Thick and creamy. Uses leftover baked potatoes.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium heat until browned. Drain, crumble, and set aside.

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  • In a stock pot or Dutch oven, melt the margarine over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Gradually stir in milk, whisking constantly until thickened. Stir in potatoes and onions. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.

  • Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Mix in bacon, cheese, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until cheese is melted.

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Nutrition Facts

748 calories; 49.3 g total fat; 85 mg cholesterol; 1335 mg sodium. 49.7 g carbohydrates; 27.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2004
Tried a healthier version of this soup (down from 60 grams of fat per serv. to 8!!) Cut out the butter completely (we didn't even miss it amazingly) used 6 cups of 2% milk, reduced fat sharp cheddar, reduced fat sour cream. Reserved a 1/4 cup each of sour cream and cheese plus all of the bacon crumbles & used 1tbsp each to top each serving. DELICIOUS - never would have thought it healthy! I also used about 6 potatos and coursley mashed them as opposed to cubed. YUM! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/20/2006
This recipe does have potential I wish I could omit the star rating but that feature no longer works. I tried this recipe exactly but it was bland and had a thick flour taste. My hubby said it reminded him of the paste from when he was in grade school. If this sits for any length of time it becomes similiar to mashed potatos.. For all of you who said it was "bland" or "milky" try omitting 3 cups of milk and instead cook half of your potatos in 3 cups of chicken broth. Puree those but bake the other half of the taters and cut them in small cubes. Add you milk to the tater puree and heat to a simmer you should not need the roux potatos are a natural thickener. I would recommend adding some salt garlic powder and maybe even some chopped onion to the broth before you cook the potatoes for added flavor. Continue with the recipe ingreadiens and enjoy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2004
Tried a healthier version of this soup (down from 60 grams of fat per serv. to 8!!) Cut out the butter completely (we didn't even miss it amazingly) used 6 cups of 2% milk, reduced fat sharp cheddar, reduced fat sour cream. Reserved a 1/4 cup each of sour cream and cheese plus all of the bacon crumbles & used 1tbsp each to top each serving. DELICIOUS - never would have thought it healthy! I also used about 6 potatos and coursley mashed them as opposed to cubed. YUM! Read More
(1855)
Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2004
Tried a healthier version of this soup (down from 60 grams of fat per serv. to 8!!) Cut out the butter completely (we didn't even miss it amazingly) used 6 cups of 2% milk, reduced fat sharp cheddar, reduced fat sour cream. Reserved a 1/4 cup each of sour cream and cheese plus all of the bacon crumbles & used 1tbsp each to top each serving. DELICIOUS - never would have thought it healthy! I also used about 6 potatos and coursley mashed them as opposed to cubed. YUM! Read More
(1855)
Rating: 4 stars
09/11/2003
I read every review only because I believe that even experienced cooks can always learn something. Some people complained that the soup was bland. At first taste, while it was still in the pot, I agreed. It tasted like soupy mashed potatoes. I added garlic and onion powder, parsley and cayenne pepper for some zip. When I initially viewed the recipe I felt that there was way too much butter/flour. I cut both back by half, not only to cut down on the fat, but because other reviewers stated that the soup was too thick. You definitely don't need all that roux to make this soup thick. If you do want it thicker, just add more potato, if you want it thinner, add more milk or chicken broth. This is the kind of recipe that you can put in whatever spices, herbs or meats that suit your own taste. You really can't ruin it. Overall, it was very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2006
I make this soup all the time and my family loves it. To thin it down some I use 3 cups of milk and add chicken broth to our preferred thickness. The chicken broth adds even more flavor too!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2010
Fantastic!! Better than any potato soup I've had in a restaurant and definitely my fav soup ever!! I have done a bit of tweaking to suit my own tastes.... sub 2 cups chicken stock for 2 of the cups of milk, instead of green onions I add a finely chopped yellow onion and 2 cloves garlic that I've lightly browned in the bacon grease. I mash the potatoes a little bit with fork as well, cut the sour cream down a bit, save about half of the cheese and all of the crumbled bacon to top the soup with. It's even more flavorful and thick the next day. If it gets too thick I just add a little milk when reheating. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2006
This was great meal. My husband and I loved it. But we did something a little diffrent. It did not have much flavor. So we got a ranch packet out. The one that you make the ranch dressing with and just added some to the soup and it turned out great. We did nto add all of it just enough for taste. Just thought this might help. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/20/2006
This recipe does have potential I wish I could omit the star rating but that feature no longer works. I tried this recipe exactly but it was bland and had a thick flour taste. My hubby said it reminded him of the paste from when he was in grade school. If this sits for any length of time it becomes similiar to mashed potatos.. For all of you who said it was "bland" or "milky" try omitting 3 cups of milk and instead cook half of your potatos in 3 cups of chicken broth. Puree those but bake the other half of the taters and cut them in small cubes. Add you milk to the tater puree and heat to a simmer you should not need the roux potatos are a natural thickener. I would recommend adding some salt garlic powder and maybe even some chopped onion to the broth before you cook the potatoes for added flavor. Continue with the recipe ingreadiens and enjoy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2003
I love this recipe! Can I give it more than five stars? I have made it several times now and it is a favorite at our house making a meal in itself. I will throw in about half of the potatoe skins for a little extra texture. The really nice thing about this soup is you can adjust it to taste. I have added everything from the onion, sour cream and bacon they suggest to steak and chives. It is also really easy and quick unlike my potato soup recipe which I have to cook for several hours and usually forget about scorching the milk. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2002
This was exelent. It tasted a little bland the day that I made it. By the second day all of the flavors came out. It was perfect!! I sugest letting it sit over night. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2003
VERY good soup. I recommend being careful how much flour you put in though. I put too much in. The thickness comes at the final stages so don't worry if it seems thin. Also I like it with more potato and bacon in it like a chowder. I will definately be making this during the winter. Read More
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