Potato soup is one of the most comforting soups you can possibly make. But what do you serve alongside it? Read on for 15 delicious ideas about what to serve with potato soup.
There are sooo many varieties of this hearty soup that I love and swoon over, but very few rival the creaminess and heartiness of the delicious potato soup. I call it comfort food in a bowl! It is fascinating to me how a humble little potato can create such a creamy dish!
I have a few different cooking methods I use to create this fall and winter fave dinner that I make consistently, including stovetop, crockpot and Instant Pot. We cycle through them (because each has it’s perks!) and after a lot of trial and error, I have a good idea about what to serve with potato soup. Read on for a bunch of delicious ideas!
FAQ About Potato Soup
Potato soup contains all of the benefits of potatoes, including being a good source of fiber, which helps keep cholesterol and blood sugar levels in check. They are also full of antioxidants and vitamins. When this soup contains minimal heavy cream, cheese and fatty meats such as bacon, it can be considered a healthy meal to consume.
Some varieties of potato may use flour as a thickening agent, but when flour is not used it is a gluten-free meal!
Potato soup can be frozen, but does not yield the best results when stored this way. When thawed, the consistency can become lumpy, losing its creamy luster. It is best to refrigerate leftovers and eat them within 5 days to enjoy a smooth soup with a creamier texture. Or share leftovers with a neighbor!
When stored in an airtight container in the fridge, potato soup will stay fresh for up to 5 days.
To make potato soup thicker, add 1 cup of water to 2 tablespoons cornstarch and stir until the cornstarch is dissolved. Add the mixture in small increments to the soup, stirring constantly. Bring soup to a simmer and cook until thickened.
Aside from the obvious bread or dinner rolls, there are plenty of other side dishes that pair well with potato soup. Beans, salad, corn, ham, vegetables, coleslaw and sandwiches are all great options.
Any type of potato transforms into soup deliciously including Russet potatoes, but the waxy varieties produce the best end result. Yukon Gold potatoes, red potatoes and fingerling potatoes contain medium amounts of starch side and hold their shape very well in soups.
How To Make Potato Soup
Read full instructions and ingredient list here for how to make loaded baked potato soup!
Here is a great recipe for Instant Pot potato soup option, too.
Cook bacon until crispy in a skillet over medium-high heat. Remove, chop and set aside. Pour grease from skillet, but don’t clean it out. Add onion, garlic, salt and pepper to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and fragrant, approximately 3-4 minutes.
Add the onion-garlic mixture, along with chicken stock and potato chunks, to a Dutch oven or heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmering. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Use an immersion blender or potato masher to reduce chunkiness (if desired).
Melt butter over medium heat in the same skillet. Add flour and whisk until combined. Next add the milk and continue to whisk until mixture is thick, approximately 3-5 minutes.
Add the milk mixture to the Dutch oven, along with chopped bacon, ham and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted and soup is warmed through. Serve warm and top with sour cream, plenty of cheese, bacon bits, ham or green onion slices, if desired!
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How To Add Flavor Potato Soup
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Potato Soup Toppings
- Oyster crackers or saltines
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Bacon bits
- Sliced green onions
- Sour cream
- Italian parsley
- Lemon juice
What To Serve With Potato Soup — Perfect Side Dish Options!
There are many side dish options to serve with a yummy bowl of potato soup, so read on for some seriously delicious ideas!
- Bread – A piece of warm crusty bread, breadsticks or dinner rolls with butter are perfect sides for this soup. Garlic bread is a great option, too!
- Sweet potatoes – Double up on potato-y goodness and serve baked or roasted sweet potatoes alongside this delicious soup.
- Meat – Many potato soup recipes are meatless, making a meaty side a great option for it. Ham, turkey, chicken legs or wings, pork ribs or even a juicy burger all pair well for you meat lovers out there!
- Sandwiches – A grilled cheese sandwich or a Reuben make a great side for a complete meal.
- Vegetables – Just about any veggie on the planet accompanies this dish perfectly. Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini, collard greens, carrots, cauliflower, green beans and bell peppers are great choices.
- Salad – A crisp salad or wild rice salad are perfect options. A simple tomato salad would taste great, too!
- Fruit or fresh fruit salad – Offset the warmth by stacking chilled fruit up next to your hot soup.
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