Best Potato Soup Recipes And Potatoes In Movies

Many ways of enjoying potatoes.
Many ways of enjoying potatoes.

So Many Potato Varieties, So Many Soup Recipes

Pearldiver asked about potato soup, what kind of potatoes are to be used and whether the skins or jackets of the potatoes should be removed or left in tact.

I've made potato soup from a number of varieties of whole and mashed potatoes, with jackets on, partially on, and completely denuded. Experimenting with different styles of preapration and combinations of potatoes in your own area will yield a range of good results. 

Using more than one type of potato in a soup can also be accomplished to provide a range of textures and flavor combinations. The possibilities are many, but a few are listed here for your potato enjoyment. Small potatoes cook more quickly than do large potatoes, so cutting large ones to resemble the size of smaller ones, or adding smaller potatoes after larger ones are partially cooked are good means of eliminating the possibilty of overcooked spuds.

The Vital Potato

Potatoes have been a vital food source for many centuries. Before the potato famines in Ireland and Scotland, they were one of the only food sources available to the crofters (like tenant farmers). When the starving people moved or were sent to America, they took up potato farming here as well. Michigan, Iowa, and California are all famous for their potatoes, and these root vegetables are grown in other places as well, incuding Asia.

Potato Varieties: Potato Association of America - list, descriptions, and photos.

HISTORIC CHILDREN'S RHYME

One potato, two potato, three potato, four,
Five potato, six potato, seven potato more.
Icha bacha, soda cracker,
Icha bacha boo.
Icha bacha, soda cracker, out goes Y-O-U!

- Anonymous

Did you know that poatoes have been the premise for a number of films since the early 1900s?

Potato Film Stars

Potatoes in Film History

  • All Hot (1902) aka "A Potato Bake in the Woods"
  • A Potato Skyscraper (1917)
  • Potato Is King (1917)
  • A Hot Potato (1927)
  • Romance of the Potato (1939)
  • One Potato Two Potato (1957)

    Directed by Leslie Daiken. Film of 1950s childhood games and summer.

  • One Potato, Two Potato (1964)

    Directed by Larry Peerce. With Barbara Barrie, Bernie Hamilton, Richard Mulligan.

  • Hot Potato (1976)

  • Potato Fritz (1976)
  • Dým bramborové nate (1977) aka "Smoke on the Potato Fields"
  • Prazdnik pechyonoy kartoshki (1977) aka "Feast of the Baked Potato"
  • Eventyret om den vidunderlige kartoffel (1985) aka "The Tale of the Wonderful Potato"
  • Battle of Mashed Potato Mountain (1989)
  • Pogrzeb kartofla (1990) aka "Burial of a Potato"
  • The Potato Hunter (1990)
  • Lin shi yan yuan (1992) aka "Small Potato"
  • How Do They...? How Do They Make Potato Chips? (1997)
  • The Potato Factory (2000)
  • Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004)
  • A Potato Chip Tale (2004)
  • Potato Man (2004)
  • Potato Soup (2006)
  • Elroy: The Potato Head Boy (2006)
  • Enormous Nuclear Potato (2007)
  • The Killer Robots and the Battle for the Cosmic Potato (2009)
  • Prokletstvo Krumpira (2010) aka "The Curse of Potato" - Croatia

White Cheddar Cheese
White Cheddar Cheese | Source

Your Opinion, Please!

5 stars from 1 rating of Chunky Idaho Potato Soup

Chunky Idaho Potato Cheese Soup

Serves 6 to 8

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 Cup butter (or olive oil)
  • 4 green onions, sliced thin
  • 4 Large Idaho potatoes, skins left on
  • 1 Qt chicken broth
  • 1.5 Cups shredded white cheese - Swiss, white cheddar, white American, or combination (not Mozzarella or Muenster, because each is too elastic).
  • 2 Cups of 2% milk
  • Salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Bake potatoes partially in an oven at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes. Remove, allow to cool, and peel half of each potato skin away and discard. Chunk potatoes to one inch-cubes.
  • In a soup pot or Dutch Oven, add butter and melt over medium heat.
  • Add sliced green onion and saute until soft.
  • Pour in chicken broth and add chunked potatoes. Bring to the boil and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  • Add shredded cheese and milk alternately and stir constantly.
  • Taste and re-season after cheese and milk are well combined into the soup.
  • Simmer 5-10 minutes or until potatoes are very soft abnd soup is desired thickness, and serve. Smash a few of the potato cubes during this cooking stage, if you like.

Variations: Substitute your favorite yellow chees(es) for the white cheese. I like to also throw in a few small red potatoes with their jackets on, with the final milk and cheese addition - just stick them with a fork first to lessen cooking time). Some cooks like to crumble bacon on top of each individual bowl of soup and some like to serve additional sliced green onions for garnish,

Spanish onion is great in the following recipe. Use any of your favorite white onions.
Spanish onion is great in the following recipe. Use any of your favorite white onions. | Source

Simple Irish Dinnertime Soup

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 Medium sized white potatoes (Irish or Michigan will be fine)
  • 1 Large white onion
  • 6 Cups skim milk
  • 1Tbsp butter or olive oil
  • Chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Wash potatoes, peel and dice.
  • Peel and chop onions.
  • Melt butter in a soup pot over low heat and sweat the onions.
  • Raise heat to medium, add potatoes, and cook until just soft. 
  • Add milk, season, and simmer 5 more minutes.
  • Serve in bowls with parsley garnish. 

Bacon is a favorite addition!
Bacon is a favorite addition! | Source

Potato Vegetable Soup

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 Slices thick bacon or fresh side meat (ask your butcher)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 Cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 Cup chopped carrots
  • 1 Large rib celery, chopped
  • 4 Cups chicken broth
  • 4 Cups cubed potatoes - any kind or combination
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 Cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Wash potatoes, peel and dice; peel and chop onions; chop celery,
  2. Cook bacon in a soup pot until crisp, remove and drain bacon well. Discard bacon grease and wipe pot with paper towel.
  3. Add olive oil to pot and add onions, carrots, and celery. Saute until onion is just soft.
  4. Stir in chicken broth, potatoes, and pepper. Stit well.
  5. Bring pot to the boil and reduce heat to simmer; cover pot and cook until potatoes are tender - 15 minutes.
  6. Stir in shredded cheese, heating through only until cheese is completely melted. 
  7. Chop bacon, garnish individual bowls, and serve.

© 2010 Patty Inglish

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rmr 6 years ago from Livonia, MI

I'm definitely going to try the potato cheese soup! It sounds fantastic! Have you ever tried this one with a little chopped garlic?


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

You certainly set the bar high! Some really great information and recipes here Patty. I will definitely have to give them a try ;)


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

I like garlic, rmr; don't know why i never thought to add it; but I will do so now that you remind me of it.

Enelle - I hope you like them!


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someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

I've mixed sweet potatoes with regular potatoes.I like the taste of the two when I make mashed potatoes.I've noticed recently that some fast food resturants are now offering fried sweet potatoes although I hear it's more work to make.I've never had fried swetpotatoes before,but it sounds like it would taste good.I like french fries as long as they are crispy but not greasy.Creamed potato soup with celerly with chives,onions,carrots and garlic and curry.


creativeinchief 6 years ago

i will definitely invite you to my next party---- to help cook

creativeinchief


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

sopmeone - that sounds delicious, especially the curry bit.

creativeinchief - such a complement is nice!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Patty. I never knew that potatoes are such popular film stars. Thanks for enlarging my education. Good read.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

drbj - Surprising, isn't it? I thought sure someone would have done "Mr. Potato Head" as a feature - but he has a but part in the Toy Story films :) Such fun to have you visit drbj!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I haven't had potato cheese soup in a very long time. Looks good.


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Thank you for the recipes. You know me, I am always looking for new ones. lol


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ThePartyAnimal 6 years ago

That soup sounds really good, but it will be 90 here today - will have to wait till Fall to cook some up


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rprcarz50 6 years ago

Hi Again Patty,

Thank you for writing this informative piece. I don't cook much but these sound like great tasty receipies.

Nice work !

Ron

As always also a2z50


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Juliette Morgan 6 years ago

Love the recipe with the cheese in, and the idea of mixing potato types, thanks good info, Juliette.


Marijana Reynders 6 years ago

Thanks Patty ... wow, so yum-yum, plus the extra tidbits about potatoes. As someonewhoknows said, potatoes and sweet potatoes are perfect companions ... soup, such a lovely comfort food especially with our approaching winter.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Lovely recipees and I love potatoes. I have to try them.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

If it's too hot to cook on the stovetop, soup can be made outdoors on a grill or even in the microwave. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with friends and family!


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Research Analyst 6 years ago

this is great I love potatoes and all the varieties really gives me some great ideas, useful rating for you.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Maybe we need a rating for "delicious" :) Thanks very much Research Analyst!


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

I love potatoes. But one of the best parts of your hub is the hilarious list of potato movies. Hahahahaha! Talk about theater of the absurd. Are you kidding me? Burial of a Potato? Love it.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Fun, isn't it. SteveoMc? I thought of "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" and wondered "how about potatoes?" There are even more in TV servies and characters. Much fun.


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

posted to my Bistro Blog


she devil 6 years ago

great hub - Have you ever tried leek and potatoe soup its my all time favourite!


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

It sounds good!

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