How To Make Easy Norwegian Potato Soup – Potetsuppe

In the 1750’s, potatoes arrived in Norway. The Priests early on appreciated potatoes in Norway.  The Priests discovered how healthy the potato as it helped people that were sick because of the vitamin C.  As well it was easy to grow potatoes in the Norwegian soil.  The Priests spread the message the importance of eating potatoes from the pulpit.  This how the “Potato Priests” arose.

Here is a simple Norwegian potato soup to make which only has 7 basic ingredients.

Norwegian potato soup ingredients

  • 4 potatoes, peel & sliced
  • 1 larged chopped onion
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • chopped parsley for garnish

See our recipe video to see how Karen Grete makes the Norwegian Potato Soup.


  1. Put sliced potatoes and chopped onion in a heavy 2-quart saucepan.
  2. Add salt
  3. Bring to boil
  4. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes,
  5. Cover with a lid
  6. Cook until potatoes are soft.
  7. Mashed potatoes and onions.
  8. Add milk, butter and pepper.
  9. Return to the heat and add milk, slowly, stirring continuously.
  10. Garnish with parsley.

This soup can be adjusted easily to add additional flavors such as chopped bacon or other herbs too.  As well you might like fresh ground pepper according to your taste too.

bowl of warm potato soup with parsley

I like to serve the Norwegian Potato Soupwarm with a slice of rye bread. cd211-photos2brye2bbread252c2bbrunsviger2b005blog

This is a simple recipe with just a few basic ingredients.  Perfect to make when you don’t have much in the refrigerator. Especially if it is cold outside and you don’t feel like running to the grocery store to buy groceries, this is a perfect soup recipe to make.


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