When you search for “potato soup recipe” online, you’re inundated with hundreds of recipes, all claiming that they’re the best.
It’s almost impossible to know at a glance which potato soup recipe is the one that you actually want to make.
I tested the top three potato soups, following the recipes exactly. Here are the results!
All-Recipes: “Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup” - This soup had the best flavor and I found myself going back for more. It's only downsides were that the techniques were a little complex and it used a lot of dishes.
Add a Pinch: “Grandmother’s Potato Soup Recipe” - This soup was wicked simple and very tasty for how many ingredients it has. It might be a little too simple for some tastes though.
Sugar Spun Run: “The Ultimate Creamy Potato Soup.” - This soup was simple to make and had good flavor, but the diary was almost overpowering. It reminded me of a loaded baked potato soup.
#1 Sugar Spun Run: “The Ultimate Creamy Potato Soup”
Best for Rich and Decadent Flavor
This soup reminded me of a loaded baked potato, and with five kinds of dairy, it is definitely for the milk-lover.
True to its name, this soup was rich, creamy, and flavorful.
This soup was straightforward to make and I liked that it only used one pot.
The only other equipment you’ll dirty are your knife, cutting board, some utensils, and a blender, if using.
While I did blend part of my soup, it would certainly be creamy enough on its own without blending.
Recommendations: Keep some extra stock on hand, I found I needed a bit more than the recipe called for.
And be careful not to over-blend the soup or the potatoes may become gluey.
- Excellent flavor
- Simple and straightforward instructions
- Easy to find Ingredients
- The recipe came out exactly like it was described
- Everyone will like this soup, including kids
- Can be a little messy to make
- A fairly long ingredient list
- A LOT of dairy
#2 Add a Pinch: “Grandmother’s Potato Soup Recipe”
Best for Quick, Easy, & Affordable
This soup reminded me of my Great Grandma’s famous creamed potatoes.
For having just 5 ingredients, I was surprised by how much flavor this soup had.
It’s also pretty fool-proof. You’d have to try really hard to mess this soup up.
This soup was truly a pleasure to make. It was so simple you almost forget you’re actually cooking.
It's about the same amount of work as making a box of macaroni and cheese, but way better.
Recommendations: Salt the water you cook the potatoes in and be sure to add plenty of salt and pepper to the finished dish.
- Easy to make with only three steps
- Ingredients are easy to find
- Great flavor and very affordable
- Comforting and filling
- Probably not fancy enough for dinner guests
- Can be a little bland if you don’t add enough salt and pepper
- Not as well-rounded flavor as potato soups made with more ingredients
#3 All-Recipes: “Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup”
Best for Sophisticated Flavor
This soup was my favorite and I would absolutely serve this in a fine-dining restaurant.
It has a base of onions and celery, which really gives it a boost of flavor.
To my surprise, the tarragon and cilantro weren’t overpowering, they added just the right level of freshness.
Though it is an amazing soup, the instructions are a bit more complex and this recipe definitely uses more dishes than most potato soups.
A great choice if you’ve got some time on your hands and you don’t mind doing a few extra dishes.
Recommendations: Keep some extra stock on hand for thinning and be careful not to over-whip the potatoes. Though the cilantro is very subtle, you could sub parsley if you’re not a fan.
- Very flavorful
- Uses advanced, culinary-level techniques in the cooking process
- Excellent combination of ingredients
- Unique flavorings like tarragon set this soup apart
- Number of ingredients are reasonable
- A more advanced recipe if you’re a beginner
- Uses a lot of dishes
- Lots of hands-on work
- Heavy cleanup
Any one of these soups will make a fantastic dinner.
Shoot for Sugar Spun Run’s recipe if you’re wanting a classic, midwest potato soup with lots of dairy.
If you’re in a hurry or on a budget, you cannot go wrong with Add A Pinch’s Grandma’s Potato Soup.
And finally, we have The Ultimate Potato Soup from All-Recipes; the most work for that fine-dining flavor.
Potato soup is an American favorite and you can’t go wrong with any of these three recipes.