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Wisconsin Potato Cheese Soup

This recipe was handed down to me by my mother. I was raised on a farm and these ingredients were readily available in our area. We have many potato farms nearby, and, of course, being "America's Dairyland," there's always plenty of cheese and milk for this great-tasting soup. —Darlene Alexander, Nekoosa, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cups diced peeled potatoes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash paprika
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Croutons
  • Minced fresh parsley


  • In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Saute celery and onion until tender. Add potatoes and broth. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 12 minutes.
  • In batches, puree potato mixture in a blender or food processor. Return to saucepan. Stir in milk and seasonings. Add the cheese and heat only until melted. Garnish with croutons and parsley.

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  • Kathleen
    May 17, 2020

    I love potato soup and always looking for a way to jazz it up. This was delicious! I did not have whole milk so used 2% one cup and 1\2 one cup. At the last few minutes I added chunks of ham off a bone, from the night before. Really good flavor. I will definitely make this again..

  • Dawn
    Apr 9, 2020

    Easy to make and delicious! Only changes in the recipe was to use skim milk and added 1/2t. Thyme and 1T parsley. I didn’t put finished soup in blender either. Will make again!

  • joseph
    Feb 28, 2020

    No comment left

  • Betty
    Jan 5, 2018

    Very easy and excellent taste. Used medium cheddar cheese and diced the potatoes into 1/2 to 3/4 inch cubes. Wondering if I can freeze some leftovers?l

  • Nicole
    Nov 26, 2017

    Good start of the recipe but needed a lot more for my taste. Add added extra cheese and an extra potato, bacon, garlic, thyme and rosemary. It turned out delicious! Also I didn't puree the potatoes, I just cut them small. Cooking is fun, play with the recipe and make it your own.Nicole K. Milwaukee Wisconsin

  • Momof4.5
    Jan 7, 2017

    Next time I would add more potatoes to make it a little thicker, but it was delicious. I made it as written.

  • smsaige
    Oct 1, 2013

    Crumbled bacon and snipped chives for the top.

  • sully103
    Nov 25, 2012

    I have made this recipe several times and we all love it. Very easy and most always have the ingredients right here at home.

  • sully103
    Nov 25, 2012

    I have made this recipe several times and w

  • sxappel
    Nov 14, 2011

    Best recipe ever! Beats any restaurant!