This is a hungry man's-type of soup—the nice hearty, filling kind.
I started cooking for a harvest crew when I was 10 years old. Now, 40 years later, my husband and I live in the heart of a potato-growing area. One of our neighboring towns—Alliston—is the "Potato Capital of Ontario". There's a Potato Festival there each year—one year, this recipe won me a prize at it!
Meet the Cook: Even my husband, who's not much of a soup eater, likes this. Our two boys - ages 5 and 2 - do, too. With homemade bread and a salad, it's a satisfying meal.
-Tami Walters, Kingsport, Tennessee
When my husband and I planted our first garden, we overdid it with the zucchini plants. By the end of harvest, I was at my wit's end wondering what I could do with the rest of the zucchini. My sister saved the day with this soup, although I added the potato and eggs to make the recipe my own.
I love cooking a ham for my family, because that means we'll be having this delicious hearty soup later that week. This recipe makes good use of all the wonderful fresh vegetables that are grown in Ohio.
This recipe was handed down to me by my mother. I was raised on a farm and these ingredients were readily available in our area. We have many potato farms nearby, and, of course, being "America's Dairyland," there's always plenty of cheese and milk for this great-tasting soup. —Darlene Alexander, Nekoosa, Wisconsin
Our kids claimed they didn't like potato soup. But after one taste of my version, they came clamoring for seconds! The secret is adding cayenne pepper to give it a little kick, plus topping it with cheese and bacon bits.—Jim Wick, Orlando, Florida
I remember my mother often making this soup for Saturday night supper. During the war years, she would cook a lot of stews and soups - she'd start with a big kettle of chicken stock, and it was amazing what she could make!
Even though I didn't like spinach much, I liked this soup. I loved to help Mom in the kitchen, and was cooking by myself when I was 10.
Cooking has been one of my hobbies, along with sewing and crafting, ever since. I've even won several recipe contests.
To stretch our meat supply during the Depression, Mom made all kinds of soups and stews. I loved her recipe for potato soup, especially when the potatoes were new and the parsley was fresh from the garden. Mom served this soup often because is was meatless, but I never tired of it!
During the Depression we could buy a wheat sack full of fresh vegetables for 50¢. It was a "you-dig", "you-sack" arrangement. My mother took advantage of this annual food windfall and had a variety of recipes to accommodate it. One of our family favorites was this soup.
MANY of our family-favorite recipes came from my mother-in-law, who was a wonderful cook. My husband inherited her love of cooking, and he enjoys stirring up her recipes, including this fabulous soup. We've often treated our friends to this dish, and one young man even asked for the recipe when he went off to college. —Louella Kightlinger