Easy Homemade Potato Soup

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This Easy Homemade Potato Soup can be made with fresh potatoes or you can even use leftover mashed potatoes.

A loaded baked potato soup you can make from leftover mashed potatoes. A great way to use up holiday leftovers and an easy soup recipe kids love

I try to get my kids outside every day – even when it’s blustery and cold outside, we try to stick it out as long as we can. I really take the saying, “there is no bad weather, just inappropriate clothing,” to heart.

When we eventually admit defeat and retreat inside, I like to have some hot homemade soup ready to warm them up. It’s more substantial than a hot cup of hot chocolate and I don’t have to deal with a sugar high afterwards. (Two points for soup!)

Plus, unlike other lunches that you can prepare ahead and reheat – you don’t lose any flavor or texture with soup. It tastes just as good reheated as it does fresh. (Three points for soup!)

I don’t know how we ended up with a can of potato soup one day – it was probably in the wrong spot when I was stocking up on cream of chicken soup (a staple in my pantry) but the kids loved it, so the next time I had a bunch of leftover mashed potatoes I thought I’d give a homemade version a try.

Not only is this homemade potato soup tastier than the canned version, it’s cheaper to make a giant batch of it and you can add in whatever mix-ins you want. My kids love a bit of crumbled bacon and shredded cheese – and I added a few chives and some pepper to my bowl.

This homemade potato soup is super easy to make and is creamy and filling without being heavy. It would be great served alongside my friend Trisha’s homemade stuffing – yum!

A loaded baked potato soup you can make from leftover mashed potatoes. A great way to use up holiday leftovers and an easy soup recipe kids love

Ingredients for Easy Potato Soup

  • 5 potatoes, peeled and chopped (approximately 3 1/2 cups)
  • 4 cups water or broth
  • 1 Tablespoon bacon grease or olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Green onions, optional garnish

Tip: for an even creamier soup, substitute half the water or broth with milk or half and half cream.

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A super easy homemade potato soup recipe you can make with leftover mashed potatoes

How to Make Easy Potato Soup

Boil your potatoes in water until cooked well – if you spear one with a fork, it should fall right off.

Drain out the water and leave the potatoes in the strainer as you cook the onion.

Place the bacon grease in a stockpot over medium heat and add the chopped onion. Cook until translucent, about 3 minutes.

Add back in the potatoes and the water or broth. Cover and cook until the potatoes start to break down, about 20 minutes.

Place in a blender or use an immersion blender and blend until smooth.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish as desired.

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Homemade potato soup that you can make from leftover mashed potatoes. A delicious thanksgiving appetizer or a way to use up thanksgiving leftovers. Not only is this homemade potato soup tastier than the canned version, it's cheaper to make a giant batch of it and you can add in whatever mix-ins you want.

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Yield: 10 cups

Easy Homemade Potato Soup

Easy Homemade Potato Soup

Homemade potato soup that you can make from leftover mashed potatoes. A delicious thanksgiving appetizer or a way to use up thanksgiving leftovers. Not only is this homemade potato soup tastier than the canned version, it's cheaper to make a giant batch of it and you can add in whatever mix-ins you want.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 potatoes, peeled and chopped (approximately 3 1/2 cups)
  • 4 cups water or broth
  • 1 Tablespoon bacon grease or olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Green onions, optional garnish

Instructions

  1. Boil your potatoes in water until cooked well - if you spear one with a fork, it should fall right off.
  2. Drain out the water and leave the potatoes in the strainer as you cook the onion.
  3. Place the bacon grease in a stockpot over medium heat and add the chopped onion. Cook until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add back in the potatoes and the water or broth. Cover and cook until the potatoes start to break down, about 20 minutes.
  5. Place in a blender or use an immersion blender and blend until smooth.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish as desired.

Notes

For an even creamier soup, substitute half the water or broth with milk or half and half cream

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This homemade potato soup is loaded with cheese, bacon and chives

This easy loaded potato soup is my favorite way to use up leftover mashed potatoes – and the kids love adding on the toppings!

For more delicious homemade soup recipes, check out our kid-friendly pea soup recipe or our cold-fighting chicken and rice soup recipe.

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