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Chunky Potato Soup

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!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (3 quarts)


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2-1/2 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery leaves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  • In a Dutch oven or large kettle, saute onion in butter for 3 minutes. Add potatoes, water, celery leaves, salt, pepper, paprika and tomato sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until potatoes are just tender, stirring occasionally. In a small skillet, combine oil and flour until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is golden brown (watch closely to prevent burning). Carefully stir into hot soup. Add parsley. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until soup thickens.

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  • Baking Diva
    Jan 26, 2016

    This soup was not good! It was bland and watery; I added 2 chicken bouillon cubes to the broth and 1-2 cups diced ham. It was disappointing. I even added a can of canellini beans to see if that helped--it didn't. I love Taste of Home and find it's recipes excellent as a general rule. This is the first negative review I've ever written on a TOH recipe, but I must be honest in my assessment. I won't make this soup again.

  • lydiawoz
    Apr 11, 2012

    I really liked this soup. I did add a little beef base for flavor and used a combination of sweet Hungarian paprika and the hotter variety. This recipe is extremely economical and uses ingredients you have in your pantry, so I will definitely be making this again.

  • loudon
    Aug 1, 2009

    I used Pam instead of butter to saute the onions. Cut the salt down to 1 teaspoon and paprika to 1/2 teaspoon. Still a little spicy and maybe too spicy yet for some. I used about 3/4 c. of flour mixed with part of the water to thicken. This cut out the fat, cholesterol and lowered the sodium. Very tasty & much better for heart patients. We love this recipe.