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This easy potato soup recipe is delicious for a chilly evening at home.

I have to thank my Mom for this delicious bowl of soup! You see, Mom and I were a lot alike. We both loved to cook (and bake) and we both tended to cook our meals without using a recipe. I believe they call it, “instinctual cooking”. A pinch of this, a dash of that, and before you know it, you’ve got a bowl of something truly yummy to eat!

Clean Eating Potato Soup Recipe

Mom has been gone now for a few years, but her style of instinctual cooking has stayed with me. This is how I cook every day. I keep adding things until I get a tasty result. Then I simply write down what I’ve done and pass it on to you! It might not be the most scientific method, but so far, it seems to be working out okay.

I remember the day she put this pot of potato soup under my nose. She just quietly set it down in front of me at the table without saying a word. I scarfed down a whole bowl, and really had to fight myself to avoid having a second helping.

Mom’s version was slightly different then this one. How could it not be? She never measured much of anything. But I got as close as I could to what she did and I have to say it turned out pretty much exactly like what she made.

HOW TO MAKE POTATO SOUP

Making potato soup is pretty easy stuff. There are two approaches you can take. This recipe uses the second method.

Cook the potatoes first.

In one method, the main thing is to get your potatoes cooked well. It doesn’t really matter how you get them cooked. You can cook them in an instant pot, bake them in the oven or boil them on the stove. Anything that gets the job done in a manner that easiest for you. Once you have that done, it’s just a matter of mashing them up while they are still hot and stirring in other ingredients. In fact, you can make it super easy by using a potato masher. I would avoid using a stick blender because the potatoes seem to get really fibrous and it makes your soup much thicker than you’d like. If you do choose to use a stick blender, just be aware you’ll need extra liquid and seasonings to adjust the recipe.

Cut the potatoes first.

In the case of this soup, I chose to cut the potatoes into small pieces first which makes them cook much faster. With this second method, you can cook other ingredients along with potatoes and “get two birds with one stone”, as they say. This also allows the flavors to meld more during cooking.

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Enjoy!

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EASY POTATO SOUP RECIPE:

Clean Eating Potato Soup Recipe

Easy Potato Soup

A delicious, tummy-warming soup for a chilly evening.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 221kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 8 medium russet potatoes (cut into small pieces)
  • 2 medium leeks (cleaned and chopped)
  • 8 cups chicken broth (low sodium is best)
  • 1 cube vegetable bouillon (Optional - I used the Rapunzel brand)
  • 2 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. herbs de provence (found in the spice aisle)
  • 1 tsp. dried marjoram
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Saute' the leeks in the olive oil until they become very soft and a little translucent.
  • In a large soup pot, combine the cooked leeks, chopped potatoes, chicken broth, bouillon cube, onion powder, garlic powder, herbs de provence and marjoram.
  • Bring to a rolling boil and reduce heat to medium. Stir frequently.
  • Cook until the potatoes are completely soft and mushy. (As if you were making mashed potatoes)
  • Remove the pot from heat.
  • Blend the entire thing until smooth, using a hand blender (this is the cleanest and easiest method), or by transferring everything from the pot to a blender.
  • NOTE: This is a thick soup. If you want a thinner soup, simply add more chicken stock.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 960mg | Potassium: 1154mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 30.4mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 4.6mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 2/24/11.

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34 Comments

  1. Beer Cheese Soup!!! Well, it was my favorite before I became a clean eater. I also love broccoli cheese soup….you can’t ever go wrong with that choice 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ali – BEER Cheese Soup?? I’ve never heard of it! But then, I tend to live under a culinary rock. So that’s not saying much. I can just imagine how good that could be! (Which is why I won’t even look up a recipe for it. lol)

  2. Tomato Bisque – has to have buttermilk and nutmeg, served with farmer’s bread.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Carly – I never would have thought to put nutmeg with tomato bisque. Interesting! Maybe I need to do a second tomato soup recipe! 😉

  3. ONE of my favorites (hard to pick just one favorite) is minestrone, yum! There’s got to be a way to clean it up!

  4. Kimberly Dolin says:

    I love Pampered Chef’s lazy lasagna chili soup and French onion!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kimberly – I’ve never had them! That first one sounds amazing!

  5. Italian Wedding Soup!!!…with hot cibatta rolls 😉 Yum!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Becca – Oh yum! I’ve never had either, but you bet I’ll be looking into that!

  6. Tortilla soup is my favorite soup 🙂 thanks for all the great recipes.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jennifer – Yum! That’s another one I’ve never had. I’ll have to do a clean recipe of my own for that. Thanks for the idea!!

  7. Momma Jorje says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I LOVE me some potato soup! So cool that you include Munchkin Helper tips. My 1yo loves to add ingredients for Mommy!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      MJ – That’s great! It’s soooo important to get the little ones into the kitchen. Good for you. Enjoy the soup!

  8. I love my Curried Cauliflower Soup.
    It’s basically a whole cooked cauliflower, sometimes I add cooked carrots for colour. A little bit of garlic, a little bit of curry, salt and pepper to taste. Put it in the blender, and serve. Sometimes a little dollop of plain yogurt on top too. Also sometimes I save a few flowerettes to “chunk” it up a bit.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sue – Oh yum! That does sound good!

  9. Jenn@slim-shoppin says:

    Potato soup is my favorite, followed by Cheese soup! Can you make that one healthy? 😀

    I have never put leeks in my soup though, that sounds good!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jenn – I wish. Sadly, I can’t have dairy anymore. So I can’t even make the attempt! You HAVE to try potato soup with leeks. They just simply go together!

  10. Do you think it would effect the flavor to much to change the chicken stock to veggie? I was considering doing this tonight for our ‘meatless monday’

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jasmine – Yes, it would definitely change the flavor, but I don’t think it would be in a bad way. It would just be different.

  11. Easier version: Dice and cook your potatoes until tender. Brown your leeks or onions in some canola oil. Add flour/cornstarch to onions and cook a bit. Pour in almond milk and cook until thickened. Dump in cooked potatoes and salt and pepper to taste.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Melissa – Thanks for sharing your version. Sounds yummy!

    2. Melissa, Are you adding the almond milk mixture to a pot of potatoes cooked in chicken stock or cooked In water?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Katy – That’s great!! I may try that the next time I make this. Thanks!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Heidi – Whatever your preference is. I peeled mine.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Tina – Fantastic!

  15. graciouspantry says:

    Awesome!! 🙂

  16. jo ann marzolf says:

    I love the term instinctual cooking.. that is how i learned to cook and why I never make the same dish twice. I always use what is on hand, and spice it up according to how I feel that day! I pinch of this and a palmful of that is how I learned to measure. Even my grandmothers recipes were a “palmful” of oregano or “cook the tomato paste until the “red” comes out”. Love it!

  17. Making this for dinner but added a little leftover ham from christmas. yum yum. Thanks for the clean recipes, all the ones I have tried have been great!

  18. I just made this for dinner for my family. Everyone really enjoyed it. I added carrots and celery to it, simply because I had some leftover from a different meal. I also blended about 3/4 of the soup in my blender, strained out the liquid from the other fourth, and mixed the remaining chunks of potato, celery, and carrots to the thickened part. It was really good and I enjoyed the extra chunkiness this gave. Thanks for all the recipes! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Samantha – My pleasure! I’m so happy you all enjoyed it! 😀

  19. Angeline P says:

    This is a easy and delicious soup

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angeline P – I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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