Amazing Rafferty’s Potato Soup Copycat Recipe


Rafferty’s Potato Soup Recipe

This recipe for Rafferty’s potato soup makes the best homemade potato soup you will ever try. Making this recipe gives you a delicious, creamy, potato soup that is loaded with goodness. Not only is it amazingly tasty, but it is also simple to make and low-cost to create. 

bowl of soup

Rafferty’s Restaurant 

Rafferty’s restaurants are famous for their potato soup. Rafferty’s restaurant was founded in 1981 in Kentucky. Most of their locations can be found between Atlanta and Cincinnati. The potato soup that they are famous for, is the smoothest, and most creamy soup you will ever taste… or is it. We are going to learn exactly how you can make this delicious soup, easily at home. 

Rafferty’s Potato Soup Recipe for the Best Comfort Food You Can Make

Rafferty’s potato soup recipe is the ultimate comfort food. Not only is it all warm and comforting, but it is also creamy and delicious. Potato soups are delicious and can be made in many ways, using different ingredients. Personally, I had never made potato soup this way, until I encountered their recipe. Hands down, this soup is the smoothest soup I have ever made. 

Copycat Rafferty’s Potato Soup

Although this soup recipe may not be the exact soup that Rafferty restaurants serve, it is extremely close and tastes amazing. You will not be disappointed, knowing that you have the power in your hands to make this awesome soup at home, from just a few pantry staples. 

A Recipe with Pantry Staples

This recipe is primarily made with items that can commonly be found in your pantry. Items such as potatoes, onion, cream cheese, cream of celery soup, cream of mushroom, milk, margarine, garlic salt, salt, and pepper are all it takes to make this delicious soup. 

Making Copycat Rafferty’s Potato Soup

Before you start making Rafferty’s potato soup, you may have a few questions on how to go about it. Here are a few, common questions that get asked, along with our answers to help you get started. 

Potatoes: Skin Off or Skin On?

Should you leave the skin on your potatoes or peel them? The answer to this question can be a matter of preference. Whatever you decide is not going to majorly impact your soup. Personally, I prefer using red or yellow potatoes and leave the skins on. Leaving the skins on helps the potatoes to hold their form better, and not fall apart quite so easily. I would recommend that if you are using normal baking potatoes, that you remove the skin. 

What kind of potato is the best for Rafferty’s soup recipe?

Any kind of potato will work for this soup. However, the best tasting kinds are boiling potatoes, such as red potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, and creaming potatoes. 

How do you keep potatoes from getting mushy in soup?

The best way to keep your potatoes from getting mushy is to cook them so that they are just done. If they are barely past the crunchy stage, they will not get mushy as easily. You may also try adding a pinch of salt to them as they are boiling. If you use baking potatoes, those are more likely to break up and become very mushy. Try using red or gold potatoes for better results. 

How do you fix bland potato soup?

The best way to fix bland potato soup is to add more seasoning! Following the instructions to make this recipe for Rafferty’s potato soup will not give you bland soup. Plus you can always add more garlic powder, garlic salt, salt, and pepper to help increase the flavoring if desired. 

How do you thicken potato soup?

Before you thicken anything, it is a good idea to allow it to cool first. Many soups will thicken quite a bit once they begin to cool. If you would like your potato soup to be thicker, you may take a bit of the liquid and pour it into a cup with a tablespoon or two of flour or corn starch. Once you mix this so that they are no lumps, you can pour it back into the soup. However, this step is not needed for this recipe. It is delicious, just as the recipe states. 

Can I Freeze this Potato Soup for Later?

Yes! You most definitely can freeze potato soup. The best way to freeze this soup is to place it into a sealable plastic bag or airtight container and freeze it for up to three months. 

Potato Bacon Soup

Now that all of your questions about this soup are set, it is time to take a quick overview of what you will need to do in order to make this amazing soup recipe. First, prepare your taste buds, for awesomeness! This potato soup is so rich and creamy, you are going to be making this recipe often. Plus, a great idea is to add a bit of cooked bacon to this soup! 

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This recipe for Rafferty’s potato soup is so good that it is blue ribbon worthy. Not only is it so tasty, but it is also a relatively quick and easy meal to prepare. Let’s look at what you need in order to make this! 

potato soup bowl

How To Make

Rafferty’s Potato Soup Ingredients

Potatoes, red or yellow
Cream of celery soup
Cream of mushroom soup
Garlic salt
Garlic powder (optional)
Bacon bits (optional)
Green onions (optional)
Cheddar cheese (optional) 

Rafferty’s Potato Soup Instructions

Start off by dicing your onions and potatoes. Place your onions in the bottom of your soup pan with a drizzle of olive oil and allow to cook. Once they begin to turn transparent, add your potatoes and cover potatoes and onions in water. Allow to boil until you can easily press potatoes with a fork. 

Dice your cream cheese and add it to your simmering mixture. Stir until your cream cheese is melted into your mix. Pour in milk. 

Add your canned cream of celery and cream of mushroom soups, stir to combine. Stir until soup mixtures are dissolved. If desired, add melted margarine, stir to combine.

Season your soup by adding garlic salt, salt, pepper, and garlic powder if desired. Ladle into serving bowls and top with chopped green onion, shredded cheese, and bacon bits if desired. Serve and enjoy! 

Rafferty’s Potato Soup Recipe – Homemade Tasty Recipe

Number of Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 25 minutes


6-8 medium potatoes, red or yellow skinned, diced
1 medium onion, diced
8 oz cream cheese, diced
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup milk
1 cup margarine (or butter)
1 tsp garlic salt
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp bacon bits, optional
4 Tbsp shredded cheddar cheese, optional
2 Tbsp green onion, chopped


Step 1: Cook Potatoes and Onions

In your soup pot over medium heat, add diced onions and a drizzle of olive oil. Allow to sauté until onions are just beginning to turn transparent in color. Add potatoes and cover onions and potatoes in water. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer until potatoes are cooked through. You can test the potatoes by inserting a fork, if it goes in easily, they are done. 

saute onions
potatoes and onions covered in water

Step 2: Add In The Milk and Cream Cheese

Next, cube your cream cheese and mix it into your soup pot until it is completely dissolved. Once the cream cheese is melted in, add milk, and stir to combine. 

adding cream cheese
adding milk to potato soup

Step 3: Add The Rest Of The Ingredients

Now take your cans of cream soup and add them into the mixture. Stir until they are combined. If desired, add melted margarine. Season with garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Allow your soup to simmer over medium-low heat for a few moments before serving. 

adding cream soup
finished potato soup

Step 4: Serve and Garnish

Ladle your soup into serving bowls and garnish the top with shredded cheese, green onions, and bacon bits if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy! 


If this recipe is missing one thing, I would say that it could use chunks of bacon throughout the soup. I recommend chopping up some pre-cooked bacon chunks and adding them before dishing your servings up. This makes the soup taste even better if that is possible! 

Another note is that you may substitute out the cream of celery or cream of mushroom for a cream of chicken if you desire. These soups can easily be exchanged for each other. 

If you are looking for a lower fat option, try leaving the margarine out. It is really not needed for this recipe at all. 

Chef Tips

For thicker potato soup, allow your soup to rest for about five minutes before serving. This soup will thicken as it cools. 

Rafferty’s Potato Soup Nutrition

It is estimated that one serving of potato soup as instructed to make above contains 988 calories. It is also estimated that it contains 74.6g fat, 76mg cholesterol, 1798mg sodium, 69.1g carbohydrates and 15.4g protein. 

Calories And Nutrition Information

If you are looking for a healthier alternative to this soup recipe above, I would strongly recommend leaving the margarine out completely. It is not needed for this recipe, and you can’t even tell it is gone. There are also lower fat and sodium cream soups you can purchase and include instead of normal full-fat ones. Another great substitution is to use low-fat cream cheese. 

I made this recipe, and only excluded the butter content. This decreased my total estimated calories to 583 per serving. It also made the fat content 29.2g, 76mg cholesterol, 1266mg sodium, 68.6g carbohydrate, and 14.9g protein. 

Where You Find The Rafferty’s Potato Soup

Rafferty’s potato soup is currently only available for purchase from their restaurants. However, with this recipe, you can make it anytime you want! Be sure to give this recipe a try and let us know what you think about it! 

Rafferty’s Potato Soup Recipe Crockpot

Rafferty’s potato soup can also be made in a crockpot if you want. There are a few different ways you can make it in a crockpot. First, you can make it on the stovetop then transfer it to a crockpot to keep it warm. Or if you prefer to make it all in the crockpot you can. Simply add all of your ingredients into the crockpot, stir it well, and then cook over low heat for 4-6 hours, depending on your crockpot. Stir occasionally to help mix your ingredients as they cook. Top with goodies if desired, serve and enjoy. 

Instant Pot Potato Soup Is Easy, Creamy, and Loaded with Bacon

Rafferty’s potato soup can also be made in an instant pot. Start by adding a couple of tablespoons of butter along with your onions to your instant pot, on a sauté setting. Allow to sauté for a short while, then add in potatoes and cover with water. 

Cancel your sauté setting, cover, and seal your pot. Then cook on manual high pressure for nine minutes. Let your pressure come down for five minutes, then do a quick release. 

Turn the pressure cooker back to the sauté and add the remaining ingredients. Allow the mixture to simmer for a few minutes then dish up and add your toppings. Serve and enjoy. 

{You MUST. TRY. THIS} – Awesome Potato Soup

This recipe is a must try recipe! It is quite easy to make and oh so delicious to enjoy! This soup is full of an array of flavors too, which makes it taste so wonderful. 

Three reasons to love Rafferty’s, four if you count the potatoes

There are many reasons to love this potato soup recipe! Not only is it easy and low cost to make this delicious potato soup at home, but this soup is also creamy, rich and loaded with goodies! 

Creamy Not Grainy. So many potato soups are so good, but somehow end up with a grainy texture to the soup base. For one reason or another something goes wrong, and creates this texture. One of the great things about this soup recipe is that there is so much creaminess going on, there is no grainy texture to be found. 

Rich. Rafferty’s potato soup recipe is also very rich. Thanks to the cream soups along with cream cheese, this soup is very delicious and rich tasting. 

Loaded. Many soups are out of proportion, meaning that they have too much liquid for the number of vegetables, or too many vegetables to be considered a soup. This is not the case with this potato soup recipe, it is just right. Not only is it just right, but it is also loaded with so many delicious foods, and you can add more if you want! 

Conclusion On Rafferty’s Potato Soup Recipe

This recipe for Rafferty’s potato soup is the best potato soup recipe you will ever find! With these step-by-step instructions, even the lesser experienced home cooks can tackle this meal. This soup will be a new hit at all your gatherings. Be sure to give it a try today and let us know what you think about it! 

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2 thoughts on “Amazing Rafferty’s Potato Soup Copycat Recipe”

    • Hi Nancy,
      Good question! You do not need to drain the water from the potatoes before adding the cream cheese. Your water and milk will be the base for the soup and will help to liquify your cream cheese and condensed soup. I hope this helps! Enjoy your soup! 🙂
      – Faith


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