Penny’s Potato Soup

I made a pot of this soup thinking I could eat it for lunch for the rest of the week, and it didn’t even make it one day. Everyone in my house kept eating it so I made a second pot the next day.

This recipe is from a family friend (hence Penny’s Potato Soup) who used to run a small catering service with my mom. Everything she makes tastes great, so when she gave me this recipe a few weeks ago I knew it was going to be a good one.

I’ve never cooked with whipping cream before, and it actually makes a huge difference in the texture and colour of the soup. My dad says that cooking with ingredients like whipping cream or bacon are cheating because they automatically taste to good, but cheating or not, the cream is a great addition.

Potato and Red Onion SoupIngredients

  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 5-6 cups vegetable stock (enough to cover all of the vegetables in the pot)
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. herbes de provence or dried parsley
  • A few drops of hot sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream


Put olive oil and butter in a large pot and heat over medium-high. Add potatoes, red onion, celery, and garlic, and cook for 5-10 minutes until potatoes brown a bit, stirring occasionally. Add white wine to deglaze pan.

Lower heat and add vegetable stock so that it covers all of the ingredients. Add grated carrot, salt, pepper, herbes de provence and hot sauce, and cook covered for 10 minutes until all ingredients are soft.

With a hand-held immersion blender, or a food processor once cooled slightly, take a portion of the soup and blend it until you reach the texture you want. I usually do 1/3 of the pot, but it’s up to your personal preference. Add 1/2 cup whipping cream and stir until well combined. Serve immediately, or store in the fridge for up to 4 days.Potato and Red Onion SoupPotato and Red Onion Soup

14 Comments Add yours

  1. chynawithay says:

    Reblogged this on no such thing as normal and commented:
    uuum that looks simply divine. I bet it tastes delicious.

      1. chynawithay says:

        Your welcome. It truly did look gorgeous.

  2. I am going to make this and use the calorie counter on MyFitnessPal…YUM!

    1. MyFitnessPal is pretty cool, except when entering in homemade food you need to know the exact nutritional value which is kind of tricky. Hope you enjoy!

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  4. Impressive. What a fantastic colour that has!

    1. The whipping cream makes a huge difference!

  5. trangquynh says:

    I’m in loveeeee with the color of the soup, it looks so beautiful and refreshing, thank you for sharing the recipe, I’ll definitely give it a try asap ^^

    1. I hope you enjoy it šŸ™‚ thanks!

  6. This looks so good! I wonder if it would work if I veganized it? Hmmm, I guess I’ll have to try it! Celeste:)

    1. I think you could try substituting the whipping cream for rice milk or almond milk, whatever one is thicker. The whipping cream makes a big difference in colour and texture, but the soup would still be good without it!

    2. cashew cream is always an option, and if you have them soaked sunflower seeds usually make a good substitue. There’s no cheese, so I think you’d have some good luck.

      1. Thanks for the suggestions Natasha! Always on the look-out for new ideas.

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