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Potato Soup Recipe – My Grandmother Verdie’s Potato Soup recipe makes an old-fashioned, easy, comforting soup recipe. Made with 5 ingredients and no heavy cream!

Bowl of Potato Soup seasoned with black pepper //

Soup always makes one of my favorite meals. Like our favorite vegetable soup and chicken and dumplings this is one of the soups that I grew up loving the most. Before there was such a thing as loading a potato soup with bacon, cheese, onions, my Grandmother Verdie made her potato soup very simply – with potatoes, milk, butter, and salt and pepper. If my sister Wendy and I knew that Grandmother made this soup for supper, we’d beg to be able to eat supper with her. With one bite, it is so easy to understand why! 🙂

The Best Potato Soup Recipe

Potato Soup cooking in enamel Dutch oven and scooped into a laddle -

You could add all sorts of things to this soup if you’d like, but I recommend starting with this simple, basic recipe and go from there. Most times, we would rather stick with this version than add a lot of other ingredients, like leeks, onions, and what not.

Ya know, simple really is best most of the time, isn’t it?

How to Make The Best Potato Soup Recipe

To make Grandmother’s Potato Soup Recipe, you’ll only need to do a few ingredients and to do a few steps.


Potatoes – I prefer to use russets. You’ll need 2 pounds, about 6 medium russet potatoes.

Water – you will need enough fresh, clean water to cover the potatoes for covering.

Milk – I use whole milk in my potato soup. You can also use your favorite dairy-free milk substitute.

Butter – the butter adds so much flavor to this soup.

Salt – add salt to taste for seasoning.

Pepper – add pepper to taste

Step-by-Step Instructions

Prep potatoes. begin by scrubbing your potatoes clean, peeling, and then cutting them into about 2-inch chunks. Place the potatoes into a large soup pot (I use my Dutch oven) and cover with clean water and stir.

Cook. Cook over medium heat until the potatoes are fork tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and drain away the water from the potatoes.

Add your whole milk and butter to the potatoes and place back on medium heat. Allow the milk to bubble slightly around the edges of the soup pot, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Season. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Closeup of spoonful of large chunks of potato in a bowl of Potato Soup seasoned with pepper -

Creamy Potato Soup Recipe Without Adding Flour

To customize the consistency and texture of this soup recipe, you can serve it as shown with tender chunks of potatoes or you can make a smooth and creamy soup by using an immersion blender in your soup pot until it reaches the consistency you prefer. No need to add flour or make a slurry with this simple trick! Naturally gluten-free! But really, the chunkiness is simply perfect and I definitely recommend that you give it a try!

If you like a smoother textured soup with all the trimmings (think sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon and green onions), you may want to check out my Loaded Potato Soup Recipe as well.

Dairy-Free Potato Soup

To make this soup dairy-free, simply replace the milk and butter called for in the recipe with dairy-free substitutes. A delicious option for dairy-free milk for this soup is coconut milk. I prefer to use the canned version for the added creamy texture. For the butter, there are plant-based butters readily available. Use your favorites!

Can You Make Potato Soup Ahead?

Allow your soup to cool completely and then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat and serve.

Potato Soup seasoned with pepper in bowl with blue rim.  //

Other Favorite Soup Recipes:

Here’s Grandmother’s Potato Soup Recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

4.97 from 62 votes

Potato Soup Recipe

Soup and Stew 35 mins

Potato Soup Recipe - My Grandmother Verdie's Potato Soup recipe makes an old-fashioned, easy, comforting soup recipe.  //
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 8
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Potato Soup Recipe – My Grandmother Verdie’s Potato Soup recipe makes an old-fashioned, easy, comforting soup recipe. Made with 5 ingredients and no heavy cream!


  • 2 pounds (about 6 medium) Russet potatoes scrubbed, peeled, and chopped
  • water
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cover potatoes with water in a large soup pot.
  • Cook over medium heat until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and drain.
  • Add milk and butter to the potatoes. Place back on medium heat and allow milk to bubble slightly around the edges of the soup pot, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and ladle into soup bowls.
  • Serve with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 589mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 3.7mg

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Potato Soup Recipe - My Grandmother Verdie's Potato Soup recipe makes an old-fashioned, easy, comforting soup recipe.  //

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  1. I love potato soup. Its my favorite 🙂 I’ve never made it before. I need to try your recipe. Looks so easy 🙂

  2. Love a good bowl of potato soup! Especially when there are nice big chunks of potato in there : )

  3. Oh thank you for posting this. I’ve been craving a good homemade potato soup recipe! I will be making this for sure!

    1. I felt relieved when i found a simple potato soup recipe. I’m not big on the typical loaded potato soups these days and was craving something simple and soupy. I substituted the milk for heavy cream and i added chicken broth (i love to add broth to any soups i make) i had bacon cooked so i added tid bits to the soup. It was certainly delicious and super quick to make. Thank you for sharing your grandmother’s soup recipe. ❤️

  4. I love potato soup! It’s one of my all time favorites. Normally I use my grandmother’s recipe, but I love the simplicity of yours. I’ll have to give it a try.

  5. I love potato soup…it’s definitely one of my favorite meals during the winter months. Your recipe looks glorious!

  6. Making potato soup is a lot easier than I thought! I agree, sometimes simple is best, and this is perfect for a weeknight meal.

  7. Yummy! I love potato soup!! I love your recipe! I always add one diced onion, one teaspoon minced garlic and about a 1/2 cup chopped mild green chile! I cook these all with the potatoes. I am going to make this for my grandkids tomorrow!!

  8. Try it with one can of evaporated milk added in. This what my Mother did and what I do. It gives it the best flavor.

  9. 5 stars
    This is the recipe that I have used for 30 years. The only difference is I always crack a few eggs into the soup while it is boiling. Don’t stir it hard enough to break the yolks and cook it long enough that the eggs are hard cooked. Makes it yummy and a little thicker.

    1. Hi Gina,
      I have never tried it that way – sounds delicious! We’ve enjoyed this soup for as long as I can remember when my grandmother and my Mama made it. Such a comforting and delicious soup! Thanks so much for sharing this Gina! xo

  10. 5 stars
    I’ve tried recipes for potato soup that have a lot more stuff added and didn’t like them. Need to try this version! Simple is often best.

    1. It is such a simple, comforting soup and I hope you enjoy it, Katherine! Thanks so much! xo

  11. This is the recipe I grew up on. Except we had onions and grandma sometimes put cheese and bacon on top. We also have a sour soup recipe that is similar.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing that! I’m sure you have fond memories of your grandmother’s soup!

  12. 5 stars
    This is exactly how my grandma and momma made this ‘delicacy”! I learned from the best! Thank you, Robyn ❤️????????

    1. You certainly did, Deb! Grandmothers and Mamas are great cooking teachers! Thanks so much! xo

  13. 5 stars
    This is how my mom and my grandmother made potato soup, only we added onions and celery and left a bit of potato water in with the milk. So good.

  14. 5 stars
    Love your recipe!
    Elderly neighbor lady when i was growing up in the appalachian mountains made her potato soup like this but would throw in celery seed and it gave it that oomph that really made this soup yummy. I Love potato soup and her soup was and still is the best i have found! The old ways were simply the BEST!!!

  15. 5 stars
    This is how my mom made potato soup. Love it! I like it so much more than the thick, cheesy soup offered in restaurants today. Simple and delicious.

  16. My mom use to make a recipe exactly like this growing up and has since altered it. Thank you for posting because this was exactly what I was looking for.

    1. Hi Denise,
      You can use fat-free milk in this recipe, but do note that you’ll not have the creamy, rich soup photographed (or that Grandmother always served! 🙂 ). But, I totally understand scaling back on the full-fat dairy, if you’d like. I hope you enjoy it! xo

  17. 5 stars
    Made  this recipe. It’s exactly the one that my mom makes. It’s crazy with an eating the soup since I was a child I’m 40 years old now. Simply wonderful. Thank you for sharing. 

    1. Isn’t it delicious, Nichole?! It is such a comforting soup – I’m glad to know you enjoy it too! Thanks! xo

  18. This is exactly the same recipe my mother made for years. THe only difference was occasionally she would throw diced onion in when the potatoes cooked just for added flavor. I always loved to then crush all the saltines in the bowl and ladle this in and make a thick chunky bowl of heaven. If I wasn’t diabetic I think I would make some right now since I am sick with a head cold. It sounds so warm and yummy right now 

    1. I hope you feel better soon, Virginia! This is such a comforting soup – wish I could send a bowl to you! xo

  19. This is exactly what I grew up on but my mom served it as a side dish with less liquid and added more liquid or potatoes the next day for potato soup if there was even a little bit left.  Add cornbread and yum, it was the best.  My second husband had never had this (we are in our later 50’s) and I was so surprised and happy that I could make it and introduce it to him.

  20. Hey Robyn, my Mom made this recipe the same except with celery too & a little chicken base for the water & didn’t drain it! Mom made noodles with it 1-2 eggs, salt & flour, roll out but (not thin) cut into small noodles boil then then add to the soup … yummy, yummy, yummy!!!!

  21. 4 stars
    I have been looking for this recipe. My dad made this soup all winter (and I think his mother made it before him). I can’t call him and ask him for the recipe anymore, but this is exactly what I needed.

    Thank you!

    1. This is a delicious simple – and oh so comforting – potato soup the way my Grandmother made it. I must say it is one of the soups I crave most as soon as it starts to get a little chilly outside!
      I’m glad to hear that you enjoy it, Charlie! Thanks!

  22. 5 stars
    Like my grandma always made also, even though she passed when I was 3 1/2 I still remember this soup!! I make it all the time and my husband and ours girls perfer this simple recipe over any I have tried to doctor up. 

    1. It’s always been one of my favorites too, Mare! Simple and delicious, isn’t it?! So glad to hear that you enjoyed it too! xo

  23. 5 stars
    My mother made hers very similar to this except she would add roast pieces to hers that she cooked before starting the potato soup.. Then we dipped buttered saltine crackers into the soup.. it was so good….

  24. I have been searching everywhere for the chunky potato soup my mom used to make and this is it. Simple no cheese, bacon, ham, celery, or grated potatoes. I don’t want to drink my potato soup through a straw. This is perfect. Thank you so much for sharing.

  25. This is exactly how my grand mother made potato soup (though sometimes she would add a bit of onion) and it was the best! Not fancy, just good. 

  26. 5 stars
    Simple is best! I add a bit of chopped sweet onion and celery with salt and pepper to taste. I do not drain , but save the stock and add some butter and cream. I let it refrigerate for a bit to blend then heat with a bit of  water or milk. 

    Thanks for your receipe. It restored sanity to simple, delicious, tummy warming potato making. I want my grandchild to look back on a cold winters night over a steaming bowl of this soup and remember their Nana and Grandad!

  27. 5 stars
    My mom made the exact same recipe and added garlic (she was born and raised in Italy – garlic was a staple) and fresh green beans!  She called it “Poor Man’s Soup”. Delicious!  

  28. 5 stars
    My wife was able to come home after a two week hospital stay and she needs to eat. I made her this soup, and it had her eating. She’s a farm girl and this,was perfect. Thanks so much!  

    1. I hope your wife is doing ok and is much better! It does my heart good to hear that you made this and she was able to enjoy it upon coming home from the hospital. It is a definite comfort food for me as I remember my grandmother making it for us. Thank you for sharing this with me and please give my best wishes to your wife. 🙂

  29. My mom and grandma made something very similar. Fry up 1 pound bacon chopped and 1 minced onion. add peeled potatoes and barely cover with water and simmer till potatoes are tender. Mash potatoes somewhat leave some chunks and add milk, salt and pepper to taste and to thickness you want. Simmer till all is warm and flavors fused together. YUMMY!!

  30. I have some potatoes ready to sprout. thought I’d make soup. This is going to taste exactly like the potato soup my Mom made…for which I have no recipe. Simple. Beautiful. Delicious. (She added hard boiled eggs…the only difference.)

    1. I’m excited for you to try it Charlene! It’s delicious – hope you enjoy it! Thanks! xo

  31. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh, this is the first time I have seen this soup recipe outside of my immediate family. My grandma made this but added chopped onion and diced celery. My dad loved it and grandma taught my mom to make it. Grandma said it was a cheap meal during the depression and it was good for Fridays when they ate meatless meals. Our grandmas knew a good meal didn’t have to be expensive.

  32. it’d delicious. I grew up with this soup, although my dad would leave the water and add a can of evaporated milk, salt and PEPPER. ♡

  33. 5 stars
    So nice…It’s also a perfect foundation. Just add a few mussles or crawfish or clams then garnish with parsley or any other herb. Love this one!

  34. I think this may be just what I have been searching for. My dad made a thin milk soup with potatoes, but he added a pack of frozen peas. I think he also kept some of the potato water. I loved that soup. Can’t wait to try this out. Thank you.

    1. Hi Jean,
      Hope you enjoy this soup. I have not made potato soup with peas but it sounds good!

    1. Hi Denise,
      I have never had the potato soup with peas added but it sounds good. So glad you enjoyed this. Thanks!

  35. 5 stars
    My Great Grandma Montange, Grandma Sargisson and my mom’s recipe as well. This is the perfect potato soup recipe.

    1. Aren’t these heirloom recipes from our grandmothers the best ever? Thanks, Devin!

    2. I know this is your grandmas recipe so you profitably have fond memories of this recipe but it just didn’t do it for me. It was very very bland, it was ok for tonight as an “I haven’t been able to grocery shop this week” type of meal. But I hopefully won’t be making this again and will stick with my stepdads recipe.

    3. this is exactly how my mom, my sister and myself have always made our potato soup this way!! Always yummy with cornbread!!

    4. Pretty similar to my mom’s potato soup only she added a can of evaporated milk and a little bit of cheese. I like this because I don’t like any other veggies in my potato soup ❤️

    1. 5 stars
      I was looking for something like my grandma’s recipe too! I made this absolute bowl of perfection potato soup today!
      Thank you! Our grandma’s had great taste!

    2. They certainly did, Renee. I’m so glad this soup was like your grandmother made for you, too.

    3. 5 stars
      This is how my momma made it except she did add some finely chopped celery and a little dried onion. ( Small amount). She would sometimes thicken with Instant mashed potatoes if she added too much milk by accident!! This is my favorite kind

  36. What about adding onions. If i wanted to add onions how could i incorporate it? This looks exactly like what i remember my GMA would make.

    1. If you wanted to add onions to this soup, cook them with the potatoes, Court. Hope you enjoy!

  37. 5 stars
    I was skeptical at first, but now I am a believer. To add my own personal touch to it, I added a little bit of onion powder and, of course, bacon pieces.

    “Add bacon”…
    words to live by

  38. I’ve used this recipe three times now and it is awesome. Sometimes simple is better and in this case, it definitely is. I add cheese and chives to each serving and my roommate, who is very picky, loves it!

  39. 5 stars
    I was undecided of which kind of soup to have for dinner. I made the right choice. It was the delicious and it was a big hit with the family.

    1. I’m so happy you liked this soup, Jacquelin. It has always been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl.

    2. My mom made this same soup with the addition of onions. I saw her make it many times, but she failed to pass on the actual recipe for family members. Its nice to have actual measurements to pass along. Thanks sooo much for sharing!!!

    3. I’m so glad I had my grandmother’s recipe to pass along. Hope you enjoy the soup and it brings back sweet memories of your mother.

    4. It doesn’t seem that this recipe makes much. What would you do to have a larger portion? Double recipe exactly?

  40. I’ve looked at many recipes that looked like my Gma used to make. As soon as I looked at the pic, I knew this was the one. I’ve made it twice this week, taking it to friends who are sick. They loved it to. It’s exactly as I remember from my childhood. Thank you!

    1. Isn’t it amazing that so many of our grandmothers made similar recipes? I’m so glad you found this one. Thanks

    2. 5 stars
      Many years ago, I found a similar recipe in a Fannie Farmer Junior cookbook from either the 1940’s or 50’s. Your grandmother’s soup recipe is very similar and equally wonderful. I like it best simple and “unloaded” and it’s healthier too.

    3. This is a really simple soup. You can add other ingredients to this soup if you like but I always liked it simple just as Grandmother made it. Thanks.

    4. 4 stars
      My grandmother made this soup, but without the milk. She also added a dash of sugar. I really enjoy eating cornbread with it. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.

  41. Love the potato soup recipe. Reminds me of my mother’s which I love, love. I have big boys who can eat some serious amounts of food. My boys couldn’t get over how I just or their words exactly…”MOM, JUST PotatoeSoup and nothing else? So my questions is should’ve I made some type of bread or another side with your delicious Potatoe Soup? Thank you hungry boys love to eat.

    1. Holly, glad everyone loved the soup. Next time, you can serve rolls or other bread and/or salad with this soup. Or you could add any other similar side dish that your boys love with soup. Thanks.

  42. My mother always made this soup, except she always cooked onion in it. So good and so many memories! I love this simple soup!

  43. 5 stars
    I grew up on potato soup just like this and have made it like this many times myself. Along the way, I kept trying more complex recipes, but always end up missing this delicious simple recipe. I just made a batch. I am thrilled that you tooke the time to post it!

    1. Thanks, Toni. I grew up with this potato soup, too and sometimes, like you, I just want a simple soup. xo

  44. Yes, my Mom and Grandma made this simple soup from the over-supply of potatoes we always had from
    Grandpa’s farm. It was the first recipe I learned to make, when I was maybe eight years old. Now my
    husband and I make it, some 50+ years after I first learned to make it for baby brother. Simply the Best!

    1. Cathy, I love that you had this soup from your grandmother just like I did from mine. I love those old recipes, don’t you? Thank you.

  45. 5 stars
    this is very similar to our old family recipe. Differences, we add a couple onions to the raw potatoes and cook everything in the Milk. To mix up the meal sometimes we have side options to add to the top like bacon, cheese, green onions. I remember this soup as a staple in my childhood home! yum!

  46. 5 stars
    Great recipe. My family has always made it this way, back several generations. We add celery salt and some add onions.

    1. It’s interesting to see how many people all across the country have made the same recipes for generations. It makes you wonder where the original was developed. xo

    1. Alma, I’m so glad you love Grandmother Verdie’s potato soup recipe. It was such a favorite as I was growing up.

    2. 5 stars
      This is the recipe that I have made for almost 50 years now. Love it. Hope yall enjoy it too.

    3. Susan, I love that you have been making this same soup as my grandmother and mother for all these years, too.

  47. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday on a wet rainy day and added onions and celery to the taters and as it simmered in milk I added a little bit of chopped up ham I had leftover…It was amazing….

    1. This soup is soo good on wet rainy days, isn’t it, Betty? So glad you liked it.

  48. 5 stars
    Thank you for your recipe. My Mother wanted some old fashioned potatoe soup that was like her Mother’s soup. Came across recipe and made it for her and she said it tasted like her Mother’s. Good recipe 👍

    1. That’s amazing, Kathy. I guess a lot of the grandmothers made this same potato soup recipe. I’m glad it was like your grandmother remembered.

  49. Vola G. Steele August 01, 2020

    I have not make this potato soup. I will be trying in a crock pot; When me and brother was little and had a stomached my mother. My mother would made homemade potato soup( she would cooked the potato down low and leave the milk out because of the stomache.) How do you do think this will come out trying the crock pot.

    1. I’m sorry but I haven’t tried making this soup in a crock pot, Vola, so I can’t tell you how it will turn out.

  50. 5 stars
    Growing up in the 50s-mid-sixties, we had potato soup often in the winters and I loved it. It didn’t seem to be common among friends’ families. But I grew up pretty poor and after high school and when I was going to nursing school, I started having friends who grew up in Middle-upper middle class homes. I was basically told by them that potato soup ALWAYS has cheese; no one would want what I was used to. So, I actually thought that it was another of my mom’s money saving measures. I love cheese, so I started making potato-cheese soup, often with bacon. But though I first liked it, over the years, I grew tired of it and longed for my mom’s version plus I’m on a campaign to prepare simpler foods. We add so many calories and other things when we put three different things into a dish, not to mention time and money. I’m not saying I never make a dish with more than one protein, but not nearly as often. So, anyway, asked my mom for her potato soup recipe and also looked in a bunch of cookbooks and found that potato soup without cheese is a “thing,” not just my mom’s economic measures (she DID have a lot of those, too, but honestly, I can’t remember ever having cheese except as grilled cheese or a lunch of crackers and cheddar. Parmesan? On my spaghetti? I still only use it occasionally though my husband can’t make himself think of eating it without parmesan!

    1. Linda, potato soup with cheese and bacon is good but I just love my grandmother’s simple potato soup recipe. I think of her every time I make it. Sometimes the simple recipes from the past are just the best!

  51. 5 stars
    My mother and grandmother Always made this with a little diced onion, lots of butter and whole milk. They served cornbread on the side (not the sweet kind). Thanks for posting this recipe. I am making it tonight!

    1. Katie, don’t you just love that so many of our grandmothers and mothers made foods so similar? xo

  52. Hi could you double the recipe as I have 8 people to feed and they all like alot of potatoes in their soup. Thank you for your response in advance

  53. Just made this on a cool breezy fall day! I made it just like it said, and we enjoy it very much! Thank you for posting.

    1. Lezli, “salt and pepper to taste” means you add the amount of seasoning to the taste you prefer. The same amount could be too much for one person and not enough for another. If you don’t know how much salt and pepper you prefer in soup, I would start by adding 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper to this soup, then taste it. Add more of each until it is the flavor you prefer.

    1. I’m sorry you missed that. It is the 3rd ingredient in the recipe – 3 cups whole milk.

  54. 5 stars
    My husband grilled some steaks tonight, I made your soup as I side. My 4 year old skipped the steak and ate a big bowl of soup, my 8 year old had the soup as an appetizer 🙂 I did add a little dill weed, because I love dill. Thank you!

  55. 5 stars
    This is similar to my grandma’s potato soup and I love it. Grandma always put some chopped carrots in hers too. Love a thin brothy soup.

  56. Growing up our neighbor (Mrs.Byrd) use to make potato soup every Friday and invite me over. Her recipe is basically the same except she would not drain the potatoes she would stir in an envelope of Lipton chicken noodle soup, add some milk and mash the potatoes just a bit. It thickens the soup. Delicious

  57. I had baked a pane bianco with sun dried tomatoes and I wanted a soup with subtle flavors so decided upon a potato soup to go with it. While browsing I saw the same sautéed onions in butter and cheese and thought where is the potato in these soups?! And then I came across your recipe and wow! This was just the simple yet richly flavored soup I had been looking for all this time. Absolutely perfect. There can’t be a better potato soup recipe than this and it complemented my pane bianco so well. Thank you for this simple yet wholesome recipe.

    1. Ninette, there is a blue box at the end of the recipe on my site that has a space for you to enter your email address and then click on the SUBSCRIBE button. You can sign up there to have emails sent from me with links to recipes.You can save recipes or print them from my the recipe section, too, if you wish.

  58. My mom (who just turned 94) always made this but she added leftover roast beef…just little chunks. It was so good! We called it Soupy Hash.

  59. Thank you for sharing this recipe, I used it as a starter and included squash, broccoli, ham (cooked with some brown sugar), diced carrots, chopped celery ribs, minced garlic cloves, couple of diced onion caramelized, minced leek, sliced mushrooms sautéed, minced cilantro, some frozen peas, frozen sweet corn, a bit of white cheddar cheese, some extra virgin olive oil. Debating about mozzarella cheese for next time and will have to share to let you know how it went. Thank you for sharing and hope you have a great day!

  60. This is the way my mama made her tater soup omg thank you for bringing back some sweet memories. I’m going to have to make this really soon.

  61. I am so excited to try this potato soup recipe – simple! Just what I like and then to add the toppings will make it perfect! Thank you!

  62. 5 stars
    Recipe is similar to what my grandma taught me to make but we always add hard boiled eggs cut up in small to bite size pieces. A dash of onion flakes helps with the flavor too.

  63. 5 stars
    I thought it was delicious. I was a little short on milk, so I added 1/2 cup of half and half instead. The potato chunks were a little large so I just used a manual potato masher a couple of times. Still plenty of chunky potato only creamier.
    Can I just add leeks to make it potato-leek soup? I don’t cook much.

    1. You can add leeks to this to make potato leek soup. I recommend cooking the leeks in some butter until tender before putting them in with the potatoes, Tina.

  64. This recipe is the exact one my grandma made when I was like 7 yrs old and I’m 55 now so I’ll be making in tomorrow!!!!!!!!

  65. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for posting this recipe, it is exactly like my grandmother’s recipe. When she passed in 1996 her recipe book and index cards went with my uncle who never used them, and when he passed his wife got rid of them and some of those recipes are gone forever. She taught my mother how to cook, who was her daughter-in-law and had come from American Samoa and Hawai’i(her and my dad met while he was stationed in Hawai’i with the Marines), my mom is the only one that knows some of her recipes now. But like my grandmother, often never resorted back to the recipe, just made items out of sheer repeated practice. This recipe is one my mother never learned and it was one of my favorites that my grandmother made. I am so glad that you have shared this, as I will be able to enjoy the taste of the soup and bring back fond memories of my grandmother. Thank you so much!

    1. Sherman, I’m glad this recipe is like your grandmother’s and you found it here. I am so thankful that we still have my grandmother’s recipes.

  66. This is exactly how my mom made potato soup. I have since made some changes to mine, however, when I need comfort food I make mine this way.

  67. This is a great base recipe that fabulous on its own but can also be added to with onions, bacon, garlic and cheese. Though I will say I eat this recipe mostly without the add-ins as it reminds me of my grandmother. Thank you for posting this!

    1. Thank you, Gladys. Of course, you can add other ingredients. But, like you, I always think of my grandmother when I make this soup just the way she did.

  68. Thank you so much for posting this. This looks like what my Grandma made when I was little. I wasn’t sure just how to make it. I had an idea but wasn’t sure. I had one of my cousins ask her Mom if she had it. She didn’t. I asked another cousin and she didn’t have it. I decided to Google it and yours was the first one I saw. I’m 99% sure it what Grandma made. I can’t wait to try it.

    1. Chris, I hope this the recipe your grandmother made. I always loved it when my grandmother made it.

  69. Exactly the potato soup recipe I was looking for… not thick, but rather it is light & flavorful (Idid add a Tbs. of Onion Powder).

  70. This is very similar to my grandma’s recipe. Though she does something unique… noodle balls. Egg and flour, dropped by small spoonfuls into the potatoes while they cook. It’s so good!

  71. I made this recipe ever since I was a little girl and I love it. I do add some onions with the potatoes and instead of whole milk I use carnation milk. And for me only I don’t think it needs to be thickened.
    Thanks for sharing

  72. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to make this. It sounds just like my mom used to make back in the 70s. I bet she got the recipe from her mom. But why do you need to scrub the potatoes before you peel them?

    1. Amy, I scrub them before peeling to remove any pesticides or bacteria that might be on the potatoes, then I rinse them after I peel them. I hope this recipe is like the one your mother made and you enjoy it.

  73. 5 stars
    This is my second time making this wonderful soup! I love it and it is perfect for this wicked winter weather we are having in Mississippi this week! One of the best comfort foods around.

    1. Lisa, I’m sorry but I haven’t tried making this soup in a crock pot so I can’t tell you how it will turn out.

  74. This recipe really is so simple and basic; it hits the spot with little effort involved! It is so delicious! I added a little bit of onion powder and garlic powder to “spice” it up; it was perfection!

    1. This, with a little onion added, is the potato soup I grew up eating. I like it just this way, with no fancy extras added. Thank you for sharing it.

  75. I love this simple potato soup recipe. It is the soup my Mom and grandmother made. Simple and delicious. I added a bit of Italian seasoning and fresh Garlic. I have also made it adding shredded cheese. It is so versatile. Thank you so much.

    1. Thanks, Dave. I love these old recipes our grandmothers and mothers made, don’t you?

    2. Hi! Have you tried substituting the milk for any plant based milks? Did it taste just as good if so? And what type of milk would you suggest other than whole milk!?

    3. Meghan, I have made this soup with So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk. I could not tell much difference. It was delicious.

  76. 5 stars
    I have used the same recipe since the 60’s. The only thing different is I add boil onion and potatoes at the same time in a small amount of water, just enough to cover. I don’t drain the water because it takes on extra flavor. The past year I have had to cut sodium so I use unsalted butter and more pepper. Still good!

    1. Thanks, Fran. I haven’t tried the soup without draining the water. I may have to try that sometime.

  77. 5 stars
    Growing up my mom would make this soup, it was so good. We grew up calling it German Potato Soup. Sometimes we would have ham in it, or believe it or not Spam. I know I know, but don’t knock it till you try it.

    1. Thanks, Bobby. I have never tried Spam in it but you never know til you try it, just like you said.

  78. 5 stars
    Excellent! This is the way my mother made potato soup when I was kid. The only thing different was she added some onion to it. I don’t know if she drained the potatoes and onions afterwards or not though. I may try partially draining it next time. The simplicity of it is awesome but yet so tasty. Thank you.

    1. Thanks, Stefen. I always loved this soup when my grandmother made it when I was growing up.

  79. 5 stars
    My siblings tasked me a couple of years ago with recreating my mother and grandmother’s potato soup, which they’d never written down. What I came up with was pretty much identical to yours, but with onion and celery added like they did. So simple, so good–and it’s not just nostalgia–I’ve served it to friends who just raved. You are right, the old recipes are the best.

  80. Just like I make! My Mom & Grandma taught me. 💜 mine has evolved over the years & I make an awesome chowder starting with the basic recipe. I also always make what my Grandma called “riddles” which are little dumpling like things. Mmmmm!

    1. I love the memories as much as I love the foods my grandmother and mother always made, Debbi. We are so lucky they taught us how to make their recipes.

    2. I made this for my husband after he had throat surgery and the kids destroyed it. So now I’m making another pot of soup for the 2nd day in a row. It’s easy and the only thing I add is onion and cheese.

    3. I hope your husband recovers well from his surgery, Arnecia, and loves his soup.

  81. 5 stars
    I love this simple potato soup! I’ve made this a few times and add just a splash of hot sauce, but other than that, exactly how you’ve written…amazing!

    1. Thanks, Christine. I haven’t tried it with hot sauce. I bet my husband might like that.

    1. Don’t you love those old recipes, James? I am so thankful for ones from my mother and grandmother.

  82. My mum always made this but added onion and lots of pepper . Called it “Butter Ash” in my home.. Delicious 🙂

    1. Chris, isn’t it amazing how many people had a grandmother or mother who made this soup when they were young?

  83. Ive been Wanring some Homemade Potato Soup but I alway thought ir was.harder to make than this

    1. Brian, this is really a very simple soup and easy to make. I hope you enjoy!

  84. Thank you so much! My mom used to make this all the time when I was a kid and for the life of me I couldn’t remember how she did it. The only thing I did differently was add her homemade drop dumplings! So delicious and easy; just like mommas.

    1. Sometimes, my grandmother would add dumplings to her potato soup, too, Crystal. I always loved it.

  85. Making this now with added fresh garlic and onion. A little chilly here today and potatoe soup is just the thing to warm the heart and soul. Such wonderful memories from grandma is also quite warming. 🙏

  86. Just made this potato soup tonight and I think it’s the best I’ve ever made! Potato soup is a favorite of mine but rarely do I find a recipe or a restaurant soup that tastes just like I want it, but this one was perfect. I like a very simple potato soup like this, but when I’ve tried to make my own, it wasn’t quite right….I think it was the butter (altho I used Smart Balance) that made the difference. Thank you for this recipe!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this soup, Mary. I love that it is such a simple recipe and the soup tastes so great.

  87. Finally, the simple, unadulterated potato soup I remember as a child. I love to read comments about whatever recipe I’m checking out, and I’m all for people making a recipe to their liking. I just got a little frustrated at how over the top potato soup has become. The clams, broccoli and cheese, fish, etc. All good things, but, I always viewed potato soup as what grandmothers and moms made in much leaner times. All the glorious add-ins weren’t available, or affordable then, which is the point of simplicity. I could make all these loaded potato soups if I wanted, but I was looking for the most basic form. I’ve found it in your grandmother’s recipe. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much, Linda. I like the loaded potato soups sometimes, too, but I always love my grandmother’s soup.

  88. Robin, I’d like to make this but we only drink 2% milk. Wondering if 2% might work… wanting to make this soon. Thank you!

    1. Tricia, I haven’t tried making this soup with 2% milk. Let me know how it works if you do try it.

    2. I’ve always used 2% and it turns out delicious. I also fry a few pieces of bacon, crumble & sprinkle on top.

  89. I have been making this version for years. I do use a hefty amount of black pepper in it. Everyone that I make it for loves it. Also try making white cornbread and serve it with it. Delicious.

  90. Followed recipe and it was ok but wanted thicker so i blended it. Also added some chicken bouillon, tossed in a little shredded cheese and some frozen corn. Liked it even better the second bowlful with the additions.

    1. You can always add other ingredients to this soup if you like. I always liked it as the simple soup my Grandmother always made.

    2. You can mash half the potatoes to thicken it up I also added some caramelized onions ,sautéed mushrooms, fresh chives

    3. 5 stars
      This is just like what my mom made when I was a girl. So great to remember back, I’ll definitely make this for my family, thanks!

    4. Thanks, Melissa. I always think of my grandmother with such sweet memories every time I make this soup.

  91. My father and paternal grandmother made it often. Dad would serve diced chives or onions on side. Perfection!

  92. Did this as a project with my toddler this week! He helped me wash the potatoes and pour the milk! Thank you for such a simple & yummy recipe! Really hard to find these days! Definitely will become a staple for us!

    1. Savi, I always loved to cook with my son, especially when he was little. They are some of the sweetest memories. My grandmother would have been thrilled that others, like you, are making her recipe with their children.

  93. My mother made it this way. When I got married and started cooking, I made potato soup loaded down. It was really yummy..but the other day I saw this and decided to make it.. It turned out delicious..something to be said about”less is more”
    PS I add a couple slices pepper jack cheese that thickened it up but I didn’t really taste like cheese much thanks for the recipe

  94. This is almost my families except add a onion in with the potatoes and we always eat it over saltines. I’ve made it with 1% and still it’s delicious I do keep some of the water too and add a stick of butter it’s is soooo good, it’s always our halloween meal.

    1. Thanks, Sarah. I think it is amazing that so many people make this soup just like my Grandmother made or with slight variations.

  95. This is exactly how I grew up eating this soup and my mom and grandma still make it for me when I’m feeling bad. I love this simple version way more than the “fancy” versions.

    1. Jennifer, your mother and grandmother sound like mine. They always knew I wanted this soup when I didn’t feel well, too.

    1. I haven’t frozen this soup, Sheila, but you should be able to. Allow the soup to cool thoroughly. Place into freezer safe containers, leaving at least 1 inch headspace. Freeze up to 6 months.

  96. I am so stinkin excited to find this recipe!!!! My great grandma, now passed on, made the best potato soup I’ve ever eaten. I never learned how to make it. As an adult I’ve looked all over trying to find a recipe similar to hers. However, they’re all too complicated. This is how she used to make hers!!!!

    1. Susan, I’m so happy this is the same recipe as one your grandmother made. I am so fortunate that my grandmother taught my mother so many of her recipes and wrote so many of them for us.

  97. My mom recently passed and I regret not getting recipes from her while she was still well and able to give them. This potato soup tastes exactly like the one she used to make. Love this recipe and I will think of my mom every time I make it.

    1. Liz, I’m so sorry about your mom. I’m happy you found this recipe and it’s like your mom made. I am so fortunate that we have so many of my grandmother’s recipes.

  98. This has always been a staple for me passed on from my great grandma Nancy only she always added onions and bacon… My mom made it the same taught me now I make it slightly thicker with potatoes carrots onion and either fried smoked sausage or bacon and serve it with toasted garlic french bread… My kids are crazy about it in every form they get it.

  99. I made this once before but I don’t remember what kind of milk I used. Can I use skim milk? I have so much of it and no whole milk.

    1. Emily, I use whole milk in this soup. I haven’t tried it with skim milk. The soup wouldn’t be as creamy as with whole milk.

  100. This is how I make my potato soup, only differences I do is I chop up a sweet onion and sauté in a little butter to add to potatoes Along with the butter and then the milk. Then I use instant potatoes to thicken it up a little and enhances the potato taste. I learned this recipe by my Mother, So yummy!

    1. Barbar, I have made this soup with So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk. I could not tell much difference. It was delicious.

  101. 5 stars
    I like simple and this is the way I used to make potato soup. I just needed a reminder how. I don’t like alot of stuff in my soup or have to puree my soup. This soup is easy and simple.

  102. Thank you for the recipe! It is very similar to my mom’s recipe (and didn’t have in writing) so I am happy to have found this!

    1. I’m glad you can now make this soup like your mother’s recipe, Ann. I am so thankful that we have some of my grandmother’s recipes.

  103. This one is great in its simplicity. My husband grew up eating potato soup when he was under the weather, but I could never remember how his mom made it, but this recipe is it!

    I’m happy to be able to provide this level of comfort to him when he’s not feeling great.

    1. I’m so glad you found this recipe and it is like your mother-in-law made. This soup is wonderful when you are not feeling well.

  104. Thank you. My grandma and mother used to make this potato soup when I didn’t feel well. They have both been gone for many years. Thank you for making me “feel better.”

    1. Margie, I’m so happy that this soup is the same as your mother and grandma made for you. Now, you can make your own or have someone else make it for you when you are not feeling well.

  105. 5 stars
    This recipie is just like what I had when I was a kid and I crave it every time I am sick. It brings me so much joy to see in not the only one who loves this simple potato soup recipe.
    And I know about now you’re picturing someone in their golden years but I’m only in my 30s 😆 I just have fond memories and will be a great old lady👵