Today, Healthy Recipes 101 presents our very own potato soup with chicken broth recipe. It’s a simple recipe that doesn’t take much time or effort to make.
However, its simplicity doesn’t make this soup any less delicious. It may be one of the best soups you’ve ever tasted.
Before we start, there are a few interesting facts about this dish you may want to know.
Is Potato Soup Healthy?
Potatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making them nutritious and healthy vegetables. Studies have linked the consumption of potatoes with some impressive health benefits, including improved heart health as well as boosting the immune and digestive systems.
Plus, dietary fiber in potatoes is considered a helpful factor in weight control. They are filling yet low in calories and can also reduce appetite. This means you will feel full longer and be less likely to eat more.
Each serving of this soup yields 240 calories and 4.5 grams of saturated fat. We carefully calculated the amount of milk and butter used in the recipe to ensure a delectable and nutritionally balanced dish.
Best Potatoes for Potato Soup
Ingredients for potato soup are simple. The key is to start with the most suitable types of potatoes to ensure that the soup has a perfect silky and creamy texture.
Potatoes that are low-starch and high-moisture can hold their shape well in stews and soups. These include varieties such as waxy, gold, fingerling, and long white.
Idahos or russets, however, are even better for soup since they are high in starch and have a mealy texture. They quickly absorb the liquid and become tender, making them ideal choices for thick soups.
Potato Soup Ingredients
This potato soup is full of flavor, considering its simple list of ingredients.
- Potatoes: You can use any type of potato for this recipe, but we suggest going for some high-starch ones like russets or Idahos.
- Vegetables: Some extra veggies for soup are always a good idea. Onions are a must, while carrots and celery add color and sweetness. Plus, they also offer a good dose of fibers, vitamins, and other nutrients.
- Cheese: Sharp cheddar cheese is our favorite for this recipe. This is partly because its flavor is so distinctive and appealing and partly because the cheddar melts well in hot liquid into a creamy, smooth texture.
- Milk: A few tablespoons of milk helps turn the soup into a more rich and luxurious version. Milk isn’t the only option, and you can try sour cream, cream cheese, or plain yogurt in its place.
- Bacon: Crispy, savory baked bacon provides a contrasting texture and balances out the soup’s richness.
Seasoning for Potato Soup
Adding some herbs and spices will also give the soup a pleasant aroma and flavor. We’re keeping it simple for today’s recipe and only use spring onions and black pepper, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
Herbs and spices like thyme, parsley, cayenne pepper, or even turmeric powder pair well with potato soup but will give it a different twist.
How to Make Homemade Potato Soup with Chicken Broth
Our potato soup with chicken broth is quick and straightforward, with only four steps. If you’re looking for detailed instructions, please go to the recipe card at the end of the article.
Stir fry vegetables
Add chicken broth, milk, and seasonings. Simmer until tender
Blend the soup
Tips for Making The Best Soup
It may be hard to find the “best ever potato soup recipe” because everyone has their preferences. However, there are some cooking tips to make the most delicious soup to your taste. Here are some tips we’ve come up with.
First of all, the soup needs to have the perfect texture. It can either be silky smooth or chunky — it’s up to you. We blend our soup halfway to achieve a creamy texture while leaving some of the vegetables in chunks. This will give the soup a contrast in texture.
For a silky smooth soup, blend the whole thing and check the consistency. If your soup is a bit too thin for your liking, here are some tricks to make it thicker.
Adding flour is an easy way to thicken the liquid, and we also use it in this recipe. Yogurt, cream, or cheese can also help with the soup’s consistency. Note that if you do add cream or yogurt, don’t boil the soup, or it will end up curdling.
What to Serve With Potato Soup
This will depend on how you plan your meal.
If you only have the soup for dinner, remember to double this recipe and throw in a couple of slices of toast to go with your soup. Since the soup is rather liquidy, it should be served with something that adds a contrast of textures — that’s where the toast comes in.
Any bread will do the trick just fine, as long as you toast it to a nice golden brown color before serving. You can toast day-old bread and rub garlic onto it to impart aroma and flavor.
If this soup is your opening course, we suggest some grilled, roasted, or pan-seared meat with some baked vegetables on the side for the main course.
How Long Does This Soup Last?
Since potato soup contains dairy products, we advise consuming it fresh within 2 hours. A general rule of thumb is that creamy soups can stay in the refrigerator for 2 – 3 days and in the freezer for 2 months.
To best prepare your soup for storage, you should keep it in an airtight container or a freezer-safe bag. Don’t pour too much liquid into the container; we recommend leaving one inch of space to expand.
Can You Freeze Potato Soup?
Potato soup can be frozen; however; it is not the best soup to freeze.
In case you want to make a big pot of potato soup and freeze it ahead of time, you can either omit the milk and cheese in the recipe or use dairy-free alternatives. This way, you can avoid freezing dairy, which is often the first ingredient to get spoiled in the soup.
As with refrigerated food, trust your nose and taste buds. If it has a funky smell or sour taste, you’d better not eat it.
Simple Potato Soup with Chicken Broth Recipe
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 oz yellow onions chopped
- 2 oz carrots chopped
- 2 oz celery chopped
- 3 tsp garlic minced
- 12 oz russet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups unsalted chicken broth
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 0.5 oz spring onions chopped
- 0.25 oz oven-cooked bacon chopped
- 1 oz cheddar cheese shredded
- Heat a pot over high heat. Add olive oil, butter, onions, carrots, and celery. Cook for 2 minutes or until translucent, stirring constantly. Add minced garlic and potatoes; continue to cook for another 2 minutes.
- Add all-purpose flour to the pot and mix it in with other ingredients. Add chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook uncovered for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fully cooked. Add milk and stir to mix. Turn off the heat.
- Using a potato masher or a hand blender, mash or blend potatoes and vegetables to make the soup thicker to your liking. (This step is optional.)
- To serve: ladle the soup in a bowl or a deep dish, garnish with chopped spring onions, bacon, and shredded cheddar cheese.