Potato Soup Mix

This time of year I start to see more recipes popping up for dry soup mixes that can be put in jars and given as gifts. They’re very easy and economical gifts to give. No wonder these recipes get passed all around!

I’ve received these as gifts too, but I must admit that a few times I felt a little over my head when it came to actually making the soup. One soup mix I received started out with rather confusing directions about cooking chicken first (Oh, you mean the chicken’s not in here? haha). One time I started preparing another mix only to realize it had to simmer for hours (pooey . . . I wanted to eat now!).

So here’s one of my favorite mixes that I use at home on a regular basis.  What I really like about this recipe is that it’s an instant mix.  You just add a 1/2 cup of the mix to a cup of boiling water and soup’s on! It’s so handy to have a jar of this in the pantry for quick lunches.

homemade potato soup mix

Potato Soup Mix Recipe

1-3/4 cups instant potato flakes
1-1/2 cups dry milk powder
2 tablespoons chicken broth powder
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1-1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt (like Lawry’s)

Combine all ingredients, mixing well to make sure everything is combined. A quart canning jar with a screw top lid makes a good storage container.

To use: Put a 1/2 cup of the mix in a soup bowl. Add 1 cup boiling water and stir to mix.
(I usually just heat up my water in the microwave – see what a fast lunch this is!)

Once you’ve combined the mix with the water you can add other goodies.   I’ve put leftover corn in it for corn chowder.  I’ve also stirred in leftover ham.  You can sprinkle bacon bits on top too.

It’s also a good idea to keep some kind of label on the jar with the instructions for preparation. I often just have a post-it note on the top of the lid saying  “1/2 cup mix to 1 cup boiling water”.

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  1. Thank you so much. I too need simple recipes for the elderly. This sounds simple yet tasty. May God bless.

  2. I have an elderly mother who doesn’t eat enough but loves cup-a-soup (which has no nutrients and tons of sodium). This is a fantastic way for me to make a homemade version! Please create more “just add boiling water” recipes!❤️

  3. I just made this mix and it’s very good. I added dried chives and dehydrated potato cubes. I added an extra 1/4 cup of water and simmered the soup for a few minutes to rehydrate the potato cubes. It’s very good! I will make more and vacuum seal some for long term storage!

  4. I just put thin sliced OR shredded potatos in my dehydrator til clear and brittle, then grind into powder in food processor or en a Magic Bullet. Use to replace potato flakes. I like to use red potatoes and just peel the ends of the potatos. The dried skin add color and nutrition.

  5. This sounds really good with the exception of the instant potatoes. Just not a big fan. That being said think I’ll make some real mashpotatoes one-night soon and take some of the potatoes out before adding the butter and milk and put them in my dehydrator and make my own potato flakes.

  6. Boil a small potato, or two (they keep several days in the refrigerator). I peel and cut in small cubes to add to the soup. I like potatoes chunks in my soup. Potato soup is my favorite.

  7. Look for Knorr caldo de pollo. It’s not expensive, and you can find it at walmart and most grocery stores.
    They also have caldo de results (beef) and caldo de to ate (tomato).
    You’ll be surprised how much you’ll use them… much easier than the hard little cubes.

  8. Decades ago, my favorite soup was Lipton’s dry potato soup in a package. They stopped making it a long time ago. And ‘Bear Creek’ doesn’t come close. I’m going to try this and add my Tbl of butter and a can of clams with juice, to 2 cups of this. Wish me luck.

    1. Yes! I loved that soup, too! That is why I stopped on this recipe. Haven’t made it yet but fingers crossed it is similar to Lipton’s. It had a great onion flavor.

  9. Look for “caldo de pollo” in the same aisle you find bullion cubes. It is basically powdered bullion cubes. The best brand is Knorr.

  10. It is good, but salty. The chicken bullion plus the seasoning salt was too much. I left the salt out and it was great.
    I’m making a jar of it for my dad who recently told me he misses my mom’s potato and rivel soup. I can’t make a mix for that, but this is close enough.

  11. This soup sounds really good and I can’t wait to mix up a batch for my family! I did wounder though, what
    is the shelf life of this fastinating soup mix? I like to add an Expiration Date to my mixes if possible.

    1. I know my batches have stayed good for many months. In fact I’ve never had a batch go “bad” before I can use it up, and all the ingredients are very shelf stable. My suggestion would be to mark it for a year, at which time you could evaluate if you still want to keep it beyond that if you have any left.

    1. You can often find the Wylers brand of chicken broth (boillon) powder in the soup section of most major grocery stores.

    2. I didn’t have the powder so I got out my ninja and pulverized a couple of chicken broth cubes. Same ingredients in them as the powder except they add a non clumping preservative. (I think it’s citric acid?) it turned out great! I also added a 1/4 cup of dry coffee creamer to add some creaminess. Yum!

    1. Potato flakes are also known as “instant potatoes” and are deydrated potatoes that you reconstitute with water. Potato flour is not the same and cannot be substituted. Here is a product on Amazon if you want to see what they are: https://amzn.to/2A0QcB4

    2. Potato flakes are also known as “instant potatoes” and are dehydrated potatoes that you reconstitute with water. Potato flour is not the same and cannot be substituted. Here is a link to this type of product on Amazon if you want to see what they are: https://amzn.to/2A0QcB4

    1. You could try substituting powdered rice milk for a diary free version. It is available on Amazon if you can’t find it in a local grocery store.

  12. The recipe as it is, was a bit too salty for me. Next time I make it, I will leave out the season salt. If anyone eating it needs salt, they can add it then. Other than that, it is a quick and easy meal to have.

    1. Sorry Sharon, right now I only have this flavor of mix but maybe I will have to put on my thinking cap and come up with some other options!

  13. Thanks for posting this. Hoping to make it soon, and that it will be a good alternative to the Bear Creek mixes. I bought dehydrated hash brown-style potatoes that you add hot water to, and I’m thinking I’ll try adding them to this mix when I make it. Thanks again 🙂