Easy Creamy Potato Soup

This recipe makes the creamiest, most delicious homemade potato soup. It’s loaded with potatoes and veggies for flavor, is easy to make, and the broth is so creamy!

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My favorite potato soup recipe is pure comfort food, but not so rich that you can’t enjoy it regularly.

I also love that you have two options for serving this soup. You can keep it on the brothy side (like our photos) or blend it for a thick, creamy potato soup. For more potato soup recipes, see our sausage and potato soup or this potato and leek soup.

The Best Creamy Potato Soup from Scratch

Key Ingredients

  • Potatoes: You can use any potato in our recipe, but I highly recommend Yukon Gold potatoes. There’s no need to peel them, and when cooked, they are buttery and almost melt in your mouth.
  • Veggies: This is potato soup, but we love adding a few cups of extra veggies. Onions are a must, carrots add color and some sweetness, and chopped celery adds flavor and texture.
  • Garlic and rosemary: Make this the tastiest potato soup I’ve made. I’ve found some potato soup recipes too rich or lacking in flavor, but that’s not a problem with this easy potato soup. I love rosemary, garlic, and potato together.
  • Butter and flour: The combination of butter and flour thickens our soup. Unsalted butter or salted butter works just fine for this recipe. You will need to season with salt to taste. I’ve added tips for omitting the flour in the recipe below for gluten-free potato soup.
  • Stock or broth: For the best potato soup, use good-quality chicken stock from the store or 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 to this soup. The chicken stock adds flavor, and the cream makes the broth creamy and more luxurious. You can also try half-and-half, sour cream, or plain yogurt.
  • Cheese: This is optional, but if you have some on hand, it adds a lovely richness to the soup. Use sharp cheddar for cheesy potato soup that rivals cheesy baked potatoes. We also love stirring in Gruyère or parmesan.
Creamy Potato Soup from Scratch

How to Make Potato Soup

To make homemade potato soup, you’ll cook vegetables with garlic and rosemary in butter. The kitchen will smell incredible, and you’ll be well on your way to some of the best potato soup you’ve ever made.

So that our soup thickens nicely, you’ll stir in some flour and cook until toasty. The mixture of butter and flour helps thicken the soup. Then, it’s time to add the broth and potatoes and simmer until tender, which takes about 20 minutes.

Finish by stirring in cream and some cheese if you plan to add it. You can serve the brothy soup or blend some to thicken it even more. I like to blend a portion of the soup (about 2 cups). Then, I add the blended mixture back into the soup.

Storing Potato Soup

Homemade potato soup lasts stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can also freeze potato soup for up to 3 months. Thaw the soup overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. When you reheat potato soup, it might look a bit separated. Don’t worry. Just use a whisk to blend it back together.

What to Serve with Potato Soup

I love serving this potato soup with bread for dipping. A few favorites from the blog are this homemade focaccia bread, this roasted garlic bread, and our beer bread! Consider a light salad on the side to balance the soup’s richness. I love this strawberry balsamic salad or this easy chopped salad.

As for topping potato soup, I love scattering over fresh herbs (especially chives), but you can add more cheese, cooked bacon, sour cream, or crispy fried shallots.

Easy Homemade Potato Soup

Easy Creamy Potato Soup

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We love this easy homemade potato soup recipe with potatoes and veggies simmered in a creamy broth. 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.

Makes about 7 cups of soup or 4 to 6 servings

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You Will Need

1 ½ pounds (680g) potatoes, peeled and chopped, 4 cups

1 medium onion, chopped, 2 cups

2 medium carrots, chopped, 1 cup

2 stalks celery, chopped, 1 cup

1 tablespoon minced garlic, 3 to 4 cloves

3 tablespoons butter or olive oil

1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

4 cups chicken stock or vegetable broth

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, optional

For serving (optional): Chives or scallions, sour cream, crumbled cooked bacon, fried shallots, hot sauce


    1Melt the butter over medium heat in a large, heavy-bottomed pot (like a Dutch oven). When the butter melts, stir in the onions, carrots, and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, 5 to 6 minutes.

    2Stir 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.

    3Scatter 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.

    4Slowly whisk in 2 cups of the stock, ensuring no lumps of flour remain. It will be thick.

    5Pour in the remaining stock and whisk until blended. Increase the heat to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

    6Add the potatoes and bay leaf, then cook, partially covered, until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 20 minutes.

    7Turn the heat down to low, remove the bay leaf, and stir in the cream and cheese.

    8Taste for seasoning, then adjust with more salt and pepper as needed.

    9Serve with fresh herbs on top. For a thick and blended soup, use a potato masher to mash or an immersion blender to blend about half of the potatoes, and then stir back into 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.
  • Vegan potato soup: Use plant-based butter or olive oil, veggie broth, and skip the cream at the end.
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.
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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79 comments… Leave a Review
  • Jessica H April 18, 2024, 2:22 pm

    Made this today. Love it. Excellent flavor.

    • Adam April 18, 2024, 3:54 pm

      Wonderful! 🙂

  • Anita April 5, 2024, 6:13 pm

    This was absolutely delicious. I am very health conscious, so I used the olive oil instead of butter, 2% yogurt instead of cream, and didn’t add cheese. Before I made it, I thought these adjustments would alter the flavour substantially, but I was wrong. I also used dried rosemary. It was creamy and stick-to-your-ribs wonderful.

  • Lisa April 3, 2024, 4:50 pm

    The soup was delicious .I was out of potatoes..so I used 1/2 sweet potatoes and had no carrots

  • Jim Sutton January 20, 2024, 11:38 am

    Hi folks, I had been hungry for potato soup so went to the internet and started looking for a recipe. The 1st one I looked at was yours. I made this last night and was really impressed with it. Sooo good, even though I didn’t have any celery on hand. I know the next batch will be even better with the celery. Thank you so much, loved it! Jim

    • Joanne April 21, 2024, 4:14 pm

      Hi Jim, I’m thrilled that you found our recipe! Thanks for coming back.

  • Ess Ess December 17, 2023, 3:11 pm

    Yum. Very spicy, which is the way I like soup. I had way too many red potatoes that I needed to use up so I ended up with closer to 6 cups of potatoes so added extra broth and water. I was worried that the extra liquid would dilute the flavor but that was not the case. I also like cheesy soup so I tossed in 2 cups of sharp cheddar to help balance out the extra potatoes. Used my immersion blender to cream up about half of the potatoes. Absolutely wonderful flavor.

    • Adam December 17, 2023, 3:15 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the soup!


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