Deruny (Draniki) – Ukrainian Potato Pancakes

Deruny, also called Draniki, are traditional Ukrainian potato pancakes made with finely grated raw potatoes, onion, flour, and eggs.

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I learned to make Deruny (Ukrainian potato pancakes) when I was growing up and they’ve been a favorite of mine ever since. They’re easy, budget-friendly, filling, and taste like home! I know you’re going to love this simple but delicious recipe.

Close up of potato pancakes on a plate with sour cream.

What is Deruny?

Deruny, also called Draniki, are traditional Ukrainian potato pancakes made with finely grated raw potatoes, onion, flour, and eggs. The pancakes are pan-fried in a generous amount of any mild-tasting or neutral oil, like avocado oil.

The name Deruny means “to grate” and while it’s a labor-intensive process that requires a bit of muscle work, it is that process that results in an authentic dish. You can combine all ingredients in a food processor to speed up the process. The taste will be slightly different, but it still works.

What to Serve with Deruny

Deruny are traditionally served with a dollop of sour cream as a main dish for dinner or breakfast. In Ukraine, savory dishes, especially potatoes, are a popular breakfast food.

Deruny can also be served as a part of a large spread or as a side dish at large gatherings or celebrations.

You can pair deruny with quick and easy traditional Ukrainian cucumber and tomato salad.

What Else Can I Add to Potato Pancakes?

Deruny is a very simple recipe. However, there are some variations among the families mostly due to personal taste preferences and ingredients available on hand.

I use russet potatoes but yellow Yukon gold or red potatoes will also work. Any potato will work except baby potatoes, of course. You can use yellow or white onion.

You can add a clove or two of freshly grated garlic and a bit of chopped fresh dill. If you have gluten intolerance I am pretty sure you can use all-purpose gluten-free flour, just not almond flour or coconut flour.

How to Store Leftovers

Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days. That’s if you have any! No need to reheat as deruny taste amazing cold!

Tips for Making Potato Pancakes

  • Keep peeled potatoes in a bowl with cold water while peeling and grating other potatoes to prevent from browning.
  • Make sure to wear gloves when grating potatoes and onion. It is very easy to damage your skin when grating on star-shaped side of the grater.
  • Use mild tasting oil like avocado oil, light olive oil or grapeseed oil for frying as deruny absorb quite a bit of oil during frying. Extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil will overpower the taste of potato pancakes.
Overhead view of potato pancakes on a plate with sour cream.
Close up side view of Deruny on a plate with sour cream.

Deruny (Ukrainian Potato Pancakes)

Deruny, also called Draniki, are traditional Ukrainian potato pancakes made with finely grated raw potatoes, onion, flour, and eggs.
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine Ukrainian
Total Cost $2.77 recipe / $0.46 serving
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 about 5 Deruny each
Calories 252kcal
Author Olena Osipov

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs. russet potatoes $1.75
  • 1 yellow onion $0.38
  • 2 large eggs $0.39
  • 2-3 Tbsp all-purpose flour $0.02
  • 1 tsp salt $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper $0.02
  • 3-4 Tbsp cooking oil (for frying) $0.16

Instructions

  • Peel the potatoes and onion, then rinse with cold water.
  • In a large bowl, grate potatoes and onion on the star-shaped side of a grater, taking turns and mixing the grated mixture. This will prevent potatoes from browning.
  • Add eggs, flour, salt, and pepper and mix well. The batter will be on a liquid side. Alternatively, you can prepare it in a food processor by grinding all ingredients together until no large chunks are left, for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Preheat a large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp of oil. Add a large spoonful of pancake batter and fry until golden brown, flip and cook on the other side. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  • Serve the deruny hot with a dollop of sour cream. Makes about 30 deruny.

Nutrition

Serving: 5deruny | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 421mg | Fiber: 3g
Deruny in a skillet and on a plate.

How to Make Deruny (Potato Pancakes) – Step by Step Photos

Ingredients for potato pancakes.

For these simply potato pancakes you’ll need about 2-2.5 lbs. Russet potatoes, one yellow onion, two large eggs, 2-3 tbsp all-purpose, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, and 3-4 tbsp oil for frying.

Peeled potatoes and onions.

First, peel the onion and potatoes, then rinse with cold water.

Grated potato and onion in a bowl.

Grate the potatoes and onion on the star-shaped side of a grater into a large bowl, taking turns and mixing the grated mixture. This will prevent potatoes from browning.

Other ingredients for potato pancakes added to the bowl.

Add eggs, flour, salt, and pepper to the grated potatoes and onions, and mix well.

Potato pancake batter in a bowl with a spatula.

The batter will be slightly liquid. Alternatively, you can prepare it in a food processor by grinding all ingredients together until no large chunks are left, for about 3-4 minutes.

Potato pancakes in a skillet half-cooked.

Preheat a large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp of oil. Add a large spoonful of pancake batter and fry until golden brown.

Flipped deruny in the skillet.

Flip the deruny and cook on the other side. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Side view of Deruny on a plate with sour cream.

Serve the deruny hot with a dollop of sour cream. Makes about 30 deruny.

Overhead view of a plate full of Deruny with a dish of sour cream.

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Pesto Potato Salad

Parsley Pesto Potato Salad is an inexpensive, filling, and vibrantly flavored side dish that’s perfect for any summer meal.

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I could pretty much live off of potato salad, especially when there are so many different varieties out there to choose from. I’m leaning heavily on potatoes lately because they’re filling and cheap, so I whipped up a quick budget-friendly parsley pesto to turn my potatoes into a creamy and vibrant Pesto Potato Salad. Bonus, we roasted up the leftover potatoes the next day and they turned into a deliciously crispy side dish for dinner! (More on that below.)

Originally posted 3-30-3014, updated 7-16-2022.

Overhead view of parsley pesto potato salad in a bowl.

Budget-Friendly Homemade Pesto

To keep this recipe affordable AND super flavorful, I made my own homemade parsley pesto. Parsley is a fraction of the price of fresh basil, and I skipped the pinenuts to make it even more affordable. Even without basil or pinenuts, this pesto is super flavorful and the most beautiful vibrant green color you’ve ever seen. If you have a little wiggle room in your budget and want to add some other nuts, you can try adding some walnuts, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds.

What Type of Potatoes to Use

Because I made such big budget cuts with my pesto, I decided to splurge a little and go with baby gold potatoes. These cute little potatoes are tender and smooth, and hold their shape well, making for a very pretty potato salad. That being said, you can swap in virtually any type of potato, so go with whatever variety fits your budget. If you’re using a larger variety potato, just cut them into smaller pieces before boiling so the cook time doesn’t increase too much.

Make it Creamy or Not

The original version of this recipe was just roasted potatoes drenched in the parsley pesto itself, but this time I wanted to go for a slightly more creamy and moist potato salad. So I boiled the potatoes rather than roasting them and I mixed a little mayonnaise into the pesto to make a creamy-pesto dressing. But the mayo is totally optional! If you want to do the pesto on its own, this salad will still be amazing and fully flavored.

Repurpose the Leftovers!

We had a little fun with the leftovers of this potato salad. We smashed the potatoes on a lined baking sheet and roasted at 400ºF for 20-30 minutes, or until they were deliciously crispy on the edges. That mayo-pesto combo made the potatoes super crispy and the flavor was just SU-PERB.

Side view of a bowl of pesto potato salad.

Overhead view of parsley potato salad in a bowl.

Pesto Potato Salad

Parsley Pesto Potato Salad is an inexpensive, filling, and vibrantly flavored side dish that's perfect for any summer meal.
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Total Cost $5.31 recipe / $0.89 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 181kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs. potatoes $3.65
  • 1/2 bunch Italian parsley $0.70
  • 1 clove garlic $0.08
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan $0.36
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice $0.04
  • 1/8 tsp salt $0.01
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.32
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise $0.15

Instructions

  • Add the potatoes to a pot and cover with water. Add about a tablespoon of salt to the water, cover the pot, and bring the water to a boil.
  • Boil the potatoes until they can be easily pierced with a fork (the total time will depend on the size of your potatoes). Drain the potatoes and allow them to cool.
  • While the potatoes are boiling, make the pesto. Add the parsley, garlic, Parmesan, lemon juice, salt, and olive oil to a food processor. Pulse until the ingredients form a slightly chunky paste.
  • Taste the pesto and adjust the salt or lemon to your liking, keeping in mind that the flavor will mellow some once the mayonnaise is added and the pesto is mixed with the potatoes, so you want it to be strongly flavored.
  • Stir the mayonnaise into the pesto to create the creamy pesto dressing.
  • Once the potatoes have cooled enough to handle, slice them in half (or cut them into 1-inch pieces if using larger potatoes).
  • Add the potatoes and dressing to a bowl and stir until the potatoes are well coated. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 161mg | Fiber: 3g

How to Make Pesto Potato Salad – Step by Step Photos

Baby potatoes in a pot with water.

Add 1.5 lbs. potatoes to a pot and cover with water. Add a tablespoon of salt to help flavor the potatoes. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil. Continue to boil the potatoes until they can be easily pierced with a fork (the total time will depend on the size of your potatoes). Drain the cooked potatoes and allow them to cool.

Pesto ingredients in the food processor.

While the potatoes are cooling, make the pesto. Add ½ bunch of parsley to a food processor along with 1 clove of garlic, ¼ cup grated Parmesan, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, ⅛  tsp salt, and 2 Tbsp cup olive oil. You can make a double batch of pesto, if desired, and freeze half!

Finished parsley pesto in a food processor.

Pulse the mixture until it forms a slightly chunky paste.

close up of parsley pesto on a spatula.

Taste the pesto and adjust the salt or lemon to your liking, keeping in mind that it will mellow a bit with the mayonnaise and once spread once mixed with the potatoes.

Mayonnaise added to the pesto in a bowl with a spatula.

Stir 2 Tbsp mayonnaise into the pesto to create a creamy pesto dressing for the potato salad.

Sliced potatoes on a cutting board.

Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice them in half (or cut into 1-inch pieces if using a larger potato).

Creamy pesto dressing added to the potatoes in a bowl.

Add the creamy pesto dressing to the potatoes in a bowl…

Finished parsley pesto potato salad in a bowl with a spatula.

And then stir until everything is coated and you’re done! Enjoy your potato salad with any of your summer meals.

Overhead view of parsley potato salad in a bowl.

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The Easiest Cream of Spinach Soup (Vegan)

It is possible to have a creamy vegan spinach soup without adding any dairy-free milk or heavy cream. The not-so-secret ingredient is the potato. That’s right whole foods all the way! It technically makes this recipe more of a vegan spinach and p…

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The Genius Potato Salad That Converted a Potato Salad Skeptic

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Potato salad dates back to the early 19th century, when German immigrants first arrived in America. In the two-ish centuries since, the dish has made its mark as a cookout mainstay and an important symbol of family history and hierarchy.

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Our Best Potato Salad

Here’s how to make the best potato salad recipe! This American-style salad is creamy and classic: maybe even better than…

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Here’s how to make the best potato salad recipe! This American-style salad is creamy and classic: maybe even better than Grandma’s.

Potato Salad

There are loads of ways to make a good potato salad: German or French, loaded with dill or tossed in a tangy vinaigrette. But the type that holds our hearts is the American classic: just like Grandma’s or the grocery store deli counter! Here’s our best potato salad made the American way: creamy, tangy and sweet, and loaded with crunchy onions and pickles. It’s that pale yellow color that betrays the combination of mustard and mayo, and is destined for stardom at your next cookout or picnic. Prepare yourself in advance for the question: Can you bring that potato salad again?

Ingredients for the best potato salad recipe

Here’s how to make potato salad: the American way! Gather up your bottles of mayo, mustard and pickle relish for this one. This retro-style festival of condiments really does make for the best pop of flavor. We’ve made some updates to the classic recipe, adding Greek yogurt to stand in for a little mayo and fresh dill for an herbaceous pop. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Yukon gold potatoes: the variety here is important! Also called gold potatoes, they have a lightly sweet flavor and keep their shape when boiled. Do not substitute red skinned or russet potatoes!
  • White wine vinegar
  • Celery stalks
  • Green onions
  • Red onion
  • Fresh dill
  • Sweet pickle relish (or dill pickles)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • Yellow mustard and Dijon mustard
  • Celery seed
Potato salad

How to make potato salad

The trickiest part of how to make potato salad? Boiling the potatoes! There are several variations on the best way to do so. Critics argue over whether to peel and chop before or after boiling. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Quarter the Yukon gold potatoes, then place in a pot of cold water. Leave the skins on: they’ll come off easily later.
  • Boil the potatoes 8 to 15 minutes, until fork tender. Drain and rinse them under cold water.
  • Pop off the skins with your fingers, then chop into smaller pieces. When they’re cool enough to touch, the skins come off easily after boiling. Another trick? Sprinkle them with vinegar and salt before mixing (read more below).
  • Mix the potatoes with the sauce and vegetables. Chop the veggies, mix the sauce, and add it all together. Go to the recipe below for quantities.
  • Chill 2 hours. This salad tastes great right away, but it’s best when it’s cold. If possible, refrigerate it for 2 hours before serving.

Tips and ingredient notes

The basic method is simple, but it does take a bit of time to prepare this potato salad. But don’t worry: it’s absolutely worth the effort in the end! Here are a few notes about the process:

  • Sprinkle the potatoes with vinegar and salt, and let stand for 5 minutes before dressing. This trick from Julia Child is also part of our French Potato Salad recipe. It infuses the potatoes with tangy flavor before dressing them, which amplifies the flavor of the dish.
  • Use sweet pickle relish for a classic flavor, or dill pickles for more savory notes. Sweet pickle relish adds just the right sweetness to the overall mixture. But chopped dill pickles work too: they intensify the savory notes.
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream pair perfectly with mayo. Many salads use only mayo in the dressing. Adding Greek yogurt or sour cream in combination with it lightens the flavor. Greek yogurt also makes less calories and adds a slight tang.
  • Dijon mustard adds complexity. Yellow mustard is key to this classic recipe, but we love it with a little Dijon mustard in combination. We regularly stock both in our fridge. If you don’t, using 100% yellow mustard works too.
Potato salad

Storage info

This recipe just gets better over time! You can make a batch and store it in the refrigerator for days. Here are best practices when it comes to storage:

  • How long does potato salad last refrigerated? Up to 5 days. The flavor gets even better over time.
  • How long does potato salad last outside? Up to 1 hour. If serving outdoors, you can leave it unrefrigerated up to 1 hour, then return it to an ice-packed cooler.
  • How long does potato salad last at room temperature? Up to 2 hours. But try to minimize the time sitting at room temperature if possible.
  • Can you freeze potato salad? Freezing is not recommended because of the mayonnaise. Mayo doesn’t freeze well and can separate after freezing, and the potatoes can become discolored. Celery also doesn’t freeze well. The best way to extend the life is keeping it in the refrigerator.

Potato salad variations

Want to try another spin on this classic recipe? Here are a few variations that can compete with this tasty recipe:

This best potato salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free, go to Vegan Potato Salad.

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Potato Salad

The Best Potato Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8

Description

Here’s how to make the best potato salad recipe! This American-style salad is creamy and classic: maybe even better than Grandma’s.


Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes*
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar, divided
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3 large celery stalks
  • 5 green onions, thinly sliced (both white and green portions)
  • ¼ cup red onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • ½ cup sweet pickle relish (or chopped dill pickles)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard (or 2 yellow and 1 tablespoon Dijon)
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed

Instructions

  1. Boil the potatoes: Quarter the potatoes, keeping the skins on. Place them in a large saucepan filled with cold water. Bring it to a boil and cook for 8 to 15 minutes until tender when pricked with a fork. Drain and rinse the potatoes under cold water. Allow to cool slightly, then peel the skins off with your fingers and cut the potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Place the potatoes into a bowl and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the white wine vinegar and ½ teaspoon of the kosher salt. Mix and let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prep the salad: Slice the celery stalks in half lengthwise, then thinly slice them. Thinly slice the green onions. Mince the red onion. Chop the dill.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt or sour cream, yellow mustard, Dijon mustard, celery seed, 1 tablespoon of the white wine vinegar, ¾ of the teaspoon kosher salt, and plenty of fresh ground pepper. Add the potatoes, celery, green onion, red onion, and sweet pickle relish and stir until fully combined. For best results, chill 2 hours before serving. Stores 5 days refrigerated.

Notes

*The variety here is important: use Yukon gold or gold potatoes for best results.

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: Salad
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Potato salad, potato salad recipe

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Easy Vegetable Beef Soup

This super easy vegetable beef soup is a filling and flavorful option for lunch, dinner, or your weekly meal prep!

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One of the first things I learned when I embarked on my budget-food journey is just how easy, filling, and inexpensive soup is. Homemade soups are a breeze to throw together and they’re always so much tastier than store-bought canned soup. This vegetable beef soup is a great example. It’s chock-full of colorful veggies, filling ground beef, and the most delicious broth ever. Serve it up with a nice crusty bread for dipping and lunch is served!

Overhead view of a bowl of vegetable beef soup.

What’s in Vegetable Beef Soup?

This classic soup combines ground beef, potatoes, tomatoes, peas, corn, carrots, and green beans in a flavorful broth. To make this soup a bit easier, I’ve used a frozen vegetable mix to cut down on the amount of peeling and chopping needed to prepare the soup. That makes this Vegetable Beef Soup extra fast and easy. :)

To give this vegetable beef soup more flavor, we’ve added a healthy dose of Italian seasoning and some Worcestershire sauce to the broth for extra depth. Make sure you’re using a full-flavored beef broth for maximum deliciousness. I like to use Better Than Bouillon to make flavorful broth for my soups.

Beef Options

I used ground beef in my vegetable beef soup because it was the least expensive and the easiest to use. If you use a higher fat ground beef, you have the option to drain the fat off after browning, or leave it in for extra flavor and richness.

If you have room in your budget and would rather have chunks of beef in your soup, choose a chuck roast or bottom round roast, cut into 1-inch pieces. Simply brown the beef in the pot before adding the rest of the ingredients. No need to cook through during the browning stage, as it will cook through while the soup is simmered.

What Else Can I Add?

This is my favorite part of any recipe. What else can you add to vegetable beef soup to make it your own? Try adding some of these ingredients:

  • Barley
  • Chopped cabbage
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower florets
  • Parsnips
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Finely chopped kale
Overhead view of the pot of vegetable beef soup.
Overhead view of a bowl of vegetable beef soup.

Vegetable Beef Soup

This super easy vegetable beef soup is a filling and flavorful option for lunch, dinner, or your weekly meal prep!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Total Cost $10.63 recipe / $1.77 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 1.5 cups each
Calories 363kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion $0.32
  • 2 cloves garlic $0.16
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.32
  • 1 lb. ground beef $6.49
  • 1 russet potato (about ¾ lb.) $0.79
  • 1 28oz. can diced tomatoes $1.19
  • 1.5 tsp Italian seasoning $0.15
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 4 cups beef broth $0.52
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce $0.12
  • 12 oz. frozen vegetables (corn, carrots, green beans) $1.00
  • salt to taste $0.05

Instructions

  • Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add the onion and garlic to a soup pot along with the olive oil. Sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft and translucent.
  • Add the ground beef to the pot and continue to sauté until the ground beef is cooked through. If using a higher fat content ground beef, you can drain the excess fat, if you prefer.
  • While the beef is cooking, peel and dice the russet potato into ½-inch cubes.
  • Add the cubed potatoes, diced tomatoes (with juices), Italian seasoning, pepper, beef broth, and Worcestershire sauce to the pot. Stir to combine.
  • Turn the heat up to medium-high and allow the soup to come up to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low and let the soup simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  • Add the frozen vegetables to the pot and allow the soup to come back up to a simmer. Simmer the vegetables in the soup for about five minutes.
  • Finally, taste the soup and add salt to help the flavors pop. Start with ½ tsp, if desired, and add more until it reaches your desired level.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 21g | Sodium: 939mg | Fiber: 5g
Side view of a the pot of Vegetable Beef Soup with a spoon.

How to Make Vegetable Beef Soup – Step by Step Photos

Onion Garlic and olive oil in a soup pot.

Dice one yellow onion and mince 2 cloves of garlic. Add the onion and garlic to a soup pot along with 2 Tbsp olive oil. Sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft and translucent.

Browned ground beef in the soup pot.

Add 1 lb. ground beef and continue to sauté until the beef is cooked through. If you’re using a higher fat content ground beef you can drain off the excess fat, if preferred.

Tomatoes, potatoes, herbs, and broth added to the pot.

While the beef is browning, peel and dice one russet potato (about ¾ lb.) into ½-inch pieces. Add the diced potatoes to the pot with one 28oz. can diced tomatoes (with juices), 1.5 tsp Italian seasoning, ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper, 4 cups beef broth, and 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine.

Simmered soup without vegetables.

Turn the heat up to medium-high and allow the soup to come up to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low and let it continue to simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork-tender.

Frozen vegetables being poured into the pot of soup.

Add a 12oz. bag of frozen vegetables (corn, carrots, green beans), stir to combine and allow it to come back up to a simmer. Simmer the vegetables in the soup for about five more minutes.

Finished vegetable beef soup in the pot with a spoon.

Finally, taste the soup and add salt to your liking. The amount of salt needed will depend on the salt content of the broth you used, but you’ll likely need at least a little to help the flavors pop.

Side view of the pot of vegetable beef soup.

I garnished with a little chopped parsley for color, but it’s not needed for flavor. I do tend to put a little freshly cracked pepper or each bowl for a little extra pop, though!

Try These Other Easy Ground Beef Recipes:

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Vegetables and Gravy

Vegetables and Gravy is a simple, no frills recipe that is warm and comforting and can be made with simple, inexpensive ingredients.

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I’ve been having a lot of fun lately looking at old recipes from The Great Depression and I’m always surprised at how simple they are. They’re always just a few ingredients, barely seasoned, but always filling. The simplicity of those recipes inspired this Vegetables and Gravy recipe, although I did make sure it was well seasoned to fit today’s pallet. 😅

This recipe is great for those times when you just need to throw together something simple, warm, and filling using inexpensive ingredients that you might already have on hand. It’s kind of like a cross between potato soup and the filling of a chicken pot pie (minus the chicken). Is it the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my life? No. But when money is tight, this dish hits just right.

side view of a bowl of vegetables and gravy with a piece of bread and a spoon.

What is Vegetables and Gravy?

This dish starts with cubed potatoes that are boiled in vegetable broth until tender. The liquid is then seasoned with herbs and spices and thickened to a gravy with a milk and flour slurry. Next, we add a bag of mixed frozen vegetables to add color, texture, and flavor. And we finish the dish off with some butter for added creaminess, and salt and pepper to taste. Simple, filling, and satisfying!

What Else Can I Add?

If you happen to have some extra ingredients on hand and want to take this dish up a notch, here are some ideas:

  • Top with shredded cheese
  • Brown some bacon in the pot first and top the finished dish with the crumbled bacon
  • Add your favorite seasoning blend(you could do anything from a Cajun seasoning to something simple like Lawry’s)
  • Add chopped cooked chicken to make it more like a chicken pot pie (a great use for leftover rotisserie chicken!)
  • Add dumplings

How to Serve Vegetables and Gravy

I would consider this a simple all-in-one bowl meal and would not plan to make anything on the side. I might serve with some crusty bread for sopping up all that delicious gravy, but otherwise, everything I need is in that bowl. If you definitely need something on the side, I’d do a simple roasted vegetable. Maybe broccoli or Brussels sprouts.

About Those Leftovers…

Because this gravy is thickened with flour, it does gel up and get quite thick when refrigerated. But don’t worry, it will loosen a bit upon reheating and you can always add a splash of water or milk to thin it out even more, if needed.

A ladle full of vegetables and gravy being lifted from the pot.
Side view of a bowl of vegetables with gravy with a piece of bread and a spoon.

Vegetables and Gravy

Vegetables and Gravy is a simple, no frills recipe that is warm and comforting and can be made with simple, inexpensive ingredients.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Total Cost $4.00 recipe / $1.00 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 1.5 cups each
Calories 317kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs. russet potatoes $1.96
  • 2 cups vegetable broth $0.26
  • 1 cup milk $0.20
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour $0.03
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce $0.12
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 12 oz. frozen mixed vegetables $1.00
  • 2 Tbsp butter $0.22
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste) $0.02

Instructions

  • Peel and cube the potatoes into ¾-inch pieces.
  • Add the cubed potatoes to a large pot with the vegetable broth. Cover the pot, turn the heat on to medium-high, and allow the broth to come up to a boil. Continue to boil the potatoes until they are fork-tender.
  • While the potatoes are boiling, whisk together the milk and flour.
  • Once the potatoes are tender, turn the heat down to medium and add the flour and milk slurry. Also add the soy sauce, thyme, sage, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper.
  • Allow the liquid in the pot to come back up to a simmer, at which point it will thicken to a gravy.
  • Add the frozen vegetables to the pot, stir to combine, then allow them to heat through.
  • Stir the butter into the gravy until melted and combined. Give the gravy a taste and add salt, pepper, butter or other seasonings to your liking. Serve hot!

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cup | Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 1381mg | Fiber: 6g
Overhead view of a bowl of vegetables and gravy with a piece of bread.

How to Make Vegetables and Gravy

Diced potatoes on a cutting board.

Start by peeling and cubing about 1.5 lbs. russet potatoes. Cut them into ¾-inch cubes.

broth being poured into a pot with cubed potatoes.

Add the cubed potatoes to a large pot and add 2 cups of vegetable broth. Place a lid on top, turn the heat up to medium-high, and bring the broth up to a boil. Continue to boil the potatoes until fork tender (about 7 minutes).

Milk in a measuring cup with a whisk.

While the potatoes are boiling, prepare the milk and flour slurry. Whisk ¼ cup all-purpose flour into 1 cup milk.

Milk being poured into the pot with potatoes and herbs.

Once the potatoes are tender, turn the heat down to medium and add the milk and flour slurry to the pot along with 2 Tbsp soy sauce, ½ tsp dried thyme, ½ tsp dried sage, ½ tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp garlic powder, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper. Stir to combine.

Thickened gravy being stirred in the pot.

Allow the liquid to come back up to a simmer, at which point it will thicken into a gravy.

Frozen vegetables being poured into the pot.

Add one 12oz. bag of frozen mixed vegetables and stir to combine. Allow the vegetables to heat through in the gravy.

Finished vegetables and gravy being stirred in the pot.

Lastly, add 2 tablespoons of butter to the gravy and stir until it has melted in. Give the gravy a taste and add salt, pepper, or more butter to your liking.

Overhead view of a pot full of vegetables and gravy.

Serve it up hot with a little bread for sopping up that delicious gravy! (I garnished with some fresh parsley because I had it on hand, but it’s not necessary to flavor this dish.)

Side view of a bowl of vegetables with gravy with a piece of bread and a spoon.

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Herby Potato Salad

This Herby Potato Salad has tender baby potatoes, a bright and zesty lemon-Dijon vinaigrette, and a healthy dose of fresh herbs.

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I don’t know about you, but I could eat potato salad every day of my life and not get sick of it. But it might be nice to have different flavors of that potato salad from time to time, and this Herby Potato Salad is the perfect light and fresh potato salad option for spring. It has tender baby potatoes, a light and zesty lemon-Dijon vinaigrette, and a healthy dose of fresh herbs. Simple, fresh, and sunny!

overhead view of an oval platter full of herby potato salad.

What Type of Potatoes to Use

Baby potatoes are my first choice for this potato salad because they’re bite-sized, the skin is tender, and they hold their shape well in the salad. BUT they can be pricey compared to most potatoes, so you can use another waxy variety, like Yukon Gold or red potatoes, instead. If you’re using a larger potato, simply cut them into one-inch cubes.

Can I Use Different Herbs?

Yes! The great thing about this recipe is that you can swap out whatever fresh herbs you have access to. I used parsley, green onion, and basil, but you could use any of the following herbs as well:

  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Tarragon
  • Chives
  • Thyme
  • Oregano

Do You Serve Herby Potato Salad Warm or Cold?

Either way! I think warm might be my favorite, but I’m not going to turn down this tangy potato salad the next day when it’s chilled! After some time in the refrigerator, the dressing soaks into the potatoes a bit more and adds even more flavor.

What to Serve with Herby Potato Salad

This simple potato salad would go great with any type of roasted or grilled meat, like Baked Chicken Drumsticks or Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin, or as a side to a light burger, like Mediterranean Turkey Burgers. This salad would also be really awesome as part of a vegetarian platter when paired with Mediterranean Coleslaw and Hummus.

side view of a platter full of herby potato salad.
side view of a platter full of herby potato salad.

Herby Potato Salad

This Herby Potato Salad has tender baby potatoes, a bright and zesty lemon-Dijon vinaigrette, and a healthy dose of fresh herbs.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Total Cost $4.50 recipe / $1.13 serving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 258kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil $0.64
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice $0.08
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar $0.10
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard $0.12
  • 1 clove garlic, minced $0.08
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02

Salad

  • 1.5 lbs. baby potatoes $2.99
  • 1 tsp salt (to salt water for boiling) $0.05
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley $0.01
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil $0.20
  • 1 green onion, chopped $0.10

Instructions

  • Make the vinaigrette first. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, Dijon, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until smooth, then set the dressing aside.
  • Wash the potatoes and slice them in half (or into 1-inch pieces).
  • Place the potatoes in a pot, cover with water, and add 1 tsp salt. Bring the pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil the potatoes until tender (8-10 minutes).
  • Drain the potatoes in a colander and let them cool until they are still warm bu no longer steaming.
  • While the potatoes are cooling, chop the parsley, basil, and green onion.
  • Place the drained and slightly cooled potatoes in a bowl. Pour the vinaigrette over top and stir to coat. Let the potatoes sit for about five minutes, stirring occasionally, so they can absorb some of the dressing.
  • Finally, add the chopped herbs and stir to combine. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking. Serve warm or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Sodium: 767mg | Fiber: 4g

How to Make Herby Potato Salad – Step by Step Photos

lemon dijon vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl

Prepare the vinaigrette first. Add ¼ cup olive oil, 2 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar, 2 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 clove garlic (minced), ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked pepper in a bowl.

Whisked lemon Dijon vinaigrette in a bowl.

Whisk the ingredients together until smooth, then set the dressing aside.

baby potatoes sliced in half on a cutting board.

Wash and slice 1.5 lbs. baby potatoes in half. If using a different variety of potatoes, cut them into 1-inch cubes.

Salt being sprinkled into a pot with potatoes and water.

Add the potatoes to a pot, cover with water, then add 1 tsp salt to the water. Bring the pot of water up to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil the potatoes until fork tender (about 8-10 minutes, depending on the size), then drain in a colander.

Boiled potatoes draining in a colander.

Allow the potatoes to cool until warm, but no longer steaming.

Chopped herbs on a cutting board.

While the potatoes are cooling, chop about 2 Tbsp each of your fresh herbs (this is flexible, you can use more or less to your liking).

Dressing being poured over the potatoes in a bowl.

Transfer the drained and slightly cooled potatoes to a bowl and pour the dressing over top. Stir until the potatoes are coated. Let the potatoes sit for about five minutes, stirring occasionally, so they can absorb some of the vinaigrette.

Herbs added to the potato salad in the bowl.

Add the chopped herbs to the potato salad and stir to combine. Give it a taste and adjust the salt or pepper if needed.

Overhead view of a platter full of potato salad with a fancy serving spoon.

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Hearty Vegan Breakfast Hash (Oyster Mushroom Jerky)

Isn’t a hearty vegan breakfast is the best way to start your day? Fire up your skillet and make fried potatoes, crispy oyster mushroom jerky mixed with a rainbow of veggies like green peans, onions, and bell peppers to create a delicious vegan ha…

Isn’t a hearty vegan breakfast is the best way to start your day? Fire up your skillet and make fried potatoes, crispy oyster mushroom jerky mixed with a rainbow of veggies like green peans, onions, and bell peppers to create a delicious vegan hash. If you also like savory breakfast or brunch recipes try this...

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Loaded Potato Soup

Loaded Potato Soup is like your favorite baked potato with all the fixins, like bacon, sour cream, green onion, and cheese, but in a bowl!

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Loaded baked potatoes are amazing, but you can’t cozy up and warm your hands on it like you can with a big bowl of soup! So let’s turn that baked potato into a thick and creamy, warm and cozy, delicious and filling bowl of Loaded Potato Soup to get us through the last couple months of winter. This soup has all the usual fixins like bacon, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and green onion all piled into a thick and velvety potato soup base. Soooo cozy!

a bowl of loaded potato soup topped with bacon, cheese, and green onion.

What Kind of Potatoes are Best for Potato Soup?

I chose to use russet potatoes for my potato soup for a few reasons. They mash easily and are a bit starchier than other potato varieties, which helps make a nice thick soup. Youkon Gold, which are slightly starchy and slightly waxy and hold their shape better, so they are a good option if you like your soup to be more on the chunky-soupy side rather than thick and velvety.

Looking for a Sweet Potato Soup? Check out my Creamy Sweet Potato Soup.

It’s All About the Bacon

Using a little bit of bacon in this recipe goes a long way toward adding richness and smoky flavor to every bowl. I used only a ¼ pound of bacon to add flavor while keeping the recipe budget-friendly, but you can certainly use ½ pound or even a whole pound if you’re a bacon lover!

What Else Can I Add to Potato Soup?

I love recipes that allow for fun add-ins or toppings, and this loaded potato soup is definitely one of them! Here are a few other ingredients that you can add, if you have them on hand:

A ladle of potato soup being lifted from the pot.
overhead view of a bowl of loaded potato soup with toppings.

Loaded Potato Soup

Loaded Potato Soup is like your favorite baked potato with all the fixins, like bacon, sour cream, green onion, and cheese, but in a bowl!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine American
Total Cost $6.16 recipe / $1.02 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 1.5 cups each
Calories 538kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. bacon $1.37
  • 1 yellow onion, diced $0.32
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced $0.32
  • 3 Tbsp butter $0.33
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour $0.03
  • 2 cups chicken broth $0.26
  • 2 cups whole milk $0.40
  • 2 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled & diced $1.20
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste) $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 1/2 cup sour cream $0.37
  • 4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded $1.15
  • 3 green onions, sliced $0.30

Instructions

  • Add the bacon to a large soup pot and cook over medium heat until brown and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a clean bowl or plate, leaving the bacon grease in the pot.
  • While the bacon is cooking, dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add the onion and garlic to the pot after the bacon has been removed and cook over medium heat in the bacon grease until the onions are soft and translucent.
  • Add the butter and flour to the pot and continue to stir and cook over medium heat for about two minutes to form a roux.
  • Add the chicken broth and milk to the pot and whisk to dissolve all of the flour and butter.
  • Add the diced potatoes to the pot, cover, and turn the heat up to medium-high to bring the broth up to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low and let the potatoes simmer for 15 minutes, or until they are very tender (easily pierced with a fork).
  • Use a potato masher or immersion blender to mash the potatoes until the soup is to your desired thickness.
  • Season the soup with smoked paprika, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Once seasoned, stir in the sour cream.
  • Serve the soup hot and top each bowl with the crumbled bacon, sliced green onions, and cheddar cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 538kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 38g | Sodium: 736mg | Fiber: 3g
A spoon stirring a bowl of loaded potato soup.

How to Make Potato Soup – Step by Step Photos

browned bacon in the bottom of a soup pot

This recipe starts with BACON! Cook ¼ lb. of bacon in a soup pot over medium heat until brown and crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a clean bowl or plate and leave the bacon grease in the pot.

Diced onion and minced garlic added to the pot with bacon grease.

While the bacon is cooking, dice one yellow onion and mince four cloves of garlic. Add them to the pot after removing the bacon and continue to sauté over medium heat in the bacon grease until the onions are soft and translucent.

Flour and butter added to the soup pot.

Next, add 3 Tbsp butter and 3 Tbsp flour to the onions and garlic. Continue to cook and stir over medium heat for about two minutes. The butter and flour will form a roux that helps thicken the soup.

Diced Potatoes on a cutting board

While the onions are sautéing, peel and dice 2 lbs. russet potatoes into ½-inch cubes. The smaller the cubes, the faster they’ll cook.

broth in the soup pot, milk being poured in.

Add 2 cups chicken broth and 2 cups whole milk to the pot. Whisk to dissolve all the flour and butter, then add the diced potatoes.

Simmered potato soup in the pot.

Simmer the potatoes in the soup for about 15 minutes, or until they are VERY soft. The total time needed will depend on the size of your potato cubes, but you need to let them simmer until they’re easily pierced with a fork so that they’ll be easily washable.

Potato masher in the pot of soup.

Use a potato masher or immersion blender to partially mash the potatoes or until the soup is to your desired thickness (some like it chunky, some like it smooth!).

Seasonings added to the soup.

Then it’s time to add some more seasoning. I added ½ tsp smoked paprika, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, ½ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked pepper.

sour cream added to the soup.

And lastly, to make the soup extra creamy and extra baked-potato-like, stir in ½ cup sour cream.

A pot of potato soup with toppings added.

Slice three green onions and shred about 4oz. of cheddar cheese. Add the green onion, cheese, and crispy bacon to each bowl (or to the pot if you want to make a nice presentation for the dinner table).

close up of a ladle full of loaded potato soup.

Delish!

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