Loaded Potato Soup

Loaded Potato Soup

This Loaded Potato Soup Recipe is low calorie, high nutrition, and can be made on the stovetop, in the slow cooker, or even an Instant Pot!

At just 252 calories for 2 cups (before toppings) this healthy baked potato soup is perfect for healthy dinners or lunches. But what I really love, is that you can add lots of toppings and still enjoy this yummy soup for under 500 calories… I will show you how below.

Loaded Potato Soup

I like adding all the toppings to my potato soup recipe, so I made the soup itself low in calories and healthy. This allows me to add real bacon, yummy cheese and all the loaded potato toppings I want, without breaking my “calorie budget”.

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Healthy Potato Soup Recipe

This healthy recipe for potato soup makes a wonderful weeknight dinner, and also travels well for work lunches. I like to double the recipe, this way I serve 1/2 for dinner now, and save the rest for meal prep dinners and lunches later.

Ingredients for Potato Soup

This loaded baked potato soup can easily be made vegan, vegetarian and even gluten-free. And of course it’s already been made healthy and low in calories thanks to my calorie cutting tips and tricks.

Dietary Variations:

  • Vegan – swap butter for vegan butter and choose vegetable broth for the stock
  • Vegetarian – the soup is already vegetarian (use vegetable broth) just skip the optional bacon topping
  • Gluten-Free – use gluten free 1 to 1 flour in place of all-purpose flour to make the roux
Loaded Potato Soup

The ingredients for this homemade potato soup recipe can be swapped for what you have on hand. You can use whatever milk you prefer (as long as it is unsweetened). The gold potatoes can be swapped for Russett (though gold potatoes are creamier) and you can get as creative as you like with the toppings… But more on those in the next section.

Loaded Potato Soup Toppings

If you’re new to Lose Weight By Eating, I have a disclaimer… I like real bacon! And I use real bacon in recipes, and if you prefer turkey bacon that’s fine, feel free to swap it.

I believe that eating healthy and low calorie is easier when you add in the ingredients you really love, just in a smaller quantity. Bacon adds so much flavor, and getting my kiddo (and myself) to eat healthy sometimes means using a tiny bit of something that most diets prohibit. So have that bacon, but instead of having a full plate of it, crumble just one slice over your soup. Or just skip it/swap for turkey bacon, whatever you like. Because life is too short to give up bacon completely!

I do however like to swap out sour cream for Greek Yogurt. It tastes the same and naturally boosts metabolism. If you’ve never tried this swap I assure you it’s amazing!

Calorie Toppings Guide:

  • Cheddar cheese: 2 tablespoons = 57 calories
  • Bacon: 1 slice = 103 calories
  • Chives: 1 tablespoon = 1 calorie
  • Green onions: 1 tablespoon = 2 calories
  • 0% Greek Yogurt: 1 tablespoon = 20 calories

This means you could have all the toppings, over 2 cups of potato soup for just 435 calories all in!

How to Make Potato Soup Recipes

With directions to make this baked potato soup in a slow cooker, instant pot, and on the stovetop you can make dinner with your favorite equipment.

If you don’t have a blender, you can use an immersion blender. Just be sure to leave the soup a little chunky for the best consistency.

Loaded Potato Soup

Stovetop Directions:

  1. To a large pot add the butter and chopped onion and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, until onions are soft.
  2. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, until fragrant.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and stir together. Cook for 3 minutes until slightly browned.
  4. To the pot, add the diced potatoes, broth, milk, salt, pepper, and chili powder.
  5. Bring to a boil and cook 10-15 minutes, until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
  6. Reduce heat to simmer and carefully (it’s very hot) scoop 1/2 of the soup out of the pot, and add to a blender.
  7. Vent, and puree the removed soup until smooth, then return the pureed soup to the pot and mix well.
  8. Simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes, then serve hot with your favorite toppings.

Slow Cooker Directions:

  1. To a slow cooker, combine the onion, garlic, potatoes, broth, salt, pepper and chili powder.
  2. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours.
  3. About 30 minutes before serving, add the butter and flour to a medium sauce pot over medium heart. Stir together until you have a paste (this is a roux).
  4. Slowly whisk in the almond milk, being sure to whisk out any lumps.
  5. Cook for 15 minutes until thickened. Then add to a blender, along with 1/2 of the soup (be careful, it will be hot).
  6. Vent, and puree the removed soup until smooth, then return the pureed soup to the slow cooker and mix well.
  7. Simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes, then serve hot with your favorite toppings.

Instant Pot Directions:

  1. Preheat the instant pot to sauté medium heat.
  2. Add the butter and chopped onion and sauté for 5 minutes, until onions are soft.
  3. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, until fragrant.
  4. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and stir together. Cook for 3 minutes until slightly browned. Turn off the Instant pot.
  5. Add 1 cup of the broth and scrape the bottom of the pot very well to removed any browned bits (this will help avoid the “Burn” reading).
  6. Add the remaining broth, diced potatoes, milk, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Do not mix.
  7. Cover and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Then do a natural release for 10 minutes before manually releasing the remaining pressure.
  8. Carefully (it’s very hot) scoop 1/2 of the soup out of the instant pot, and add to a blender.
  9. Vent, and puree the removed soup until smooth, then return the pureed soup to the instant pot and mix well.
  10. Sauté on low for an additional 10-15 minutes, then serve hot with your favorite toppings.

Now that you know how to make potato soup 3 different ways, let’s get into meal prepping, storage and reheating this healthy soup recipe.

Potato Soup Meal Prep and Storage

This soup does thicken as it sits, so it’s not quite as easy as adding it to a container and popping it in the freezer. Here’s how to get the most out of your leftovers.

Meal Prep Tips:

  1. Cool the soup completely, then scoop into gallon freezer bags.
  2. Lay flat on a baking sheet or plate and freeze flat. This will make storage easier, and help them defrost faster.
  3. Once frozen, you can stack them or slice them into slots in your freezer for easy storage.
  4. Gather all the toppings and place in separate containers or bags. Freeze individually (yes you can freeze cooked bacon and cheese) or add the individual containers/bags to a gallon freezer bag and keep all together.
Loaded Potato Soup

Reheating Directions:

  • Stovetop: add the defrosted soup to a large pot or dutch oven. For every 1 cup you are reheating, add 1/8 vegetable or chicken stock (it will have thickened). Bring to a simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes before serving hot with toppings (or alone).
  • Slow Cooker: add the soup to the slow cooker and heat on low heat. For every 1 cup you are reheating, add 1/8 vegetable or chicken stock (it will have thickened). For frozen soup– cook on low heat for 2 hours. For defrosted soup – cook on low heat for 1 hour.

Loaded Potato Soup Recipe

This easy potato soup can be made in the instant pot, slow cooker, or on the stovetop. It can also be made vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. I’ve covered all the health bases with this yummy recipe.

If you want to find the calories for the toppings, I included those above in the Calorie Toppings Guide above!

Loaded Potato Soup

Loaded Potato Soup (LOW CALORIE)

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This healthy loaded potato soup recipe is just 252 calories for 2 cups!
All of the toppings are optional. But if you added 2 tablespoons cheese, 1 crumbled slice of bacon, 1 tablespoon chives, 1 tablespoon green onions, and 1 tablespoon Greek Yogurt (it tastes just like sour cream) the calories would still just 435 calories for 2 cups and all the toppings!
Special Tip: You can easily make this recipe vegetarian by using vegetable broth, and gluten free with gluten free flour. You can find more modifications in the sections above.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 5 serving
Calories 252 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour all-purpose or gluten-free
  • 2 ½ lbs gold potatoes peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 cups broth vegetable or chicken
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Optional Toppings:

  • Cooked and crumbled bacon
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chopped chives
  • Sliced green onions
  • Sour cream or greek yogurt

Instructions
 

Stovetop Directions:

  • To a large pot add the butter and chopped onion and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, until onions are soft.
  • Add garlic and cook 1 minute, until fragrant.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the onions and stir together. Cook for 3 minutes until slightly browned.
  • To the pot, add the diced potatoes, broth, milk, salt, pepper, and chili powder.
  • Bring to a boil and cook 10-15 minutes, until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
  • Reduce heat to simmer and carefully (it’s very hot) scoop 1/2 of the soup out of the pot, and add to a blender.
  • Vent, and puree the removed soup until smooth, then return the pureed soup to the pot and mix well.
  • Simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes, then serve hot with your favorite toppings.

Slow Cooker Directions:

  • To a slow cooker, combine the onion, garlic, potatoes, broth, salt, pepper and chili powder.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours.
  • About 30 minutes before serving, add the butter and flour to a medium sauce pot over medium heart. Stir together until you have a paste (this is a roux).
  • Slowly whisk in the almond milk, being sure to whisk out any lumps.
  • Cook for 15 minutes until thickened. Then add to a blender, along with 1/2 of the soup (be careful, it will be hot).
  • Vent, and puree the removed soup until smooth, then return the pureed soup to the slow cooker and mix well.
  • Simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes, then serve hot with your favorite toppings.

Instant Pot Directions:

  • Preheat the instant pot to sauté medium heat.
  • Add the butter and chopped onion and sauté for 5 minutes, until onions are soft.
  • Add garlic and cook 1 minute, until fragrant.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the onions and stir together. Cook for 3 minutes until slightly browned. Turn off the Instant pot.
  • Add 1 cup of the broth and scrape the bottom of the pot very well to removed any browned bits (this will help avoid the “Burn” reading).
  • Add the remaining broth, diced potatoes, milk, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Do not mix.
  • Cover and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Then do a natural release for 10 minutes before manually releasing the remaining pressure.
  • Carefully (it’s very hot) scoop 1/2 of the soup out of the instant pot, and add to a blender.
  • Vent, and puree the removed soup until smooth, then return the pureed soup to the instant pot and mix well.
  • Sauté on low for an additional 10-15 minutes, then serve hot with your favorite toppings.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cupsCalories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 41.3gProtein: 7.8gFat: 6.8gSaturated Fat: 3.3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 1166mgPotassium: 1186mgFiber: 6.7gSugar: 3.8gCalcium: 106mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Instant Pot, slow cooker, soup
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Nutrition and Calories in Potato Soup

The nutrition below is based off 1 serving (2 cups) of homemade potato soup without the toppings. If you want to find the individual nutrition for each topping, I have included them in the Toppings Guide Section above.

Important Note: As a reminder, at Lose Weight By Eating the goal is to make healthier, all-natural versions of your favorite recipes… not all will be “diet worthy” depending on the diet you are on. But they will be healthier versions to help curb your cravings.

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