Cheesy Potato Soup

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I love cooking with only a few ingredients- it makes my life so much easier (compared to cooking with a lot of ingredients!) Today’s recipe will take just minutes to make and it is easy, since the base of the soup is from today’s sponsor, Progresso™. I love to use their soup & stock because of the quality and ease of using Progresso™’s products. They are a great company, too, as I’ve come to learn.

For dinner this week, we made a healthy yet satisfying healthier version of Potato Soup. We love to use our crock pot, but this recipe was so easy that we could make it in ten minutes on the stove, so we didn’t need our crock pot this time.

This recipe was first seen on Progesso’s website, but I tweaked it a bit to be more low-fat.

Recipe yields 5 servings.


1 1/2 cups chopped onion
2 1/2 cups diced peeled russet potatoes (about 3 medium)
1 medium stalk celery, chopped (1/2 cup)
2 cups. of Progresso™ chicken broth (they also make unsalted chicken & vegetable)
1/2 teaspoon salt & 1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 can Fat Free evaporated milk
1 cup (8 oz) shredded American and Cheddar cheese blend
OPTIONAL ~ 4 slices of bacon or turkey bacon
Yes, I used a lot of canned foods, because canned foods help you save prep time and get a healthy, homemade meal on the table more often. I keep most of these items in my pantry to help me make quick, nutritious meals every night.


In a large saucepan, combine the potatoes, onion, celery, broth and pepper.

Bring this mixture to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium-low and cover.
Simmer for 15-18 minutes or until vegetables are easy to cut.
Combine cornstarch and 1/4 cup milk until smooth; stir into potato mixture.

Add the remaining milk and bring it back to a boil.
Cook and stir for 2 minutes (this will be thick).
Remove from the heat. Stir in cheese until melted.

(Thanks to Progresso for this great recipe that I was able to adapt!)

Ok – now for my secret tip… well, it isn’t much of a secret that I am a “whatever works” type of person and this works: When I don’t have time to make homemade potato soup, I just do this instead:
get this soup (Progresso loaded potato):

Add natural crumbled bacon & 1/4 of an onion (dice & saute it before adding it). You will get the same wonderful outcome and it is still semi-homemade, so enjoy it! 🙂

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Progresso. The opinions and text are all mine.

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