Simple Potato Soup From Scratch




So many soup recipes today call for store bought specialties such as broth mixes, or expensive kitchen appliances like food processors. However, only simple household items found in nearly every kitchen around the world can complete this recipe for Potato soup. The recipe shown here serves 2 to 3, and can be made in under an hour. It requires access to simple kitchenware, and a stove. This recipe is perfect for anyone who wants a simple, delicious recipe in a short amount of time.

Step 1: Gathering Materials

• 1 Small saucepan / frying pan
• 1 Medium to large pot
• A ½ cup measuring instrument
• 1 straight edged knife (not pictured)
• (optional) 1 potato peeler
• 1 cutting board or similar surface
• 1 stirring implement
• 1 serving implement
• 1 sponge, scrub brush, or other clean abrasive instrument (not pictured)

• ¼ white onion
• 2 russet potatoes
• A ½ cup of flour
• 4 cups of milk (2% recommended)
• 2 tbsp. butter (not pictured)
• 3 tbsp. salt (not pictured)
• Any extra spices or small ingredients of your liking (Such as bacon bits, celery, paprika, rosemary, etc.).

Step 2: Preparing the Potatoes

1. Wash the potatoes under warm water and scrub with an abrasive surface to remove grime and debris.
2. take the knife or potato peeler and skin the potatoes.
      Tip - Use of a straight edged knife is recommended for this step, as a serrated blade will cause difficulty in cutting and may result in injury.
       Warning! - Handling a knife or peeler can be dangerous. Always make sure your fingers are not in the path of the knife and cut away from yourself.
3. discard the potato skins.
4. On the cutting surface, take each potato and cut into small, bite sized chunks no more than 1inch square.
      Caution - Make special care to cut the potato chunks into consistently sized pieces. Having very large pieces and very small pieces will cause the small pieces to burn and the large pieces to not cook thoroughly during the boiling step, resulting in an uneatable dish.
5. Take the potato pieces and place into the large pot.
6. Submerge the potato pieces in water completely.
7. Bring the pot to a boil.
8. Let potatoes cook until tender all the way through.
     This step usually takes 10 to 15 minutes with 2 potatoes. Continue reading and perhaps start on the next step while you wait.
9. Drain the water from the pot, leaving only the potatoes.

Step 3: Preparing the Onion

1. Dice the onion into very small pieces, roughly 1/2 inch in length, on the cutting surface.
       Caution - Cutting an onion can cause watery eyes and irritation. Cut in a properly ventilated area or take breaks if irritation occurs.
       Warning! - Handling a knife can be dangerous. Always make sure your fingers are not in the path of the knife and cut away from yourself.
2. Add the onions to the small saucepan.
3. Add the butter to the small saucepan.
4. Heat the saucepan, stirring frequently with the stirring implement, until all sides of the diced onions are golden brown.
      This step usually takes about 5 minutes, making it the shortest of the steps. It can be done while the potatoes are boiling from the last step, but it doesn't hurt if you start and complete this step after the potatoes are boiled.

Step 4: Putting It All Together

1. Take the onions from the small saucepan, and place them into the large pot with the potatoes.
2. Add the flour to the pot.
3. Add the milk to the pot.
4. Add any extra ingredients to the pot.
       TIP- if adding extra ingredients, such as bacon bits or celery, the soup may be too thick to serve as intended. If so, add an extra 1/2 cup of milk to thin the mixture and allow for the extras.
5. Stir until a soft boil is seen.
     This can take from 5 to 10 minutes depending, but as long as the soup is at a reasonable temperature you may proceed.
6. Add salt to the pot, adjusting the amount for taste and to compensate for any extras that may have been added.

Step 5: Serve.

You have now completed this recipe and are ready to enjoy your hearty potato soup. the picture below shows an average serving in a standard kitchen bowl. You can take this recipe and serve it alone, or with another dish such as a salad or other light dish. I would not recommend serving with a heavy dish such as a pork roast as the soup itself is quite filling and flavorful.
Thank you for using this recipe and enjoy!



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26 Discussions


2 years ago

d a big snow this weekend and wanted something like this. Homemade potato soup!! OMG this was great...GREAT instructions!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!


3 years ago

You went into great detail on this recipe; good job! Except when you say add flour, add milk at the end.... you have to scroll back and forth to get amountS!



3 years ago

great and really easy for a quick easy dish I will make it again kids loved it!!


3 years ago

similar to what I make but I use some of the starchy water, and milk with flour, but for a different flavor, add a can or two of chopped clams can drain or use liquid for flavoring I don't brown the onions I boil them with the potatoes


3 years ago

This turned out so well for me! A lot of online recipes kind of assume you know things that you don't necessarily know, so I really appreciate the slow approach, with pictures!


Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

Do NOT boil it on low at the end it burns and tastes DISGUSTING

Easy and delicious! I used 3 teaspoons salt as suggested and loved the diced celery in it!


4 years ago on Introduction

I love this recipe! It was so simple to make, though I did use less salt and added a little pepper and thyme!


Reply 4 years ago

I agree. Very salty!!! I think it should have been tsp. Not tblsp...had to scratch thr whole pot.


4 years ago

First time ive ever made potato soup and it was amazing !!


4 years ago on Introduction

Wish I took pictures! I make a pretty good Onion Soup that the wife raves about, so I thought it time to see what I could do with a 'tater soup. Not only is this soup great as a base, its perfect for the soul (like soup should be!) Thanks, your recipe will now be part of my family forever as I build and add to it our own family touches!


4 years ago

I loved this recipe! I threw in some bacon and cheddar cheese. It was amazing!

I made it but it I think we prefer more onion and it was not thick enough for our I used a little coconut flour, help seeds and then made a chia seed gel with white chia seeds. If you don't eat clean this may all be odd to you but I have all this on hand. I also used a can of creme of celery and 2 cans of condensed milk when I tripled the recipe..and bacon crumbles!

2 replies

Yeah, but this recipe sounds like it's a great base- and people can just take it from there and doctor it up as they wish. :) I think if that's how she prefers it- at least she had a great place to start! :)


4 years ago on Introduction

I really appreciate this basic recipe. We are broke right now and I can't afford the ham, chives, cheddar cheese, etc. the fancy recipes want but I knopw I can pull together something like this.