It's that time of year again – the crisp air just begging you to snuggle up with a blanket and serve a hot cup of steaming soup for a delicious, nourishing meal. There's no better way to warm up and satisfy your hunger than with a hearty potato soup. In fact, the second most searched for soup on Google Trends—after chicken soup—is potato soup.
While potatoes sometimes get a bad rap for being starchy, when cooked in low-fat, low-sodium environments, potatoes have lots of value in a healthy diet. Potatoes are filled with potassium. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), upping your intake of potassium can bring down your heart disease risk by lowering your blood pressure. They are also a good source of vitamin C, which is important for immunity especially during the winter months. So don't shy away from the common spud, just be sure to cook it in a way that maximizes its benefits. Here are 20 healthy ways to get your potato soup on. Plus, if you're craving a quick soup, check out our list of 45+ Best Soups and Chilis to Make With Costco Rotisserie Chicken.
The Classic: Baked Potato Soup
Salty bacon, sautéed scallions, and fresh garlic flavor this creamy white soup. The recipe recommends russet potatoes, but any leftover cooked potato will do. Garnish each dish with more scallions and bacon, plus cheddar and a few shakes of Tabasco for that true baked potato into a meal feeling.
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Creamy Potato Soup
This creamy potato soup is similar to the Baked Potato Soup with the same flavor profile, but more of a smooth, silky variety. The Girl Who Ate Everything shared this recipe with ETNT to allow our readers to make an easy slow cooker version of potato soup that can have other veggies added for a nutrition boost. Try it with extra broccoli but make sure to top it with the scallions, bacon, and cheese that we need.
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Potato and Kale Soup
Need to feel like you are getting your greens? This soup from The Almond Eater has tons of kale, red potatoes, and carrots nestled with cuts of Italian-seasoned chicken.
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Loaded Cauliflower Potato Soup
The blogger roasted the veggies for this soup before adding the pot to quickly simmer. This adds an intense flavor and richness. We also love the addition of cauliflower for adding a creamy texture without any dairy. Save the decadence for the toppings!
Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.
Thai Sweet Potato Soup
Who said potato soup has to be boring? Bright orange sweet potatoes are the star of this dish, while ginger, curry, and lemongrass give it a warm flavor. A touch of coconut milk adds superb richness.
Get the recipe from Feasting at Home.
Instant Pot Creamy Potato Soup
Cooking Classy brought us this version of the classic, updated to use a handy instant pot. Easy meal alert!
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Skinny Crock Pot Potato Cheddar Soup
Big chunks of red potatoes are the star in this easy soup. Let this cook in your slow cooker and add the milk and cheese at the very end for a simple hot, healthy meal.
Get the recipe from Running in a Skirt.
Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup
Sweet potatoes, veggies, and fragrant red curry make up the base of this smooth soup. The secret ingredient that sets it apart is a little bit of almond butter. Don't skip the chopped tamari almonds on top for another level of umami flavor.
Get the recipe from Cookie and Kate.
German Potato Soup
Bacon seared in a pan with caramelized leeks, garlic and celeriac make the authentically-German full flavor base for this delicious soup. The Daring Gourmet based this recipe on times spent cooking in the family kitchen in Stuttgart, Germany making this recipe full of international flair.
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Potato Leek Soup
Once Upon a Chef's Jenn Segal created this French-inspired version of potato soup as a base for many different versions. If you are unfamiliar with using leeks in recipes, there is a clear explanation and pictures to go along with each step of the process.
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Easy Italian Potato Soup
Shared by An Italian in my Kitchen, this recipe is easy to prepare with meat or as a vegetarian soup. This warm soup is packed with Italian flavor for a weeknight meal that doesn't require that much work.
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Loaded Potato Soup
Nourishing and warm, this creamy soup is comfort packed in a bowl. Instead of cream, the recipe from Natasha's Kitchen calls for a roux to thicken the broth. There are also tons of suggestions for topping the dish, like corn, bacon pieces, or sour cream.
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Creamy Ham Potato Soup
This recipe from Cafe Delights suggests having all of your veggies pre-cut and a glass of wine to sip when you begin this easy recipe. We agree. Stovetop simmer time creates a creamy, thickened ham-flavored broth. Cloves bring out the sweetness and add an autumn feel.
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Broccoli and Potato Soup
RecipeTin Eats makes a soup packed with chunky broccoli and potatoes to boost the nutrition of a typical potato soup. It's also a diet-friendly meal, with veggies cooked down to create a creamy feel and just 400 calories for over two cups.
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Smoked Paprika Blue Potato Soup
If you can get ahold of blue potatoes, they make a stunning version of potato soup. The tubers start with a purple hue and turn blue when they are cooked. This recipe from Potatoes USA uses coconut milk for a velvety consistency and smoked paprika for a unique rich and spicy taste.
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Potato Soup with Cream Cheese
Finding Zest makes a version of potato soup with cream cheese. This decadent spin on a creamy soup is sure to please everyone at your table with its silky texture.
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Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup
This soup is the perfect cross between a hearty potato soup and a cheesy broccoli soup. Plus, it takes only 30 minutes to make. The blogger uses whole milk, but feel free to use low-fat milk to cut the calories. To make sure your cheese doesn't clump, the blogger suggests tossing the cheese in flour first and then adding it to the soup slowly.
Get the recipe from Foodie Crush.
Lentil Potato Soup
Cooking LSL created a hearty potato soup recipe by combining potatoes and lentils. The blog gives us a hint on choosing the right legume. They suggest using green lentils or a mix and avoiding just red lentils because they cook faster than the potatoes.
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The 'Best' Potato Soup Recipe
Gimme Some Oven shares what is considered on that blog to be the best potato soup recipe. This version is said to be a crowd favorite and includes all the usual suspects – bacon, chicken, or veggie stock, milk, and cheese – but can be thickened with sour cream or greek yogurt if you're craving more creaminess without too much fat.
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Cheesy Vegan Potato Leek Soup
Nutritional yeast gives this soup the cheesy flavor you're craving and soy milk brings the creamy depth. The author says soy milk has resulted in the creamiest soup, but feel free to experiment with your favorite non-dairy milk.
Get the recipe from Oh My Veggies.
White Bean Soup With Crispy Kale
For Smitten Kitchen, a soup is all about the fixings. This soup started out as a baked potato soup with some of the potato swapped out and replaced with beans for some fiber. Topping it with sour cream, parmesan, pancetta, and crispy kale really brings it to the next level, though.
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The secret to perfect potato soup is to balance the healthy with the decadent. A little bit if real cheddar or sour cream goes a long way and adds richness to the soup. Green onions and other fresh veggies—or even crispy kale—on top provide a counterbalance to the hearty, cold-weather soup.
A previous version of this article was originally published on Nov 18, 2021.