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4-Ingredient Potato Soup

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A simple and budget-friendly potato soup with just 4 ingredients, this soup is made on the stovetop with russet potatoes, milk, sour cream, salt and pepper.

bowl of thick, creamy potato soup
thick, creamy potato soup

My family loves potatoes, especially if it’s an easy dinner. We could eat them with every meal, and there’s nothing better than an old fashioned potato soup. For this recipe, I wanted the creaminess of my favorite potato soup, but I only had a few ingredients on hand.


For this recipe, you’ll only need 4-ingredients: potatoes, milk, sour cream and salt/pepper. Talk about budget-friendly!

ingredients for easy potato soup
only a few ingredients for this easy potato soup


Follow these simple instructions for a quick potato soup.

instructions for 4 ingredient potato soup
just a few easy steps
  1. cut potatoes into quarters, boil, drain and mash once soft
  2. add sour cream and mix well
  3. add in milk, then return to a simmer
  4. season with salt and pepper to your taste preference
potato soup with chopped green onion as garnish
add fresh green onions for extra flavor


how do you thicken potato soup?

To make a thick potato soup, you’ll need to make it with a butter-flour roux before adding back in the potatoes and dairy ingredients (check out our recipe for old-fashioned potato soup).

bacon and cheese are great toppings for potato soup

what are the best toppings for potato soup?

The best toppings for potato soup include:

  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • scallions or dried chives
  • diced jalapeño
  • bacon bits
  • crackers or croutons
bowl of potato soup topped with green onion, salt and pepper
customize with your favorite toppings

what to do with leftovers

  • Store in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing is not recommended due to the dairy in the soup.
large pot of easy potato soup
feed the entire family with this easy, budget-friendly potato soup

what to serve with potato soup

Potato soup is great served with salmon patties, salad, biscuits, or garlic bread as a side.

chunky potato soup in a bowl

Easy Potato Soup

This easy potato soup is made with only 4 ingredients, including sour cream, milk and salt/pepper.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 364kcal
Author: Amber


  • 5 large potatoes russet
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tbsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tbsp pepper or to taste


  • peel and quarter your potatoes
  • in a large pot, boil potatoes until fork tender, then drain
  • mash potatoes (leave some lumps if you prefer)
  • add in sour cream and stir, then add in the milk, salt and pepper. Continue stirring.
  • place back on low heat until the soup comes to a simmer, then serve warm.


  • store in the fridge for up to 3 days
  • freezing is not recommended
  • top with cheddar, bacon, or scallions


Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 1224mg | Potassium: 1478mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 382IU | Vitamin C: 61mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 3mg

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