Potato Soup - The Southern Lady Cooks

Potato soup is a favorite of my family and we can eat this great soup anytime! It’s wonderful on a cold day but we enjoy it year round.  Easy to make and one your family will absolutely love.  You could double this recipe for a group of people of cut it in half.  This soup keeps well for several days refrigerated and makes such a hearty meal.

Potato Soup Ingredients Needed:




Minced garlic (I use the kind you buy already minced in the jar)




Evaporated milk

All purpose flour

We love to top this soup with shredded cheddar cheese and chopped bacon is always a great addition too. As you can see this is an easy soup to make but it’s really hearty and wonderful on a cold day. It will warm you right up! Be sure and add these delicious cornbread muffins!

Don’t over cook this soup, your potatoes should still be in the form of a potato. If you over cook potato soup it turns to mush.

Full printable recipe in recipe card below. 

My family has been looking for my aunts potato soup recipe, but she passed without sharing it, even with her daughters, (they should have watched ) . Anyway l really think this is it or at least very close. I have already made it, my husband and I loved it, making it again soon, even in warmer weather, love it. Will share with my cousins.” – Judy

“Just made this again for the second time in as month. Love it.” -Becky

“I saw this recipe on a friend’s facebook page and decided to surprise my husband and make this for dinner tonight. What a hit!!! This recipe is definitely a keeper and was very easy to put together. Thanks for sharing.” – Sherry


Potato Soup - The Southern Lady Cooks

Potato Soup - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Hearty Potato Soup

The Southern Lady Cooks
This is an easy recipe that your family will love.
5 from 40 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 8 to 10 medium potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 medium onion peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic I use the kind you buy already minced in the jar
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  • 1 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour


  • Place potatoes, onion, celery, garlic, salt and pepper in a large pot and cover with water.
  • Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until potatoes are tender. Do not drain.
  • Add stick of butter. Pour evaporated milk into a bowl and whisk the flour into the milk. Add flour and milk mixture to your soup. Let simmer for about 10 minutes. Garnish with crisp bacon or shredded cheese.
  • This makes about a gallon of soup.
Keyword Hearty Potato Soup
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  1. Esther Vineyard says:

    It’s 94 degrees here (104 with heat index), but that didn’t stop me from making this delicious soup! Hands down, this is my favorite soup and what I crave when I’m ill. Where my grandmother always made my dad marble pudding with sauce when he had an ear ache, my mom knew I’d be wanting her potato soup. It’s like an old friend..full of warmth that just seeps into your bones and brings great comfort. Thanks so much from Texas!5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you so much for this kind comment! Those comfort food dishes that remind us of our loved ones are the best!

  2. I’ve made this about 20 times now…It is delicious, I use heavy cream instead of evaporated milk. Also I added chucks of honey ham which takes this already awesome soup to the next level!!!5 stars

  3. Made this for out of town guests. They loved it and asked for the recipe! The evaporated milk makes all the difference. Now a family favorite.5 stars

  4. William Schultz says:

    How about nutrition info

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      We do not provide nutrition info, we are southern cooks. There are many apps where you can figure that yourself. Thanks.

  5. I’ll definitely be making this on one of the chilly evenings we’re expecting this coming week. Thank you for sharing your good recipes!

  6. Judie johnson says:

    I love everything of yours that I’ve made so far. I was wondering if you had a recipe for Italian Wedding Soup?5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you for the kind comment! I don’t have one, but may be something I need to get to work on 😉

  7. How do you reheat this? Mine looks like mash potatoes the next day after refrigerating it.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      You must be cooking your soup way to long to begin with. You should have chunks of potatoes in the soup. I reheat either on top of the stove or in the microwave. You can always add a little water before reheating.

  8. Peggy curry says:

    This pretty much the way I make it, I do add 1 clove of minced garlic when cooking potatoes and a sprinkle of parsley flakes for garnish. Now here is something my Mom & I do….it’s unusual…also garnish your own bowl with a sliced hard boiled egg, I just made a batch yesterday, so good on a cold day 28 tomorrow night.5 stars

  9. Judy Lemaster says:

    My family has been looking for my aunts potato soup recipe, but she passed without sharing it, even with her daughters, (they should have watched ) . Anyway l really think this is it or at least very close. I have already made it, my husband and I loved it, making it again soon, even in warmer weather, love it. Will share with my cousins. …5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you, Judy! So happy to hear the recipe is close to the one you had from your aunt. I hope you enjoy it many times in the future and happy to have you on my site.

  10. Just made this again for the second time in as month. Love it.5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Just enough to cover your vegetables.

  11. The Southern Lady says:

    Yes, you can.

  12. I love this recipe. It is hard to get my husband to eat vegetables so I add carrots and corn sometimes5 stars

  13. A dash of nutmeg to the soup will take it to another level of good 🙂

  14. Dinner was served with crumble bacon and cheese on the side. Added my cornbread, viola, was delicious!!!! Now, how well does this freeze? It made a lot and it was just my parents and I. So, does anyone know how well this freezes?5 stars

  15. Doris May says:

    Made this for lunch and it was a big hit, love your recipes keep them coming.5 stars

  16. Peggy, thank you for the Salsa Con Queso tip. My mom used to add small chunks of cheese & chopped cilantro & sometimes chopped jalapenos. Yummy!
    Southern Lady, thank you for the recipes, will be adding it to my recipe box for sure. Plan on making it tomorrow night!

  17. hi there, this soup looks awesome , we don’t have sticks of butter so how much would it equal?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      A stick of butter is 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons.

  18. jacqueline says:

    I’m going to make this for dinner tomorrow night

  19. I make potato soup year round,I tried using chicken broth and I did not like it. I make my potato soup like my mother did, cook potatoes and onion in water with butter, salt and pepper, add milk when potatoes are tender and bring heat back up. Just basic, but then when I dish a bowl up, I add Tostitos SALSA CON QUESO, to taste for a Spicy Potato Soup. I will sometimes add crisp bacon to my bowl, chopped onion, and eat it with hot buttered cornbread. Can’t beat this soup for a cold winter meal.

  20. I saw this recipe on a friend’s facebook page and decided to surprise my husband and make this for dinner tonight. What a hit!!! This recipe is definitely a keeper and was very easy to put together. Thanks for sharing.5 stars


  22. I always use heavy cream in my potato soup, I’ve never tried the evaporated milk, maybe I’ll try it next time

  23. I was born in 1936 and grew up in KY. This is exactly the way my mother made potato soup. It became a favorite meal for all five children and economical back in those days when money was so scarce. I make it often and my children and grandchildren request it still.
    Joy5 stars

  24. This is the exact recipe my mother used for making Potato Soup! My hubby likes onions. a lot of onions added -like 3 medium!- I also add a little shaved carrot for color. The people who want to substitute chicken stock/broth to this soup are missing the point: The water in which the potatoes are cooked with other vegetables, is full of flavor! The soup is Irish in origin; no meat added!. I also use evaporated milk. The other thing my mom always added, and I do as well, is dumplings. Not the soft, puffy kind, but good hearty dumplings made w/ flour, a pinch of baking powder, onion powder, 2 eggs, and parsley. They are delicious! Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe. My Mom has been gone for over 30 years-having died @ age 58- and I still miss her so much!5 stars

    1. I was 20 when my Mother died at 47, I know how you feel, iam blessed that she taught me to cook very young.

  25. Absolutely love it and so did the whole family…..Thank You!!!!5 stars

  26. Emily Johnson says:

    I made this in a crock pot….used chicken stock instead of water…..yummy!!!!!
    Thank you for a great soup for a chilly Sunday afternoon.5 stars

  27. This is pretty much how I make it, only with regular milk….it’s great with crab meat in it too….I was wondering what to make for dinner…this is it!5 stars

  28. Louann Moffett says:

    I use instant potato flakes instead of flour does the same thing

  29. Love potato soup. I use fat-free half and half to cut calories and keep the rich flavor.

  30. I used this recipe…….added a can of peeled diced green chiles….sprinkle with extra sharp cheddar cheese…….to die for!5 stars

  31. Victoria Benson says:

    I used half milk and half heavy cream cause I didn’t have evaporated milk on hand..Was Simply Wonderful5 stars

  32. Oh, my, that looks good. It’s 11:10 PM and I could still devour a bowl. I’m going to try this one soon. How about using chicken or vegetable stock or broth instead of water? I was surprised to read condensed milk, thought it might be sweet. Whatever turns you on. this is the kind of soup you could throw anything into (excuse the preposition at the end) Already I’ve planned adding peas and baby carrots. I’m just a vegetable nut and I think the colors would look so pretty.

    1. Hi Ruth, That is evaporated milk. There is a difference between condensed milk and evaporated milk. Condensed milk is sweet and you should not use it in this recipe. Have a great weekend.

  33. This recipe is amazing!!! My neighbor wants to know when I’m making more!!! hehe Thank you for sharing!5 stars

  34. Christina parks says:

    I tried this recipe and it was off the hook!! It was so good I even added 1/2 block velveeta cheese and bacon to it and it was AWESOME thanks for sharing!!5 stars

  35. My mother loves potato soup. I will try to make this recipe………All of your recipes look wonderful…..they fill my facebook, and every time I look at it, I get hungry! thanks Janice, Nashville tn.

  36. Thanks so much for posting this!!! Have been wanting a Potato Soup Recipe for a long time…. will be trying it soon!! Thanks again for posting.

  37. This looks just perfect for a fall soup… I’m going to have to give it a try. My mother-in-law always used condensed milk and I think it’s the secret to a richer tasting soup without the calories of cream.

    1. Be careful.. Evaporated milk and condensed milk are entirely different ingredients. Condensed milk is sweet and usually used in desserts. Evaporated milk is simply milk with some off the water taken out. Thus the confusion of evaporated and condensed.