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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 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."

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

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

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."

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!"

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."

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