Baked Potato Soup + Le Creuset Giveaway!

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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. 

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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. 

I have been a huge fan of Le Creuset for years.  The quality is superior made with premium cast iron that evenly distributes the heat.  For over 85 years Le Creuset has crafted high quality cast iron cookware that last a lifetime, literally.  From skillets, and braisers, grills and French ovens their cast iron collection feature pieces for all types of cooking. 

Le Creuset offers beautiful cookware, bakeware, and accessories to complete your collection.  You can find all the latest products by visiting their website at www.lecreuset.com.  If you are like me, you’ll be on their website forever creating a wish list of so many of their beautiful pieces.  

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I have an exciting giveaway from Le Creuset!  Le Creuset is giving away a 5 1/2 quart Round French Oven to one lucky Mother Thyme reader!  Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.  For your chance to win just fill out the entry below! 

Good luck!

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A big thank you to Le Creuset for sponsoring this generous giveaway! 

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Baked Potato Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: PT30-35M

Total Time: PT45-50M

Yield: 4 servings

about 230 calories for an 8 ounce serving

Baked Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. In a small bowl stir flour and water to make a paste. Stir into soup.
  5. Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until soup thickens, about 15-20 minutes.
  6. 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.

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 Disclosure:  I was provided a French oven for review.  I was not monetarily compensated for this post.  All opinions and reviews are my own.  

Comments

  1. Andrea Snyder says

    with the frigid temperatures lately, all I can think about it soups stews! I would love to warm up with this pot!!

  2. Jeffrey says

    I like to make a loaf of bread in the French Oven. I’ve seen plenty of recipes on the internet that look great!

  3. Georgiana says

    Homemade chicken noodle soup with lots of veggies for me including carrots and celery chunks! So great in the winter! Thank you!

  4. Hanna says

    I would be so excited to cook in that pretty pot! I would make your recipe- it looks delicious! It was 10 degrees here this morning- perfect soup weather. Not so much perfect for enjoying the outdoors :)

  5. cindy says

    Soups and stews loaded with veggie goodness are my favorite and a Le Creuset french oven is the perfect way to prepare them :)

  6. says

    This is my first time here and I am so glad to have found your blog. The soup looks super creamy and delicious. Ofcourse, I would love to win this giveaway because I love Le Creuset products. I am pinning your soup now :-)

    • Auntie Tori says

      I am making a big pot of chicken soup right now in my recently purchased 7qt.round in Dijon. My husband
      just loves any kind of soup. I would just love to win this 5 and a half quart so I could make a great pot of turkey chili!
      Would love to read your chicken soup recipe.

  7. Joan says

    I got a Le Creuset French oven for Christmas. I can’t say enough good about it … I just wish I had gotten the larger size. I’m off to try your potato soup recipe in a slightly smaller version.

  8. Cindy says

    I would cook my kids favorite Chili in the Le Creuset. It would also be a great addition to the bakeware pieces I already have!

  9. Amanda McKillop says

    Yum! I’m making minestrone tonight, but this will go on the menu for next week (only with full fat ingredients…your brain and body need fat!!). Would love to win the Le Creuset!

  10. Catherine Mae says

    I would love to cook a broccoli and cheese soup in it! I haven’t had it before and it sounds so delicious on these “warm” 40 degree weather days!

  11. Khanh says

    That French oven is perfect for soups, but I think I might also try baking some bread in it to go along with the soup! Thank you for the opportunity!!!

  12. Wild Orchid says

    meatballs and sauce!

    Entered the rafflecopter form as “Wild Orchid”
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  13. Suzanne Johnson says

    Wow… I would so love to be able to cook in that beautiful pot! It would be neat to make the Baked Potato Soup. Have made Leek Potato Soup for years but like this new twist. I would also use the pot for other soups, roasting chickens, making beef tips, meatloaf, baking bread, and so on and so on! It is such a versatile pot I can see using it virtually every day for something.

  14. says

    Beautiful soup! My Daughter’s birthday was yesterday (the 23rd) and I always said she was born on the coldest day of the year. I happen to live in a warmer climate, so don’t be jealous, it’s not so warm here either with those arctic blasts coming down on occasion! Wonderful Give-Away! I have always dreamed of owning my own Le Creuset! Love it!!

  15. Julie North says

    this is screaming my name – lol all kidding aside, I can’t wait to try this soup and would be ecstatic to win this pot because it’s been on my wish list for a very long time :)

  16. says

    Oh my goodness – this looks so comforting and hearty! Baked potato soup has been on my “to-make” list for so long and I think I’ve found the perfect recipe. Thanks for the awesome giveaway too! I would totally make this soup in this gorgeous french oven!

  17. Jessica W. says

    Loaded potato soup all the way. I just discovered a recipe from Cooking Light about two weeks ago, and I’ve made it like 3 times already. I wanna customize my own version of the soup.

  18. Debbie L says

    This would be awesome to win. and of course it would be Purple as its my favorite color! I would use it alot chicken and rice, roast chicken, oh my goodness it would be awesome to have this in my kitchen

  19. Anna says

    I made chili last night because it’s *freezing* here! And I would love to try one of my favorite chicken recipes in that pot.

  20. says

    This soup looks stunning and of course the Le Creuset giveaway doesn’t look all that bad either! I think I would definitely make a big hearty pot of soup if I won!

  21. Terry says

    I will be making this soup soon, would love to have a Le Creuset pot to cook in, i have been told that they are wonderful for cooking, Thanks for a chance to win one.

  22. Jan says

    Potato Soup for dinner tonight….I really need this for my soups..using a copper bottom pan for mine now…just doesn’t seem right.

  23. Tiffany P says

    I would love to make some great soups or other one pot meals I’ve seen. I see many recipes that call for a french oven but I don’t have one :( Maybe I will soon :)

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