A Guilt-Free Version Of A Classic Comfort Food

Cold weather means cozy fires, time in with the family and comfort food. And comfort food generally leads to extra winter weight. But with this hearty (and vegetarian) recipe, you can have your potato soup and eat it, too.

Rustic potato soup

Rustic reduced-fat potato soup recipe

Serves 4 to 6


  • 6 medium russet potatoes, diced (large)
  • 1/2 large onion, diced (small)
  • 1 cup carrots, diced (small)
  • 2/3 cup celery, diced (small)
  • 14 cups water
  • 3 extra large vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup 1 percent milk
  • 2 percent cheese and chopped green onions for garnish


  1. In a large pot, cover potatoes, onions, carrots and celery with cold water. Cover the pot and bring it to a boil.
  2. Smash the bouillon cubes with a fork and add them to the boiling water, stirring until dissolved.
  3. Continue boiling until the potatoes are fork-tender (until they can be easily mashed with a fork).
  4. Drain the potatoes, onions, carrots and celery, reserving the cooking liquid.
  5. Add butter, sour cream and milk.
  6. Using a stand or hand mixer, whip the potatoes on the lowest setting until well mixed. Increase mixer speed and continue mixing until potatoes are the desired consistency.
  7. Stir in reserved cooking liquid (1/4 cup at a time) until soupy (at least 1-3/4 cups, more if desired).
  8. Garnish each bowl with cheese and chives.

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Comments on "Rustic reduced-fat potato soup recipe"

Lauren February 21, 2013 | 2:53 PM

With things like this, I always think it's best to go low-fat. Regular potato soup has SO much fat and calories. It's just not worth it. The low fat versions are always good.

Amy February 02, 2013 | 11:03 AM

Thanks! I'm passing this to my husband. He's been wanting to make a potato soup but hasn't been able to find the perfect recipe. I think this may be it.

Kristinlee September 05, 2012 | 11:45 AM

My boyfriend loves Houstons Baked Potato Soup. The problem is it soo full of fat and calories. I think he is going to find this a great subsitute. Maybe add some sour cream and he will be happy.

Mike July 26, 2012 | 3:56 PM

This is a great twist on the classic. Adding the extra veggies will help pull of the fiber level and make it more heart healthy.

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