Creamy Potato Soup with Herby Compound Butter {giveaway}

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I can be pretty picky about potato soup. I don’t like big chunks of potato in my bowl, for sure. Diced up petite is beautiful, which this New England Clam Chowder does so well. And silky smooth and creamy, as are the potatoes in this Creamy Potato Soup with Herby Compound Butter…well, I can totally get my hands around a warm bowl of that kind of deliciousness.

Creamy Potato Soup with Herby Compound Butter -

Nothing warms you up and comforts you like a steaming bowl of soup. During the cooler months (right now it’s downright frigid in the Midwest!), I crave soups and stews and chowders like crazy. I have a few recipes that circle in regular rotation:

But I’m also always trying out new recipes, and love when I hit upon one that is so easily embraced by my family. Like this Creamy Potato Soup with Herby Compound Butter. It has a quality of richness to it, without being heavy or overly filling. And it’s flavor is just plain wonderful, lightly buttery and kissed with fresh rosemary and thyme.

I used red potatoes in this soup, knowing they would blend up nice and smooth. Reds are my favorite potato, no contest. They are moist and creamy with a subtly sweet flavor, and the perfect choice for this beautiful pot of soup.

Any holiday gathering would welcome this soup. It easily graces the table as an elegant main dish, so lovely served alongside a fresh green salad and warm baked bread. The soup can also go the casual route by serving it in big mugs, which is alot of fun! We’ve done it both ways. It really is adaptable. The only non-negotiable is the herby compound butter. That is a must, my whole family agrees. It transforms the soup, adding a swirl of sweet buttery magic, flavorful with herbs.

Red potatoes are perfect for holiday entertaining. For more of my recipes using red potatoes, visit Better With Reds from my friends at Black Gold Farms. I think the Red Potatoes Mashed with Three Cheeses and Bacon or the Roasted Red Potatoes with Garlic Butter and Thyme would be especially wonderful choices to celebrate the holidays. 

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Creamy Potato Soup with Herby Compound Butter

Yield: 8 servings


for the creamy potato soup:

  • 3 T. unsalted butter
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 12 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 c. low sodium chicken stock
  • 3 lbs. red potatoes, peeled and diced into 1'' pieces
  • 1 c. half and half
  • 1 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 c. sour cream

for the herby compound butter:

  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt


for the creamy potato soup:

In a large stock pot or soup pot, heat butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Sauté until onion is very soft, stirring regularly, about 12 to 15 minutes. Add chicken stock and diced potatoes, and give it a stir. Turn up heat to high and bring to a boil. Then lower heat to medium and cook for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are completely tender. Using an immersion blender, very carefully blend the mixture until all chunks are broken down, and your desired consistency is reached. Stir in half and half, Parmesan, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Let soup warm back up for another 10 to 15 minutes before whisking in the sour cream. Serve individual bowls of creamy potato soup with a dollop of herby compound butter.

for the herby compound butter:

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients until fully incorporated.

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Giveaway rules: This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older. One winner will be chosen at random and then notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize, or another winner will be selected. A farmgirl’s dabbles and Black Gold Farms are not responsible for lost or undelivered emails.

Disclosure: A big thank you to Black Gold Farms for sponsoring this post and for providing the giveaway prize. I’m proud to work with the Halversons, a farm family from Grand Forks, ND, and their business with fresh red potatoes. All opinions are my own.


34 Responses to “Creamy Potato Soup with Herby Compound Butter {giveaway}”

  1. #
    Ordinary J — December 9, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Your soup looks totally delish. I recently also learnt how to make potato chowder. I never knew I could like potato soup because I used to have a really stuffy and not so well feeling after I have a bowl in restaurants, or from the can. Then when I learnt how to make on my own, I realized potato chowder can be really creamy, rich and it doesn’t have to leave that stuffy feeling in my chest afterwards. The recipe that I recently learnt from is really easy and short with only a few good, natural ingredients and yet it produces really flavorful and creamy potato chowder that I could have a second bowl without the stuffy feeling up my chest….

    • Brenda replied on December 10th, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Thank you so much. I hope you give this one a try!

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    Tieghan — December 9, 2013 at 7:27 am

    I honestly want this soup for breakfast. I know, but it is SO cold here right now. We have been deep in the negatives for days and today is going to be the worst yet, -30 wind chills with temps hovering around -10. Like i said said, so cold that I need this creamy and delicious soup for breakfast!

    • Brenda replied on December 10th, 2013 at 10:28 am

      I’d definitely eat this soup for breakfast. A couple slices of bacon would be awesome with it! {stay warm!}

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — December 9, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I need a warm bowl of this soup and a hearty piece of bread, like, yesterday. It’s so stinking cold here, and this looks like the perfect way to warm up! Also, herb butter? Um, YES!

    • Brenda replied on December 10th, 2013 at 10:27 am

      I’m not one to just “eat” butter. But I’ll admit to having a spoon of this. It’s sooooooo good! {stay warm!}

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    Wendy — December 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I crave soup this time of year. I could eat it everyday and not get sick of it. Love your Potato Soup Brenda and the compound butter is a great twist on this recipe. Stay warm!

    • Brenda replied on December 10th, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Thank you, Wendy! Take care!

  5. #
    Donna — December 9, 2013 at 11:16 am

    With all this cold weather around, this soup is just what the doctor ordered Brenda! Looks awesome!

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway too!

    • Brenda replied on December 10th, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Thanks, Donna! It’s just too cold for December. More soup, please!

  6. #
    Elissa — December 9, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I had a chunky tomato soup for lunch today!

    • Brenda replied on December 10th, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Yum! I’m thinking more soup today, it’s still frigid here!

  7. #
    Mason Canyon — December 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    This looks so yummy. I’ll have to give this a try. There’s nothing like a good bowl of soup in the winter.

    Thoughts in Progress

    • Brenda replied on December 10th, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Agreed! Nice to hear from you, Mason. Thanks!

  8. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — December 9, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Great giveaway! I also LOVE this soup! It would be perfect on a day like today

    • Brenda replied on December 10th, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Thanks, Angie! :)

  9. #
    Ruth E. Chidley — December 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I am also waaaaaaay behind. Since most of mine are homemade gifts, it appears my family will be receiving their Christmas in January and beyond. I do have a reason but no need to go into a long crazy story now…lol! : )

    • Brenda replied on December 10th, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Well I hope you catch up with it all! :)

  10. #
    Maria — December 9, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I want this for dinner!

    • Brenda replied on December 10th, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Would love to transport you a bowl! :)

  11. #
    Shelby — December 9, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Brenda, is that really twelve(12) garlic cloves or should it be 1-2. I will make this soon. Thanks for sharing.

    • Brenda replied on December 10th, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Hi Shelby! Yep, 12 is correct. I ♥ garlic! There is enough of everything else in this soup that it really does not scream “garlic” once it’s finished. It just adds great flavor. I hope you like it!

  12. #
    Jess — December 10, 2013 at 4:44 am

    I keep hearing the reports of how chilly it is back in the midwest! Stay warm, Brenda! Beautiful soup, and lovely pictures, as always.

    • Brenda replied on December 10th, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Hi Jess, and thanks about the soup! It’s downright frigid…too cold for December. This is January/February weather!

  13. #
    Shaina — December 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous soup, Brenda. I wish we had potatoes now. I’ll have to pick some up next time I brave the cold.

  14. #
    Mercedes — December 10, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I could eat soup every day and never get tired of it! This potato soup looks so creamy and must be so flavorful with that compound butter!

  15. #
    Coco in the Kitchen — December 11, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    The cumin is a great unexpected touch
    and that herby butter is very decadent!

    • Brenda replied on December 12th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you, Coco!

  16. #
    Jody Sisson — December 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I would buy the Grand Kids some extra Christmas Presents.

  17. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 11, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Oh this looks so cozy Brenda! And you KNOW I love potatoes. :)

  18. #
    señorita mandarina — December 13, 2013 at 4:57 am

    no conocia tu blog.. me encanta.. te sigo desde ya

  19. #
    Nina — December 16, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Sounds DELISH! And Merry Christmas, Brenda!

    • Brenda replied on December 18th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you, Nina!! :)

  20. #
    Deloris — December 17, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Hi, I have a question about the butter mixture. I don’t have fresh herbs. My herbs are dried. Will that still work?

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