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Homemade Potato Soup

Updated on February 11, 2014

Legend of the Soup Queen

I am Soup Queen, hear me roar! Okay, that's a self imposed moniker, but when my sixteen year old stepson volunteered to peel potatoes if I would make him potato soup I knew I had arrived. Yes, I stood a little taller and smiled, of course I'll make you soup. Who am I to deny a teenage boy?

My journey into making soup has not been a lifelong trip, it's a skill I only developed about five years ago, mainly out of necessity (I was between jobs and looking for ways to lower the grocery bill) My best friend was a soup wizard and seemed always have a her magic soup pot simmering on the stove. She said it was easy, but I was still intimidated.

Once I tried it I learned it is VERY easy, you can't really mess up, and there are no real recipes, only guidelines in making home made soup.

Nothing Better than Homemade Soup - Secret is in home made soup stock

Home made Chicken Soup
Home made Chicken Soup

Soup is comfort food, warm and toasty going down on a cool fall evening. When you're sick chicken soup has magical qualities. The secret to making homemade soup is the soup stock, never use plain water or your soup will have very little flavor.

Soup stock is the flavored liquid base and the best soup is made with home made stock. You can google how to make home made stock, but really everything I read makes it sound really difficult. It's really easy.

Directions for Homemade Soup Stock

1.Whenever you cook a pork roast, pulled pork or chicken in the slow cooker, save and freeze the liquid (that's meat stock)

2. Save the liquid from boiled potatoes made for mashed potatoes

3. Save the liquid from cooking any vegetable

4. After cooking a roasted chicken, boil the bones and carcass in a large pot, and simmer for 2 hours to get all the flavor

4. Buy beef or soup bones from the butcher or meat case in the grocery store. (Will cost under $2.00). Simmer for 2 hours

I Make Soup for a Small Crowd - How I keep soup warm all day

When I make soup on the weekends it's out all day for lunch and dinner. It's quite common for two gallons of potato soup to only last 24 hours. Yes, you heard me, my stepson was once responsible for eating a gallon of soup himself in just a day.

Restaurants and catering companies use soup warmers when feeding big crowds or lots of people in a buffet line. However, when I make soup or chili for my family I still need something this big. In the winter soup stays on all day and the handy flip top lid is kid and family friendly.

I will also us this when taking chili to football parties, and have loaned it to friends for soup suppers, weddings, and graduation parties. It's not only functional but a lot more decorative than a large roasting pan.

Adcraft SK-500W Countertop 11.4 Qt Soup Kettle
Adcraft SK-500W Countertop 11.4 Qt Soup Kettle

This soup kettle is just what you need if you are feeding a large group of people, say for a Superbowl party, graduation, or wedding guest.

This countertop soup kettle holds 44 cups of soup or chili and can keep baked potatoes warm for a crowd.

Adjustable temperature ranges from 80F to 200F

 

How to Make Potato Soup - Step By Step Guide to Making Potato Soup

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Chop your onions, celery and cheeseAdd to soup pot and cover with stock (all the stock is not added here.)Remove half the cooked solids from the cooked soupLiquify the solids and pour back into pot, add cheese and milk, simmer for about 15 minutesAdd cheese, ham, and cream or milk,  (depending on your diet)Simmer for an additional 15-30 minutes until desired temperature is reached and cheese is meltedSoup will be creamy with chunks of vegetables and hamServe and enjoySoup can be garnished with shredded cheese and bacon bits.
Chop your onions, celery and cheese
Chop your onions, celery and cheese
Add to soup pot and cover with stock (all the stock is not added here.)
Add to soup pot and cover with stock (all the stock is not added here.)
Remove half the cooked solids from the cooked soup
Remove half the cooked solids from the cooked soup
Liquify the solids and pour back into pot, add cheese and milk, simmer for about 15 minutes
Liquify the solids and pour back into pot, add cheese and milk, simmer for about 15 minutes
Add cheese, ham, and cream or milk,  (depending on your diet)
Add cheese, ham, and cream or milk, (depending on your diet)
Simmer for an additional 15-30 minutes until desired temperature is reached and cheese is melted
Simmer for an additional 15-30 minutes until desired temperature is reached and cheese is melted
Soup will be creamy with chunks of vegetables and ham
Soup will be creamy with chunks of vegetables and ham
Serve and enjoy
Serve and enjoy
Soup can be garnished with shredded cheese and bacon bits.
Soup can be garnished with shredded cheese and bacon bits.
Cheesy Potato Soup
Cheesy Potato Soup

My stepson thinks this is the best potato soup ever, and that is high praise. The secret is the puree step which makes the soup nice and creamy.

Perfect for a fall or winter day, this is a thick, rich, stick to your ribs potato soup Amounts of vegetables are not critical, if you want to add colored vegetables like carrots or peas then wait until after the puree step. Otherwise the creamy base will not have white creamy color but an orange or green color.

TIP: If you have leftover mashed potatoes you can puree them with just the liquid stock from the soup instead of blending the soup chunks. Be careful as you can easily turn the soup more into a Cream of Potato soup than a chunky potato soup.

But that's the great thing about soup, it is what you make it to your preferences. If you like a creamy soup, blend more vegetables, if you like it thinner, use less.

I have made potato soup with various combinations of ham, sausage and bacon, but finding a piece of bacon is your creamy soup is a little bit of heaven. Oh bacon, yum!!

If you can, save some extra bacon crumbles to sprinkle on top of the soup when serving.(as you can see that didn't happen here)

  • Prep time: 1 hour
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 2 hours
  • Yields: 12-16

Ingredients

  • 2 Quart of Chicken Stock (homemade or store bought)
  • 12 large potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 TBSP Ground Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Salt
  • 3 TBSP parsley
  • 2 cups celery
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 large carrots (sliced)
  • 4 cups milk
  • 4 cups chopped ham
  • 1 lb cooked chopped bacon (or 3 TSPN bacon fat)
  • 2 cups cubed cheddar cheese (cheese of your choice)

Instructions

  1. Wash, peel and cube about 12 large potatoes, enough to fill 1/3 of your soup pot
  2. Add celery, onion to potatoes
  3. Add salt and pepper
  4. Add in chicken stock, and extra water to cover the vegetables, bring to a boil, cover and simmer until potatoes are tender to easily pierce with a fork. (about 30 minutes)
  5. Remove 1/2 of the vegetable mixer and puree in a blender or food processor until smooth
  6. Add back into soup pot with cubed vegetables and stir
  7. Add ham and bacon, (and sausage if you wish)stir and simmer for 30 more minutes (colored veggies can be added here)
  8. Add cubed cheese and milk, simmer for about 15 minutes until cheese is melted
  9. Serve with bacon and/or cheese sprinkled on top.
5 stars from 1 rating of Homemade Hearty Potato Soup

Puree Creamy Soups - How to Make creamy soup

Creamy soups are thick and rich and seem like they would be difficult to make. Quite the opposite, take half of the cooked solid ingredients and puree them in a food processor or blender. Push the liquify button and walk away. Yes, walk away for about 5 minutes.

This is hard to do, the blender makes all kinds of noise and you might think it's done, but the more the ingredients liquify the smoother the texture.

BLACK+DECKER FP1600B 8-Cup Food Processor, Black
BLACK+DECKER FP1600B 8-Cup Food Processor, Black

I don't have a fancy expensive blender, this one suits my needs quite well and makes great creamed soup and milkshakes.

Granted the liquid capacity is 6 cups so you might need to blend more than one batch. But no one ever called soup fast food.

 

Kitchen Essentials for Making Soup - A few simple tools

Making soup is easier when you have the right kitchen tools and equipment. I started with small pots and soup has a way of growing in size as you add more ingredients. More than once I thought I was going to make a small batch of soup only to pour it into a bigger pot. This happened with this batch of potato soup.

A thick bottom to a pot helps prevent sourcing of cream based soups and allows for even heating through the soup. I have made soup in my crock pot, but it has become too small.

Since I've become the soup queen in my house I've gotten a reputation with my kids friends. I make soup and they come running. With my larger soup pot this isn't a problem.

OXO Good Grips Brushed Stainless Steel Ladle
OXO Good Grips Brushed Stainless Steel Ladle

Stock pots are large, and your everyday wooden spoon or ladle will fall and disappear into the soup. It's not fun fishing for your ladle in a pot of hot soup. This OXO ladle handle is long enough to reach the bottom.

 

A Good Knife is Important - Most versatile tool in the Kitchen

A good knife if worth it's weight in gold. The sharper the better, a sharp knife makes slicing vegetables fast and easy and is actually safer than a dull knife. For soup I like uniform slices of carrots and celery, it's so much prettier and in cooking presentation is part of the appeal.

I have a set of Cutco Knives which I love but my friend has the Wusthof Classic version. Both knives are designed to slice, chop and cut vegetables in the chef style "rocking motion". I line three carrots up in a row and cut through all three at once. It's easy, fast and fun.

Time to Serve the Soup - It's Hard to Wait

Home made Potato Soup
Home made Potato Soup

"When is the soup going to be ready?" is a question I often hear. I once told my son, when you can smell it outside it's ready. It was a cool fall day, I had the windows open and a few hours later he came back home, walked in and said "I can smell it outside, it's ready, I want to eat!"

Here is a photo of my latest batch of potato soup, this variety did not contain bacon or carrots, next time I'll add bacon. Potato soup is also very good with shredded cheese and bacon crumbles.

Soup Bowls Are a Nice Touch - Serve your soup with style

Home made soup deserves more than a plain cereal, or everyday bowl. Heavy soup bowls and mugs are part of the soup experience. They add to the atmosphere and comforting feeling of home made soup.

7 Piece Stackable Multi Colored Nesting Bowl Set
7 Piece Stackable Multi Colored Nesting Bowl Set

These stacking soup bowls should just stay on my counter all winter. If I don't have a pot of soup on the stove there is a pot of left over soup in the fridge, or frozen containers in the freezer.

 
Francois et Mimi 14-Ounce Ceramic Coffee & Soup Mugs, Large, Set of 6
Francois et Mimi 14-Ounce Ceramic Coffee & Soup Mugs, Large, Set of 6

Colorful soup bowls when you don't want a lot of soup, but just a snack. Makes nice coffee cups.

 
Kane Home Products Christmas Snowflake Jumbo Soup Mug, White, Set of 4
Kane Home Products Christmas Snowflake Jumbo Soup Mug, White, Set of 4

Jumbo soup bowls in pure white. White goes with every table setting, I'm thinking of getting everything in white.

 

Soup Recipe Books

Soup Recipes (Quick, Easy And Delicious Recipes For Healthy Soups)
Soup Recipes (Quick, Easy And Delicious Recipes For Healthy Soups)

Not all soups have to be slow food, sometimes you want something fast and this book has easy to follow soup recipes with common ingredients in your kitchen

 
The Ultimate Soup Cookbook: Over 900 Family-Favorite Recipes
The Ultimate Soup Cookbook: Over 900 Family-Favorite Recipes

The big soup book! Every soup imaginable is in this book from hearty chowders to summer cold soups. Remember a recipe is somewhere to start, you don't have to add all the ingredients and substitutions are encourage.

 

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I haven't made potato soup in ages. You've inspired me - your recipe sounds absolutely amazing!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      This sounds absolutely delicious, especially on a chilly evening! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Good luck in the September Squidoo Food Club Quest

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      Stephanie Tietjen 3 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I love soups too and this one is just about how I make it. (We must be sister queens of soup.) Your lens made me hungry. I like your tip about saving all cooking liquids.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      My favorite kind of soup. Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Yummy, cheesy potato soup with nice photos!

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      Marianne Gardner 3 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      The potato soup recipe sounds really good. Wished I had a bowl right now. I liked your tips in making soup stock. Best of luck on the Good Quest contest.

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      Next to homemade oxtail soup, I love potato soup the most. Thanks for the recipe for your soup which happens to include one of my favorite ingredients: cheese.

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      clevergirlname 3 years ago

      Yum! Love potatoes - so versatile! Shall have to try!

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      One of my favorite types of soup!

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Potato soup/chowder is my favorite for cold Fall and Winter days!

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @Steph Tietjen: Thanks for the kuddos, saving stock is really the key to flavor. What's your favorite?

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @SusanDeppner: Hope you are inspired to try it, definitely stick to your ribs comfort food.

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      randomthings lm 3 years ago

      YUM

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      Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

      My stomach is growling ... love potato soup. Thank you for the recipe!

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @Lee Hansen: Glad you liked it, have had some good comments on it and feedback from those who have tried the recipe.

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      Enda McLarnon 3 years ago from Belfast, Ireland

      There isn't anything in this world better than hot home made soup on a cold and nasty winter's day. Your recipe sounds great and I can't wait to give it a try.

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      This sounds delicious -- particularly since you also added onions, ham, bacon and cheese to the potatoes.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yum! I make a pretty good potato soup too but yours sounds amazing!

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @Susan Zutautas: It is really good and I think the secret is pureeing a portion and adding it back, it creates the creamy consistency. Thanks for commenting and stopping by.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Wow, this looks so yummy. I love potato soup.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      this sounds perfect, I'm pinning it to my food board so I can save and make it!

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @Brite-Ideas: Great! Thank you!! I love Pinterest!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Mmmm... the soup looks really good! Wish I could taste it!

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I love potato soup...but have never made it myself. I definitely will try your recipe. It sounds delicious on a cold, midwestern day!

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      angelrose 3 years ago

      I am always trying new potato soups... my hubby is the conniseur of them and is quite picky. Cannot find one that compares to a restaurant around here. But I keep trying.

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @angelrose: Seriously try this one, you puree about 20% of the solids back into the soup to make it thick and creamy that's the secret. It's simply amazing

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