this post. All opinions and reviews are my own.