4-Ingredient Potato Soup Recipe
I love trying new recipes, and this 4-ingredient potato soup recipe is no exception. Janet, a friend and follower of my blog, sent me this inexpensive soup to make. I jumped on, literally. I love recipes that people can afford and are easy to make and then serve to their families. Thank you, Janet!!
I used to grow Yukon potatoes, but as some of you know, we are in the middle of building a home. The garden has to take a step back this year, which is extremely hard for me, but the end result will be fantastic.
My mother and grandmother always told me if you grow potatoes you will never starve. I have grown potatoes my whole life, and love to have the grandkids dig for them. It brings me such joy.
4-Ingredient Potato Soup Recipe
Kitchen Items You May Need:
- Soup Pan
- A good knife
- Potato Peeler
- Measuring Spoons
4-Ingredient Potato Soup Recipe
Step One: Gather Ingredients
Gather your ingredients so you’re ready to make the recipe. There’s nothing quite as easy as a 4-ingredient recipe, particularly if you’re on a budget and have limited time.
Step Two: Peel & Cut Potatoes
Peel the potatoes and cut them into bite-size pieces. Mark helped me peel the spuds, my hands don’t work as well as they used to.
Step Three: Put Potatoes in Bowl
Grab a large pan and place the cut potato chunks in it. Barely cover the potatoes with some water.
Step Four: Add Butter, Bouillon, & Salt
Add the butter, chicken bouillon, and garlic salt. Please note, at this point, you can pressure cook the potatoes with one cup of water (depending on your pressure cooker). I pressure cooked them on high for 6 minutes, and then did a quick release. Then continue on with the recipe. I love the way a pressure cooker saves time and makes meal prep so much easier.
Step Five: Add Milk
Add the canned milk, and stir.
Step Six: Bring to a Boil
Bring to a boil, cover, and turn the heat to medium. Make sure you stir enough that the mixture doesn’t get stuck on the bottom of the pan.
Step Seven: Stir and Monitor
Continually watch for the potatoes to be tender. Replace the cover after stirring them. When done, mash a few of the potatoes to thicken the soup. I mashed them enough that there really weren’t many chunks left.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with French Bread or Homemade Dinner Rolls.
4-Ingredient Potato Soup Recipe
- 6 potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces. I used Yukon Gold potatoes.
- 1 can 12-ounces evaporated milk
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon to taste, I used Better than Bouillon
- garlic salt, salt, and pepper to taste
- water to cover the potatoes in the pan
1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into bite-size pieces.
2. Grab a large pan and place the cut potato chunks in it.
3. Barely cover the potatoes with some water. Please note, at this point, you can pressure cook the potatoes with one cup of water (depending on your pressure cooker). I pressure cooked them on high for 6 minutes, and did a quick release. Then continue on with the recipe.
4. Add the butter and bouillon.
5. Add garlic salt.
6. Add the canned milk, and stir.
7. Bring to a boil, cover, and turn the heat to medium.
8. Continually watch for the potatoes to be tender. Replace the cover after stirring them.
9. When done, mash a few of the potatoes to thicken the soup.
10. Add salt and pepper to taste.
How do I store the cooked potato soup?
I store my leftover soup in an airtight Tupperware-type container in the refrigerator for up 2-3 days. This recipe made enough that we had some for lunch the next day.
Can I freeze this soup after making it?
I wouldn’t recommend it. After you freeze the soup it may become dry and grainy. As I’ve often said, give it a try and see how it works for you. You can always add a little water, heat it up while stirring, and even use your masher to minimize any chunks.
Do Russet potatoes work in this soup recipe?
Yes, Russet potatoes would work great. They tend to soak up the liquid, so your soup may be even thicker, which is awesome! It’s suggested to peel Russet potatoes when making a soup with them.
Do I have to peel the potatoes for the soup?
I did peel the potatoes, or I should say Mark peeled them for me. I wanted to make the soup as close to Janet’s recipe as possible. But, next time I may not peel them just to see how the flavor and texture turn out. I may peel them again in most cases since it worked out so well.
I make several cream soups where I don’t peel the potatoes. If you decide to use Russet potatoes, I would peel them for sure.
Can I add some cheese to this recipe?
I love adding some shredded cheese to a warm creamy soup. Just add a cup or so of your favorite shredded cheese to the soup a few minutes before serving to let it melt just a little. You can try a number of different varieties of cheese based on what your family likes.
Can I sprinkle cooked bacon on the top with some cheese?
My son-in-law added cooked chopped bacon and cheese on top of his, and he loved it! He ended up having two servings he like it so much.
Can I add a few other vegetables to this potato soup?
Yes, you can. I make a creamy soup and add some onions and broccoli to it. They would work in this recipe as well.
Can I use milk or cream instead of evaporated milk?
Yes, you can! It’s really nice to have a few cans of evaporated milk in the pantry to make soups. I believe my mother used it instead of having to go to the store to purchase the cream. Whole milk, half & half, or cream would work great because they are richer in flavor and texture compared to 1% or 2% milk.
What can I add to this soup to change it up?
My family loves this soup, the sky is the limit when making changes to this simple recipe. It’s so creamy, with tender pieces of cooked potatoes. The potato masher makes all the difference. I’ve listed below some ingredients I suggest you consider:
- Cooked chopped bacon
- Chopped green onions
- Shredded cheese
- Frozen peas, thawed
- Leftover cooked ham pieces
Pressure Cooker: Natural Release Vs Quick Release
Most recipes will tell you whether or not to use a natural release or the quick release on your Instant Pot. However, if it doesn’t, here is how you will know:
Natural Release: This type of release is for tougher cuts of meat, recipes with high starch like rice or grains, or recipes that require a lot of liquid to make it turn out right. You basically wait until the unit’s pressure goes down and you can safely open the lid very carefully.
Quick Release: You’ll use the quick release for delicate cuts of meat, vegetables, seafood, chicken breasts, and steaming. If you’re using the quick release on your Instant Pot, you’ll want to place a towel over the valve and use a wooden spoon to manually turn the valve from seal to vent. The towel will help prevent you from getting steam in your face or on your hands and arms. Please follow the direction in your pressure cooker book to be safe.
I hope you try making this potato soup recipe, it’s so versatile and easy to make. It’s all about cooking from scratch, it’s a skill we need to teach our kids and grandkids. May God Bless this world, Linda
14 thoughts on “4-Ingredient Potato Soup Recipe”
I love potato soup. Actually, almost any soup! My sister and I have researched our family tree and one branch came from Ireland during the potato famine. They had 10 kids when they arrived here! I can’t imagine being on a ship during that time in history and then with such a big family to care for! So yes, potatoes are important and also wheat, which we grow. If you have one or the other you won’t go hungry and if you have both, even better!
Hi Paula, thank you for the 5 stars, my sweet friend! I totally agree potatoes and wheat are the best!!! Thanks for sharing the family story from Ireland!! Wow, ten kids on a ship! Love this, Linda
My husband (the cook in our family now) said this will be moved to his “must try” come fall when we have our annual Soup/Chili cook-off. He said he will provide all the options for differing taste buds of the judges. The winner wins a fancy soup ladel and of course bragging rights. Current standing winner is our son-in-law who is determined to remain champ.
Hi Chris, thank you for the 5 stars, my sweet friend! Your son-in-law the current champ, that’s the best story ever!! How fun to have an activity like that!! I love it! Linda
Add one lb of ground beef or turkey and it is a complete meal.( still a little heavier on carbs than we normally have but this recipe will make enough for 2 meals. for 2 ppl. and us both get full. My version has 2 whole onions , a cup of sweet peas , potatoes and meat.( yes Ham is nice in it too.).. and yes top it with bacon bits…
Hi Denise, I love how versatile this soup recipe is, you can add just about anything or eat it as written! Linda
I love making potatoe soups, In large part because they are generally fast & easy and versatile. I didn’t have canned milk, so used powdered milk & 1/2 and 1/2. I added a small bag of frozen roasted corn, chopped up a colorful blend of bell peppers and mild chili peppers with cheese on top. Big hit with my husband. next time will double the recipe. Thanks!
Hi Sharon, thank you for the 5 stars, my sweet friend! I love hearing you substituted the evaporated milk!! Thank you for sharing how you made yours! I love frozen roasted corn, and bell peppers would be awesome! I love mild chili peppers, thank you for sharing!! I love this!! Linda
Linda as I was reading the recipe I thought this would be a great one for emergency preps if you canned your potatoes and the rest is most certainly shelf stable items that we all should have on our shelves so good ideas all around plus comfort foods are the best!
Hi Debbie, thank you for the 5 stars, my sweet friend! I was so glad that Janet shared the recipe with me. There is zero flour, so I’m thinking it’s Gluten-Free for those that need GF. Not sure about the evaporated milk but this is so easy to make and it’s so good!!! YES, and if you can pressure can your own potatoes this would be so easy to make!! I love it!! Linda
I can’t wait to try this recipe, thank you so much!
HI Roxanne, I’m so glad Janet shared the recipe with me!! I love easy-to-make recipes!! Linda
I was planning on a broccoli cheese soup for Saturday as we are having cooler weather…..even rain! Looks like I’ll use Janet’s recipe and throw in some lightly steamed or pan-roasted broccoli, red bell pepper and onion.
I, too, am having trouble with my hands (we’re the same age) but my 13 year old granddaughter is helping out this summer with chores and gardening. She’s even driving Grampa’s tractor now. I’ll be using Yukon Golds for the potatoes (no peeling) and my instant pot.
You are so right that life is good, even when some of our appendages could use an over-haul.
Love from S. Oregon,
HI Shirley, thank you for the 5 stars, my sweet friend!! Adding those veggies sounds yummy! Your 13-year-old granddaughter is truly a blessing!! I can almost visualize her on the tractor! Squeal! Learning awesome skills!! Life is good even with all that is going on. Love from Utah, Linda