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Recipe: Creamy, Light Potato Soup

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    Creamy, Light Potato Soup

                         Creamy, Light Potato Soup Recipe

Because cauliflower has two-thirds fewer calories per ounce than the starchy potato, swapping some in is both wise and tasty.

Yield: Serves 8 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups soup, 1 1/2 teaspoons green onions, 1 tablespoon cheese, and 1 1/2 teaspoons bacon)
Total: 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped onion 
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 pound cubed peeled baking potato (about 2) 
  • 1 pound cubed Yukon gold potato (about 4)
  • 5 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • bay leaf
  • 1 pound cauliflower, cut into florets (about 1/2 head)
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • Cooking spray 
  • 1 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk 
  • 3/4 cup chopped green onions, divided 
  • 1/2 cup fat-free fromage blanc (such as Vermont Creamery) or sour cream
  • 2 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 1/2 cup)
  • slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled 

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. 2. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, thyme, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add potatoes, stock, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes or until potatoes are very tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; discard bay leaf.
  3. 3. While potatoes simmer, combine remaining 1 tablespoon oil, cauliflower, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray; toss to coat. Roast at 450° for 30 minutes or until browned, turning once.
  4. 4. Place cauliflower mixture and milk in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour cauliflower mixture into a large bowl. Add half of potato mixture to blender; pulse 5 to 6 times or until coarsely chopped. Pour into bowl with cauliflower mixture. Repeat with remaining potato mixture. Place cauliflower-potato mixture in Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 cup green onions, and fromage blanc; stir until fromage blanc melts. Ladle soup into 8 bowls. Top evenly with remaining green onions, cheese, and bacon.
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 4:09 PM
Replies (11-14):
4kidz916
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Yum!  I think I'll make this over the weekend.  

CrazedMomof2
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 9:49 PM
Yum
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moroccanmommy
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 9:58 PM
Calories????
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e-doolittle
by Kelly on Jan. 10, 2013 at 12:24 AM

yum!  I love replacing things with cauliflower

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