Creamy potato and ham soup


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Now that fall is here all I want for dinner is soup! There’s nothing that taste better than warm soup on a cold day. Creamy potato and ham soup is by far my favorite kind. I had some leftover ham last week and decided to put it to good use. ;)

I’ve been looking for the perfect potato soup recipe for years and it is hard to find. I’ve played around with this recipe quite a bit and the truth is… the half and half makes all the difference. It definitely takes this soup out of the “low-fat” category… but it really is what makes this creamy potato and ham soup delicious!




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Creamy potato and ham soup


  • 4 potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1/3 cup diced carrots
  • 1/3 cup diced celery (or peas)
  • 31/2 cup water
  • 1 cup diced ham I used leftover honey baked ham, but a steak ham works great too
  • 3 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 small clove garlic minced
  • 5 Tb butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup half and half


1. Combine potatoes, celery, onion, ham , carrots and water in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are soft. Next, stir in the chicken bouillon cubes, salt and pepper.
2. In a separate pan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in flour with a fork, stirring constantly until thick ( about 1 minute). Slowly stir in milk and half and half with the fork. Next add in minced garlic and continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick.
3. Pour the flour mixture into the stock pot and stir until combined. Serve with shredded cheese on top. Enjoy!

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46 comments on “Creamy potato and ham soup”

  1. Delicious! I have a ham in the crockpot right now and if I have leftovers I am making soup!!

  2. Looks amazing! A great recipe for a cold day!

  3. Fat free half and half is a beautiful thing!!

  4. This looks amazing! Just pinned it so I can add it to my grocery list next week. :)

  5. whoa buddy that looks amazing. thanks for sharing!

  6. The soup looks very good to eat. I might try to make it.

  7. Your recipe is close to mine. I use 4oz heavy whipping cream, softened neufchatel cubes, and shredded cheese, along with my ham cubes. My family LOVES it (even my 2 yr old). We eat it with a side of “everything” bread. YUM!!

  8. Salon noir et blanc Reply

    I will try it, it seems to be so good !

  9. I can’t wait to make this soup but quick question. The ingredients show half & half but it’s not mentioned in the instructions. Should the half and half be stirred in flour base along with the milk? Thank you :)

    • Yes, the half and half and the garlic (& carrots). Should the minced garlic be added with the potatoes, onion, & celery? (I’m pretty sure the carrots go in then.) Thanks!

  10. I made this tonight and LOVED it.
    The recipe misses a few of the ingredients in the directions such as the carrots and garlic. Also, it didn’t specify how the potatoes should be cut– diced, I’m sure. Despite missing instructions, this is a keeper recipe!

  11. This looks great. I want to try it. Can you tell us about how many on batch will feed?

  12. I just made this for dinner. It was pretty good. I will probably pull it out again next time I have leftover ham.

  13. Just made this! used ham stock instead, but still turned out amazing! great recipe :)


  15. Being a retired chef I love trying new recipes. I am glad I found your site

  16. Mmm, I made this tonight but I made it my own. I doubled the recipe, added half again as much butter and flour, then used 2% milk. Once that was all stirred in I added a packet of instant garlic mashed potatoes to thicken a bit more, then 1/2 cup each shredded cheese and lowfat sour cream. I dropped a dollop of sour cream and a generous sprinkle of cheese on top. I wish I had green onions to add- they would have been wonderful! This makes a nice large pot of soup- enough for leftovers!Thanks for sharing!

  17. Great recipe and blog.

  18. Looks great – will definitely try!

  19. Just made this tonight! My mum wasn’t sure about it but once it was made she couldn’t stop eating it! Really nice and has made me feel better already (suffering form a cold)

  20. This sounds absolutely delicious & the perfect supper soup for fall! I’m trying it tonight.

  21. Just made this for my first attempt at potato soup and it is delicious and very easy!

  22. I tried this tonight based on the good reviews and we were not disappointed!! My 4 kids, ages 3-10 loved it and they tend to be skeptical with soups. It was delicious! I even doubled the recipe to make my life easier on another night! Thanks!!

  23. Really yummy! I used 6 small potatoes and no ham. Even my picky girl liked it! Yay! If I had bacon, I would’ve fried some up to crumble for the top :)

  24. Lynnette Edmondson Reply

    Looks great! I definitely am going to make this part of menu this week.

  25. I tried this recipe as soon as I saw it on Facebook. Wow!!! It is a definite winner. I will be making it a lot this winter!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  26. I’m having trouble printing this recipe. Any ideas why? It just opens up a new window that says “blank page”. Thanks!! :) I love your recipes.

  27. This is the best soup that I have had in a long time.  For extra flavor add a little more ham.  Quick, easy, and delicious..

  28. Can I put this in the crock pot?

    • Yes, but with some modifications. Step one can go into the crock pot (probably low 6-7 hours, high 3-4), step two needs to done as-is then added to the crock pot. I’d probably let that continue to cook for about 20 minutes before serving.

  29. I made this tonight and it was ridiculously good! Because I used 4 large potatoes I added a little more of everything. I combined the potatoes, celery, onion, ham and carrots into 4 cups of broth (instead of bullion cubes) and let it simmer all together. I added a little more half&half and milk and as someone else suggested, I added some cream cheese; about 1/4 block of it. Now it is simmering and waiting to be devoured!

  30. I made this recipe because I wanted to use up our left over cooked ham. The only issue was that I had to run out for half and half, since I don’t normally have this in my home. This recipe was easy to make and quick. I also substituted the celery for peas. My family loved this soup. Perfect for the winter months.
    I will definitely be making this soup regularly!

    Rating: 5

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