Potato Cheese Soup


Potato Cheese Soup

Potato Cheese Soup
26 Min

Rich-as-can-be Potato Cheese Soup is a classic restaurant favorite that we can easily simmer on our stovetop. With a stick-to-your-ribs thick and hearty potato soup like this, it's easy to ladle up a satisfying meal chock-full of comfort.

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 large baking potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus additional to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese

What to Do

  1. In a soup pot, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add celery and onion, and saute 5 to 7 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Add chicken broth, potatoes, and vinegar; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 20 to 25 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
  3. Add flour, milk, salt, and pepper; cook until soup is thickened and heated through, stirring constantly. Add cheese and stir until melted. Taste for salt, adding more if necessary. Serve immediately.



  • Because salt levels vary depending on the type of chicken broth you use, you may want to taste for salt when you've finished cooking the soup.
  • To serve this hearty soup restaurant-style, top with bacon bits, sliced scallions, and additional shredded cheese.
  • Check out even more favorite soups with our free eCookbook, Comfort Food for the Soul: 40 of Our Best Stews and Easy Soup Recipes.
  • Plus, pair this easy Potato Cheese Soup recipe with our Garlic Cheddar Biscuits for an extra dose of cheesy fun!

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 4

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 582
  • Calories from Fat 253
  • Total Fat 28g 43 %
  • Saturated Fat 18g 88 %
  • Trans Fat 0.4g 0 %
  • Protein 25g 50 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 87mg 29 %
  • Sodium 1,034mg 43 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 59g 20 %
  • Dietary Fiber 7.4g 30 %
  • Sugars 12g 0 %

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I'd like to make a vegetarian version, what would be the best replacement for the chicken broth?

Good morning! You can use vegetarian broth or water in place of the chicken broth. Enjoy! :)

I think my family would really enjoy this. It looks comforting and creamy. Mmm!

I add some sliced polish or kielbasa sausage to this. Makes a real meal.

A far quicker and easier soup to make than the one I usually make. Being alone now, there are not the massive leftovers either. Only change I made was to add 2 chopped garlic cloves. Excellent soup. My new potato cheese soup.

All I can say is Excellent soup!

Love this and with the extra (only two of us) I added a can of chopped clams and some clam juice and had clam chowder, yum!

Why the vinegar?

Great question, thank you! The vinegar brings out the flavors in the soup. Enjoy!

I feel this is something i will make for my family It looks like a simple recipe THAT I LOVE

Excellent recipe-very tasty and SUPER EASY! We get our milk from a farm and ended up purchasing too much a couple of weeks ago so I searched for recipes where I could use the sour milk. This soup was excellent, better than a bistro! I used 2 cans of chicken broth, extra onion and little extra butter. I used sour milk instead of regular milk. Rather than shredded cheese, I cut a block into cubes and measure 4 cups (in a glass Pyrex cup). Lots of air space in a cup of cubed cheese compared with packed shredded cheese so figured was close.

I use a bag of frozen "southern" style hash browns, much easier!!Also velveeta cheese and some evaporated milk & some sour cream makes it OOH So GOOD!! No vinegar

This is a recipe my family and friends willenjoy on cold winter days.Also easy to make and drop off to sick friends.

I think this is just what I'm looking for, I had a soup similar to this in California and it was great

I added garlic, carrot, house seasoning, sherry and 1 tsp dijon mustard. It was great, I also added a bit of cayenne pepper.

This is the best potatoe soup recipe and its so quick and easy to make. My family loves it!!

I have found that adding ground Cayenne pepper can help add more depth of seasoning. I add some,then taste, then add more if needed. I'd start with 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon ground Cayenne pepper until you reach the amount of seasoning you wish to achieve..I wonder what a dash of Worcestershire sauce would do to add a little more flavor?

excellent soup. Quick to prepare. Don't make more than you will eat in one sitting. Not as good reheated.

Whenever I make potato soup I add some fresh or frozen broccoli, 1 can of cream style corn, and if you have leftover grilled chicken breast throw that in the soup pot also. Then you can call this Potato, broccoli, chicken soup. It tastes awesome!

I cannot believe you mean "1 teaspoon of pepper", "1/4 tsp salt. Are these reversed?

just okay. nothing special.

Needs more flavor you say? Add a bit more salt and chop up about 6 strips of crispy fried bacon. You gotta have the bacon to pull off this soup!

This is one of the easiest and most wonderful soups. It is so very easy even if you think you are not that great of a cook. I serve mine with a loaf of French bread, we just tear and dip. I would make sure and mix a bit of the milk with the flour before adding the flour to the hot liquids. And make sure you use shredded cheese. I was making this once and had block cheese and didnt shred it, just chunked it up and threw it in. It turned out greasy and not as yummy. I ended throwing most of it out, no one wanted to eat it.


On 10/31/10 I made the Potato Cheese Soup. It was quite easy. When my husband I sat down to eat dinner, he said the soup was bland in taste. I agreed. What can I do to pump up the flavor.

a mixture of very sharp cheddar and swiss makes this even better.

I'm making the potato soup today so cold out now.


Wouldn't you need to add a small amount of milk to the flour before stirring it into the hot soup? Otherwise, it would cause it to be lumpy.

This sounds OH SO GOOD. I will fix it tonight or tomorrow night for supper. Thank You so much, with the cold weather coming I am looking forward to what You will come up with. I have joined your Mr Food Email Charlie

I agree! I recently went to a famous drive threw (P) and asked what the soup for today. She expressed Potato soup with Bacon, now I wanted a creamy soup just the bacon turned me off. She said you want be dispointed try it, and I did and the bacon took away from the soup to me. So this made me very happy hearing this receipt today, we will try it. Thanks.

I just started reading reviews and this sounds great. My sister can't eat bacon so I was pleased to find this one. I may need to fix part for her and put the seasonings in the half for me or as she would say, make two full pots as she really loves potato soup.

On a day like this - with high winds and blizzard conditions ... this is indeed wonderful comfort food! Thank you for this recipe! It is DELICIOUS! and you are right ... OOH it's SO GOOD!!!


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