In our family there is a soup my mother makes that is simple but a huge favorite of everyone in the family. Every birthday she would ask each child what we wanted for our special birthday dinner, and then cringe when we requested her special, Potato Soup. “You don’t want Pizza?” she would ask. No, we all wanted her special soup, which is warm, hearty, and full of yummy flavor. My mother is modest and labels it the poor man’s meal because it is stomach heavy and will leave you full for days but in our minds that’s one hell of a soup.
When it’s time for a family reunion you can be sure this delicious meal is not a request but an immediate demand from all of us, and even the grandkids too, now. I remember when I went off to college, my sister and I tried numerous times to replicate it without success. Our sauce was either too runny or like glue. It just didn’t have our mother’s touch.
So finally the last time my mother came to the UK to visit me, I insisted that she stood over me and coach me through her recipe, so I can see where I was going wrong. Now I love making it for my own family.
My brother was pleased this week when he arrived in the UK and I was serving my version of our Momma’s potato soup.
I love to learn family traditions and recipes that I can pass down one day. I do have to admit I have now added my own ingredients to suit my family members’ tastes. So here is my Momma’s famous “Potato Soup” recipe and a few marked ingredients with a *, I have added to make it my own style soup.
Chunky Potato Soup
- 1/2 cup unsalted cubed butter
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 gallon milk 4 pints
- 5 large potatoes peeled, diced into medium cubes
- 1 1/2 lbs. beef mince meat
- 1 onion diced
- 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1 can sweetcorn*
- 1 can garden peas*
- salt & pepper to serve
Cook beef with onions, drain grease afterwards
Boil potatoes until slightly soft, don't over boil
Add corn, peas, cooked beef & onions to drained potatoes in large pot, set aside
In large skillet, melt your butter
Slowly add your flour and stir constantly
Butter and flour will make a dough like mixture
Slowly add your milk in and stir completely before adding more
After all milk has been added to butter and flour mixture, keep stirring until thick
Add white roux sauce over your peas, corn, beef and potatoes in large pot and heat together
Salt and pepper to taste
Serve with crusty bread or crackers
Why not add a 1/2 cup of crispy, cooked bacon or grate cheese on top with cajun spice for a spicy flare?
This recipe can be served with grated cheese (our family loves pepperjack cheese in it) or saltine crackers (Doriano crackers in the UK) crushed on top or just with some good old salt and pepper. If you have leftovers, it can easily go in the freezer for a future rainy day. Don’t like chunky soup, you can always blend this all together.
BABY TIP: I used to blend this up, add cheddar cheese, for my son and daughter when they were weaning onto solids. They loved it. Great for the whole family.
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Mrs Tubbs says
Yum! I’m really hungry and I want some soup! I’ll have to give that a try
Thanks. It’s so eats and such an easy one to make on a cold day.
This made my mouth water, it looks so tummy warming and delicious. I think I would need a nap after it. I usually make chicken with potato. I need to try it with beef!
It was so delicious and perfect as it’s been so cold and I wanted something so comforting. Thanks hun.
It looks so rich! That’s what I love about potato soup, it’s a great comfort food 🙂
Thanks Mila. It really is the very best comfort food indeed.
I love Potatoes they’re possibly my favourite thing to eat in the world lol, this recipe is great, and I love the addition of mince, because that’s another of my favourites too. I’ll share on my facebook page. #RecipeOfTheWeek
Oh thank you so much. That’s awesome. Hope you enjoy it.
Oh my goodness, this looks like comfort on a plate. Aren’t family recipes the best? Thanks for sharing it with us Jenny! x
Oh it truly is and I think of home every time I make it. While I have altered it for my own family I hope MM passes it down too. Thanks hun
That soup looks amazing – so comforting and filling. We have a couple of similar family recipes involving minced beef and cubed potato but with a tomato-based sauce. I never thought of using a white sauce to make a soup but your Mom’s recipe looks so delicious I will have to give it a try!
Oh that sounds delicious too. Will have to try it with tomato sauce yum. Thanks Hun.
Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows says
Ooooooh *wipes drool from chin*. Looks lush. We give this one a whirl soon!
Oh yes do try it and let me know what you think. Thanks
Lindsay @ Newcastle Family Life says
That looks delicious like real comfort food no wonder it is a firm family favourite xx
It truly is and hoping it gets passed down to generations too.
Mm this looks delicious! 🙂
Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy says
This looks great Jenny and definitely one that I need to try. How sweet of you to make it for your brother. Lovely that it’s a family thing xxx #sharewithme
I was so excited that I perfected it and altered it to make it my own family tradition and that I could share that with my brother too. Was great.
The L's Mum says
That does look delicious, I’m the only one that likes soup type dishes in my house so may have to make it when hubby is away with work for me and the little man. #sharewithme
I find a lot of people that don’t like soup still like this as it’s super chunky. You could drain white sauce over and it would just be like a casserole.
Hayley (@hayleyfromhome) says
Mmm, this looks so good Jenny and I love that it is your Momma’s recipe, must be a real comfort food for you, especially now as I’m sure you are on the countdown to your trip back to the US! #sharewithme
Oh yes countdown has begun!!! Can’t wait. It’s a little bowl of home here.
Kirsten Toyne says
Okay so I am officially hungry now. No breakfast yet and I am wondering if we have the ingredients for potato soup downstairs!! This sounds lovely and satisfying too.
Thanks Kirsten. Try it let me know what you think so yummy. Think I might make it again tonight. Lol
:Popping by again from Share with me, hope you had a really lovely Spanish break 🙂
Thanks darling we really did. Minus a bad bug that plagued all four children. Eeek our luck isn’t great lately
You Baby Me Mummy says
That looks so yummy, right up my street x
It really it a lovely soup so homey.
Baby Isabella says
Sounds delicious! My favourite is scotch broth! Love hearty soups like this! Thanks for hosting #Sharewithme x
Oh that sounds divine. Love a good soup too.
Sophie @ Mum, M & More says
YUM, This looks so delicious! #sharewithme x
Thanks darling. It really has great memories with it too.
Dawn of the Dad says
I can almost smell that lovely soup.
Soups have always been a bit hit and miss with me, guess I have to be in the mood. But potato soup is always a hit.
Will have to give this a try.
I am the very same. I need to be in the mood for liquid soups but love a chunky stew like soup anytime. So comforting.
Megan - Truly Madly Kids says
This is a lovely post, Jenny. I love that food is so evocative.
Me too hunny. This one has so many memories tied to it.
Lucinda Turner says
Yum, this looks really good! Would love to try it out x
Do and let me know what you think nits so easy and fast to make.
Rebecca U says
This looks so yum! Love chunky, hearty soups #sharewithme
Me too. One of my favourites and so comforting.
Mel @mydaysni says
What good kids, asking for soup instead of pizza! Looks delicious though!
I know she always said we were all freaks because we loved a poor mans meal instead of pizza. Hahaha
Mummy Fever says
Oh wow – must have a go at that it looks lovely! #sharewithme
Definitely try it out. It’s super easy and so yummy.
This looks mouth-wateringly good, and absolutely perfect for cold days and nights. I love the fact that the ingredients are not complicated–you can find most of them in your pantry! Lovely recipe, Jenny. Definitely trying it next week. Thank you for sharing!
Exactly. All my recipes are easy, fast and ones you would mostly have stuff in your kitchen for. Try it out let me know what you think. Kids love it with cheese grated on top.
looks yummy, im a horrible cook but seeing this easy recipe i want to give it a go
I am too believe it or not. I just make basic easy recipes for my family. But I think those are the best sometimes.
Caro | The Twinkles Mama says
Aaah I’m SUCH a soup fan!! (Probably because it’s something I can make myself!!) This looks like such a lovely recipe! Thanks so much for sharing — I shall definitely be having a go at making it xx Thanks for hosting #ShareWithMe
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Oh it’s so versatile too. You can throw anything in it. Blend for a liquid soup or keep chunky. I love a good soup stew.
This looks amazing – I do love soup. I have fond memories of cooking up huge batches of potato soup at uni with my friends to save money…yours looks much much nicer than those concoctions though!!
I love the idea of passing on recipes – from my mum I learnt how to make bread and memorise cake ingredients and from my dad I learnt a noodle soup mess (from his years at sea as a captain in the navy, it’s literally all he can cook!). They all have memories.
I love a recipe that also brings memories back and means something special.
Something Crunchy Mummy says
This looks so yummy and definitely my type of soup. This post has been added to my favourites and I will be making it! Thank you for sharing. This is like with my mums mash potato, I just cant get it right and hers is always amazing #ShareWithMe xx
Oh thanks so much for adding it to your favourites. Let me know what you think. I think moms always do it best but hopefully MM thinks that about mine someday too.
Betty and the Bumps says
That certainly looks like a soup that would keep you going for a while!!! I find making soup very comforting. x
Oh yes I love a good hearty meal. Soups are the best.
This looks so yummy, I’ve never thought of putting mince in potato soup before! Lizzy has been refusing to eat green vegetables recently and I just ordered a new hand blender yesterday so I can make more soups for us (my old one broke), this recepie is perfect! Thanks for being such a fantastic host 🙂 #sharewithme
Oh yes I used to make this all the time and blend when I was weaning and getting the kids to eat vegetables. Try it out.
All about a Mummy says
Sounds delicious! We are having fish chowder for dinner- tempted to make this instead! #sharewithme Xx
Oh that sounds good too. Love a good hearty meal.
Random Musings says
Looks lovely. Thanks for hosting #sharewithme. Sorry I’m so late to the party this week!
Never too late darling. Thanks for joining in.
The Mother says – ooohhh I’ve just finished work and and waiting for my dinner to cook. Do you know how much my mouth is watering at this point? We have a few family recipes. My 2 favourite are Sausage Melody and Sausage and Onion Pie. The pie sounds easy but not the way my Nan and now my Mum serve it. Loved reading this. I see how much you love your family traditions 🙂 #sharewithme
Oh those sound like family classics too. Yummy. Thanks Hun.
Ooh this looks really yummy, I have pinned it to my recipes to try board x
Oh thanks so much for pinning it darling.
Sara (@mumturnedmom) says
I love this recipe (although I’ll replace the beef with veggie mince) as I love chunky soups. It really does look delicious, I can see why you all request it 🙂
Oh yes that would taste good too. Love a good substitute.
Stephs Two Girls says
OMG I am SO going to try this! Not a chance of either of my girls eating it but it’ll keep me going. I’m such a rubbish cook, I need easy recipes!!