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Jim’s Potato Soup

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/3 cup diced carrot
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart milk
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cooked
  • Chives, shredded cheddar cheese and bacon bits, optional


  • In a 3-qt. Dutch oven or kettle, saute celery, carrot and onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add bouillon, parsley, salt, seasoned salt and cayenne. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cube half of the potatoes and mash the other half; add all to the soup. Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Garnish individual servings with chives, cheese and bacon bits if desired.

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  • helere
    Jan 5, 2021

    Delicious soup!!! Have been making it since it was first published. I don't like spicy food and the cayenne is just right, not too spicy just a flavor kick

  • LauriePar
    Sep 11, 2017

    This has been my go to potato soup recipe ever since TOH published it. It is thick, tasty, and extremely good. I didn't have to mash some of the potatoes; I just added a little cornstarch and cold water to thicken it up a bit. I would highly recommend this soup for the whole family!

  • tczyz
    Jan 4, 2016

    Our family has been making this soup for several years and we all love it. I make it exactly as written, perfect.

  • goggiegirl
    Mar 20, 2013

    I have been using this recipe since it was first published and the whole family loves it.I do not change a thing.

  • a1engraver
    Nov 9, 2011

    I have used this recipe for years. It's a great stand-by. I pretty much make as is except eliminate the cayenne pepper as we tend to not like a "bite" to our food. The whole family loves it!