Potato Soup with Shrimp

Total Time:
45 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced about the same size as the onion
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 cups milk, whole, reduced fat (2 percent) or low fat (1 percent)
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes, dissolved in 1/2 cup hot milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups salted water
  • 1 pound medium shrimp
  • Crumbled bacon bits, for garnish
  • Grated sharp Cheddar, for garnish
  • Dill sprigs, optional garnish
Directions

In a 4-quart saucepan, melt the butter and saute the onion and carrots until both are slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the potatoes, milk, and dissolved bouillon cubes. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are very soft and some of them have begun to dissolve into mush. Add the half-and-half, salt, and pepper.

In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups lightly salted water to a boil. Add the shrimp all at once and stir well. Watch the shrimp closely; as soon as they all turn pink, about 2 to 3 minutes, turn off the heat and drain. The shrimp should be slightly undercooked. When they are cool, peel them, and chop roughly into big chunks. Add the shrimp to the soup and stir well. Serve soup sprinkled with bacon bits and grated cheese. Garnish with dill sprigs, if desired.

Cook's Note: If you don't have access to shrimp, use corn.


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This soup is a family favorite! But we do substitute with the corn!  item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best soup ever! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!!!! The only thing I changed was I cooked the shrimp in the soup, instead of cooking it separately. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not generally a fan of soup but had never made homemade before and was hoping to find one that I might enjoy. So glad I tried this, it was great I make this regularly now. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good & easy. I usually make baked potato soup with all the trimmings so didn't think I'd like this as much. But it's great! Based on other reviews I did parboil the potatoes with the carrots for 5-6 minutes and found it didn't need much stirring and didn't stick to bottom of pot. I also don't think it needs the salt, the bouillon cubes seem to take care of that. Also I didn't have any shrimp but it's wonderful just on its own. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious and so easy to make. Was also a big hit with my kids which is always a bonus. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A hit with everyone. I had too many potatoes in the house so I decided to try this recipe. EXCELLENT, very easy to make. I didn't have the shrimp but I got to tell you it was full of flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this soup with a few substitutions. Instead of cooking shrimp I used small bite size already cooked shrimp and added red pepper flake, cumin, and creole seasoning. Delicious. Will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is fantastic. My whole family enjoys it. I do skip the bacon and Dill Sprigs. Don't find it necessary since the soup is great and simple as it is but the shredded cheddar cheese is a must. Just to try something new, I cut the potato portion by half and substitute it with white mushrooms. This is my favorite switch up and always get positive feedback. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My sister and I both made double recipes and every family member can't stop eating it. Its the best item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good and simple. The epitome of comfort food : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Roasted shrimp add to individual serving bowls so shrimp is not overcooked when warming leftover soup. I used using whole milk and 1/4 cup half n' half. I used five gigantic russet potatoes, diced the potatoes into about 1/2" to 3/4" pieces. Keep the heat med-low although it takes more time to cook the potatoes than the recipe states, stir frequently so the milk does not scorch and do not scrape the bottom of the pot while stirring or you could scorch bits in the soup. It could take about 25-30 minutes or much more depending on the size of your dice so dice small. I mashed my potatoes when soft making for a smoother creamy soup. I added two teaspoons Kosher salt. I added several bones to no salted added Kitchen Basics Chicken Stock and simmered about 30 minutes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was awesome! The potatoes should not take long at all if you dice them up. It took about 20 minutes for me, and I used 4 cups of half and half and one cup of milk. It was so good! I also added bacon and used frozen baby shrimp. If you put the shrimp in after you kill the heat, they will not get a rubbery texture. I just put it in the soup frozen and within 30 seconds they were juicy and delicious.The only thing I think it needed was a lot more salt. The bacon definitely helped with the flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe exceeded my expectations in taste and simplicity! The family loved it and we'll definitely make this recipe again sometime soon,,, item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is top notch. I make it for Christmas every year and people still rave about it. the only thing I changed was I used Fontina cheese to top it with and more salt and pepper than is called for. Would recommend this to anybody that is looking to bring something different to a party. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is by far the best potato soup recipe that I have ever made and have been making it for a few years. It's always a family favorite! I don't usually use the corn or shrimp. As other reviewers have stated, this recipe is a great base for all kinds of substitutions or additions. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for a good, basic potato soup recipe and stumbled across this one. I wasn't sure about the shrimp aspect of it but went ahead and made the recipe exactly as called for. It was amazing and everyone loved it. The potatoes took a bit longer to cook as stated tho. The garnish/topping of crumbled bacon and cheese is not even necessary as this soup is so delicious on its own. I made this last week for family and making it again today for friends. I will probably add a couple carrots just for color. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a really good recipe. I am a potato soup connoisseur so a pretty tough critic. I did not use shrimp or corn (out of corn and shrimp seemed too much trouble. I have one suggested improvement. I think I would have boiled my potatoes in water or chicken broth for 10 or so minutes, drained, then added and finished the recipe as normal. The other reviews are right on....the potatoes take a LONG time and they tend to stick...so you have to stand and stir. Boiling them first would help. I added some dried basil and thyme and hot sauce to kick it up. Also found I needed more salt and spice in general. All in all...really good base....very thick and creamy, even without cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best homemade soup I have ever made, yesterday was my second time making it. My husband and my daughters loved it too. I added four boullion cubes instead of two, because I couldn't taste the flavor with just two. After this soup sits the next day it kinda taste like she crab soup, so next time I think I will add some lump crab meat along with the shrimp!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had to rate this recipe to post something but I haven't made this soup yet. I just had a question for all of you that have made this soup. I am allergic to shrimp so I was wondering do you think that chicken, ground beef, kielbasa or another meat like that would be good in it? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this twice already! I have been passing it up for a while because shrimp in my potato soup did not sound appetizing in any way. I was so wrong. It only makes it better. My husband LOVES this and he hates shrimp. This is definitely a recipe that will be made for years to come! It is on our menu again for tonight!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was so good. I made it without the bouillon but put the rind from a good parmesean wedge in with the milk (2% and let it cook the time it took to get the potatoes right which was about an hour since I cooked it slow to keep the milk from scorching. I'm a novice but I was very pleased with how it turned out. Didn't use shrimp but may someday. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It sounds really great! I liked reading the comments of those who have already made it. Especially the woman who used a pound of bacon! It's a very versitile recipe and you can try it lots of different ways. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! To make it easier, I don't pre-cook the shrimp. I clean and chop them up, then add them with the half and half. Shrimp only need 3-5 minutes. Bacon and sharp cheddar are a must! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was so good. And it was really easy to. I will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time ever making potato soup, and I love it ! I used cubed venison that I breaded and fried and bacon, super yummy, next time I am trying ham and broccoli. Thanks so much for introducing me to an awesome soup I can play with ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great soup! I made it last winter. Love it! I will make this again as soon as it gets cold! item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of most versatile recipes I have. each time I make it I try something different ie. corn, ham, shrimp ect. and it has never failed! This should be in everyones go to box. Great job Paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
THIS SOUP WAS GREAT!!! THANKS PAULA... I DID NOT HAVE SHRIMP I USED A POUND OF BACON INSTEAD. MY FAMILY SAID IT WAS THE BEST SOUP THEY HAD EVER HAD LOL !!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was delicious. I did add shrimp as recipe called for. It turned out much better than I expected. I also added a 1/2 cup frozen corn, an extra cup of milk (didn't need half&half, a little more bouillon and a dash of Old Bay Seasoning and 4 pieces of crumbled bacon... and the potatoes took more like 30mins to boil. My Daughter and I really loved it. Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I absolutely luv this recipe. However I did add a few ingredients of my own. I left the shrimp whole and added some blue crab claw meat, I also added two handfuls of shredded sharp cheddar cheese when it was done cooking. Last but not least, I added some of my own special "cajun" spices. I served it with some homemade garlic-cheddar biscuits. My family luv'd it so much I think I'll make it for our reunion in June! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought it had way too many potatoes vs. everything else. It needs like half the potatoes called for by the recipe. All I could taste was potatoes and milk. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very pleasing item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this receipe this is about the 4th time I made it....First time I did not have Shrimp so I subsitutued smoked neckbones my husband is a country man he loved it!!!! I have learned to subsitte half the milk and the half and half with heavy cream. having larger pieces of carrots and some fresh corn cut off the cob....uuummm umm goood! Campbells/Progesso have nothing on this!!! Thanks Paula...I have used the shrimp as well as chicken as the protein...what flavor.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this recipe when I was trying to find something for both me and my husband to enjoy. I don't eat shrimp but I figured that I would be fine with the potatoes. IT WAS AMAZING! It is truly a favorite in our house now. You can't go wrong with Paula Deen! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and I made this tonight. It is an excellent soup paired with salad, but since we didn't have shrimp we went with corn and about a 1/2 lb of shredded medium cheddar -- and since we're in NM we also added green chilis! It was amazing and very filling. The kids are all screaming dibbies on the leftovers for tomorrow - but I think Dad's in the lead! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this soup twice - the first time I followed the recipe to the letter, and found it to be too bland. The second time I sauteed two cloves of garlic in the pancetta drippings, and added that to the onions and carrots. I also stirred about 1/2 cup of cheddar right into the soup, just before serving. I garnished it with LOTS of cheddar, pancetta and chives. I omitted the shrimp and used corn, as the shrimp does nothing for the potato soup, and the soup does nothing for the shrimp. I found it to be a waste of good shrimp. My husband loved it the 2nd time around! item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good on a cold day item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a fantastic soup. Everyone loved it. I also added corn at the same time as the shrimp. Soooo good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this soup several times with both the shrimp and the corn. It's a great hearty option for holidays with family and friends that drop by or put in bread bowls for a full meal. I would suggest adding a couple of teaspoons of Old Bay seasoning when you add the flour for some extra flavor and try stay away from the frozen pre-cooked shrimp if you can. They are not as flavorful as the fresh shrimp and have a not so pleasing texture. Overall a GREAT soup and a regular in my house. item not reviewed by moderator and published
In the mood for potato soup so I tried this recipe... Turned out great... very creamy and filling. I omitted the shrimp and corn because I just wanted potato soup. Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG!!! This is the best potato soup. I just made it. I will make it over and over again. Way to go Paul!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great soup. I went by the recipe the first time i made it The second time i had rotisery chicken left overand used it. it still came out great.Try it once you will love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG! This soup was great! My family loved it! I added green onions. item not reviewed by moderator and published
made this delicious soup and used both corn and shrimp! Perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this in July. thought it would be good for a cold winter day. snowing so... soo good i cant wait item not reviewed by moderator and published
Deliciously simple. Everyone loved it and there was no chance for left-overs. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is so good, I thought I died and went to heaven!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent Soup! Easy and quick to make. I did not use the 1/2 and 1/2 and used pre-cooked shrimp as well as corn. Definitely another great recipe from Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty ain't the word for it. This soup ROCKED. Everybody here ate some, and then ate more later. The man of the house ate 4 bowls. Wow, I love this recipe. Yum! I omitted the shrimp and just added some corn. This soup is delicious! THANKS, PAULA!!! Oh yes, and I want to add that I made an iron skillet of cornbread to go with this soup........ and it was a perfect complement. I added shredded cheese, corn, and some chopped up jalapenos to the cornbread batter and it all was delicious together. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent! I used whole milk and found it to be so creamy that I didn't add the half and half -even though I had already bought it. (It is Paula Deen so you know that this is rich. Also, I added celery salt and cayenne pepper - for flavor. I did not use shrimp and I used veggie bouillon instead - needed to keep it veggie friendly for some - I divided it in half and added cubed ham to the other half. Everyone was happy! If you don't mind the fat...I would strongly suggest adding some good quality sharp cheddar to the entire pot right before serving. item not reviewed by moderator and published
delicious & easy to make item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did this tonight, only I used Jimmy dean Maple sausage, the big one pound roll. Man oh man was is creamy and Oh so good. I outdid myself. I also so did not use the cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for the first time tonight and it was a big hit! I added the corn in with the shrimp and my very picky 17 month old ate it up! best potato soup we have ate! (sorry mom lol item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made as directed, substituted corn for shrimp, used exact same method, boiled kernels in water then moved to big pot. Also used milk instead of half and half. As everyone said, potatoes took approx 30 mins to soften, maybe Paula cubed them smaller than I did. I added about 3 strips of chopped cooked bacon to soup pot and then a bit of Mexican cheese blend on top of each bowl as garnish. Husband loved, as many reviewers also said. Next time will try both shrimp and corn. First time having potato soup, very pleased. As someone mentioned I added a bit of Cayenne to spice it up and I did not salt the water, as sodium is an issue, still very flavorful. Left me satisfied and full but did not sit heavy in my stomach. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was surprised how easy and tasty this recipe is. I will definitely make it again. It took about 30 minutes for my potatoes to soften. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never had luck with potato soup and thought I would give it one more try. Made it for my daughter who just had surgery and is on soft foods right now. My potatoes didn't want to cook down so I ended up mashing thoughs little spuds. It still didn't turn out the way I had expected and I'm sure that is on my part not the recipes. Just not as creamy as I had expected, my daughter and my son says they prefer the consistency that it has. But everyone just really loves it. My daughter said it was the bomb. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best potato soup ever!! My husband doesn't eat seafood, so I've never made it with the shrimp (I just use more carrots. Everyone in my whole family loves it, Thanks Paula Deen!!! : item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this soup so many times. I get request to make it all the time. I have even made it with corn instead of shrimp and it also turned out wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A great recipe. My entire family loved it, and it only took just over half an hour to prepare. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this soup for dinner tonight. It was absolutely delicious! I use a gas stove...cooked on the smaller burner to keep the milk from scorching...cooked on medium heat and it took about 55 minutes for the potatoes to be cooked perfect. I constantly stirred the soup to make sure it wouldn't burn. I added some lump crab meat being I had some leftover from making stuffed mushrooms. Loved the shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon on the on the soup. (Not sure if I would)...make sure you add it to your bowl...worth it! Paula this is another recipe added to my kitchen! I do my fair share of cooking...but, this is the first time ever...I have cooked homemade soup...! Turned out great...! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the BEST potato soup I've ever had! I make it constantly and when I serve it to others, they ask for the recipe. The only things I do different are put more shrimp than specified in the recipe (sometimes I use baby shrimp too) and instead of using the cheese and bacon as a garnish, I throw it all in and use about a pound of cheese--it's AMAZING!!! Paula Deen, you are the best!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this without the shrimp, and it was wonderful!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW!! Great reciepe Paula,my family loved it!My 11 year old gradson went to school the next day and told his basketball team all about it.Needless to say i was copying the reciepe for other mom's.Tonight will be my second time making it as my grandkids have been asking for a couple of weeks now! Thanks Paula!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family LOVES this soup, so much in fact that my daughter requested it for her Birthday dinner this week.This was about the 20th time to make it since finding this recipe. I use ham instead of shrimp, just because that is what the kids prefer. I also throw in a little diced celery, if I have it. I cannot get my potatoes to cook in the 15 minutes, however, it usually takes closer to 30. This is one of our favorite things to make in the winter. Thanks Paula for such great recipes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delish!! I added a bit more shrimp than called for, as well as 1/2 teaspoon of garlic, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (for a kick), and some fresh parsley for color. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula, I love you. This was perfect for our Lenten soup night. I used Old Bay instead of salt and pepper, which gave it a little kick. Everyone enjoyed it. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The whole family loved it. The toppings give the soup some extra flavor I thought it needed. I especially loved how fast and easy it was to make the whole thing. A keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super yummy but I used smoked ham instead of shrimp and left out the bacon and used chives as garnish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
As I'm cooking this I'm wondering...did anyone else have a problem with getting the potatoes to soften and mush in milk in 15 minutes? It seems to be a good recipe so I'll keep working on it but the way it's going so far, I think I just wasted a whole pot! Still Love you Paula! ^_^ item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe. One thing I did (and I know it's not healthy, but man did it taste good!!, is I fried up a pound of bacon, crumbled it up, and mixed it with the soup along with the bacon grease. Wow, it was awesome!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Recipe was very good, did not care for the shrimp, but added fresh thyme, and peppered the bacon before putting in the oven. Thought about adding some diced celery the next time. Had to use emersion blender to get the correct thickness. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is so good my family loved it. The shrimp wasn't even needed next time I'm going to make it without the shrimp and maybe add corn. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the soup completely without the shrimp. It is a good soup, hearty and creamy. I did add an extra boullion cube, and extra salt and pepper for a little more flavor, but that is just my preference. I'd recommend that others try it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe! It's been added to my collection! I made this with the fat free milk and it was quite delicious. In addition to the shrimp, I still added some corn to the soup per my husband's request. It was a hit and I'll definitely make it again. Just one question - can I freeze this soup? I wondered if I could with the milk and shrimp (I used the precooked frozen shrimp). item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so GOOD and easy to make. I made a double batch and froze some. It was good after freezing as well. My family loved this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the BEST! Have made it often and LOVE it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this so many times and everyone loves it! I especially like to serve it at Oyster roasts. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love to cook and I was not feeling well and thought soup sounded good and boy was it (easy too)! I used what I had (large shrimp, cream (more fat LOL :)) and it was awesome and filling!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I Love shrimp and I can't wait to make this recipe!!! :D item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can't wait to make this soup, reading all the reviews was very helpful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect snow day, dentist day food! Could not have been more delicious. Would also be a great chowder base for any seafood. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best soup I have EVER tasted. Totally delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was really good! I have taken several recipes from this website and cook them for my boyfriend. He always "says" that he likes what I make but he went on and on about how good this soup is. He has requested it several times since the first time I made it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was delicious, and I had to use some out of date milk in my fridge. I added a little kick with a chipotle bouillon cube after the potatoes had cooked down. Thank you again Paula for giving us another delicious recipe.Soup is good food! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow.... Paula Dean you did it again! Everyone loved this recipe! I plan on adding corn next time.. and I love the idea of making this a potatoe and ham recipe also! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent! Great way to get the kids to eat shrimp. Very easy and tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this to go along with a fish fry my husband was having at his shop...THE FEEDBACK WAS incredible. I cook something each week for him to take to his weekly get together, and I must say, this was the most compliments I ever received...And trust me, I have made some fancy dishes for them...Thanks Paula...!!! I did put 2 bay leaves into this the second time I made it, and put ham in instead of the shrimp, delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used this recipe for a Potato and Ham soup and just replaced the shrimp with ham. I also added corn. It was great and very hearty. Perfect for a winter day! Also it's a good way to use that leftover holiday ham. item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW! This is quite tasty! I wasn't sure about putting shrimp into potato soup- but it is divine!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of my favorite rainy day recipes. I used to go out of my way to go to Marie Calledars for a bowl of Potato Cheddar soup. But never again when I can have a whole pot, and it's so easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OUTSTANDING item not reviewed by moderator and published
DELICIOUS!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time making home-made soup! Overall I think this soup came out very good... my boyfriend loved it. My only complaint was it was a little too bland so I had to add extra salt and pepper. I also added spicy sausage and will add corn next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this soup last night and I also added corn and shrimp. It taste amazing!! I didn't add the bacon or the carrotts however. I can't wait to use this base and keep creating!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made with 4 cups of 1% milk, about 12 oz.of clam juice that I had in the freezer and about 3/4cup of light cream. Added fresh thyme during the saute, then a turkish bay leaf and Old Bay seasoning during the potato cooking. As another reviewer suggested, I simmered it on low for almost an hour. Very tasty. Look forward to adding the shrimp tomorrow. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe...I make it all the time and my family and friends love it! Thanks Paula :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is the greatest. I also add corn with shrimp and a few bay leaves. I also add a dash of Old Bay to give it that real chowder taste. I recommend this for the warm winter nights or on rainy days. I'm eating some as I type! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of THE BEST SOUPS!!! I got this recipe and made it last minute. It was so simple and cooked really quickly. I, honestly, wasn't expecting much and when I tasted it, I couldn't believe the flavor. It was soooooo delicious!!! Yummy!!! I did add corn along with the shrimp and I changed up the measurements the second time I made it cause it went way too fast. I doubled basically everything, except the potatoes and used 3 buillon cubes, instead of 4. Amazing soup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is some of the best soup I've ever had!!! My mom used to make a fantastic seafood "chowderesque" soup and this tastes identical. We've made it half a dozen times in the last 8 weeks, and we use shrimp and corn. Hey 3girlsmom10 I'm going to try it with spicy sausage, great idea. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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