Easy Creamy Homemade Potato Soup

You will love this easy homemade potato soup with potatoes, veggies, garlic, and a luscious creamy broth. This soup is comforting and loaded with flavor. Jump to the Easy Homemade Potato Soup Recipe

Easy Homemade Potato Soup

How to Make Creamy Potato Soup from Scratch

We’ve already shared our Sausage and Potato Soup with you. Now it’s time to share this easy, creamy, and luxurious potato soup.

Once you see how easy it is to make this soup, you’ll be making it all the time! The soup is simple so the ingredients you use matter. Here’s the rundown for you:

Potatoes: You can use any type of potato, but we highly recommend using Yukon Gold potatoes. There’s no need to peel them, and when cooked, they are buttery and almost melt in your mouth. We use Yukon Gold potatoes to make mashed potatoes and these crispy roasted potatoes, too. If you cannot find them, baby red or white potatoes, as well as russet potatoes, will work.

Veggies: Sure this is potato soup, but we love to add a few cups of extra veggies. Onions are a must, carrots add color and some sweetness, and chopped celery add flavor and texture.

 Creamy Potato Soup from Scratch

Butter and Flour: It’s the combination of butter and flour that thickens the soup. We like to use unsalted butter for this and then adjust salt to taste when making the soup. That said, salted butter will work if that is all that you have. If you need the soup to be gluten-free, no problem! We’ve added tips for omitting the flour in the recipe below.

Stock/Broth: For the most flavor, use a good quality chicken stock from the store or use homemade. When reaching for store-bought broth, we go for low-sodium. We also look for a store-bought broth that’s darker in color (usually means more flavor) and since it usually has more of a backbone, we like to buy boxed bone broth (we use homemade bone broth sometimes, too).

Cream: We add a little cream at the end of cooking. The chicken stock adds flavor, and the cream makes the broth creamy and more luxurious (we use the same trick when making our favorite creamy chicken noodle soup). Using cream isn’t the only option, though. Try half-and-half, sour cream, cream cheese or plain yogurt in its place.

Cheese: Cheese is an optional ingredient, but if you have some on hand, it adds a lovely richness to the soup. For soup that rivals cheesy baked potatoes, use sharp cheddar. We also love stirring in gruyere (we use this when making mac and cheese), and parmesan adds lots of flavor.

Creamy Potato Soup from Scratch

The Steps I Follow For This Soup

Making potato soup from scratch is simple, and it all happens in one pot! Here’s an overview of how to make it (the full potato soup recipe is below).

  1. Cook onions, carrots, and celery in butter until soft.
  2. Stir in the garlic, rosemary, and other spices.
  3. Scatter flour over the veggies and cook until toasty. (It’s the flour that thickens the soup.)
  4. Add the stock then bring to a low simmer.
  5. Add the potatoes and cook, partially covered, until tender.
  6. Stir in the cream and cheese. Taste for seasoning, and then serve!

There are two ways to serve this soup: brothy or thick and blended. We love both and making them is the same except for the last step. For a thick, luxurious, and blended soup use a potato masher or immersion blender to puree or mash about half of the potatoes in the soup to thicken it.

Homemade Potato Soup

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Easy Creamy Homemade Potato Soup

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You will love this easy homemade potato soup recipe with potatoes, veggies, garlic, and a creamy broth. The soup is comforting and ultra-flavorful. For the best potato soup, use Yukon Gold potatoes. They have thin skins, so it is not necessary to peel them. They also become buttery and soft when cooked. There are two ways to serve this soup: brothy or thick and blended (our favorite). We love both and making them is the same except for the last step. For a thick, luxurious, and blended soup use a potato masher or immersion blender to puree or mash about half of the potatoes in the soup to thicken it.

Makes about 7 cups of soup or 4 to 6 servings

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

3 tablespoons butter or olive oil

2 cups chopped onion (1 medium)

1 cup chopped carrot (2 medium)

1 cup chopped celery (2 to 3 stalks)

1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)

1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

4 cups stock or broth, see our chicken stock or vegetable broth

4 cups chopped potatoes, cubed (1 1/2 pounds or 3 to 4 medium)

1 bay leaf

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

1/4 cup cream, half and half, sour cream or plain yogurt

1 cup (2 ounces) shredded cheese like sharp cheddar or gruyere, optional

For serving (optional): Chopped parsley, chives or scallions, extra shredded cheese, sour cream, crumbled cooked bacon, hot sauce


    In a large heavy-bottomed pot (like a Dutch oven), melt the butter over medium heat. When the butter is melted, stir in the onions, carrots, and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally until they begin to soften; 5 to 6 minutes.

    Stir in the garlic, rosemary, red pepper flakes, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, and then cook, stirring everything around the pot, for 30 seconds.

    Scatter the flour over the vegetables and cook, stirring, until it looks medium blonde in color; about 1 minute. It will smell toasty, like browned butter.

    Slowly whisk in 2 cups of the stock, making sure there aren’t any lumps of flour. It will be thick.

    Pour in the remaining stock and whisk until blended. Increase the heat and bring the soup to a boil then reduce to a simmer.

    Add the potatoes and bay leaf, and then cook, partially covered, until the potatoes are fork tender; about 20 minutes.

    Turn the heat to low, remove the bay leaf, and then stir in the cream and cheese.

    Taste for seasoning then adjust with more salt and pepper as needed. Serve with fresh herbs on top or for a thick and blended soup, use a potato masher to mash or an immersion blender to blend about half of the potatoes in the soup (this is Joanne’s favorite way to serve the soup).

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Make it gluten-free: Do not use the flour and instead whisk a tablespoon of cornstarch into the cream (or use milk) and add it to the soup (the cornstarch acts as a thickener). Or leave out flour and the cornstarch and blend about half of the soup to thicken it.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size About 1 cup / Calories 224 / Total Fat 11.8g / Saturated Fat 6.9g / Cholesterol 30.7mg / Sodium 302.2mg / Carbohydrate 23.9g / Dietary Fiber 3.6g / Total Sugars 3.9g / Protein 7.4g
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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51 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Alison September 24, 2022, 9:04 am

    I made this three days ago while recovering from an awful cold at home. I can’t verify that it cured me, but I like to think so.

  • Susan July 29, 2022, 10:44 pm

    Looking forward to trying your recipes. Find your videos very helpful with interesting tips.

  • Bobbi February 7, 2022, 1:24 pm

    I have made this potato soup a couple of times recently. Both my husband and I like it a lot. I thickened it a bit and used the half and half. Toppings such as sour cream, green onions and bacon make it even yummier.
    Especially good on cold and snowy nights. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • Charlene February 4, 2022, 4:49 pm

    I made this soup for a “Pot Luck Vegetarian Dinner” and it was a great hit”. It was easy to put together and had a great flavour. I followed the recipe; just replacing the celery with additional carrots and adding about half cup of frozen peas. I was asked by many for the recipe and will definitely made again. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  • Diana Nickel January 17, 2022, 7:24 pm

    Very good recipe, just mashed it up a little and left it chunky. Added crumbled bacon on top.

  • Krystal January 11, 2022, 1:42 am

    Awesome recipe! I needed a vegetarian meal and this worked! My husband doesn’t like soups and even he got 2nds. I omitted the pepper flakes, used 2 peeled russet potatoes and added in 2 cups of frozen corn halfway through the 20 minute simmer. Then used the immersion blender 3 or 4 times to mix. It turned out really well! We will definitely be saving this in our recipe book.

  • Gerard November 17, 2021, 11:48 am

    Sounds delicious.

  • Janet Mckelvey October 29, 2021, 4:25 pm

    I loved your video! I must have done something wrong because after adding the chicken stock it tasted greasy like we were tasting “gravy” or a base for dressing. To solve the taste we added milk and finally at least 2 cups of shredded cheese. Perhaps I should have used “fat free” chicken broth. Thank you for any suggestions.

  • Cheri fullmer October 20, 2021, 2:32 pm

    My grandaugher made this soup for her uncle and I… It was so good I ate the whole thing… Sooo good…

  • carmel turner July 4, 2021, 5:26 am

    Love the creamy potato soup – have made twice now – don’t blend at all. Now a family favourite

  • Rose February 27, 2021, 3:11 pm

    Hi, I just made this and it’s a very, very lovely soup. Being vegetarian, I used a combo veggie stock and corn stock and added just a smidge of liquid smoke. To finish, I blended about 1/4 cup cream cheese with about 1/4 of the potato mixture and then added this creamy mixture back to the rest of the chunky soup.
    Will definitely make this again. Thank you!!

  • Linda Knecht January 28, 2021, 5:26 am

    First time making creamy chicken soup instead of just broth. Great flavor and uncomplicated recipe make this dish fantastic. Thank you!

  • The Mother January 20, 2021, 6:37 am

    I have tried so many different potato soup recipes but this recipe is by far the best. It is easy to make, it is creamy and it is delicious too. So good that my teenagers ASKS me to make it. Thanks for sharing.

  • sandi bretz November 17, 2020, 5:18 pm

    Have a terminally ill young friend and his family has asked for soup deliveries whenever I can. Will make the ultra easy chicken soup and also this potato so I can deliver them so they can eat one and freeze the other. Will also make your seriously yummy drop biscuits to take – a lovely warm meal as winter begins here in CA. Thank you for your recipes. Sandi

  • Susan Jeffers October 17, 2020, 10:49 pm

    This soup is amazing! Added shredded chicken & frozen corn. Used smoked Gouda shredded. My husband normally doesn’t like potato soup, but said this is a keeper, definitely make this again!! Thanks for the recipe!!


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