22 October, 2019
Homemade Potato Soup Recipes
When my husband and I first got married, I collected all kinds of recipes as well as cook books. We didn’t have the internet back then to look things up with a search button! In my collection I have an old Tupperware storage box with clippings of recipes, hand written recipes and recipes given to me by other people. I wanted to make potato soup this weekend, so I started going through that old box to find my recipe. I got caught up in looking at each recipe thinking about how long it had been since I had made several of them, and coming up with future dinner ideas and ideas for this website! I think there was a few that I had wanted to try but had forgotten about. I can’t wait to try them now!
Through my search, I found a potato soup recipe that was hand written by my either my father-in-law, who loved to make soup, or my mother-in-law whose handwriting it looks like. I remember my father-in-law talking about making the soup and I barely remember him giving me the recipe. It brought back some found memories! He passed away in the year 1994. My mother-in-law passed away in 1997. So this is a very old recipe. I had to handle it very carefully because it is on a scrap piece of paper that has yellowed and torn. I had to piece it together to read the recipe. What was even more amazing, is inside this old recipe was another handwritten recipe from my husband’s grandmother! I wasn’t sure if it was a maternal or paternal grandmother, but after asking my husband’s sister, I found out that his paternal grandmother did not know English, only German. So, it must be his maternal grandmother..
Here are all three homemade potato soup recipes, including photos of the old ones! The old ones had very minimal directions, but I was able to make out what they wanted to be done. I have also used the word butter in place of oleo, but back then they used a lot of margarine, so it could probably be either one. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
My Cheesy Broccoli and Potato Soup Recipe
2 large onions – diced
1/2 or 1 stick butter
2 cloves of garlic – minced
12 cups water
10 – 12 large potatoes
3 lbs fresh broccoli – cut into spears
1 – 32 ounce (2lb) Velveeta Cheese – Sharp Cheddar
2 cups whole milk
Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large stock pot, melt butter and add onions. Saute till onion is translucent.
- Add in garlic and saute another 30 seconds.
- Put in water and potatoes over medium high, bring to a boil. Boil 20 to 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Next, add broccoli spears and boil another 10 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
- Take off heat and stir in salt, pepper, milk and cheese. Let sit till cheese is melted. Stir again and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Potato Soup – By My Father-in-law
1 large onion
4 slices of bacon
7 potatoes – cut into bite size pieces
4 carrots – sliced
Ham – cooked and diced
8 ounces sour cream
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon Salt
1/2 tablespoon pepper
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 lb Velveeta Cheese
- In a large stock pot, fry bacon till crisp. Take out bacon and set aside on paper towel to drain. Add onion in bacon grease. Saute onions till translucent.
- Add potatoes and carrots. Put in enough water until vegetables are covered. Bring to a boil and cook till potatoes are tender.
- Take out 1 cup vegetables and water. Put in blender and puree.
- In stock pot, put back in the vegetable puree, ham, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, and butter. Cook till butter is melted and ham is warmed through.
- Take off heat and add sour cream and Velveeta cheese.
4 cups water
1 large onion – chopped
1 cup celery – sliced
3 cups potatoes – diced
1/4 cup butter
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 carrot – grated
1 – 10 ounce package frozen cut spinach (thawed)
1/4 cup half & half
1/4 cup flour
- In a large stock pot, bring water, onion, celery, and potatoes to a boil. Boil till vegetables are tender.
- Add in butter, salt, pepper, grated carrot, and spinach. Heat till butter is melted.
- Whisk together half-and-half with flour. Slowly pour into hot soup to thicken. If it gets too thick, add more water or half-and-half.
I thought it was amazing to find these old recipes! Especially since they were from relatives. I am hoping one day my kids will find them amazing as well. Handwriting is like having a small piece of someone that is no longer with us. It also makes me want to write something to my kids for when I am no longer with them. Have you ever found an old recipe? Do you wish someone had left one for you? If so, what was it? Leave me your comments and suggestions in the comment section below.
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