I dare you to find a potato soup recipe any better than this one! It came into our family from my grandfather's beautiful second wife, whom we called Grandma Alice. She was a firebrand preacher back in the day when female preachers were scarce. And she was the kindest, gentlest, God-fearing woman I ever met, and she warmed our hearts as she warmed our bellies. She is in heaven now but this recipe is a constant reminder to us of her and how blessed we were to have her in our family.
Peel and cube the potatoes; boil in a large pot until tender (use enough water to cover the potatoes and then some since this is the base for your soup). Leave potatoes in boiled water and mash with a potato masher if you want a creamier soup (my choice when making this recipe).
Add the cheese, butter, ranch dressing mix, salt and pepper. Mix the flour with a cup of water for thickening and add to the soup.
Cook on low heat until the cheese has melted. Best served with cornbread but crackers will do in a pinch.