Copycat Marie Callenders Potato Cheese Soup

The old-fashioned flavor of a cheesy potato soup that can be made in no time!

Serves 8

8 cups potatoes; peeled and cubed
4 cups water
2 cups chopped onion
4 cups chopped celery
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups half-and-half
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

In a large saucepan, add water, potatoes, onions, celery, and salt. Bring to a simmer; simmer 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender; drain. Transfer to blender and puree until chunky.

Return to saucepan; add half-and-half, butter and cheese; simmer until hot, stirring to melt cheese.

Make sure you do not let it boil and stir often to prevent any burning.



  1. Question… you’ve got water listed twice? Is it 4 cups or 8?

  2. Half and Half is 1/2 whole milk and 1/2 whipping cream. If you don’t have whipping cream regular WHOLE milk will work OK. So, the recipe calls for 4 cups of 1/2 and 1/2, use 2 cups Whole Milk and 2 cups Whipping cream.
    “Whole” milk is milk that isn’t lower in fat……just regular MILK.

  3. Half an half is just half milk, half cream. I am also from oz and found it in all the supermarkets in the states. I found a longlife one in my local supermarket here in Perth.

  4. This recipe is EXCELLENT! I worked @ Marie Callendar’s for 4 years….this soup tastes EXACTLY the same! My family is constantly begging me to make it. I’ve even served it at parties & everyone loved it! It is a huge crowd pleaser Thanks for sharing!

  5. Made this tonight. It was so delicious! I will make it again for sure!

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