Creamy Ham and Potato Soup

I’ve been playing nurse over at my house. All of my kids and my husband all of sudden got hit with 103 temperature and the chills. John was on his way to go golfing and came home so you know it had to be serious. They’ve been sleeping most of the day. I’ve been shuffling around my house making the rounds between taking temperatures, giving medicine, and trying to make them drink fluids. I’m just hoping that I don’t get it next but I feel like it’s inevitable. They would hardly eat anything but I did get them to eat this soup. This soup has 5 out of 5 stars on Allrecipes and over 4,000 people have rated it so what does that tell you! It’s definitely the best potato soup I’ve had. Thanks Becky for sending it my way…

Creamy Ham and Potato Soup

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup carrot, diced (optional)
  • 1 cup diced cooked ham (buy a ham steak in the deli section)
  • 3 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground white or black pepper, or to taste
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk

Instructions

  1. Combine the potatoes, celery, onion, carrot, ham and chicken broth in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the salt and pepper.
  2. In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour with a fork, and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk so that lumps don't form and until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through.
  4. Top with cheddar cheese, chives, and bacon if desired. Serve immediately.

Notes

Source: adapted from Allrecipes

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  1. Potato Soup!! Oh, definitely one of my favorites!.. Only thing is, I’ve always made it with bacon bits, but to make it with ham looks good too! I’ll have to try out your recipe! Thanks for sharing it!… and have a great day! ~tina

  2. I made this same recipe not too long ago as well! It is really the best potato soup I’ve had, my whole family absolutely loved it!

  3. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I read this just in time…I have lots of potatoes and some ham at home that I didn’t know what to do with, this sounds yummy!

  4. Looks nummers!!!! Love the new look of your blog!1

  5. oh, sorry to hear about your family! I’ll cross my fingers that you wont get it! This soup looks so delicious! Perfect for a fall dinner!

  6. I totally need soup recipes! I can’t wait to try this one. sick kids are bad but add in a sick husband and it takes it to another level! I hope they get well soon….

  7. this looks divine, we have a sold floating around here too. No real sickness just fever & the chills!

  8. Ah-maz-ing! Made this tonight for my family and they raved about it. Repeat for sure! I put in some creamed corn and it was a good addition. Thanks for sharing!

  9. @Crystal,
    Good. I’m so glad they liked it. It’s definitely a keeper.

  10. This looks really good. I want you to know I have been following your blog for a few months now—I can’t even remember how I can across it. But I LOVEE it! I can’t wait to see what you are going to post next & you always have a good story to go along with it. I’ve made several of your recipes…you’ve got a fan in the Midwest ;-)

    • Hey Christy, I am definetely try this today. My husband likes to eat early on Sundays, so when I get done with this, I ‘ll get it started. I have to agree, you share some amazing recipes and stories to go with. Very fun. I hope everyone is feeling better , that crap is floating in the North West to and I have about had it. Do you by any chance have any tips for substitutions for gluten free ingrediants? The more info. the better off I can cook for my husband. Thanks again and take care.

      • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

        Dianna,
        I definitely need to get more educated on gluten-free since it’s becoming very common these days. I wish I knew more. Sorry!

  11. I made this tonight and OMG! yum. I did a fridge crisper clean-out so I added a bunch of kale I had and I also added the suggested can of corn. This was such an easy recipe. We also put crumbled bacon, cheese and green onion on top.

  12. ohhhh this looks soo good! Will be trying it very soon!

  13. I just made this for tonights dinner and snuck a bowl before the family gets home….and it was wonderful!

  14. Just made this tonight and it was awesome!!! Thanks for all your great recipes, we always check out your blog first for fun new things!!

  15. potato soup is one of my FAVORITES! this looks amazing!

    thanks for a great recipe!

  16. This looks great! I’m not a big ham fan, but I might try this without it and see how it comes out!

  17. Thanks for the inspiration (again!). I featured a low sodium version of this recipe on my blog – http://blogfoodbetter.blogspot.com/

    Keep up the yummy recipes!

  18. I loved this soup. So good!! Thanks.

  19. SOOOOOOO tasty! :)

  20. This is excellent! Simple and tasty the way potato soup is supposed to be. I also added some fresh thyme and a little parsley and if you don’t know about white pepper, there really is no substitute in potato soup!

    Thank you for sharing this. We really enjoyed it.

  21. love this! i absolutely love these kinds of soup! :)

  22. yum yum yummy!!!!! Easy and delicious!

  23. Really good with the addition of roasted garlic

  24. Thanks for the recipe.Of all the soups,Potato Soup is my favorite. I have ham,and lots of potatoes.You just made my supper,thanks. Weezy

  25. This soup was so delicious, I made it tonight and my family is going back for seconds! Thank you, Nettie

  26. Amazing! Already made it twice, the first round was eaten up so quickly that my fiancé requested a round two! Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes, I love your site :)

  27. soup was delish! wish I would have doubled the recipe for lleftovers. I put carrots in also, great for a pretty color too!

  28. Great recipe! I subbed a parsnip for one of my potatoes. I also added mashed potatoes to thicken it

  29. This sounds so good! I even have some extra diced onion, celery and carrots I just froze after having too much in a “Black-eyed Pea recipe I made that also used diced Ham. So I am positive I will be trying this Potato Soup recipe next!

  30. This was so easy and very yummy! I made this tonight! it was a hit! I did not have ham on hand but I used bacon instead! YUM!!! This will be added to my recipes. The house smells so good!

  31. I like to make my potato soup with dumplings. Don’t bother to thicken the broth, the dumplings will do that for you. My family loves potato soup with dumplings! Then again, we do love dumplings- the fluffy kind.

  32. is it possible to use sweet potatoes for this recipe?

    • Sweet potatoes will totally change the flavor. I’ve never tried it with sweet potatoes so I’m not sure…

    • Before I saw this recipe, I had a large sweet potato, that I wanted to use up and cut that up. Delicious soup….ate it three days in a row and didn’t tire of it.

  33. Cindy Coureas says:

    GOING INTO THE RECIPE BOX/VAULT! I truly have to say this is the best soup I have ever made. Just perfect! I even substituted rice flour for the all purpose flour since I have a daughter who has gluten/wheat allergy. Can’t wait for her to try it when she gets home from school. Thank you for the recipe!!!!!

  34. Carol (GMom1000 says:

    This recipe looks really good, but 18 pages for “Print Friendly”?? Surely you all can do better than that!!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      @Carol,
      Sorry. Print Friendly is a third party plugin. I have no control over what it does but apparently it has a bug. I’ve now formatted it myself so the print button in the upper right works correctly.

  35. I agree about the number of pages printed. I only needed 2-3 but got 19.

  36. My family is completely broke for the next week so I don’t have the means to get the ham steak, and my husband is on a gluten free diet, so I would have find a substitute for the flour, other than that I would love to make that . It sounds great. I may make it for my self on the broke side of the recipe, because it has been over cast dreary and flat cold out for a almost a week now. Thanks for sharing and if I have success , I will let it be known. Take care and God bless.

  37. Made it for guests last night. I doubled the batch so that we would have leftovers. HA every last little bite was eaten!!! Sooo good, thank you.

  38. I just made this for dinner, using a ham bone and followed the directions exactly, EXCEPT doubled it. We had a fair amount of ham on the bone and I wanted to use it up. DELICIOUS!! It is a keeper! Printing it off as I type.
    Thanks for sharing it!

  39. I do not comment often on peoples blogs but I must in this case! I have made this recipe several times and WOWWWW amazing. The whole family loves it!! I have given the recipe out and its a hit with everyone. I especially love it because it can be creamy without being heavy and feel fattening. Thank you :)

  40. Can you make this in a crock pot?

  41. Hi, I made this last night. I added 1 t white pepper and the soup nearly killed us with hotness. Do you always add 1 t? Well, I liked the recipe otherwise, so next time I will modify it by adding 1/2 t pepper and seeing how it is. The soup looked great and the white sauce made it perfectly creamy. I used whole milk, but I imagine you can use other milk and still get a creamy result?
    Carrie

    p.s. we are accustomed to spicy food, too.. I don’t know if my pepper was extra hot or what :)

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      @Carrie,
      Sorry! I don’t remember mine being spicy. Hmmm. I’m not sure. I think you could use reduced fat milk and still have a creamy soup.

  42. To make this gluten free, could I replace cornstarch with flour?

  43. This soup recipe was amazing! My whole family loved it! I used Fat Free Half n Half instead of milk and it turned out great:) Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  44. I have been making potato soup for years and this is by far, without a doubt, the best potato soup I have ever made. I used red-skinned potatoes and used 1 cup fat free half and half and used 1 cup skim milk. Unbelievably creamy and delicious. Thank you for sharing! This is going in the recipe box!

  45. Is that 3 1/4 Cups of Chicken Broth???

  46. Oh my goodness love the soup. So delicious . Thank you. It was my first time making potatoe soup. It’s a keeper for sure

  47. We made this last night and it was amazing! It seems like the perfect go-to potato soup recipe that can be modified to use whatever meat or veggies you have in the fridge. I’m imagining a version with veggie stock and no ham for our meatless Monday meals. I’ll be committing this recipe to memory and using it often, thank you so much for sharing!!! Sheila

  48. Made this tonight, and it was delicious! Thank you! :)

  49. I tried this recipe with a single modification, I made my own ham stock using a leftover aitch bone from a Christmas ham. I did this simply by hitting the bone with a kitchen mallet to crack it, covering with water, and adding just a touch of salt and boiling for just over an hour. After doing so I sautéed the celery, shallots and garlic I had chopped and added to the stock left behind by the bone. The end result is a creamy potato soup with some additional, natural ham flavor and some extra character with the sautéed aromatics. The ham flavor carries through the whole soup and I am loving it.

  50. G.M. Caldwell says:

    I would substitute avocado as it says, but being a Southern Californian, and having grown up in the middle of an avocado orchard, I beg to differ about the avocados from Mexico. I will make sure that I use avocados from California, preferably the Calavo brand. We sold our avocados to Calavo, so I am partial to them.

  51. THANKS!!! SUPERGOOD!

  52. kitchenchef60 says:

    Great soup. It sure satisfied my entire family