Today, I am going to be showing you how I make one of my all-time favorite foods, which is potato soup. This recipe is sure to hit the spot for most readers considering potato soup is the fourth most popular type of soup in the United States. Not only am I going to show you how to make this classic favorite, but I am going to show you how to make an even better version that incorporates cheddar cheese.
I first discovered potato soup when I would visit my grandmother’s house as a kid. It was one of her specialties and naturally, I wanted to learn how to make it. After much convincing, I was able to get her to fork over the recipe. The recipe that I share with you today has been in my family for the last 70 years at least. Below you will find the ingredient list and cooking instructions. This dish is sure to please everyone at the table.
- 1 pound chopped red potatoes
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 1/4 cup low-fat milk
- 1 1/2 tablespoon butter
- 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Bacon Bits
- Sour Cream
1. Add chopped onions and butter into a medium-sized saucepan. Cook on medium-high heat while stirring occasionally until the onions are tender. You do not want to caramelize the onions for this dish.
2. Once the onions have softened up and become tender, you’ll need to add your flour into the saucepan. Stir the flour, onion, and butter mixture.
3. Next add the milk, water, potatoes, and chicken broth into the saucepan with the other ingredients. Bring this mixture to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes with the lid on.
4. After the potato soup has simmered for 10 minutes it is fully cooked. It is now ready for you to add the cheddar cheese. This recipe calls for 3/4 cup, but you can use as much or as little as you would like. Also, the cheese can be either mixed in with the soup or used to top it. Most people prefer to top their potato soup as opposed to mixing the cheese in with the soup base.
There are several condiments that you can add to this dish as well. We recommend adding bacon bits, sour cream, and chives. Potato soup is very versatile so there are many other garnishes that you can add as well. A lot of people like to add chicken to it as it naturally pairs to the flavor of the soup and cheese.
When chopping up your potatoes, you want to make sure that they are all cut evenly and cut in small 1-inch cubes. If you cut the potatoes too big the soup will be finished cooking before they are. The potatoes will be perfectly done in 10 minutes if you cut them in 1-inch pieces. For even better tasting potatoes you can season them before adding them to the soup which will help the seasoning to better cook into the potatoes.