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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Nanny's Old Fashioned Potato Soup

My grandmother, Dorothy (Nanny), was an accomplished cook. Aren't most grandmothers? I loved her dearly and the wonderful meals she made. Food is a part of our fond memories, just as much as it is a necessity for us. This potato soup is comforting and delicious.....and brings back wonderful memories of Nanny.


  • 5-9 Russet Potatoes (med/large), peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 Onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp Bacon Fat
  • 4 c Chicken Stock
  • 6 c Water
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 4 tbs Butter
  • 1 c Heavy Cream
Thickening Mixture
  • 1/2 c Water
  • 2 tbs Corn Starch

Heat a soup pot or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add bacon fat and diced onion, saute onions until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

Add chicken stock and potatoes. Add salt, pepper & dried thyme. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes.

In a measuring cup, add 1/2 cup of cold water. Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and mix well.

After boiling the potatoes for 20 minutes add the thickening mixture. Be sure to give it a quick mix before adding it to the soup as the cornstarch may have settled to the bottom. Stir into soup to combine. You will notice it thicken the soup.

Add butter and heavy cream.

Turn heat down to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Serve hot. Garnish with shredded cheese and crumbled bacon bits if desired.

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  1. I love potato soup. This recipe sounds delicious - heavy cream and bacon! YUM! Thanks for sharing with #overthemoon.

    1. You're welcome Cathy! Thank you, it is so delicious and best of all simple to make.

  2. OOO - I love a creamy tater soup. This looks so tasty. Thanks much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Enjoy a super weekend.

    1. Thank you Marsha :) Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. I just love Potato Soup and your Nanny's Old Fashioned Potato Soup looks so delicious, thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us! Hope you will come back to see us at Full Plate Thursday real soon and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  4. Potato soup is my all-time favorite soup! So comforting and yummy! This recipe looks delish!


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