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Hearty Potato Soup

Having grown up on a dairy farm in Holland, I love our country life here in Idaho's "potato country." My favorite recipe for potato soup originally called for heavy cream and bacon fat, but I've trimmed down the recipe. —Gladys DeBoer, Castleford, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts)


  • 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


  • In a Dutch oven, cook the potatoes, carrots and celery in water until tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain, reserving liquid and setting vegetables aside.
  • 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.

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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 208 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 344mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.


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    • Cwi
      Jan 4, 2021

      I'm allergic to dairy so I used olive oil and oat milk (instead of butter and milk) and it was great! Just 1 cup of liquid was too thick for me, so I added more. This soup really reminds me of being a kid and coming home for dinner after a day on the snowy mountains :) Two thumbs up!

    • annvocalist
      Oct 21, 2020

      Soup is delicious. Regarding the recipe itself, the directions call for milk, but Milk is not included in the list of ingredients.

    • Wan
      Jul 16, 2020

      Just made this! It was amazing!

    • Jae
      Jul 10, 2020

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    • Angie
      Jan 14, 2020

      Simple and delicious!! Thank you! I have made it many times now and it really is perfect.

    • nbeckman
      Nov 29, 2019

      Good basic potato soup recipe. Tweaked mine with garlic, powdered mustard and about 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar. Needed a meatless soup for day after Thanksgiving and this recipe inspired me. Thanks Gladys!

    • Amanda
      Nov 18, 2019

      This soup has a good taste as long as you add more salt

    • angelkin
      Nov 10, 2019

      I’ve been making this since the 1990’s when this recipe first made its debut! I can tell you it’s excellent and at times I use this recipe and substitute broccoli in the place of potatoes, works perfectly, I also will sub out cooking liquid for chicken broth, and I will sometimes blend half of the soup for thickness :)

    • cindy
      Oct 20, 2019

      Great potato soup just like when I was a kid not all other ingredients like bacon and cheese I like that kind of potato too but I just wanted a original potato soup and this soup is really great will be making a lot more

    • Kelly Hemmelgarn
      Aug 25, 2019

      We love this Potato Soup! It is delicious and has become a family favorite!!