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Simple Potato Soup

Hearty potatoes, creamy milk, vegetable broth, and onion are the only things you’ll need to prepare this 4 ingredient potato soup. This soup is the best comfort-food dinner!

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Spoon dishing up some 4 ingredient potato soup

I’m such a huge fan of recipes that call for minimal ingredients. And, even better if it’s with things that I normally always have on hand! There’s nothing worse than coming back home from a busy day only to realize that you forgot to stop by the grocery store. My 4 ingredient potato soup is the perfect solution for nights like those!

I love creamy potato soup, especially on a chilly evening. It warms me right up! Served with some yummy garlic cheese bread and a side salad, you’ve got yourself the perfect weeknight dinner that is wonderfully comforting. You could even serve a small bowl of it as a hearty appetizer before you dig into the main course. 

No matter how you serve it, rest assured that this is one easy potato soup recipe that comes together in a jiff. You’ll likely spend the most time peeling and chopping your potatoes!

Why You’ll Love This Easy Potato Soup Recipe

  • Made with just 4 ingredients (yes, really!)
  • Ready in under 1 hour
  • It’s easily customizable
  • Creamy, hearty, and comforting
  • Family-friendly

How to Make 4 Ingredient Potato Soup 

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STEP ONE: In a large Dutch oven or pot, heat some olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in your chopped onion and saute for 5 minutes, or until soft and slightly translucent. 

pour chicken broth to cover potato slices

STEP TWO: Add in your peeled and chopped potatoes and season a bit with some salt and pepper. Add the vegetable broth so that it covers the potatoes and bring everything to a boil.

Reduce the heat and cover. Let simmer over medium heat for about 20 minutes, or until you can pierce the potatoes with a fork. Remove the pot from heat and stir in your milk (or cream if you’re using it).

add sliced potatoes to Dutch oven
boil chicken broth and cook until potato slices are tender

STEP THREE: Use an immersion blender to blend your 4 ingredient potato soup to the consistency of your liking. For extra creamy potato soup, blend until smooth. 

use an immersion blender to blend soup to desired consistency

STEP FOUR: If you’d like, you can add in some additional ingredients such as butter, thyme, or garlic powder. Serve your soup with crumbled pieces of bacon, cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, or another garnish of your choice!

Is flour necessary in this Simple Potato Soup?

Many soups begin with a roux (a mixture of flour and butter). This helps to add extra creaminess and thicken the mixture. Because potatoes are naturally starchy, you don’t really need that extra step for my 4 ingredient potato soup!

The goal is to make an easy soup with few ingredients, so feel free to leave out the flour!

spoon dishing up some soup from white bowl

Potato Soup Recipe Simple Variations

  • Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, crispy bacon bits, chopped green onions, and a dollop of sour cream for loaded potato soup.
  • Add more shredded cheddar cheese directly into the soup after blending for a cheesy variation.
  • Incorporate some Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and a bit of unsalted butter to create a rich and savory garlic-Parmesan twist.
  • Spice up this simple potato soup recipe with cumin, chili powder, and a squeeze of lime juice to bring some Tex-Mex flavor to the mix. Top with diced avocado, cilantro, and sour cream!

The Best Potatoes for this Simple Potato Soup Recipe

Waxy varieties are best for soups and stews. They’re also sometimes called boiling potatoes if you want to keep your eye out for that at the supermarket.

That said, the best potato for this old fashioned potato soup recipe is whatever you have on hand! Don’t feel obliged to run out to the store to pick up a specific kind.

How to cut potatoes for this Easy Potato Soup Recipe

Be careful to chop your potatoes into evenly sized pieces for this easy potato soup recipe. If they are different sizes, they won’t cook evenly.  Ideally, you’ll want them to be in cube form about 1-inch in size. 

white bowl of 4 ingredient potato soup with toppings

Easy Potato Soup Recipe Stovetop Tips

  • Sautéing the onions before adding the potatoes adds a delicious caramelized flavor to your simple potato soup — don’t skip this step!
  • If you want a heartier texture, consider mashing the potatoes with a potato masher instead of using your blender. This will give you a much chunkier soup with a more rustic feel.
  • Play around with your broth of choice. Feel free to substitute the vegetable broth for chicken broth for more added flavor.
  • Get creative with your garnishes! I love to keep things classic with some cheddar and green onions, but feel free to experiment. Feta cheese, smoked paprika, or even a dash of flavored oil would all taste great.

How to Thicken Potato Soup

There are a few different ways to thicken potato soup. The easiest is to add a slurry to the soup. Mix 1 tablespoon each of water and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add to the soup while it’s still over heat on the stove.

Alternatively, you could mash a portion of the cooked potatoes with a potato masher and then incorporate it with the rest of the ingredients. You could use the same tactic with your immersion blender instead. Try a few different methods until you get the consistency you’re after!

What to serve with this 4 Ingredient Potato Soup

As mentioned, you can serve my old fashioned potato soup with some bread and a salad. Here are some other yummy side dish ideas:

  • Beans
  • Ham
  • Corn
  • Sandwiches
  • Coleslaw

One of the best things about this easy soup with few ingredients is that you’ll have plenty of space in the kitchen to whip up something else to serve alongside it!

potato soup in white bowl with spoon and toppings sprinkled on

How to store Simple Potato Soup Recipe leftovers

You can place any leftover creamy potato soup in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep for 3 to 4 days. 

Can you freeze Potato Soup?

You can freeze this soup, but be aware that the texture may be a bit different when you thaw it. If you do decide to freeze it, make sure that it has cooled completely before you do. It will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

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Spoon dishing up some 4 ingredient potato soup

Easy Potato Soup Recipe (Stovetop)

Samantha Erb
Potatoes, milk, vegetable broth, and onion are all you’ll need to prepare this 4 ingredient potato soup. This soup is the best comfort food!
4.90 from 29 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 355 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 pounds russet potatoes peeled and chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup milk or heavy cream

Optional

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves

Topping options

  • Bacon bits
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Green onions chopped

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven set over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes, until softened. 
  • Stir in the peeled, chopped potatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add broth to just cover the potatoes and bring them to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the milk (or cream).
  • Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth. Alternatively, you can place contents in a blender until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  • Stir in any additional optional ingredients until well combined, and serve with desired toppings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 355kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 10gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 602mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6g
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2 thoughts on “Simple Potato Soup”

  1. This is a good start. Sautéing celery-3-4 ribs sliced with 1 cup chopped onion, 2 cloves garlic & add your liquids (milk,cream, vegetable broth) add 2 whole bay leaves to simmer till you serve then remove bay. Potato soup is good anytime. Making mine today. Been rough week! Our winter is in North Port, FL. Hurricane Ian & 19.4” of rain. We’re preparing to go down for cleanup. Have a great Sunday!

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