Potato Soup

Esther Hardman Recipe

By Esther Hardman hadassah45

4 people
10 Min
30 Min

Once the potato was introduced to the Eastern Europeans there was no going back. Easy to grow and filling. There was always plenty of milk because fortunately Eastern Europeans kept cows, no shortage of milk.
My Mom loved her potatoes. Sometimes that is all she would wanted and I happily obliged. At the time, her mind was back in the 30's when in Brooklyn starvation was something you lived with. Potatoes are not fancy and I sometimes get very sad thinking about how she must have suffered.

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3 Tbsp
2 c
onions, finely chopped
1 c
celery, diced
2 lb
potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
6 c
2 Tbsp
pearl barley, uncooked
1 c
whole milk or half and half
2 tsp
¼ tsp
ground white pepper

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and saute' onions until golden, about 10 minutes.
Add the celery, potatoes, salt, water and barley. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil vigorously, partially covered, for 30 minutes. The potatoes and barley should be tender. Using a potato masher,mash the potatoes in pot to add some thickening. Add the milk or cream and stir well. Adjust your salt. Stir in pepper and heat to simmer.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Soups, Potatoes, Vegetable Soup
Hashtag: #potato

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Oct 18, 2011 - Esther Hardman shared this recipe with discussion groups: Jewish Home Cooking TRIED & TRUE RECIPES What's Cookin' Today?
Kim Biegacki pistachyoo
Oct 18, 2011
This sounds delicious. My mother loves potato soup too and would probably live on just that she enjoys it so much. I have never thought to put barley into the potato soup. I will look forward to trying this recipe out.
Mary Gresham meemer
Oct 18, 2011
This sounds so comforting to have on a rainy winter day - would bring a bright spot to the day. I love easy, simple recipes.
Esther Hardman hadassah45
Oct 18, 2011
And you know you can put all kinds of stuff it. I have fresh parsley and chives still in the garden, all kinds of things. It is a good base recipe.
Renee Marcinkoski ReneeM
Oct 18, 2011
Beautiful...love your story.
Donna Woodford DiabeticDonna2
Oct 30, 2011
This potato soup recipe sounds great and I still have the opportunity to add other veggies. Thank you for your recipe.
Lynda Wilczak LyndaW
Jun 28, 2012
Barley? what a wonderful idea! I will buy some and make your recipe!
My father grew up during the depression next to the stockyards in Chicago. One recipe my Busha made was potato soup and homemade potato bread. I wish I had her recipes! God Bless!
Katherine Hughes Ozarkkat
Sep 10, 2012
Wonderful recipe and it also reminds me of the potato soup my mother used to make, I also miss mine very much :(
Thank you for sharing.