potato soup with fresh thyme and black pepper

Old Fashioned Potato Soup

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x

This Old Fashioned Potato Soup is super hearty, creamy and comforting. Easy to make with just a few ingredients, this comfort food soup recipe will warm you up on chilly days.



  • 5 pounds white potatoes peeled and diced large
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped thyme
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups whole milk (you can also use all milk but we like the flavor with chicken broth)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Add the potatoes to a large pot and add water to just cover the tops of the potatoes. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat slightly. Cook the potatoes for about 15 minutes until the are fork tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon on the butter to the pot. Once melted, add the onions and celery and stir into the butter. Cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until the vegetables are softened, then add the bay leaves and thyme.
  3. Carefully add the cooked, diced potatoes to the pot and stir to combine with the vegetables. Pour in the chicken broth and milk, then add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Season with the salt and pepper, stir and bring to a simmer.
  4. Simmer the soup for 25 minutes, remove the bay leaves and then turn off the heat. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes leaving some larger and smaller pieces for texture.

Recipe Notes

Store this soup in containers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. There is chicken broth in this recipe, so we don’t like to go much longer than 4 days, however if you’re using vegetable stock or water you can go a day or two longer.

Reheating the soup is as easy as placing a bowl in the microwave. Of course, you can warm it up on the stove top, too, but the microwave is definitely the quickest method.

We do not recommend freezing this soup.

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American