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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 //
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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

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!

4.98 from 96 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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From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Orignally published 2011.

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  1. 5 stars
    ALL the stars. This stuff is so fantastic and easy! Love how you don’t have to have lots of ingredients to make something so delicious. Been dreaming of making a quick pot of this for a comforting meal thats almost as easy as opening a can of soup, and LOTS better. So happy to have discovered your recipe, have made several times already. Thank you so much!

    1. Thanks, Carrie. I hope you are feeling much better soon. I, too, love that soup is so simple yet delicious.

  2. 5 stars
    Very tasty. Very easy. Very adaptable. I followed this recipe exactly, except, I blended it a bit to thicken. With the leftovers, I added a can of clams for clam chowder. One could easily add broccoli and cheese, ham and cheese or baked potato fixin’s. This is an excellent soup by itself or as a base for other ingredients.

    1. Michael, your ideas for add ins are excellent for this soup. So glad you like it plain just as it is, too.

  3. my son in law had an appointment day before yesterday at the dentist to get his wisdom teeth pulled, so that happened and he’s in the wheelchair after being pushed out the building oblivious to anything and the dentist tells my daughter to get him straight to hospital his uvula has to him looks like spots of cancer 😬 so they go to the ER, took him straight back, ran test after test, sent him home with an appointment with an ear, nose, and throat DR , in 3 days….anyways he wanted potato soup!!!! he loved it , I had to make 2 pots tonight, it was a wonderful, warm HIT! thank you.

    1. I’m sorry, Amy, I am praying for your son-in-law and your family. I’m so happy he enjoyed this soup.

    1. 5 stars
      could you throw all of the ingredients into the crockpot and just make this soup? suggestions on doing that? thanks so much

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

  4. First time making potato soup. I chose this one because of the simple ingredients. I like easy, I’m not much of a cook. I’m excited to make this. Thank you.

    1. I hope you enjoy the soup, Sandy. It has been a family favorite for years at our house.

  5. I tried your recipe tonight and it was so good. Thanks for your recipe. I’ll sure try anymore recipes u have for anything.

    1. I’m so glad you loved this soup, Robin. It has been a family favorite for years in my family. I hope you do find many more recipes here you love.

  6. So very close to my grandma’s potato soup. Only difference is that at the end she would had riffles (a type of drop dumpling) to make it a bit hardier. Love that someone else out there knows this kind of potato soup!

    1. My Grandmother would also sometimes make what she called Potato Dumplings. The dumplings were the same that she used in her Chicken and Dumplings Recipe. Oh my goodness, I think I need to make that soon!!! You have me craving it now! 🙂