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Hearty Potato Soup Recipe
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Hearty Potato Soup Recipe

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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.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 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).
Originally published as Hearty Potato Soup in Taste of Home February/March 1993, p33

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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!"

Reviewed May. 1, 2015

"Waw its Great i make it here"

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 :)"

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,"

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

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


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