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Hearty Potato Soup Recipe

Hearty Potato Soup Recipe

Having grown up on a dairy farm in Holland, I love our country life here in Idaho's "potato country." My favorite potato soup originally called for heavy cream and bacon fat, but I've trimmed down the recipe. —Gladys DeBoer, Castleford, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:8-10 servings


  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 6 celery ribs, chopped
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook the potatoes, carrots and celery in water until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain, reserving liquid and setting vegetables aside.
  • 2. In the same pan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Gently stir in cooked vegetables. Add 1 cup or more of reserved cooking liquid until soup is desired consistency. Yield: 8-10 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).

Reviews for Hearty Potato Soup

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dornie 254427
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2016

"To make more flavorful, instead of cooking the potatoes and veggies in water, use milk, just enough to cover and then cook slowly. At the end, add two or three hardboard eggs, sliced or diced. You get more flavor since the water dilutes the flavor. Don't peal and get more vitamins."

ChardannaeL 245479
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2016

"I absolutely adore this recipe, it's the only potato soup recipe I'll use. I got a new phone and lost all my bookmarked pages, so I scoured the internet until I found it again.

Anyway, I make this recipe almost exactly the way the instructions say. However, with experience I now do the carrots first before everything and boil them for ten minutes or more while I prep the rest of the produce because they never soften enough for me when I boil them with the potatoes.
I also bake some bacon and crumble it for a yummy topper, along with yellow cheese and sour cream."

marksjomama 243987
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2016

"Made this soup today. It is delicious! I did use chicken broth as was suggested by another reviewer. My husband says it's a keeper!"

jadegreen_eyz 241700
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"Made this soup tonight for dinner to accompany BLT's and it was a hit . My family can be finicky but my son said it was really good. Only used 4 stalks of celery, cut the potatoes into medium chunks rather than slices and sprinkled in a bit of garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Stirred in about 1 1/2 cups of grated cheddar at the end. This made enough for leftovers for lunch tomorrow."

debbieproctor4 241679
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"just made this soup, added 1 cup of shredded sharp cheese and 3/4c of crispy bacon, my husband had 2 bowls it was that good!"

Susiew122 240763
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"Ignore the star as haven't made this. Is this white or red potatoes sounds delicious."

Kirkpatrick 237240
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2015

"Delicious. I added about half can of Swanson chicken broth. I used 2% milk. Worked out fine"

wjjmaj 237166
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2015

"I think this lacked something. If agree on the chicken broth suggestion and I had to add some Monteret Jack cheese to give it some zip."

lfbskb 237155
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2015

"Good soup for rainy days.....and quick."

brookes 236116
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"Delicious, fast and easy to make. only used 1tbsp of flour, blended with a bit of milk. Didn't need 6. 0nly 1 tbsp of butter at the beginning whilst cooking the onion and 3 ribs of celery. Having done this, didn't need to remove the veggies to complete the soup."

Rajeeko 235510
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2015

"I didn't have 6 stalks of celery so I only used 3 and I also used 1% milk; it was delicious!"

I_Fortuna 235281
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2015

"Good but needs chicken broth for flavor. I also use Fat Free 1/2 and 1/2 or half cream half milk."

PT8692 233307
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2015

"I have been making this soup since it was published in 1993. I cut the celery to 3 ribs and I usually use skim milk. I also add ham and mild cheddar cheese. One of the great things about this soup, besides the flavor, is you can make it as thick or as thin as you like by the amount of broth you add back in. I have frozen it and it's fine. This was one of the first recipes my daughter wanted when she was away at college."

Lanie37 233000
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2015 Edited Sep. 18, 2015

"Thank you for sharing this recipe. I did everything the same except I didn't have onions so I used onion powder and about 5tsp of Knorr chicken bouillon in the cooking water. It is really a simple yet yummy and satisfying and good for picky eaters."

greatwithoutgluten 232169
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2015

"Really great basic potato soup recipe. It was simple and delicious. I added white cheddar to the soup at the end. Also topped with bacon and additional cheese. Such an easy recipe to build on!"

restaurantboss 225696
Reviewed May. 1, 2015

"Waw its Great i make it here"

chefigrl 222213
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"Delicious! I did add about 3 cloves of garlic to the the veggie cook. I didn't have any regular milk, but had my coconut milk, (unsweetened, and unflavored), 1 cup, and 1/2 cup cream, so those are the only changes I made. It was so creamy and smooth! We loved it. I think I will add some clams that we just put in the freezer, tomorrow and turn it into clam chowder ! Love rolling something over into another yummy something. I do have a lot of leftover. There is just two of us. I think it has a very sublime flavor. We topped it like it was a baked potato, cheese, bacon bits, chives. Yum. Thanks :)"

MY REVIEW 221837
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"This was really easy and delicious. I don't recommend using celery flakes with this recipe though. They do not have enough cooking time to rehydrate well. Bit I added ham which is a favorite in our potato soups,"

potatoebuds 220713
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"Prep time quite a bit longer than 10 minutes stated on recipe.


Fttsfmly1 220102
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

"Really good. I used No chicken, chicken broth so it had that taste but was vegetarian. My guests loved it."

lil buns 219462
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"Easy and very good."

Joy365 219196
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"I liked this. I omitted celery and just added the onion near the end of boiling the vegetables, and I didn't add butter when creating the flour/milk mixture. I wonder if it will turn out as good the next time I go to make it. I was nervous about not having chicken broth, but now I know that's not even necessary."

imatmomsplace55 219015
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"great soup - have used it for years - added a leek to it which gave it a little more intense taste."

walkerjo 218822
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"My husband asked me if it was hard to make. When I said no, he said good, you can make this again."

sheilazhaynes 217881
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2015

"I made this for my daughter who has a vegetarian diet. She really liked it. I made it as written except I omitted carrots. It was MMMMM! MMMM! Good!"

skspowers 217099
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"Outstanding blend of flavors. Needed a bit more salt and pepper for our taste. Other than that, it was a winner! Perfect for a cold winter evening."

fanguest1175 215664
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"A great quick soup. I lessened the butter and flour to 5 tbsp. This is a keeper!"

Tootie4460 214282
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"I'm wondering if I could get the original recipe ? The one with the heavy cream and bacon fat? Anyone ? Thanks a bunch"

kafaughn 198943
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014

"Very good. Topped with bacon, cheese and sour cream."

dkbrowm 3415
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"BEST POtato soup I've ever made!!!!!"

kandilynn89 2001
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2014

"I thought this was a great recipe! I always have trouble finding potato soups that do not include chicken broth and i finally found a keeper!Although i added a couple extra ingredients, this is the perfect base recipe for a non chicken broth potato soup!!! What i did different- I put the onions in with the vegetables & added garlic while it simmered to make the "veggie broth"! In a separate pan, i fried up some cabbage with bacon bits. I made the roux and then added in a handful of cheddar cheese when i added the milk, along with some onion powder and garlic salt for a boost of flavor. I dumped all the vegetables back in the pot, added ALL of my veggie broth and tossed in a handful of bacon bits at the end! It's perfect!!"

walgreens 3236
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2014

"this is a very good recipe"

Teresa1919 3704
Reviewed May. 2, 2014

"It is a delicious recipe with chicken broth."

lizmaloney 198942
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"My son and I followed the recipe, but added a cup of ham (Easter) when we added the potatoes and veggies back to the pan. I also added some garlic and used a can of Stock instead of the cooking liquid. Planning to add cheese and sour cream on top in our bowls."

jmar1953 2000
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

"Absolutely Delicious! It was so easy to make!"

bd54 3663
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"I made this and it was delicious. I used Yukon Gold potatoes, chopped green onions, 4 c. vegetable broth, 4 c. water. After it was all mixed I stirred in some shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, Velveeta, and some sour cream - didn't measure these. Would have added bacon, but didn't have any. When in the bowl I stirred in some dried chopped chives. I will definitely make this soup again."

pacer555 3235
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

"Excellent soup!"

quietgardens 2740
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"Easiest and most delicious homemade potato soup I have made. Had to reduce the amount of potatoes a bit so I had some liquid left, but wonderful!"

sherifft 3233
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"I agree with some of the others that it did lack some flavor so I added the bacon cut in small pieces along with the cooked juice. What a difference. Next time I'll try adding the cheese too. Otherwise it was excellent and easy to make."

joyce1317 2672
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"I thought this recipe lacked flavor, tasted like boiled potatoes. I enhanced the recipe and it was delicious. I added chicken base (you could use bouillon granules or cubes). Since my chicken base does not contain salt, I added more salt; if you use bouillon you may not need additional salt since it contains salt. I put in shredded sharp cheddar cheese, 4 ounces, will add more the next time; also added some parsley. I halved the recipe; if you make the full recipe, double my additions. The Plain Jane Potato Soup recipe now deserves to be called Hearty Potato Soup."

Sue Zappa 2671
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"Oh, my gosh! This was one of the first recipes I tried from TOH--been a subscriber since it first came out. It's been a family favorite since the first time I made it. The only thing I add is one pound of smoked sausage, sliced thin & quartered, or 1 pound of cubed ham. Absolutely wonderful to enjoy on a cold winter's evening. Add some hard rolls for even more of a taste of heaven!"

Lisa_1966 2738
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"Easy and delicious!"

MY REVIEW 198941
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"Very tasty soup added alittle shredded cheese to it the kids loved it. What a great soup for the cold weather days."

LostInFL 1294
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"This was the quickest and best potato soup I've tried. I used chicken broth, whole milk and a little sour cream. I cubed the potato instead of slicing, used half the amount of celery, but added some celery salt. Topped with shredded cheddar, sliced green onions and coarse ground black pepper after it was in bowls and ready to serve."

Ms.Roxanne 3641
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2013


captgeo5 198940
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"Very good and nice flavor , next time i will add bacon =)"

GnMsMama 1288
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"I made this tonight only I substituted the water for chicken broth, delicious! The family loved it."

harleybabe89 3702
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"Saving it for later... looks good!"

stcloud52 1283
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"This has been one of my favorite soups since I found it in one of the Taste of Home magazines several years ago. I do not drain any of the liquid off the vegetables. I melt the butter in another pan and cook the onions in it. Then I add the flour and then mix in the milk. Then I slowly add the flour, onion and milk mixture to the vegetables and broth, stirring all the time. I also add the salt when I am boiling the vegetables. I also added 3 extra potatoes and increased the water to 12 cups. It turns out beautifully. I really love potatoes and this is a great use of them.....and it doesn't last very long........and I am single......."

parisavani 2695
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013

"loved was creamy and totally very picky sons loved it too... I did add a few other veggies and a bit more salt and pepper."

SuziT 2668
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013

"we love this soup, it is the best!!! I prefer making soups that do not use canned soup as a base and this is very flavorful as is!! Sometimes I add chopped ham or scliced sauteed kielbasa for a main dish meal."

Salbo 1324
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2013

"Oh, and we put bacon on top with the cheese."

Salbo 2667
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2013

"This is our favorite recipe. I add chicken bullion to it for more flavor and green onions and cheese. Also, I just cover the vegetables with water, then I don't drain the water."

qgal 2694
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"This was a hit with even the kids :) Nothing better on a cold snowy day than this type of soup .. make it as thick as you like and I even added a few pinches of bacon bits to jazz it up. Simply delicious !!"

ghostetler 3597
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"Good basic recipe. Made it for simplicity as husband wasn't feeling well. Made as described it was a bit on the bland side - not bad at all, just bland. Added more salt and pepper, some diced ham, and topped with cheddar cheese."

MoonieMa 2633
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"My family LOVED this soup! (saute onions in butter until tender) This might be the key, really brings out the flavor. One of our new favorites."

truejoie 2692
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"We are watching what we eat and since this recipe is not full of bacon, cheese, sour cream, etc, it was a good choice. My husband summed it up best- "good without being too good". I followed other reviewers advice and used chicken broth for about half of the water. Instead of draining off the liquid and seperating the vegetables, I made up the white sauce in other small saucepan as someone else had suggested. I left out probably only about 2 or 3 cups of the liquid before mixing it all together."

PatsCookin 3232
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"My sister-in-law is visiting and she said her favorite soup is potato so I tried this one tonight. It was very good, but seemed to need a little more seasoning for my taste. I added a tablespoon of dried parsley, a cube of chicken bouillon and some homemade bacon bits. It was delicious. I'll be making this one again."

dklinkow 2600
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2012

"The best potatoe soup recipie I have ever tried. This will be favorite for years to come. I used yukon gold potatoes and subsituted 3 cups chicken broth and 5 cups water."

millsma 1281
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"Good recipe - however, for my taste I felt it needed some extra seasoning. I added granulated garlic and shakes of thyme and sage. Pureed about half the soup with a submersion blender, leaving some pieces of vegetables intact. Lastly, added 6-8 oz of Velveeta cheese. Used about 4 cups of the remaining broth. Nice creamy consistency. Perfect fall/winter soup."

blhenn 1986
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"ehhh this was all right. It seemed to lack spice and flavor to me, our 4 year old son would not eat it and he eats everything. My husband is the only one who liked it."

LuT 2632
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"When I make this my 12 year old grandson is delighted. It is one of the few dishes that he says "yea" to. I make it 'as is' but do use at least 2 cups of reserved liquid. I also find it a great way to use the leaves of the celery."

dzz1qy 2404
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2012

"Good soup and even better topped with cheese. Will make this again."

blonde62 3231
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2012

"I have used this recipe for years now and I love it. The only changes I have made is that I use only 3 stalks of celery, a very small onion, whole milk and I add 1 1/2 cups of sharp cheese. Love this recipe."

CPhllps 3596
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"I love this soup, it is hearty and great on cold winter days. I add garlic powder and ham or bacon."

cmkbf 198939
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"Delicious! The only thing i did different was saute some green bell pepper with the onion- and instead of draining the water from the potato's, I left as is and after i added in the flour to the saute I stired in the milk until it was mixed well with the other ingredients and then dumped it all in the potato's and let it simmer for about half an hour- added some bacon and it was perfect!-"

cmkbf 2444
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011


peanut28 1312
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"love it this was in the first taste of home my mom got as a child i grew up eating it love. keep up warm in the inside!! now my 1 year old little girl will eat it its a must!!!"

elaineshorses 2355
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"I have made this recipe again and will continue to do so. I did fry up some bacon and used the food processor to cut up the onions and celery."

Lonefeather 1960
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"You cannot go wrong with this recipe, it's very adaptable, quick to make, and absolutely delicious!"

loribpalmer 3230
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"This recipe is so easy to make and so delicious! My husband asks for it frequently! I added in some bacon at the end, and topped it with shredded cheddar cheese for some extra flavor, but it still tastes delicious without it! You will not be disappointed with this one!"

LovesESS 1905
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"When my dad was alive he made this soup as he subscribed to Taste of Home. When he died I took all his books and make this during the winter. It brings back good memories and the souple is delicious! I top it off with shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. Yummy!!"

karvol 2381
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"I love this recipe , I've added assorted vegetables to it a few times, and always some shredded Velveeta melted in the pot."

Nutmeg04222 3516
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2011

"this is such an easy recipe and delicious. I've made it several times exactly as written and sometimes have added bacon or ham and everyone loves it either way."

misssixx 3414
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

"This was GREAT the kids loved it. I will make this over and over...."

jkenny130 2627
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"this soup is delicious! I added a little bacon to add a little more flavor. This is a real winner!"

debrichter 3361
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"Just had this for dinner tonight and the whole family loved it. Sprinkled some bacon and cheese on top, was awesome!"

Substitute everything 1278
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"This soup has a nice, homemade taste. I adjusted the roux a little to make the soup thicker. What a good recipe. I just added crumbled bacon on top. Perfect! Nutritionally balanced too."

Jessica2783 760
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2010

"This is delicious! The only thing I would change is to cook the celery for a bit before adding the potatoes and carrots. The first time I made this soup the carrots and potatoes were turning into mush while the celery was still crunchy."

NJPickleFiend 1958
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"This was possibly one of the best dishes I've ever had! It's great to add to, like adding pieces of chicken or cheese, and so simple to make! And it tastes great even as leftovers prepped in the microwave!"

mommie2001 198938
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"My 8 year old twins can be very picky about their food. But, they ask me to make this soup at least once a week. My daughter's words, "it is delectable". As a working mother, it is very simple and quick to make. Tha taste is absolutely wonderful. This recipe, I would have to say, is my family's all time favorite."

CatherineBennet 3229
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2009

"I have tried many different recipes for potato soup and each time I come back to this one being our favorite."

woni 198937
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2009

"Re: Hearty Potatoe Soup

I've been making this soup ever since it was published by Taste of Home years ago. My husband requests it every winter.

beecuzican_PA 1954
Reviewed May. 22, 2009

"Well, I'd have to say this recipe would surely fit your request, and I am kind of partial to it...Wardie's Potato Soup And you can find a review here:  Review of Wardie's Potato Soup  "

catdog69 2599
Reviewed May. 22, 2009

"hi barbyblue3, did u ever find a receipe for thick creamy potato soup? I am looking too! thanks"

barbyblue3 2626
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2008

"Hi, I'm looking for a great receipe for thick, creamy, potatoe soup. One that I can simmer in my crockpot all day. there are a lot of recepies for potatoe soups, but most of them are thin, watery broths. I'm looking for something that's more homeade and hearty. can you help me?"

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