I remember, when I was a teenager (when mastodons were roaming the prairies), sitting in the kitchen while my mom made potato soup. I don't have a recipe but this is the general idea. Two medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4 " thick slices and quartered. One medium onion, diced. One clove of garlic, smashed. Some olive oil. Some milk, maybe 1/4 cup Salt, pepper to taste. Saute onions in large soup pan. When they are clear and tender, add the garlic, then add the potatoes, enough water to cover (about 1 1/2 cups). Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 15 min. The potatoes will start to fragment and the soup will thicken. Add salt (about 1/2 tsp) pepper (about 1/4 tsp) to taste. Add some milk for flavor and protein. That's all. Nothing needs to be precise. If you want your potatoes in chunks, you can cook for shorter time. You can add some sliced celery, or shredded carrots, or sauteed mushrooms, but my mom never did that. I made this soup twice this week. It's very filling and satisfying, and heats you up from the inside. It's almost easier than making soup from a can. I think my mom may have used a teaspoon of garlic powder instead of actual garlic. She might also have added a teaspoon or two of margarine. A bowl of potato soup and a side of scrambled eggs, make a filling and satisfying lunch.