Classic Creamy Potato Cheese Soup

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    This recipe for creamy potato cheese soup is only 140 calories per bowl! It was our latest in our Sunday Dinner ideas for a crowd!

    This creamy potato cheese soups makes about 7 quarts of soup (24-26 cups) and is always a favorite with my family. We had 8 people for dinner last night for my son’s 21st birthday, and this was the meal he requested. We serve the soup with 5 Minute artisan bread and it makes plenty.

    Creamy Potato Cheese Soup

    This delicious cream potato cheese soup is perfect for a crowd
    3 from 1 vote
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    Course: Main Course
    Keyword: soup
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Servings: 24 cups
    Calories: 140kcal


    • 18 small russet potatoes
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1 tablespoon Better than bouillon chicken paste
    • 1 small bunch of green onions, chopped
    • 1 dash salt, or more to taste
    • 1 dash pepper
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 1/4 cup flour
    • 1 quart milk
    • 4 cups shredded cheese


    • Peel and cube 18-20 small russet potatoes and boil till just underdone. Drain potatoes, reserving 4-8 cups of the water.
    • In a pan, melt 1 cube real butter.
    • Add 1 tablespoon better than Bouillon paste
    • Add one small bunch of green onions, chopped, salt, pepper, and garlic.
    • Sautee green onions and garlic in the butter.
    • Add 1/4 cup flour to butter, and stir till thickened. Slowly add the quart (4 cups) of milk, and continue to stir until it forms a thick white sauce.
    • Add cheese and 4 cups of the potato water, alternately, and slowly, stirring between each small amount added. Once the soup is thick and creamy, add the cooked potatoes.
    • If too thick, add more potato water as desired.


    140 calories per cup, 9 g protein, 23 g carbs, 12 g fat


    Calories: 140kcal

    Where this recipe for creamy potato soup came from!

    I remember it so vividly. I was working for a call center for Compaq computers in 1996. We had a team party and my supervisor brought this creamy potato soup. I asked for the recipe, and started my first collection of recipes in this recipe binder (pictured below). Before we could collect recipes digitally, I meticulously typed up or cut out recipes I liked, and I’ve had this original recipe book for more than 23 years!

    I also got fancy and made my own borders around the recipe! LOL That took a lot of clever computer skills back in 1996.

    So, that’s where it came from, and for the record.. if you read the original recipe above, I STILL don’t k now what shillings fine herbs are. I’ve never used it.

    low calorie cheesy potato soup


    • 3 stars
      Delicious soup, made for my husband & I to have during the week!

      I am a little skeptical about the calorie count however, since 1 cup contains probably 1.5 small potatoes. Each potato alone is about 130 calories.. plus there is milk, butter, and flour there. Delicious nonetheless, and added a couple extra calories just incase (guessed about 250), but this soup is worth it.

      • Hi Katie!
        Glad you liked it! Did you measure your yield and get 24 cups too?
        If you got 24 cups, and used 18 small potatoes, the calories should be correct!


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