Friday, December 23, 2011


Will you be having baked potatoes or mashed potatoes with your Christmas dinner? I love fresh mashed potatoes, but I inevitably make about four times too much! What to do with the leftovers?!

This recipe for Baked Potato Soup can be made with leftover baked potatoes or leftover mashed potatoes. It is super easy and SUPER DELICIOUS!

What you need:
4 Large Baked Potatoes OR 3-4 Cups leftover Mashed Potatoes
2/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour
6 Cups Skim Milk (could use 1%)
3/4 Cup Cheddar Cheese
1 Tbsp Salt (note- if using already seasoned mashed potatoes, use S&P to taste)
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 Cup Reduced Fat Sour Cream
1/2 Cup Chopped Green onions

Toppings (optional):
Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Green Onions, chopped
Bacon, cooked and crumbled

1. If not using leftover potatoes (Baked or Mashed), then preheat oven to 375*, pierce with a fork and bake for 1 hour or until potatoes are tender. Let them cool. Cut open and scoop potato out. Coarsely mash them in small bowl (leaving some chunks). Set aside.

2. In a large soup pot, add the flour. Gradually whisk in the milk, whisking until smooth. Cook over medium heat until thick, about 8 minutes. Add mashed potatoes, cheese, salt and pepper. Stir until the cheese melts.

Note: Do not overdo S & P if using already seasoned mashed potatoes.

3. Add in Sour Cream and Green Onions. Cook over low heat until thoroughly heated, do NOT boil the soup.

4. Ladle into bowls and garnish with choice of toppings. Serve warm.
You may also want to try Broccoli Soup or Butternut Squash and Apple Soup.

Enjoy! Merry Christmas!!

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