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Copycat Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Potato Soup

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Cozy up to a bowl of rich, hearty potato soup with this Copycat Cracker Barrel Old Country Store copycat soup recipe. This soup only has a few ingredients so it's simple to make in your own home. With potatoes, celery, milk, and just a few additions, you will quickly have a delicious soup that's just as good as the restaurant version. This is a rich potato soup recipe that is not too heavy or creamy, but still makes a hearty meal. Serve it with a side salad or a sandwich for a great lunch or dinner.


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Updated Recipe: This recipe has been updated to accomodate the feedback in the comments. The instructions have been clarified and the proportions of the ingredients were altered slightly to make it a better soup recipe. Enjoy this updated version of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Potato Soup!

Cooking Time50 min


  • 3 pounds potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2 x 1-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces chopped celery
  • 2 quarts water
  • 4 ounces chicken base
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/2 quart milk
  • 4 ounces melted margarine
  • 1 cup flour


  1. Put potatoes, celery, water, chicken base, salt, and pepper in large pot and simmer 20 minutes.
  2. Add milk and bring to 170 degrees F.
  3. In bowl blend melted margarine and flour till smooth. Then add 1 quart of soup broth (from the pot) and blend. Using wire whisk, add back to pot and blend well. Simmer 20 minutes.

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Just wondering where the onion is people mentioned? and how much? I can't imagine potato soup with onion.

Potato soup is one of those things that's both hearty and simple to make. There are so many different variations, but my favorite is the one with most simplest of ingredients. Personally, I like to roast my potatoes and then put the soup together in a pot that I've cooked a few pieces of bacon in first...and when the soup is done to your liking top it with some green onion and bacon bits. My granny used to slice a boiled egg and put it on top of her soup before she ate it.

could you use chicken broth instead of chicken base + water?

Finally a basic potato soup recipe that uses all GOOD ingredients! To me, this soup was just the right consistency and all the right flavors. I've never had the Cracker Barrel version but this soup is definitely one I'd work into my weekly meal plan - simple and delicious.

Mmm! I don't normally eat at Cracker Barrel, but I may have to start...or, better yet, make this recipe myself. The flavors are very well balanced, and I love that I can taste all the hearty ingredients. A delicious lunch, dinner, or anytime soup recipe!

So. Delicious. On my second bowl. LOVE IT.

Prime Publishing Marketing Analyst Delicious! Mild flavor and not too heavy. Perfect for a cold, rainy day!

I practically burnt my mouth I was so excited to try this! It's great and not too heavy.

This soup is so warm and comforting! I love the chunks of tender potato in every spoonful.

I must state this was a good soup, but it is not a copycat of Cracker Barrel. I eat at the neighborhood Cracker Barrel at least once a week and often 2 or 3 times, because I love their daily specials. This recipe says to peel the potatoes. Cracker Barrel locally does not totally peel their red skin potatoes. I believe the peelings add some color and flavor to the soup. Thanks for the soup recipe you have provided, it is a good soup with just the right flavors of chicken, onion and celery.

CookinWithMimi: With regard to the comment below, there was a misprint, and it should have said first 6 ingredients, not 7. It has been changed. Thank you for all of your suggestions and input about the recipe. The recipe is correctly printed as is. It's one person's interpretation of the restaurant recipe. However, it couldn't hurt to add onion and garlic, as you suggested. Thanks for your tips! Blair, editor for

I'm wondering about the "missing" ingredient as well. I made this for dinner this evening, and kind of think that perhaps it is chopped onion? I added chopped garlic and some frozen corn to the recipe, but when I was eating it, I thought it was missing something, and think it was chopped onion. After the fact, I think there were not enough potatoes*, celery*, (+ my 2 extra additions) for the amount of broth there was. I also thought it was a little confusing the first time I read the recipe, and then again while I was making it, the second part of Step 3 about adding 1 quart of soup broth and blend it well. I was looking through my pantry for some chicken broth, and when I didn't find any, I re-read the recipe for another time, and realized that the 1 quart of "soup broth" was from the heated up pan, and NOT my pantry! DUH! Good thing I did not have any chicken broth in the pantry! All in all, I thought it was a very good recipe. Good flavor, good texture......I will definitely be making it again. * = the original recipe said it few 12 portions. Tonight for dinner there were just two of us. Therefore, I DID cut down a bit on the ingredients, and thought that I did it proportionately, but perhaps that is why my problem with too much broth/too few vegetables came into play. The next time I fix this, I will make sure we have more mouths to feed!

Am I the only one that's counting SIX, not 7, ingredients before them milk? So, was something omitted or was it a typo???? Makes a big difference, I'd think.

I found this website for the Krazy salt You can buy it on Amazon, too, apparently.

what is jane's crazy salt

Chicken base is usually in the soup isle next to the boullion cubes. It is in a jar....when added to water it makes chicken broth. Its not the same as chicken stock. Its a flavoring....chicken, beef, vegetable...etc.....that you add to water to flavor soups. Hope this is helpful to you.

What exactly is chicken base? Is it the same as chicken stock?


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