Old-Fashioned Potato Soup


This old-fashioned potato soup recipe is closest to the soup I remember as a child. I have seen many renditions of it surface in several bistros. It is easy and the method can be applied to broccoli or cauliflower versions as well.

close up view of Old-Fashioned Potato Soup garnished with cheese and bacon in a bowl
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 6 potatoes, peeled and diced

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 3 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 3 cups milk

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion; cook and stir until onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.

  2. While onions are cooking, place diced potatoes, carrots, water, and chicken bouillon in another pot and bring to a boil. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Do not overcook. Season with ground black pepper to taste.

  3. Add flour to cooked onions to make a paste. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Gradually add milk and stir well. Cook over low heat stirring constantly until warmed through. Add potato and carrot mixture. Stir in parsley and thyme and heat through. Serve hot.


Substitute vegetable stock or bouillon for the chicken soup base for a vegetarian version.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

338 Calories
11g Fat
52g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 338
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 858mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 46mg 229%
Calcium 195mg 15%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 1210mg 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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