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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!

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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

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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.

Ingredients

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.

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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.

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Other Favorite Soup Recipes:

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

4.98 from 72 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.  // addapinch.com
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!

Ingredients  

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

Instructions 

  • 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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From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Orignally published 2011.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is how my Grammy made this ! I grew up in Tennessee and this is a true taste of home ! Love this ! Finally the right recipe with no onion or celery ! Love love love this ! Thank you ! Delish

  2. Right on! That’s the way my moma did it. So many complicated potato soup recipes out there. Thank you for keeping it real and simple.

  3. I’m looking forward to trying out your grandmother’s fav. potato soup recipe tonight!! We got a little today and it seems like the perfect night for this! Thank you, Robyn!!

  4. 5 stars
    Thank you for posting this recipe! As a kid potatoes were a staple and a cheap meal for my mom to make us kids. I knew she didn’t use a lot of ingredients when making it but never realized how simple it was! ☺

    1. I have never added onion to this soup, David. Some have commented that they sautéed the onions before adding to the soup.

    1. Cheryl, I have not tried making this soup with almond milk. I can’t tell you how it will turn out.

    1. Maria, you can mix 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 cup water to make whole milk. Hope you enjoy the soup.

    1. Thanks, Marian, I love how making these old recipes bring back such sweet memories. I think of my Grandmother every time I make this.