Grandma Olney's Soup

Joan Olney


My Great-Grandmother, Mary Olney, had a very large family and needed to feed them on their Iowa pioneer farm and keep them full. She used this easy family recipe from John Adams family (yes the president)made from simple ingredients. She would put this on the back of her wood burning stove and cook it all day. It's even better the second day! Delicious with thick, crusty slices of artisan bread.


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15 Min
50 Min
Stove Top


  • 4 medium
    potatoes, cut in 1/2" cubes
  • 1 medium
    onion, diced
  • 1/2 -3/4 lb
    bacon, diced
  • 6-8 c
  • 1 lb
    thick, amish style noodles
  • ·
    salt and pepper, to taste

How to Make Grandma Olney's Soup


  1. Place all ingredients, except noodles, into a large soup pot (I use a pressure cooker) and bring to a boil.
  2. Add noodles and cook until they are tender.
  3. Serve and enjoy.

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About Grandma Olney's Soup

Course/Dish: Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Irish
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom

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