Want an easy potato soup recipe? Well, I’ve got you covered with this collection of easy to make soups with potatoes.
You will never be short on ideas with this collection! Choose from over 40 mouth-watering and deliciously easy potato soups that will keep you warm and full this winter.
Make delicious and easy soups with potatoes for lunch or dinner. From stove top soups, slow cooker soups and instant pot soups you have plenty to choose from!
On this page you will find not only recipes for soups with potatoes, you will also find helpful tips and tricks to help make the best potato soups ever.
At the start of this article, you will find information on things like selecting the best potatoes for soup right through to how to make a creamy smooth potato soup without using a blender and more.
Further down on the page we have separated a collection of recipes into three categories: stove top soup recipes, slow cooker potato soup recipes and instant pot recipes.
Whether you are looking for a cheesy potato soup, leek and potato soup, loaded baked potato soup, 4 ingredient potato soup, potato and vegetable soup or just want to try some new recipes for soups with potatoes we have got you covered.
If you want to read the helpful stuff keep reading or click here if you want to jump right to the recipes. Or use the table of contents below to jump to various sections.
What Potatoes Are Best For Soup
White potatoes are neutral in flavour making them a good base for so many dishes, including soups.
If you want a potato that holds its shape when cooked, choose a boiling potato, these are usually waxy and will cook without breaking down.
If you are going to puree the soup, it really doesn’t matter what white potato you choose.
Sweet potatoes can also be used to make soups. Sweet potatoes cook quicker than white potatoes and can easily be over cooked.
If you are making a soup and want chunks of sweet potato, rather than broken down mush, add bite sized pieces of sweet potato toward the end of the cooking time.
Boil until the sweet potato cubes are soft and still holding their shape, this could take anywhere between 5 – 15 minutes or longer depending on the size of the sweet potatoes.
How To Tell If A Potato is Cooked
Don’t over cook potatoes, especially when making a chunky potato soup, they can break down and lose their shape.
If you are making a pureed potato soup it doesn’t matter if the potatoes are a little over cooked because, you will be breaking them down any way.
So, how to tell when a potato is cooked.
Potatoes are ready when you can insert a fork into the potato without any resistance. The potato should just slide of the fork.
How to Make Soups With Potatoes
There are two kinds of potato soup chunky or pureed.
Chunky soups are soups where you can visibly see in the ingredients in the soup.
Purred soups are chunky soups that have been blended down to a smooth texture.
These soups have a similar start.
Some of the ingredients may be sautéed at the start of the recipe, to bring out the flavour.
A litre or two of liquid is then added, it could be water, vegetable stock, chicken stock, beef stock, or a dairy or non-dairy milk.
Potatoes and other ingredients are added at various stages and cooked over a period of time, until soft and tender, this makes a chunky soup.
Chunky soups can be pureed down to make a smooth soup.
If the soup is to be smooth and pureed, make sure that all the ingredients are very soft and there are no hard ingredients like bones.
Bones can splinter when processed and cause a choking hazard if consumed, and they may also end up damaging your blending equipment.
How To Puree Soup
To puree soup, you need to use either a stick blender, food processor, or pass the soup through a sieve.
A stick blender (also known as an immersion blender) is perfect for pureeing soup and you can puree the soup while it’s still hot and in the pot.
When using an immersion blender make sure that the blade always stays submerged in the soup while pureeing it. If it doesn’t hot soup can splatter everywhere.
A food processor is also suitable. However, allow the soup to cool down to warm temperature before processing.
Never puree hot soup in a food processor. Allow it to cool down before processing.
The heat will cause pressure to build up inside the jug when its capped. When turned on this pressure can cause the lid to blow off and throw hot soup everywhere.
So, always allow the soup to cool down to a warm temperature before processing and blend in small batches.
A sieve is another method of pureeing a soup. It does require some elbow work. Allow to soup to cool down to a temperature that you are comfortable working with.
You will need a large sieve, place the sieve over a large pot big enough to hold the amount of soup you made.
Use a ladle and add some of the cooked vegetables and liquid to the sieve. Use the back of a metal spoon to push the vegetables through the mesh and into the pot. Repeat until everything has been pureed.
How do you make potato soup thicker?
When making your own soups with potatoes sometimes you might want it to be thicker. If you need to thicken the soup you can add a starch to it, using one of these three methods;
1. Make a slurry with cornflour (this is the easiest method): A slurry is basically equal parts of cornflour mixed with an equal quantity of water. You could start with 1-2 tablespoon of cornflour mixed with 1-2 tablespoon of cold tap water.
Whisk this into the boiling soup a little at a time until you get the desired consistency.
Once the correct consistency has been achieved, continue to boil the soup for at least one minute more.
2. Make a white roux. This is made by cooking equal parts of butter and flour for a few minutes so that it evenly mixes and just start to froth.
Cooking should stop before it starts to change colour. The roux is then mixed into the soup a little at a time until the desired consistency is achieved.
3. Make a beurre manie: This is similar to a roux, but it’s not cooked. Mix equal parts of flour and butter together until it forms a smooth paste.
Form the paste into pea size balls, dropping in one or two at a time into the simmering soup, stir well and simmer for a minute to thicken.
If necessary, repeat the process as many times as necessary to achieve the desired consistency.
For the white roux and beurre manie – You could start by making a roux mixture with ¼ cup butter and ¼ cup flour, this might be sufficient to thicken the soup, if not make some more.
How do you thicken potato soup without flour?
Soups with potatoes can also be thickened without flour by one of these methods.
For pureed soups. Before pureeing remove and reserve two or more cups of the liquid only. After pureeing the rest of the soup, the consistency can be adjusted to your liking by adding small quantities of the reserved liquid back into the soup.
For soups that aren’t purees. If you’ve made a chunky soup and would like the broth to be slightly thicker, scoop out one to two cups of soup, puree it and add it back to the soup.
Or, you could add leftover cooked potato pieces these can be mashed and mixed into the soup. Or use any leftover mashed potato to help thicken the soup broth.
Instant potato flakes can be added to thicken both chunky and pureed soups. Mix in small amounts until the desired thickness is achieved.
For cheesy soups you could add little more cheese to thicken the soup.
Use a cornflour (corn starch) slurry for a gluten free thickener.
How to make potato soup less thick?
If you find that the soup is too thick, pour in a small quantity of beef stock or chicken stock or water.
You could also add a little more of any other liquid used in the recipe such as sour cream, heavy cream or milk, but do be careful not to add too much because the soup can become too rich.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should you peel potatoes for potato soup?
The answer to this really depends on the soup you are making. If you are making a chunky soup, the potatoes can be peeled or have the skins left on.
If you are making a pureed soup and want it looking clean and bright. It would be best to peel the potatoes.
The skin will puree well enough but, it can change the colour of the soup, just like carrots or green vegetables would.
Should I boil potatoes before adding to soup?
No, there is no need to boil raw potatoes before adding to soups.
Diced potatoes are quick to cook, add them in at the last 20 – 25 minutes before the soup is finished. Keep in mind that smaller cubes will cook quicker than larger pieces.
If you are adding left over pieces of boiled, baked or mashed potatoes these can be added to the soup in the last 5 minutes or so. They are all-ready cooked and just need reheating.
Can you make potato soup ahead of time?
Yes, most soups with potatoes can be made ahead of time, stored in the fridge then re-heated just before serving.
Can potato soup be reheated?
Yes, soups with potatoes can be reheated. To reheat place the soup in a saucepan and warm over medium heat, stirring from time to time until hot.
Bowls of soup can also be reheated in the microwave oven.
Does potato soup have dairy?
Yes, some soups with potatoes do use dairy products as part of the recipe. However, in most cases the dairy can be swapped with non-dairy products.
Does potato soup have gluten?
No, not all soups with potato have gluten. There are plenty of soup recipes don’t use wheat flour as a thickening agent.
What To Serve With Potato Soup?
Soups with potatoes are generally a filling meal on their own but it if want something extra to go with the soup you could serve:
- Slices of butter toast or English muffins
- Fresh piece of crispy crusty cob bread
- Spinach feta bread
- Homemade cheese breadsticks
- Or scoop up the soup with thick slices of bread like sour dough or ciabatta
- Savoury veggie muffins would also be nice
40+ Easy Recipes For Soups With Potatoes
Below you will find a variety of different homemade potato soup recipes from around the world.
Each recipe has a brief summary and a link to the recipe. Some of the links will take to pages on this website and with others will take you off to other blogs.
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Stove Top Recipes
Slow Cooker Recipes
Instant Pot Recipes
I hope that you enjoyed looking through this collection of easy soups with potatoes.
I can’t wait try a few of these soup recipes myself, I think I will start with a bacon and cheddar soup.
What about you? I’d love the know which soup you are going to try first! Let me know in the comments below!
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Soups with potatoes was first published in November 2020. Updated in September 2021