Van Gogh and the Potato Soup (ENG)

Van Gogh and the Potato Soup (ENG)

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) is one of the most known artist from the 19thcentury, with paintings such as Starry Nightand his self-portraits. For me, Vincent is more than colorful artworks. In his intense life he tried to embrace different themes and techniques: japonism art, pointillism technique, that he discovered in Paris by the impressionists, or social realism, similar to Millet.  

Self-Portrait with Pipe and Straw Hat, 1888.

From this period, one of the most known artworks is The Potato Eaters (1885), where we can see the family of poor workers around a table. Van Gogh thought that this artwork was the best of his works. It is a dramatic paint for the light and the face expressions of the people.

In fact, potatoes are a must in van Gogh artworks, as they are a symbol of extreme poverty, and the only food that a lot of workers and farmers could afford. So that’s why I based my menu on Van Gogh’s potatoes. 

The Potato eaters, 1885.

In this first post I will show you an easy potato soup, very popular in Germany, where it is called Kartoffelsuppe

Potato soup

Eating Arts
An easy and delicious potato soup inspired by the Van Gogh’s work The Potato Eaters.
Tiempo de preparación 5 min
Tiempo de cocción 40 min
Tiempo total 45 min
Plato Soup
Raciones 3


For the soup:

  • 2 Potatoes (600 g approx.)
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Celery stick
  • 1/2 liter Water
  • 1/2 liter Vegetable stock
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

For the toppings:

  • Ham or bacon
  • Spring onion

Elaboración paso a paso

  • Wash, cut and peel vegetables. 
  • Sauté in a pot the chopped onion, sliced carrots and celery.
  • Add the water and the stock and let it boil for 30 minutes. Cook the potatoes steaming. 
  • While it cooks, cut the spring onion and cook the ham in a frying pan.
  • When the potatoes are cook, mash the vegetables with the stock, and add them the boiled potatoes. Add salt and black pepper. 
  • Add the ham and the onion as topping on the soup. 

Hope you enjoy it!

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