Sanctuary Ridge Family Recipes

Potato Soup

Soup and a little history…

I LOVE soup! It’s warm and cozy and usually not a big mess to clean up when I’m finished in the kitchen. There are so many different varieties of soup to choose from too! Years ago, my parents owned a little restaurant called The Sourdough Cafe. It was located on Signal Mountain, right beside the Pumpkin Patch Playground. They served salads, home made soups, and sandwiches on fresh Sourdough Bread. They had a variety of soups but some of my favorites were Potato Soup, White Chili, and Vegetable Soup. Today I am sharing my Potato Soup recipe. For years I made the same recipe served at Sourdough Cafe but recently discovered a VERY simple trick to make it irresistibly delicious. Rich, creamy and relatively quick to make too! While it’s cooking I usually throw a cookie sheet full of bacon and a cast iron skillet of corn bread in the oven. And just like that dinner is ready!

Perfect Potato Soup

Monica Scott
An easy, rich and creamy Potato Soup!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American


  • Large Stock Pot


  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 8 cups Potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cup celery, chopped
  • 4 Cups water
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 3 TBSP butter
  • 1 8oz Vegetable Cream Cheese
  • 2 TBSP Black Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Parsley
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped for garnish
  • 2 Cups Bacon, Crumbled


  • In a large pot, combine butter, onion and celery over medium heat. Saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add potatoes, water, and salt. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the potatoes are soft.
  • Add cream cheese and stir until melted.
  • Add milk, half and half, black pepper and parsley. Stir constantly and bring just to a simmer. Remove from heat immediately. Serve with Chopped Chives and Cornbread. Enjoy!
Keyword Chicken, Chicken Noodle Soup, Soup, Dinner, Lunch, Appetizer, Main Dish, potato soup, sanctuary ridge family recipe,
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Potato Soup, Baked Bacon, and preheating the Cast Iron for Cornbread

Delicious topping variations:

  • Crispy Bacon Bits
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Smoked Beef Sausage (sliced and browned in a skillet)
  • Cubed Ham

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