Sour Cream Potato Soup Recipe
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Sour Cream Potato Soup Recipe

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This special soup is a true family favorite. I received the recipe from my sister and then passed it on to my daughters. It's perfect served with leftover ham.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 3 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups milk, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 220 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 740mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat, combine water, bouillon, potatoes, onion, celery, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add 1-3/4 cups milk. Combine flour with remaining milk; stir to form a smooth paste. Add to soup, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Add a small amount of hot liquid to sour cream; stir to mix. Gradually add to soup, stirring constantly; heat through but do not boil. Add parsley and chives just before serving. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Chunky Potato Soup in Home-Style Soups, Salad and Sandwiches Cookbook 1996, p31

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VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 255588
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2016

"This soup is amazing! It was chock-full of flavor. If you love the taste of potatoes with sour cream & chives, you will adore this soup! I only have dry herbs on hand, so I added dried chives & parsley at the beginning with the potatoes - about a teaspoon of each. I also used half milk & half heavy cream. YUM!"

antred User ID: 8205129 217359
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"I am a doctor-er, the magic was better with a heaping tablespoon of Ranch Dip powder added to the sour-cream mixture! Delish recipe for using up pantry items and a belly warmer for cold winter days! Oh and topped with crumbled bacon! SO GOOD!"

chris28304 User ID: 2137086 19048
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2014

"This is very bland if you follow the recipe as printed. I added a 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese and 8 slices of crumbled bacon with additional salt and pepper. Tasted much better."

cahplus User ID: 5761365 45186
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"I made this soup on a cold winter weekend, and it was delicious. I made two changes to the recipe. I used 2 cups of chicken broth (instead of the water & chicken bouillon) and swapped out the sour cream for 2 ounces of Velveeta. Even my picky son liked it! This is a recipe I will definitely make again!"

dzz1qy User ID: 6636475 75095
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2013

"Very tasty! I added some chopped carrots."

bqueenin User ID: 6911311 15247
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2013

"I added broccoli, garlic, leeks and carrots. Once it was all cooked I pureed before adding the milk. I used some heavy cream in place of some of the milk because I had it on hand and wanted to use it up. I served it with sour cream and diced cooked bacon. It was excellent! My family loved it!"

langang User ID: 5722096 20938
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

"Perfect as written -- the best potato soup ever!"

lalanee User ID: 4077418 20937
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2013

"A variation to this wonderful soup, is to clean & snap fresh gr. beans (1-1 1/2 lbs); cover w/water; when done continue w/ recipe as written. If any water evaporated from beans, just add to to make 2 c. This is my mother's recipe. Now I make for my grandchildren. They love it!!"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 15246
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"soup recipes like this don't LOOK like they'll taste delicious, but surprisingly enough, they do! I pureed it slightly, until there was small chunks and not huge chunks, because I like it that way. Next time I wouldn't add so much pepper - a tiny bit hot for my taste. But very very good!"

blizzard6 User ID: 2708558 202174
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"I have made this soup several times. It is the BEST potato soup ever. The sour cream really makes the soup yummy."

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