Simply Potatoes Potato Soup


Potato Soup


The last time that I purchased Simply Potatoes during a big sale at Publix, I never used them, forgot to freeze them, and ended up throwing them out. {gasp!}


Determined not to make the same mistake twice, I decided to use some leftovers from Easter Dinner and whip up something yummy from our fridge and stockpile for dinner last night. If you’re a Publix Shopper I’m betting you have all these ingredients right in your kitchen, and this is a great way to turn those deals into meals!  While I love getting great deals, if I pick up the deals but forget to use them I’m not saving any money at all (and wasting my time . . . ) so coming up with ways to make use of a bargain always makes me happy.

Just for fun, here’s what this pot of soup cost me:

  • Simply Potatoes ($.30 in last week’s sale)
  • Sargento Cheese $.74 (2 cup bags were $1.49 after coupons last week, plus I got free eggs because I bought two)
  • Ham (leftover from Easter, so I had to buy it anyways)
  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese (free at Publix a few weeks ago)
  • Swanson Chicken Broth ($.67 for large carton in last week’s sale)
  • Half and Half (I think it was around $1.67 ~ I actually bought if for another recipe so I had some in the refrigerator. . . I’ve substituted with milk before in other potato soup recipes, but I’m not sure it would be quite as creamy unless the milk was 2% or whole?)
  • Total Spent: $3.38 for enough soup to easily feed 6-8 people (if you really want to treat your family, add a loaf of homemade bread and Cinnamon Butter too)
My family loved the recipe, and while it took just an ounce more effort than my slow cooker potato soup recipe takes, it was still super easy to throw together  and used some great bargains too.   I’d love to hear if you’ve turned any deals into meals lately . . . it’s fun to see what recipes work when using what you have on hand!


Simply Potatoes Potato Soup


  • 14 oz can chicken broth
  • 2 cups Simply Potatoes (I used hashbrowns but think any of the Simply Potatoes brands would work
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fully cooked ham (optional but will add a little flavor)
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 pepper


  1. Combine chicken broth, potatoes and ham in saucepan on stove.
  2. Bring to a boil and cook, then reduce heat and cook on low for 20 minutes.
  3. Add half and half, and cook an additional 10 -15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
  4. Add cream cheese, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper. Cook until cheese is melted.
  5. Enjoy!


Recipe adapted from Simply Potatoes.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups, and check out $5 Dinner Mom for more bargain meal deals!  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE


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  1. I actually just made a potato soup in my slow cooker using the simply potatoes diced potato and onion variety. It was good but came out with way more oniony flavor than I thought it would. I may try the hash browns for next time 🙂

  2. Denise Bolen says:

    Cooking this for Dinner,will let you know how it came out! <3

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