15 Warm and Cozy Potato Soup Recipes

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Creamy Potato Soup With Ham

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Take a break from mashing spuds this fall and winter and turn those potatoes into soup instead. Made with simple, wholesome ingredients you probably already stock in the pantry and fridge, these soups are easy on the family budget and make a heart-warming meal to come home to on colder days. Browse our best rich and creamy potato soups, including options for those eating vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free.

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    Creamy Potato Soup With Ham

    Creamy Potato Soup With Ham

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    Cozy up to a bowl of this satisfying soup and you may even forget it's cold outside. Ultra creamy and comforting, with chunks of tender potatoes and ham, it makes a hearty lunch with a sandwich. Or serve it as an easy dinner with a green side salad and crusty bread for dipping.

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    Instant Pot Potato Soup

    Instant Pot Potato Soup

    The Spruce/Leah Maroney

    Keep your weeknights sane this fall and winter and soothe your soul with this creamy, delicious Instant Pot potato soup that's ready to eat in just 30 minutes. Brimming with potato goodness and topped with crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, and fresh snipped chives, it's the perfect filling bowlful to warm you up on chilly evenings.

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    Vegan Cauliflower and Potato Soup

    Vegan Cauliflower and Potato Soup

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    Unlike many creamy potato soups, this one is entirely vegan-friendly with no dairy ingredients in sight. Packed with potatoes and cauliflower and flavored with vegetable broth, vegan margarine, and bay leaves, it's also lower in fat and calories than many chowders, so you can enjoy it for a guiltless vegan and vegetarian meal.

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    Loaded Baked Potato Soup

    Loaded Baked Potato Soup

    Diana Rattray

    With all your favorite loaded baked potato toppings, including cheddar cheese, bacon, sour cream, and green onions, this warming bowl is something everyone in the family can agree on. Blending some of the cooked soup and adding it back to the pot, is the secret to that luxurious, creamy texture you crave. Top bowls with extra crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese for serving.

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    French Potato and Leek Soup

    French Potato and Leek Soup

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    Creamy potato and leek soup is a beloved French tradition for good reason. Basic in the very best way, this simply delicious soup is loaded with chunks of tender, hearty potatoes, and mild, sweet leeks, swimming in a rich and creamy soup base. Served cold as a summer soup, it's known as vichyssoise, but it also tastes fantastic warm. Enjoy it as a first course soup at winter dinners, topping with garlicky croutons.

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    Toscana Style Potato Sausage Soup

    Toscana Style Potato Sausage Soup

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    Are you crazy about Olive Garden's zuppa Toscana? This delicious copycat recipe for the chain restaurant's popular potato and sausage soup is packed with tender sliced potatoes, flavorful Italian sausage and bacon, fresh kale leaves, and a rich and creamy broth. It makes a one-bowl lunch or dinner, that's even better with homemade biscuits for dunking.

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    Cheesy Vegetarian Potato Soup With Cheddar

    Cheesy Vegetarian Potato Soup With Cheddar

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    Super-easy and cheesy with little more than inexpensive veggies, herbs, and cheddar cheese, this vegetarian potato soup is a great way to feed the kids lunch, while stretching your family meal budget. Use homemade or low-sodium prepared vegetable stock, and top soup bowls with slowly melting cheese, and a sprinkling of green onions, for a tasty mid-day meal that will remind kids of baked potato skins.

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    Slow Cooker Potato Soup

    Slow Cooker Potato Soup

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    Come home to a warming pot of potato soup with practically zero effort, when you use your crockpot. Simply load up the appliance in the morning with chopped vegetables, bouillon cubes, and water, and leave to bubble away hands-free all day. Half an hour before serving, stir in some butter and evaporated milk, for a rich and creamy finish. Top bowls with crunchy croutons for an elegant side dish you can serve with steak dinners.

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    Vegan Potato Mushroom Soup

    Vegan Potato Mushroom Soup

    Molly Watson

    Equal amounts of potatoes and mushrooms make this a thick, earthy, savory soup to remember. It makes a healthful vegan lunch, with no dairy ingredients needed, and tastes rich and comforting, too. Serve with a tossed green salad and hunk of crusty bread for a simple stomach-warming meal.

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    Chicken Corn Potato Soup

    Chicken Corn Potato Soup

    Molly Watson

     

    Made with humble ingredients, but ultra-nourishing and flavorful, this chicken corn potato soup is the food equivalent of a big, warm hug. Inspired by a traditional Chilean chicken soup recipe, it starts with a simple, garlicky chicken stock base, adding potato chunks, chicken, and fresh or frozen sweet corn. Garnished with a fresh-tasting salsa spiked with poblano chilis, it's an amazingly tasty and comforting one-pot meal.

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    Sausage and Potato Soup With Kale

    Sausage and Potato Soup With Kale

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    Potatoes, Italian sausage, and nutritious kale get together in this thick and satisfying dinner soup. While it requires a few steps to make, the recipe is straight-forward, and extremely versatile. Feel free to use any variety of sausage you enjoy, from sweet Italian sausage to turkey links, or use spinach or chard leaves instead of kale. You can also swap some of the chicken broth for heavy cream to produce a richer-tasting soup.

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    Potato, Fennel, and Country Ham Soup

    Potato, Fennel, and Country Ham Soup

    Diana Rattray

    Fennel adds a burst of crisp flavor to this hearty potato soup. The tasty combination of potatoes, spinach, and country ham in a creamy broth is hearty enough to make a winter dinner, with cornbread and a tossed salad on the side. If country ham isn't easily available, feel free to toss in some leftover diced ham from your holiday feast.

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    Cabbage and Potato Soup

     Cabbage and Potato Soup

    Diana Rattray

    Basic vegetables sometimes make the best soups. Cabbage, potatoes, onions, and carrots are inexpensive produce that together lend tons of heartiness to this flavorful winter chowder. With a transcendent creamy broth made with evaporated milk, it makes a tasty meatless meal your family can enjoy on colder days with bread or crackers.

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    Fat-Free Vegan Split Pea and Potato Soup

    Fat-Free Vegan Split Pea and Potato Soup

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    Aromatic curry powder and pantry spices lend fantastic flavor to this budget-friendly curried vegan potato and split pea soup. Low in fat and calories, with no dairy ingredients, it packs plenty of healthy plant protein and vitamins to make you feel great. Enjoy this winter-ready soup in all its naturally chunky goodness, or use a blender to puree it for a smoother experience.

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    Gluten-Free Potato Leek Soup

    Gluten-Free Potato Leek Soup

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    If colder days put you in mind of creamy potato soup, but you're eating gluten-free, this is the soup for you. With no gluten, this easy potato leek soup has all the thick and creamy texture you crave, thanks to a scoop of amaranth flour. You can also make it with coconut milk in place of dairy to make it vegan.