Friday, October 29, 2010

Bennigan's Potato Soup - My Most Favorite

Can I tell you something? This is soup that will make you want to lick the bowl. Go ahead, no one's looking. I am not going to lie to you, I have. It is that good. I first fell in love with it when we lived about two blocks away from a Bennigan's Restaraunt in Clearwater, Florida. Every time we went there this was the first thing I ordered. Even before I could decide what I was going to have to drink, I knew I was going to have a bowl of this delicious soup. And ever since I found this recipe I have been making this in large batches to keep in the freezer, for when I'm having a craving (which is frequently) for it.

This last week-end I had my mom over and we made a double batch and now it is her favorite as well. It's really very simple to make. The ham base gives it that added depth that you just don't get from other potato soups.

This dish is similar to a favorite potato soup that many people (including myself) went to Bennigan’s for. This is a thick and filling potato soup that warms the soul.

Bennigan's Potato Soup
Recipe Courtesy of Copycat-recipes and


1 ¾ oz ham base
2 quarts chicken stock
8 oz yellow onion, diced
3 oz margarine, I prefer to use butter
2 lb potatoes, cut to bite size
1 ½ tspn black pepper
2 cups milk
3 oz flour
3 oz margarine ,butter

Combine chicken stock in sauce pan with ham base. Stir until lumps are gone. In separate stock pot: melt first margarine butter measurement; add onion and sauté until transparent. Add potato bite size pieces and pepper. Add chicken stock mix and stir until well mixed. Bring mixture to a boil.
In small pan, melt second margarine butter measure and add flour to create a roux. It should be light brown in color. When stock comes to a boil, add roux with a wire whisk. This will cause the soup to start thickening. Return to a boil. Slowly add the milk.
If the soup is too thin, make additional roux and add it to the soup. If you need to do this, be sure to cook the roux until a tan color. This will get rid of the raw flour taste. If the soup is too thick, thin it out with more milk.

Garnish with cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onions.
Makes 10 - 1 cup servings.

I really just can't say enough about how much I love this soup.You are just going to have to take my word about how good it is and at least give it a try.

I am sending this to Deb over at Kahakai Kitchen for Souper Sundays, Erin at EKat's Kitchen for Friday Potluck, Julie at Get Healthy Cheap  to  Mangoes and Chutney for Fat Camp Friday, and Angie at Cocicna Diary for Sundays at One . and to Cassidy at Remodelaholic   for Recipe Swap Sundays .


Get Healthy Cheap


I am also adding a few photos of my new cooking space (pantry/prep room) in my larger and now comfortable new home. I am so loving all of this room that I have now. Ha, we're not even bumping into each other unless we want to.

Yes, we are loving all of this new found space we have. We are only renting for this first year and are considering buying it next year, as the owner is looking to sell.

Bennigan's Style Potato Soup

A delicious, thisck, and creamy version of my favorite soup, as I remember it.

See Bennigan's Style Potato Soup on Key Ingredient.

Bennigan's Style Potato Soup on Foodista

Carla and Michael


  1. I'm envying you all your space as I have a very small kitchen. I'm jealous! You must be loving it, I know I would be. I'm always looking for good potato soup recipes. I had an amazing one years ago and somehow lost it. I would love to try yours, but I have to ask a stupid question. What is ham base? Is that a product you buy in the store? I've never seen anything like that here in Toronto but maybe because I've never looked. Yes, I feel dumb, but that's a new one for me, lol. Don't laugh too hard.... :o)

  2. Your newly acquired space is the best! Your kitchen is like mine, I want all my stuff there ready to grab, when I need it! The center island you created is great, wish I could do the same. And now on to the soup, yes this must be made, and the freezer? Only the leftovers, if any. Thanks!

  3. What a gloriously rich looking bowl of potato soup. Filling and delicious, just how I like it. Be sure to drop by my blog next Monday for a chance to enter into my giveaway for a CSN gift certificate.

  4. Oh...can you feel the jealousy coming from me...just looking at your kitchen?! Seriously...that is a very nice set up!
    As soon as I saw the butter for your recipe, you had me :-)

  5. soup looks great, love all the colors and sure sounds delicious! oh, i am jealous with your cooking space...lucky you! happy weekend! :)

  6. I am jealous about that island table...and all your shelves!!!

    And the soup! YUM!!! Are Bennigan's even around anymore? I think the one I used to go to when I worked in DC closed. I miss them.

  7. I too am jealous of your space... but I guess I've got to work with what I have! I think this soup sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing with Friday Potluck this week!

  8. Great looking soup. I'm also envying your spacious kitchen - my kitchen is a shoebox!
    Sue :-)

  9. Yum, this soup sounds fantastic. It's a wonderful way to remember Bennigans.

    Love your new kitchen.

  10. Love potato soup and I am definitely marking this one to try--yum! Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays. Love (and envy!) how much space you have and how neat your kitchen and pantry are, ;-)

  11. My roommate in college and I used to go to Bennigan's about once a month for their monte cristo sandwich. So. Good. I can only imagine how delicious this potato soup must be then to compete with that. It looks fantastic.

  12. I've never had Bennigan's soup but I love potato soup! This looks hearty and delicious! Enjoy your new kitchen!

  13. I came back to tell you thanks for telling me about Copy cat recipes. Cool site.

  14. this sounds fabulous and ours here in Melbourne went out of business and used to be my favorite cant wait to try your out sounds perfecT!!

  15. I'm a huge fan of soups! This one I will be trying soon.. Love the new kitchen, enjoy!!

  16. That soup looks delicious!!!! I can eat soups every day!!!That kitchen space looks fantastic!

  17. What a fantastic soup! I am a huge fan of potato just makes you feel good eating it. Perfect comfort food for me! This one definitely looks like a winner!

  18. Oh! The potato soup look so tasty, and so creamy, just perfect for this time of the year :-) And you kitchen is so cute...

  19. If this is lick the bowl good then I'm all over it! Yum!

  20. Soup!!! I can never resist a good soup recipe! My mother always makes her grandmas's potato soup but I love the addition of the ham base in this recipe. Excited to try. Officially Following!



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