Want an easy potato soup recipe? Well, we have 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. There are stovetop soups, slow cooker soups, and instant pot soups, so you have plenty to choose from.
Listed below are easy soups with potatoes and also helpful tips for making 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: stovetop soup recipes, slow cooker potato soup recipes, and instant pot recipes.
So, whether you are looking for:
- cheesy potato soup,
- leek and potato soup,
- loaded baked potato soup,
- four ingredient potato soup,
- potato and vegetable soup
Or would like to make some new potato soup recipes we have got you covered.
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What Potatoes Are Best For Soup
White potatoes are neutral in flavor, and they are 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 does not matter what white potato you choose.
Another potato to use is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes cook quicker than white potatoes, and because of this, you need to be careful not to overcook them.
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 the soup until the sweet potato cubes are soft and still holding their shape. It could take between 5 – 15 minutes or longer, depending on the size of the sweet potatoes.
How To Tell If A Potato is Cooked
Potatoes should not be overcooked, especially when making chunky potato soup because they can break down and lose shape.
If you are making a pureed potato soup, it does not matter if the potatoes are overcooked because you will be breaking them down anyway.
Potatoes are ready when a fork goes into the potato without any resistance and slides off when removed.
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 the ingredients in the soup.
Purred soups are chunky soups that are processed with a blender and made into a smooth liquid.
Chunky and pureed soups have a similar start, such as some of the ingredients may be sautéed or fried to bring out the flavor.
Then a liquid is added to the pot - it could be water, vegetable stock, chicken stock, beef stock, or dairy or non-dairy milk.
Potatoes and other ingredients are added at various stages and cooked until soft and tender to make chunky soups.
Chunky soups can then be blended down and made into pureed soups.
If the soup is going to be blended smooth, 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
You can use one of these methods to puree soups:
A stick blender (also known as an immersion blender) is perfect for pureeing soup, and the soup can be puree while 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 not immersed in the liquid, hot soup can splatter everywhere.
A food processor is also suitable. However, allow the soup to cool down to a warm temperature before processing.
Because if you do not cool the soup, the heat from the soup will cause pressure to build up inside the jug.
And when capped and under pressure, the lid can blow off, throwing hot soup everywhere when turned on.
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 to avoid burning yourself.
You will need a large sieve with a fine mesh for this. Place the sieve over a large saucepan that is big enough to hold the amount of soup you made.
Use a ladle and spoon some of the cooked vegetables and liquid into the sieve.
Use the back of a metal spoon to push the vegetables through the mesh and into the saucepan. Repeat the process until you have pureed all the soup.
How do you make potato soup thicker?
You can use one of the following methods to thicken soups.
1. Make a slurry with cornflour (this is the easiest method): A slurry is equal parts of cornflour mixed with an equal quantity of water. You could start with 1-2 tablespoons of cornflour mixed with 1-2 tablespoons of cold tap water.
Whisk this into the boiling soup a little at a time until you get the desired consistency.
Once you have the right consistency, continue to boil the soup for at least one minute more.
2. Make a white roux by cooking equal parts of butter and flour for a few minutes so that it evenly mixes and just starts to froth.
Cooking should stop before it starts to change color. The roux is then mixed into the soup a little bit at a time until you get a consistency you like.
3. Make a beurre manie: This is similar to a roux, but it’s not cooked. Mix equal parts of flour and softened butter 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.
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 amount might be enough to thicken the soup. If not, make some more.
How do you thicken potato soup without flour?
You can also thicken soups without flour by one of these methods.
For pureed soups
Before pureeing, remove and keep two or more cups of the liquid only.
After pureeing the soup, adjust the consistency if needed by adding small amounts of the reserved stock back into the soup.
For chunky soups
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.
- If you have leftover cooked potato pieces, mash these and add them to the soup as a thickener.
- If you have leftover mashed potato, mix this into the soup to thicken the broth.
Instant potato flakes
Mix in small amounts of instant potato flakes until you get the desired consistency.
For cheesy soups
Add more cheese to the soup to thicken it.
Make 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, add more 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 be careful not to add too much because the soup can become too rich.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answer to this depends on the soup you are making.
If you are making a chunky soup, potatoes can be peeled or unpeeled.
When making a pureed soup and want it to look clean and bright, peel the potatoes.
The skin will puree well enough but, it can change the color of the soup, just like carrots or green vegetables would.
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 end of the cooking time. Keep in mind that smaller cubes will cook quicker than larger pieces.
If adding leftover pieces of cooked potatoes like boiled, baked, or mashed, add these in the last 5 minutes or so because they only need to be warmed.
Can you make potato soup ahead of time?
Yes, you can make potato soups ahead of time. After making the soup allow it to cool, then store in the fridge and reheat before serving.
Can potato soup be reheated?
Yes, you can reheat soups with potatoes.
To reheat all the soup at one time, place the soup in a saucepan and warm over medium heat, stirring from time to time until hot.
For single serves in cups or bowls, you can use the microwave oven for reheating.
Does potato soup have dairy?
Yes, some soups with potatoes do use dairy products as part of the recipe. However, in most cases, you can swap dairy with non-dairy products.
Does potato soup have gluten?
No, not all soups with potatoes have gluten. There are plenty of soup recipes that do not 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, if you want something extra on the side, 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 sourdough or ciabatta
- Savory 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 summary and a link to the recipe. Some of the links will take you to pages on this website, and others will take you off to other blogs.
So be sure to bookmark this ultimate page of Soups With Potatoes so you can come back and try more of these delicious recipes.
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 to 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