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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Potato Soup

This is a great slow cooker recipe.  It has my husband's three favorite ingredients: bacon, ranch and cheese.  Amazingly, it's only 176 calories per serving and a serving is about a cup and a half of soup.  So you could add a topping or two without any guilt.    I like my soup a little less chunky, so about half an hour before serving I scooped out the diced potato and mashed it a bit.  Depending how thick you like your soup, you may need to whisk a little flour into the pot.  You can reduce the sodium count a bit by using lower sodium beef broth and ranch mix.


    2 medium potatoes, diced
    1 12-oz can fat free evaporated milk
    1 cup beef broth
    3 cups water
    1 packet ranch mix
    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    1 cup onions, diced
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    6 slices center cut bacon, diced


    In a large pan, saute the bacon, garlic and onions until the bacon is starting to brown.
    In a slow cooker, whisk the ranch mix into the evaporated milk, then combine with the water and beef broth. Add the potatoes, cheese, and bacon mixture to the slow cooker. Cook on low for eight to ten hours.
    You can top the soup with some onion straws, parsley, a little sour cream or whatever else sounds good to you. (Extras aren't included in nutrition facts.)
    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 6
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 176.3
    • Total Fat: 1.7 g
    • Cholesterol: 10.9 mg
    • Sodium: 830.8 mg
    • Total Carbs: 25.2 g
    • Dietary Fiber: 1.3 g
    • Protein: 14.7 g


  1. Great soup. The new Food on Friday is all about soup. It would be wonderful if you linked this in. Here's the link . Have a souper duper week!

  2. Great that you linked in, thanks. have a good one

  3. Wonderful looking and sounding recipe. I'd love to have you link that up on my Link Party

  4. This recipe looks great! Love the addition of the ranch dressing. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Please come back and VOTE on Sunday!

  5. I love a good soup in the winter! I also happen to love bacon! This recipe looks great and I am going to pin it!

    Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. I hope you will bring another wonderful recipe next week - we are featuring Crock pot recipes!

    I am now following your blog!
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