Cream of Potato Soup

Nothing is more comforting than a bowl of cream of potato soup. Our version is hearty, thickened by potatoes releasing their starch while cooking. The fennel, leeks and celery provide brightness, while Worcestershire adds a pop of savory flavor.

Cream of Potato Soup
Photo: Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Melissa Gray
Active Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
Nutrition Profile:


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 cup diced fennel

  • 1 medium leek, sliced and thoroughly rinsed

  • ½ cup diced celery

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed and cubed (1/2-inch)

  • 4 cups unsalted vegetable broth

  • 2 cups water

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup half-and-half

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper


  1. Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add fennel, leek and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring often, until softened and fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Add potatoes, broth, water and salt; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are very tender when pierced by a fork, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Working in 2 or 3 batches, ladle the soup into a blender. Secure the lid on the blender and remove the center piece to allow steam to escape. Place a clean towel over the opening. Pulse until desired consistency, 10 to 12 pulses. (Use caution when blending hot liquids.) Return the blended mixture to the pot.

  4. Add half-and-half and Worcestershire to the potato mixture; stir to combine. Divide the soup among 6 bowls. Sprinkle with parsley and pepper and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

244 Calories
8g Fat
38g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 244
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Vitamin A 1447IU 29%
Vitamin C 21mg 23%
Vitamin D 1IU 0%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 50mcg 13%
Vitamin K 79mcg 66%
Sodium 398mg 17%
Calcium 106mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 53mg 13%
Potassium 942mg 20%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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