Historic Potato Soup

From the Rosie’s Riveting Recipes historic cookbook
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There’s nothing quite like a bowl of hot soup on a cold winter day, and who doesn’t love potatoes? Potato soup is economical and easy to prepare. You can also add other ingredients such as ham, green onions, cheese. It’s like having a baked potato in a bowl. 

This classic dish comes from the Rosie’s Riveting Recipes historic cookbook. No doubt is it similar to the way Grandma used to make it.

Gayle Martin



  • 2 cups raw potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons margarine*
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • pepper

Chop potatoes fine or grate them. Add potatoes, margarine, and onion to the milk. Cook the mixture over low heat until the potatoes are tender, stirring regularly. By that time the starch from the potatoes will have thickened the milk slightly. Add salt and pepper.

Modern Variation: To give this soup some extra zing try adding bacon, ham, or corn.

*Butter or olive oil may be used instead of margarine.



Imagine the government telling you how much meat or chicken you could buy, or how much sugar or flour you could have. Strange as it may seem, at one time it actually happened. During WW 2, the United States government devised a food rationing program to help insure that every family would have enough to eat. Rosie’s Riveting Recipes gives a glimpse into life on the WW 2 home front. Rosie’s Riveting Recipes is available on Amazon,  Barnesandnoble.com, and other fine booksellers