Brown Butter Potato Soup

potato soup 2

I can’t believe it’s almost spring.  We seem to be jumping from winter to early summer where I live…hopefully that will change and we will have a real spring.  I just had to get one more soup recipe in, while it is still officially winter.  Soup is just an amazing winter food, isn’t it?  I had some potatoes and decided my last soup recipe this season would be potato soup.  I usually make it fairly low fat, with just reduced fat milk and a little olive oil.  But, with winter coming to an end, I decided to go for indulgence and flavor.  I have been thinking about brown butter lately.  I really enjoy its nutty flavor and I don’t find too many opportunities where I want to use it.  I decided to add brown butter to my basic potato soup, and I am glad that I did.  The flavor was just so over the top buttery and nutty that it was hard to stop eating.  I may not make it very often, but it is something I will make when I want some comfort food and when I entertain.  I would love to pair it with a good steak…yum!   I hope you give it a try the next time you are looking for something to warm you up!

Brown Butter Potato Soup

4 to 6 servings

Brown Butter Potato Soup


  • 1 1/2 lb russet potatoes (about 3)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil (I use extra virgin)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • Cheese for topping (extra sharp cheddar, Asiago, Romano, etc.)
  • Other toppings (I used chopped scallions and garlic slices fried in olive oil, but the sky is the limit)
  • Get your toppings ready and set aside. Peel the potatoes and chop into uniform chunks. Smash and then roughly chop the garlic. Heat up the oil over medium heat and then add the garlic. Let the garlic turn a very light golden color and then add the potatoes and stir around for a few minutes. Add the chicken broth and salt.
  • Cover and continue to cook over medium heat until tender, which will take 20 to 25 minutes. While the potatoes are cooking, brown the butter. Chop the butter into even chunks and add to a sauce pan over medium heat (I use stainless for this job). Once the butter melts, swirl the butter in the pan off and on until the butter is golden and brown bits appear on the bottom of the pan. Do not leave the stove during this process. It can go from brown to burnt butter very quickly. Remove from the heat and place aside.
  • Once the potatoes are fork tender, remove from the heat and puree. Ensure whatever you are using to puree, is made for very hot liquids, or you will have to let it cool some first. Slightly warm the milk and stir in well. Add the brown butter and stir until fully incorporated. Add toppings and cheese. Enjoy!
  • Notes

    # 1 If you are watching your weight, omit the brown butter and you will have a very nice potato soup.

    # 2 Make the soup up to 2 to 3 days ahead. Just add a little milk and stir to bring it back to a soup consistency.

    # 3 Try out different toppings. Roasted pine nuts would taste amazing.

    40 Responses to“Brown Butter Potato Soup”

    1. 03/10/2016 at 9:40 am #

      Hi Antonia, I make soups year round (I freeze a lot of them) they’re wonderful for a quick satisfying on the go lunch or light supper option. Yay, sounds great! Cheryl x

        03/10/2016 at 10:13 am #

        Hi Cheryl! I love to freeze soups too, but I don’t eat them much during the summer. I totally agree…they are wonderful for a quick meal! Thank you Cheryl 😀

        • 03/10/2016 at 10:18 am #

          If we have a rainy few days here and a little nip in the Ocean air I’ll take out some soup for lunch year round. Something comforting about that? Must be from my childhood LOL Have a great day! Cheryl x

          03/10/2016 at 10:44 am #

          I can see that Cherly 😀 I grew up at the beach, and it’s amazing how it can feel so good by the water during a rain or even in the evening. I can see why that would be comforting for sure! I don’t live there anymore, so it is just hot all the time during the summer 🙁 Thanks Cherly! I hope you have a great day too 🙂

    2. 03/10/2016 at 10:00 am #

      Sounds yummy!

    3. 03/10/2016 at 10:00 am #

      I totally loved this recipe! I’ll have to try this sometime☺☺ Btw I have updated the lost. .check it☺

        03/10/2016 at 10:27 am #

        Thank you Lina! I hope you get a chance to try it 😀 I will go and check it out…thank you!

    4. 03/10/2016 at 11:30 am #

      I love this soup Antonia! Sounds very lovely!

        03/10/2016 at 2:17 pm #

        Thank you so much Lynn 😀

        • 03/10/2016 at 3:04 pm #

          most welcome!

          03/10/2016 at 4:19 pm #


    5. 03/10/2016 at 2:17 pm #

      This looks delicious! I’ve never tried brown butter in a soup, but I definitely want to!

        03/10/2016 at 4:16 pm #

        Thank you Katie! You have to try it, it is so tasty 😀

    6. 03/10/2016 at 3:07 pm #

      I love a good potato soup! Thanks Antonia! Pinned it 😉

        03/10/2016 at 4:21 pm #

        Me too Sadie! Thank you so much and I hope you get a chance to try it out 🙂

    7. 03/10/2016 at 4:49 pm #

      Delicious and hearty soup 🙂 looks yum

        03/10/2016 at 5:02 pm #

        Thank you Freda!

    8. 03/10/2016 at 9:59 pm #

      Oh, my gawd, I just drooled. Cannot wait to try this deliciousness!

        03/11/2016 at 5:16 pm #

        Haha, thank you so much Micki! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    9. 03/10/2016 at 10:38 pm #

      This looks so luxurious and comforting! I think I will have to check it out soon 🙂

        03/11/2016 at 5:21 pm #

        Thanks Cynthia! I hope you get a chance to try it out 🙂 Happy Friday!

        • 03/11/2016 at 11:05 pm #

          Thanks! Have a great weekend!

          03/12/2016 at 10:06 am #

          Thanks, you too Cynthia 😀

    10. 03/11/2016 at 11:55 am #

      Looks delicious Antonia! Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good bowl of soup! And I agree – hope we have a real spring this year 😀💖😀

        03/11/2016 at 5:26 pm #

        Thank you Linda! I agree, a bowl is soup is just perfect sometimes! Keeping my fingers crossed! Have a great weekend!

    11. 03/11/2016 at 2:03 pm #

      I love the sound of this 🙂 We will be approaching winter soon, and soup is my thing. So I will be making this for sure 🙂

        03/11/2016 at 5:28 pm #

        Thank you Lynne! That’s great…I hope you enjoy it 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    12. 03/11/2016 at 2:29 pm #

      Anything with potatoes has to be good and your recipe is not too high fat. I make a leek and potato soup which is delicious. Almost time to move on from soups to grilling 🙂

        03/11/2016 at 5:31 pm #

        Yummy Judi…I love leeks and potatoes!!! I am excited to get grilling again for sure 😀 Have a great weekend!

    13. 03/11/2016 at 6:39 pm #

      That sounds really good to a soup lover. When I read the title at first I thought it was peanut butter soup. Hmm. Brown Butter Potato Soup sounds much better 🙂 Happy weekend.

        03/11/2016 at 10:46 pm #

        Thank you Diana 😀 That’s too funny! Thank you so much for stopping by and it is nice to meet you 🙂 Happy weekend to you as well!

    14. 03/12/2016 at 12:20 am #

      I love this, Antonia! It looks and sounds wonderful!

        03/12/2016 at 10:07 am #

        Thank you so much Francesca! I hope you are doing well! Have a great weekend 😀

    15. 03/17/2016 at 4:18 am #

      This looks delicious Antonia !

        03/17/2016 at 9:22 am #

        Thank you Swapna 😀

    16. 03/17/2016 at 6:00 am #

      This soup sounds wonderful, Antonia. I’ve never heard if brown butter before and, like the commenter above, I thought you meant peanut butter at first. I’ve now looked up brown butter so am now fully informed! 🙂 I’ve never made straightforward potato soup, either – but leek and potato is one of our family favourites. I love anything with a nutty flavour, so I’ll give this soup a go. Love your toppings, too.

        03/17/2016 at 9:27 am #

        Thank you Millie! That’s funny….I bet it was confusing, yet intriguing, lol! I love leek and potato soup too. That’s awesome, I hope you enjoy it! I hope you are having a wonderful week 🙂

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