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Potato Soup Recipe - The Gluten Free Way

Updated on July 24, 2013

Potato Soup

Bowl of garnished potato soup with a side salad
Bowl of garnished potato soup with a side salad | Source


Nothing warms the body and soul like a good bowl of soup! Of course there's Campbell's and Progressive but they can't compare to home made. Those of us who are on gluten free diets are especially challenged when it comes to finding a good tasting soup. So all things considered, a nice, home made potato soup can surely fit the bill. There are so many potato recipes but potato soup should be on the top of your list.

The very best start to a good potato soup is pretty obvious...the potato! There are many varieties of potato to choose from. You want to make sure the ones you choose won't get too gummy or gritty. The so-called 'waxy' potatoes are best used in a soup. The 'waxy' potatoes include Round White, Red Potatoes, Red Bliss, and are among the best. However, like everything else there's a 'middle of the road' potato as well. The likes of Yukon Gold, Peruvian Blue, Superior and Kennebec can be used since they are fairly all purpose. Stay away from baking potatoes or Idaho.

Since this is an "adapted" recipe and I don't always measure everything you may have to use your own judgement for how much seasoning you use. I use instant mashed potatoes as a thickener to keep this recipe gluten free. Of course anyone who is lactose intolerant can omit the heavy cream and add more instant mashed potato.

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4.7 stars from 3 ratings of GF Potato Soup


  • 4 - 5 medium sized Potatoes, Round white or Red bliss
  • 1 cup or so Instant Mashed Potatoes/flakes, used to thicken soup as necessary
  • 1 cup Heavy cream or half n half
  • 32 ounces Chicken Broth
  • 1 small Yellow onion
  • 1 cup + extra cheddar cheese, extra can be used as a topping
  • salt & pepper, added as needed
  • garlic or garlic powder, optional
  • 1 bunch green onions, used for topping when serving

Preparing the Soup

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Nice white, round potatoesI get to cheat, I have a Rotato!Chopped potatoesChopped onionsAdding Chicken Broth...Progresso is gluten freePotatoes and additions ready to cookStarting to boilAdding creamI use an old fashioned potato masher so the soup is semi-smoothConsistency we like
Nice white, round potatoes
Nice white, round potatoes | Source
I get to cheat, I have a Rotato!
I get to cheat, I have a Rotato! | Source
Chopped potatoes
Chopped potatoes | Source
Chopped onions
Chopped onions | Source
Adding Chicken Broth...Progresso is gluten free
Adding Chicken Broth...Progresso is gluten free | Source
Potatoes and additions ready to cook
Potatoes and additions ready to cook | Source
Starting to boil
Starting to boil | Source
Adding cream
Adding cream | Source
I use an old fashioned potato masher so the soup is semi-smooth
I use an old fashioned potato masher so the soup is semi-smooth | Source
Consistency we like
Consistency we like | Source


  1. Pour chicken broth into pot and put over medium heat
  2. Peel and dice potatoes and onions
  3. Add potatoes, onion, salt, pepper and garlic to broth (use small amounts of salt & pepper, more can be added later)
  4. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer covered until potatoes are tender
  5. Optional step: if you like smooth potato soup now would be the time to mash or blend to make the potatoes may also take some potatoes out to mash and leave just a few unmashed
  6. Add instant potatoes and stir
  7. Add cheese and cream/half n half and stir until all is heated through
  8. Add more salt and/or pepper if needed to taste
  9. Serve topped with chopped green onions and additional cheese to taste and add a salad and nice crusty bread for a complete meal

Finishing your soup

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Chopped green onions for garnishBowl of plain potato soup without garnishGarnished potato soup
Chopped green onions for garnish
Chopped green onions for garnish | Source
Bowl of plain potato soup without garnish
Bowl of plain potato soup without garnish | Source
Garnished potato soup
Garnished potato soup | Source

Enjoy! Any variation of this basic recipe will be just as good. Of course you can buy a soup mix, but its just not the same

Using this recipe, you can add bacon or ham if you like the taste of "meat and potatoes", some people add vegetables like corn or sliced mushrooms. You can omit the cheese if you prefer the pure potato taste. Its entirely up to you, but no matter how you cook it, potato soup is a nice dish that will stick to your ribs and this recipe is tops!

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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      And thank you Rajan. I don't think you'll be disappointed, it really is quite good. I appreciate the votes and five star rating!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful potato soup recipe. It does look very appetizing. Voted up and useful. Rated 5 stars.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank you so much Au fait, I am honored by the link! Now you have to write a hub with your potato soup recipe. I recently had some gluten free potato soup in a restaurant, made with cornstarch instead of flour and it had bacon was delicious. I look forward to trying yours too because all of your recipes are so good.

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      Your potato soup recipe is a little different from my own, which I make fairly often because I'm a potato person. :) I use lots of onions and bacon bits to flavor mine, but yours looks so yummy too!

      I like that you use green onions to garnish and even include a little garlic -- I love garlic too. I think the addition of cheddar cheese sounds especially good. So now I will have to try a bit of a twist on my recipe so it's more like yours. It will make an interesting change to alternate back and forth.

      I've added a link to this recipe in my hub, "Quick and Easy Ways With Macaroni and Cheese," because it's my only non-desert recipe hub at this time, and I view your soup and my macaroni and cheese as both comfort foods.

      Excellent hub as always!

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      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 

      6 years ago from New Hampshire

      They put green onions or fried onions on it with the bacon, too. And you're welcome!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Katherine. Always nice to have you read and comment, I really appreciate it. I'll have to try bacon on top next time.

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      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 

      6 years ago from New Hampshire

      I love potato soup! I used to order it all the time in Germany when dining in traditional restaurants, and they serve it with bacon as a garnish. YUM! I look forward to making my next batch. :-)

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Glad you enjoyed Alocsin, it is actually very tasty.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This sounds good enough even if you don't have a gluten problem. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      This sounds like such a great soup during these cold winter days!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Sounds like a good idea Deborah..hope you enjoy,

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I do love potato soup and this looks great.. I will make this tomorrow and add some left over ham in it.. sharing and pinning


    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      My husband is the big potato fan in my house so I'm always looking for new ways to prepare them. Hope you enjoy Vinaya.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      Without potato no vegetable is cooked in my home. I love potato. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I will love to have this soup this winter.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Glad to be of service, Hawaii, you don't mind if I call you that, its shorter ;)

      Perhaps you should share your wife's recipe as well...I bet its great!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Good morning, Mary! Still awaiting our first snowfall here in southeast Washington state, but it's definitely chilly outside. A great day to read about a great recipe from a great writer!

      My wife, I'm proud to say, makes a great potato soup, just like her "old country" German mom used to, and yet this recipe is going to be most welcome in our home due to some--if not all--of our family members needing to have gluten-free diets.

      Where was all this concern about gluten and lactose and sugar, etc., when we were little kids? Ah, but that's fodder for another hub, right? : )

      Have a great day, Mary, and may you and your family have the most blessed Christmas and New Year's celebration ever!

      Keeping the Mayans in check,

      Hawaiian Odysseus

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Eddy, hope you enjoy!

      That's an excellent idea Just Rodney. Never thought of it!

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      Rodney Fagan 

      6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      For a wintersday a soup is great, this potato soup looks good. I would rather use chickpea flour as a thivkening agent rather than packaged soup(to many chemical), besides this would also provide the soup with extra protien!

      Thanks for the hub,

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      6 years ago from Wales

      Another great recipe for my book. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.


    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Hope you do try to love it Barbara!

      Michelle, you won't be disappointed, honest ;)

      SS, I have to go the no gluten route and was happy to find this one.

      Teaches, cheddar cheese adds "a little something" to the soup. Darn, I should've called you last night when it was done! Thanks for the vote.

      Mhatter, you are most welcome.

      It really is great for a cold day Carol, warms you from the inside out!

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      sounds good for a cold day---any day. Great recipe, particularly if you have a bunch of potatoes around the house. Voting UP and Pinning.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for adding a flare to one of my favorite soups.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I am craving potato soup after looking at the yummy photo and reading the ingredient list that includes cheddar cheese. Interesting add with the mashed potato flakes, which I imagine would make it a thicker soup base. Let me know when the soup is ready! Voted up.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      My daughter makes delicious potato soup, with gluten. I like the addition of scallions, or green onions. Thanks!

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Ok, Mary, you've won me over with this. I am going to pin and use it!! Thanks for sharing this deliciously simple recipe!!

    • b. Malin profile image

      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      Hi Tillis, I LOVE Potatoes, so your recipe would be one for me to try. Mmm, Mmm Good! Thanks for sharing.


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