Chunky Potato Soup

Last updated on May 5th, 2024 at 01:40 pm

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.

Chunky Potato Soup recipe and white roux sauce oxo good grips frypan

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. 

Chunky Potato Soup recipe and white roux sauce oxo good grips frypan

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 recipe and white roux sauce oxo good grips frypan

Chunky Potato Soup

a delicious revamp of my Momma's potato soup
Servings 8
Author Let's Talk Mommy


  • 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


  1. Cook beef with onions, drain grease afterwards
  2. Boil potatoes until slightly soft, don't over boil
  3. Add corn, peas, cooked beef & onions to drained potatoes in large pot, set aside
  4. In large skillet, melt your butter
  5. Slowly add your flour and stir constantly
  6. Butter and flour will make a dough like mixture
  7. Slowly add your milk in and stir completely before adding more
  8. After all milk has been added to butter and flour mixture, keep stirring until thick
  9. Add white roux sauce over your peas, corn, beef and potatoes in large pot and heat together
  10. Salt and pepper to taste
  11. Serve with crusty bread or crackers

Recipe Notes

Why not add a 1/2 cup of crispy, cooked bacon or grate cheese on top with cajun spice for a spicy flare?

Make sure you use a large enough skillet for your white roux sauce. I used to have to make this sauce in two skillets as I didn’t have a large enough one to make enough sauce for the entire recipe. I am loving my new Oxo Good Grips 28cm frypan for this recipe. It’s triple layer non-stick coating makes the perfect White Roux Sauce so you don’t have to worry about not stirring enough and burning your sauces. The soft, non-slip handle is great for pouring my roux over my ingredients in a larger pot. My old frypan used to burn me and there have been times I have dropped it while transferring my sauce to the pot, not anymore. It’s even oven safe if you want to keep that beef, onions, and peas and corn warm while you boil your potatoes.

Chunky Potato Soup recipe and white roux sauce oxo good grips frypan

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.

Chunky Potato Soup recipe and white roux sauce oxo good grips frypan

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86 thoughts on “Chunky Potato Soup”

  1. 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 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. That certainly looks like a soup that would keep you going for a while!!! I find making soup very comforting. x


  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. This sounds amazing, I’ll try this outfit my guys next week and let you know how we got on. I love the sound of the pan you used as well. I’m always burning the bottom of my food in my skillet. #sharewithme

    • Oh me too that’s why I never could do a good roux sauce but these are fantastic for that kind of cooking. Let me know how you like it. Thanks hun


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