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No-Fuss Potato Soup Recipe

No-Fuss Potato Soup Recipe

For a busy-day supper, my family loves to have big steaming, delicious bowls of this soup, along with fresh bread from our bread machine. —Dotty Egge, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7-1/2 hours YIELD:10 servings


  • 6 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules or 2 vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Minced chives, optional


  • 1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first nine ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until the vegetables are tender.
  • 2. Add milk and parsley. Cover and cook 30 minutes longer or until heated through. Garnish with chives if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings (about 3 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 190 calories, 7g fat (0 saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 827mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable.

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staynear User ID: 8347435 258534
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2016

"This was easy peazy and tasty. So here was my hack: I have hand pain issues so I was not up for peeling potatoes. So check it out I found frozen bags of mixed vegetables at Safeway,that had potatoes, carrots, celery, and onions - SCORE! I dumped two of those in the slow cooker with 4 cups of water (the two bags equaled less than the 6 cups of veg in the recipe. I pretty much followed the rest verbatum, except I couldn't find any buillion at home so I used a variety of seasons to replicate it. B/c my frozen vegetables were all pretty chunky, I used an immersion blender to break it down when it was finished. It was pretty thick, so on leftover days I added some broth to thin it out. Enjoy !!"

Karen User ID: 8655968 258331
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2016

"made this soup exactly as recipe stated and it was the best soup I've made so far. Yummy!"

elvina User ID: 8985267 258103
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2016

"i made this soup on the stove top instead of the crock pot,using exact recipe above, i saute onions,carrots,celery in the butter, added the potatoes,water and boulion,brought to a boil,then simmered till potatoes where tender added the milk and seasonings, i then removed half and pureed and returned to pot,adjusted more seasonings and voila!!! family loved it!!! it says 10 servings, my family of 4 devoured it in 4 big bowls..."

ahmom User ID: 3426126 252458
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2016

"no fuss!!"

knollbrookcook User ID: 4057123 237566
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"An easy, simple soup. Very tasty. I omitted the salt, cut down the butter to 2 tablespoons and I used 5% cream instead of the evaporated milk. Delicious. I too cooked it on the stove and it worked just fine. I have also used the crock pot and that was good too. I warmed my cream in the microwave for about a minute so it wouldn't curdle when I added it to the rest of the soup. Will definitely be making it many more times."

luann8190 User ID: 6756458 233553
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"Delicious! Decided to cook on stove instead of slow cooker and it turned out great."

totalkat User ID: 5568829 215579
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"I am not sure what went wrong with mine but after 8-10 hours on low in the slow cooker the potatoes still weren't tender enough! I had to cook it another 3 hours on high to get all of the vegetables tender. When it was done I added one envelope of baby reds instant mashed to thicken the soup up. I also added more salt and pepper than the recipe called for. In the end, the flavor was really good- it just took way too long."

InkyProse User ID: 8100743 51201
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

"Add about 1 teaspoon thyme. Makes a huge difference."

suziev User ID: 8094693 25583
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"I just made this soup can't wait till my Husband gets home he is going to love it. I added ham and bacon bought some fresh Baggett and also added instant potatoes to thicken it my house smells wonderful thank you to whoever put out this recipe I have never made Potato soup but I will for sure make this again. It is so cold outside good day for some good soup. Made it on my stove top took about a hour easy"

steveodaniel User ID: 8022208 20930
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"I make 1/2 the recipe in my 3qt crock pot and increased the pepper & added some chopped jalapeno."

maryt101 User ID: 6829573 52261
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014

"To thicken potato soup I add a few instant potatoes to the pot when its almost done. Can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing."

Ceedag User ID: 8065449 52260
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014

"Its the way I make my soup, except I haven't added carrots, and I add hard boiled eggs, sliced before serving, ( the way my mom made it when a kid )"

perkinsw User ID: 4771091 16422
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"the broth is great. I added diced chicken breast and bacon so my husband was happy that it wasn't vegetables only. Turned out very good."

WDAGAL User ID: 7206443 47536
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"This is an awesome soup! I have made this soup so many times I know it by heart. I too, have added sausage or ham to make this soup hearty when desired. I also top bowls with shredded cheddar and crumbled bacon. Yum! My family likes soup to have substantial broth versus a thick base. I add more liquid and adjust the bouillon . I have found that I do not need to add more milk or butter when doing so. For those of you that shared tips on thickening this soup thanks! I might try that next time and serve this soup with sausage over egg noodles. I appreciate folks sharing their variations to recipes on this site . It is great to try a new recipe, and to also try changing up ingredients .

I made this soup yesterday, and it vanished."

recipehound54 User ID: 4246730 25582
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty this soup was. easy directions, basic ingredients, quick prep. I used fat-free evaporated milk and cut a few calories and fat that way but I added calories and fat by adding a 3-oz. package of cooked, crumbled bacon when I stirred in the milk. The bacon was a tasty addition. I topped the soup with a sprinkling of cheddar cheese. It didn't make the soup any creamier; if you are looking for a creamy potato soup either mash some of the potatoes and stir them back into the mixture or make a roux and stir it into the soup. I liked the brothy texture and so did my husband. This will go into the "soup rotation " as we head into fall and winter."

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 21713
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"Thanks for a great recipe! I took another person's suggestion and added more potatoes. I don't like to use bouillon, so I left out the water and bouillon and used chicken broth instead. I also used cream instead of evaporated milk. Some reviewers said it needed thickening, so I added a little cornstarch to the cream. This recipe took the substitutions and turned out great. I will definitely be making this again."

swinny User ID: 1858482 50854
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"Delish but I added some Texas Pete hot sauce to the soup. We like food a little hot :) soup was delicious. Also added some ham and had a complete meal with baker's dozen yeast rolls. It does not get any better than this!!!"

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 52259
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"Shayleigh, a thickening agent is a roux, not a 'rue', although you may have rued having to add anything to thicken the soup :) You're right, mashed potatoes would make a good thickening agent. I made this soup a few months ago and it was good, but I did add more potatoes and cooked it for an hour and a half on the stovetop, not in a slow cooker."

hannahsmama User ID: 2509761 52258
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"Too much butter as it separated from the milk. We ended up throwing it out. It needs ham and probably the vegetable sauteed before adding to slow cooker. Also, had to turn the heat up to high to get done. Will make my usual recipe after this on top of the stove."

Collettejt User ID: 6709028 49359
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

"This soup tasted like vegetables cooked in evaporated milk. No real flavor. For those who added ham and liked it, I can see why. It definitely needs something other than parsley to give it flavor."

MBenton1223 User ID: 6296115 25581
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"So easy and delicious! This is possibly one of my new favorites!"

[email protected] User ID: 4441258 51199
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"This came out excellent for me. I also added a pack of diced ham to make it an all around meal. I will definitely make again."

shayleigh User ID: 2993601 52257
Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"The vegetables should definitely be sauted before adding. After 6 hours the vegetables were already complete mush. I did come out very thin and I had to add a flour/water rue to thicken. I agree with many others that it would be better with 8 cups of potatoes, some mashed."

queenzookie User ID: 5427908 47531
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"Oops, forgot to mention in my review that I only *checked* it at 4 hours. I cooked it longer per the recipe instructions. (But, if I had left out the onions, I think it actually would have been done after 4 hours)."

queenzookie User ID: 5427908 20926
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"After 4 hours in my slow cooker, the potatoes were mushy, but the onions were still crunchy. I think I'd either saute the onions first or omit them altogether. Also, the soup was thin; I think I'd omit a cup of water when making again. But it was good and easy and I'll try it again with my suggestions."

mlworden User ID: 3943617 49358
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010

"Excellent soup- Very flavorful ! As suggested by another reviewer, I did saute the onion,carrots,& celery before placing it in the crockpot, & then I followed the recipe as written."

2chevys User ID: 1574262 25554
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"This would be better if the onions and celery were sauted in the butter to release their flavor before placing in the soup. Also the salt shoud be added at the last as it is absorbed by the potatos otherwise. It would also be better served with shredded sharp cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon as add ins on the side."

barb1940 User ID: 1484981 79135
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"I use 8 potatoes and mash about half of them.

Also like to add some fresh spinch leaves at the end. Wonderful."

suehobgood User ID: 4280474 50852
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"I have made this soup for years. i cook my potatoes it only takes about half hour. then i drain them and in pan I take a stick of butter and flour and stir and gradually add the potato water in it then i add the potato, cooked celery and i add velveta cheese and some shredded cheddar cheese to that on low and add milk til its creamy. i husband likes to chop wild onions on top and i like bacon bits. its very quick and easy..i dont add boullion and i use regular milk but i bet some heavy creme would work too. i also use a potato masher and mash the potatoes up."

WW1946 User ID: 4170669 21712
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2010

"I've never made a potato soup before and made this for a church potluck yesterday. It was delicious and a big hit...I can't wait to make it again for my family. I used 8 cups of potatoes instead of 6 and it turned out perfect."

cindyb8992 User ID: 4635001 21644
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"This is probably the best tasting potato soup and the simplest to make ever"

MollyKinnz User ID: 4460439 52256
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2009

"I don't like chunky soup so I mashed all of the chunks up with a hand masher, which made it nice and smooth."

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 79133
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2009

"I was disappointed in the texture of this soup. It was not very creamy."

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