Easy Potato Soup Recipe (in 30 minutes!)

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This Easy Potato Soup Recipe not only tastes amazing, but it’s simple to make and ready to eat in just 30 minutes! It’s the perfect warm and hearty meal for busy weeknights.

Originally published April 2020 – Updated December 2023

A bowl of cheesy potato soup with bacon and cheese.
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Easy Potato Soup Recipe

This rich and creamy potato soup is is one of my family’s favorite go-to dinner options, especially in fall and winter. Not only does it taste amazing but with Tasteful Selections Bite-Size Potatoes, it’s super easy too! They’re pre-washed, you don’t have to peel them, prep is fast and easy and they cook quickly. Half the work is already done for you.

While I love including potatoes in my dinner recipes, like this Lemon Rosemary Chicken, they can take also take center stage on their own. This creamy soup is a perfect example. Not only is it incredibly tasty, it’s so quick and easy that you can have it on the table in just 30 minutes.

When it comes to comfort food, you can never go wrong warm bowl of delicious soup. Other family favorite soup recipes you may want to try are this French onion, Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup or classic Tomato Soup.

A bowl of cheesy potato soup with bacon and cheese.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Easy recipe: With easy to follow steps and just a handful of simple ingredients, dinner doesn’t get much easier than this.
  • Feeds a crowd: This loaded potato soup makes 4 hearty servings. But it’s a great recipe for potlucks or for feeding a lot of people because it can easily doubled or even tripled.
  • Delicious meal: This is a creamy, rich and smooth potato soup with lots of tasty toppings. Your family will be begging for seconds!

Potato Soup Ingredients

A cutting board with bacon, onions and potatoes.
  • Tasteful Selection White Delight Potatoes-diced
  • Chicken broth
  • Butter
  • Yellow onion chopped
  • Minced garlic
  • Flour
  • Whole milk
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, bacon and green onions for toppings optional

For the full recipe and instructions, see the recipe card below.

How to Make Potato Soup

Step 1. Once you’ve gathered everything you need, dice the potatoes into chunks.

Step 2. Add the diced potatoes to a large Dutch oven or soup pot with chicken broth. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are soft. This will take about 10 minutes.

A blue pot with chicken broth being poured over potatoes

Step 3. In a separate saucepan, sauté 1/2 of a yellow onion in butter over medium heat. Once onion begins to soften, add freshly minced garlic.

Onions in a pan with a wooden spoon.

Step 4. Cook for 1-2 more minutes, then add flour.

A person whisking flour and onions in a pan.

Step 5. Mix well, then add milk. Cook over medium heat until milk thickens, then pour into potato mixture. Add the salt and pepper.

A person stirring a pot of soup with a wooden spoon.

Step 6. If you like your potato soup chunky, you are totally good to go. Just ladle into bowls as is.

Step 7. (optional) If you like a smooth potato soup, carefully put half of the soup in the food processor. Pulse for about 20-30 seconds to break down the potatoes to get a texture that’s nice and creamy.

Tip: You can also use an immersion blender or use a potato masher to get a creamy texture.

A blender filled with potatoes.

Step 8. Once you’ve got it just how you want it, stir the soup and ladle it into individual bowls.

A pot filled with potatoes, cheese, and other ingredients.

Step 9. This soup is fabulous like it is but we love a loaded baked potato soup with bacon, cheddar cheese and scallions. Add all your favorite potato soup toppings and serve!

A bowl of cheesy potato soup with bacon and cheese.

Storing Leftover Old-Fashioned Potato Soup

  • Fridge: Allow the soup to cool then transfer it an airtight container. Store it in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezer: You can also freeze this soup for up to several months, but it will change the texture a bit. Just be sure to store in a freezer-safe container.
A bowl of cheesy potato soup with bacon and cheese.

Variations

  • Protein options: I love to add crispy bacon bits or bacon to the soup as it cooks. This soup is also delicious with ham, shredded or even cooked ground beef.
  • Added creaminess: If you want an extra creamy texture, you can add some sour cream or even a can of cream of chicken soup.
  • Spices: If you love soup with a kick of heat, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.
  • Potatoes: A starchy kind of potato, like Yukon gold potatoes and russet potatoes, are best for soups like this. You can try this recipe with baby red potatoes but they don’t cook down as smoothly as the starchier types.
  • Dairy options: This recipe calls for milk, but you can make it extra rich by using half milk and half heavy cream or half and half.
  • Cheeses: We love to top our bowl of soup with shredded cheese. Sharp cheddar cheese, pepper jack and colby are some of our favorite melty cheeses.
A spoon full of cheesy potato soup with bacon and cheese.

Potato Soup FAQ’s

Can I make this soup in the Instant Pot

Sure! Dice up the potatoes and add them to the Instant Pot with the onions and the broth. Put the lid on and set the pressure timer to 4 minutes. Once cooked, do a quick release. Prepare the rest of the recipe on the sauté function, making sure to stir it often.

Can I make this simple potato soup in the slow cooker?

Yes, you can. Crockpot potato soup is really convenient when you need to keep it warm for a while. Cook the cubed potatoes in broth on the high setting of your slow cooker until tender. In a separate skillet, sauté onions and garlic, and prepare the flour thickening. Add it to the cooked potatoes and stir to incorporate.

How can I thin the soup?

Once is has been refrigerated and reheated, this soup needs to be thinned a little. Just add a little more broth until you have the soup consistency you prefer.

A bowl of cheesy potato soup with bacon and cheese.

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4.75 from 135 votes

Easy Potato Soup Recipe


Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
This easy potato soup recipe not only tastes amazing but it's so simple to make that it'll be a favorite of busy moms everywhere!.

Ingredients
 

  • 3 cups Tasteful Selection White Delight Potatoes diced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Shredded cheese, bacon and scallions for toppings optional

Instructions

  • Place potatoes and chicken broth in a large dutch oven or pot and bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are soft, about 10 minutes.
    3 cups Tasteful Selection White Delight Potatoes, 2 cups chicken broth
  • While potatoes are cooking, melt butter in a saucepan, then saute the onions. Once they begin to soften, stir in the garlic and cook for an additional minute or two.
    1/2 yellow onion, 1/2 tsp minced garlic, 3 tbsp butter
  • Whisk in flour.
    1/4 cup flour
  • Add milk and cook over medium heat, stirring regularly.
    2 cups milk
  • Once the milk thickens, add milk and onion mixture to the cooked potatoes.
  • This next step is totally optional. If you like a chunky potato soup, you’re ready to add your toppings and serve. However, we like our potato soup to have a smoother consistency so I put it in the food processor just long enough to break down the potatoes, about 20-30 seconds.
  • Ladle into bowls and add toppings such as cheese, bacon and/or scallions.

Notes

  • I love how easy this recipe is to make already but if you want to save even more time, use pre-cooked bacon and prepared garlic instead of fresh.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 561mg | Potassium: 493mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 467IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 168mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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10 Comments

  1. Jayne Barker says:

    Skip salt and bacon for lower sodium version. Add Mrs Dash seasonings to taste.

    1. Great tip! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Makayla LaFon says:

    How would you go about freezing the potato soup?

    1. Hi Makayla, You’ll want to let your soup cool completely first. Then add it to freezer bags or air tight containers and freeze for up to three months. We like to freeze it in individual servings so that when we can take out just how many servings we want and defrost. To defrost, just let it sit in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat and enjoy.

  3. Sandi kroener says:

    How do you make potatoes smoother with out a food processor?

    1. Hi Sandi, You could try using your blender or a hand-held potato masher.

  4. 5 stars
    I appreciate how you added the ingredients/amount after each step, that was so helpful not having to scroll up to the ingredients list! This is delicious, thank you!

    1. You’re very welcome! I’m so glad that you found it helpful and also that you enjoyed the recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    I used regular potatoes and cut them up into cubes to cook quickly. Then followed recipe. Everyone raved!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks so much for sharing!

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