Pot of Gold Irish Potato Soup

I’m not Irish, but I’m happy to pay homage to the potato to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day~

I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like ~ potatoes are my kryptonite~  and I can think of nothing more tragic than a potato famine :)

I found a recipe from Southern Living for Irish Potato Soup that I converted to a Pot of Gold any leprechaun would enjoy~ using Yukon Gold Potatoes, Kerrygold Irish Butter and a generous sprinkling of Kerrygold Cheddar Cheese.

I added 3 stalks of celery in addition to the leeks and onion called for in Southern Living’s recipe. Instead of cooking the potato in the soup, I roasted them in the oven, tossed with olive oil and seasoned with salt & pepper for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

We like our potato soup with some texture, so I reserved 1/3 of the roasted potatoes and added the rest to the pot with the chicken stock, sautéed celery, leeks & onions.

I used an immersion blender to mix the stock with the potatoes, onions & celery. I made a big batch to share with my mother-in-law, so for a 5 lb. bag of Yukon Gold potatoes, I started with 2 quarts of chicken stock, adding more until the consistency looked good once I added in my reserved potatoes.

You can make it as chunky or smooth as you like~ I didn’t peel my potatoes either~ a job I’m not fond of and we like the skins. Add stock/broth to your veggies to your desired consistency~ it will thicken up in the refrigerator.

Serve it in a bread bowl or regular bowl.

Garnish with bacon or prosciutto, chives & cheese~ just remember to celebrate the potato for St. Patrick’s Day :)

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  44 comments for “Pot of Gold Irish Potato Soup

  1. March 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Mary, your bread bowl is so appealing! I made some potato soup last night for dinner, but your recipe looks so much better. I bet roasting the potatoes makes it so much yummier! Here’s a little Irish blessing for you.
    May the road rise to meet you
    May the wind be always at your back
    May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
    And may the hand of a friend always be near.

  2. March 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    An absolute beautiful presentation of the potato soup..I just love the way you cut out the top portion of the bread bowl…My dad was Irish, so I appreciate this recipe more than you know…Thank you…

  3. March 6, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Mary, Don’t tell anyone, but I go to your blog first every time I am on the web! You feed my soul… and now my tummy! You have most consistantly beautiful and well appointed blog I know! I am so thrilled to be your blogging friend! I am learning so much from you just by reading your posts and taking in your magnificent photography!
    Thanks!!!!!
    xo Yvonne

  4. March 6, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    I am with Yvonne: you feed my soul and my imagination… Wonderful post! Bravo!

  5. March 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    My husband will love this soup. Sounds delicious. Pretty post.

    Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

  6. March 6, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    I am so in love with this!!!! Eeeeeeeeeee. So cute! xo

  7. March 6, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I am with those who say they visit you first, everyday…..me, too. Your photography is enchanting and the food is feeding my faimly along with yours. Thanks for your efforts and sharing them with us.

  8. March 7, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Aaahhhh…too, too cute! Another clever idea, and the soup looks WONDERFUL! Happy St. Pat’s to you and yours, Mary!

  9. March 7, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Yum! Love potato soup. The bread bowl is stunning!

  10. March 7, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Mary, add me to the list. Your blog definitely feeds my soul. I’m always in awe of how you never cease to have something incredible to share. Your Irish potato soup looks delicious and pretty. Love the idea of a bread bowl. ~ Sarah

  11. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    March 7, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Just lovely! Great idea to roast the potatoes, that makes it really different! Love the little bread bowls too-enjoy:@)

  12. March 7, 2012 at 8:23 am

    So creative, Mary! Why can’t I ever think of things like this? I must be right brained or something.
    I love how you cut out the shamrocks from the tops & I WILL be doing that for my family come March 17th!
    I just bought some Kerrygold Cheddar yesterday…our favorite cheese, so I’m all set to try your recipe.
    Thanks for sharing it & your beautiful photos.
    fondly,
    Rett

  13. March 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    The most gorgeous bowl of soup I have ever seen! I love how you used the cookie cutter for the bread. Another brilliant post, Mary!

  14. March 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm
  15. March 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    This post made me VERY happy

  16. March 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Love the bread bowls and how you took out the Shamrock shape. Its looks so festive and fun. Your soup looks delicious. Yummy recipe for St. Pats Day!

  17. March 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Mary, That is the cutes bread bowl and the soup looks delicious. We love potato soup, can’t wait to try you recipe. I’ll look for the Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar. We usually get the Kerrygold Dubliner, but I’ll see if I can find the cheddar. I’m sure it’s delicious too. It’s funny.. I noticed the recipe said Irish potato soup, and reminded me of my mom who always called potatoes “Irish potatoes”. Of course sweet potatoes were sweet potatoes. It must be Southern thing.

  18. March 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    In my next life, Mary, I want to be you!!

  19. March 7, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Wow your food looks so good and makes me hungry! Love how you cut out the shamrock from the top!

  20. March 8, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I love the way you cut the shamrock in the top of the breadbowl. What a clever presentation and the soup sounds delish too!

  21. March 8, 2012 at 9:56 am

    That sounds deliciouos. I”m going to save your recipe. We love potato soup. Good idea to bake the potatos first. xo Jenny

  22. March 8, 2012 at 10:18 am

    This soup looks so delicious! I really like the idea of roasting the potatos first. I’ve used bread as bowls before but never thought to do a cut out on the lid, it really makes it extra charming. Wow, this recipe sounds so good!

  23. March 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Sounds wonderful and such a great presentation!

  24. March 9, 2012 at 11:36 am

    This looks fantastic! I love the shamrock cut-out! Visiting from Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Pat
    March 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    This is a wonderful recipe for St. Patrick’s Day. Thank you for sharing.
    Pat

  26. Pat
    March 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    MMMMMmmmmm…. I’m glad I saw this recipe, Mary! I love potatoes and your soup looks so good. I love your shamrock cut out bread soup bowl …fun idea!

  27. March 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Mary, the soup sounds delicious, but your presentation is THE BEST!! Wish I could sit down and enjoy a bowl of that soup with you. I’ll bring dessert!!!!!

  28. March 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    You are so creative, you never cease to inspire!

  29. March 12, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I love your presentation – so festive and creative!!

    Visiting from StoneGable – hope you’ll stop by and see my On The Menu Monday posts.

    :)
    ButterYum

  30. March 8, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Great presentation for St. Patty’s Day! I love potato soup…this will be on my menu!

  31. March 8, 2013 at 9:05 am

    What a gorgeous looking soup.

  32. Sandi Lee
    March 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Can’t wait to try the soup!

  33. September 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try this…it’s already moving into a cooler fall in the Midwest. Your recipe sounds like one of the best I’ve seen…thanks for sharing it with the rest of us!

  34. March 4, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I love potato soup, and this looks divine! And that bread bowl??? Oh my…

  35. Monica
    March 13, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    I love the pics of the Irish potatoe soup but is there an exact recipe? I would love to make this.

    Monica

  36. March 14, 2014 at 7:30 am

    You have such wonderful Irish recipes on your blog this week. I hope you’ll please come and share them with us on Foodie Friday : http://www.simplelivingeating.com

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