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Irish Potato Soup

Our Irish potato soup recipe takes a few simple ingredients and turns them a dreamy, creamy bowl of classic comfort food. This hearty soup is easy to make and absolutely perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any day you just need something warm and comforting.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: comfort food, st. patrick's day, winter
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 338kcal
Author: Cheryl Malik


  • Medium pot
  • Immersion blender or traditional blender


  • 2 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 stalks celery sliced
  • 4 russet potatoes peeled, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup milk or heavy cream
  • fresh parsley for garnish
  • bacon optional, crumbled, for topping
  • chives optional, chopped, for topping
  • shredded cheddar cheese optional, for topping


  • In a medium pot over medium heat, melt butter, then add onion and celery. Cook approximately 2 minutes.
    Celery and onion in a medium saucepan
  • Add potatoes, salt, pepper, and stock. Bring liquid to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until potatoes are fork-tender.
    The beginnings of Irish potato soup in a silver saucepan on a wicker placemat
  • Using an immersion blender, blend soup in pot until thick and creamy. Feel free to make the texture completely smooth or leave chunks of potatoes remaining - your choice.
    If using a traditional blender, pour liquid into blender. See Notes for tips regarding hot liquids. Blend until mixture achieves desired consistency, then return liquid to pot.
    Blended Irish potato soup in a blender
  • Stir in milk or heavy cream.
  • Ladle soup into bowls and top with parsley, bacon, chives, and cheddar cheese. Serve hot.


Tips for Blending Hot Soup
  • Hot liquids will expand quickly in a blender, which can push the lid off and create a huge mess (not to mention it could burn you!). Fill the blender no more than halfway. You may have to blend your ingredients in 2 batches.
  • After pouring the liquid into the blender, let it sit a few minutes to cool slightly before blending.
  • Remove the center cap from the blender lid and cover the hole with a dish towel instead.
Recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Nutritional values shown reflect the information for 1 serving out of 4. Macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands of ingredients used.
To determine the size of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed, then weigh the entire finished recipe. Divide the total weight of the recipe (not including the weight of the bowl, pot, or plate the food is in) by 4. Result will be the weight of one serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 434mg | Potassium: 1274mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 324IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2mg | Net Carbs: 48g