Creamy potato and ham soup


Thanks for stopping by! To get the newest recipes subscribe or join us on facebook or pinterest.

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!




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!


Looking for more soup recipes? Here are a few of my favorite:

World’s best taco soup recipe

Chicken tortilla soup

Easy and delicious lasagna soup

15 delicious warm soups

Also don’t miss 50 slow cooker recipes

more by Jamielyn »

Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

Stay up to Date

Subscribe to get new post updates via email.

Join in! Leave a comment!


  1. Tonia@thegunnysack posted on October 31, 2012 at 7:26 am (#

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

  2. Jess posted on October 31, 2012 at 8:33 am (#

    Looks amazing! A great recipe for a cold day!

  3. Natalie posted on October 31, 2012 at 10:12 am (#

    Fat free half and half is a beautiful thing!!

  4. Ginny @ posted on October 31, 2012 at 11:34 am (#

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

  5. jacinda posted on October 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm (#

    whoa buddy that looks amazing. thanks for sharing!

  6. diana posted on October 31, 2012 at 3:55 pm (#

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

  7. Lauren posted on October 31, 2012 at 6:32 pm (#

    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 posted on November 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm (#

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

  9. Lauren posted on November 2, 2012 at 9:14 am (#

    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 :)

    • Donna posted on November 7, 2012 at 8:31 am (#

      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. Anjela posted on November 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm (#

    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!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm (#

      Thanks for catching that, updated the recipe. :)

  11. Kari posted on December 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on September 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm (#

      It should feed a family of 4-6. :)

  12. Melodie posted on December 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm (#

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

  13. Erin P posted on December 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm (#

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

  14. GERRI posted on December 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm (#


  15. Glen Bear Smith posted on December 27, 2012 at 9:45 am (#

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

  16. Jeanine posted on March 11, 2013 at 6:49 pm (#

    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!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm (#

      Yum! That sounds great!! :D

  17. Neva posted on March 28, 2013 at 9:50 pm (#

    Great recipe and blog.

  18. LisaS posted on September 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm (#

    Looks great – will definitely try!

  19. Sophia posted on September 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm (#

    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)

    • Jamielyn posted on September 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm (#

      I’m glad you and your mum liked the soup recipe! Soup really does warm the soul! :)

  20. Christina @ The DIY Mommy posted on September 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on October 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm (#

      I hope you enjoyed it! I’m so happy it is fall so I can make delicious soups all the time! :)

  21. Carolyn posted on October 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on October 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm (#

      Potato soup is the best! I am glad you liked it and that it turned out well for you! :)

  22. Cindi Janak posted on October 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm (#

    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!!

    • Jamielyn posted on October 31, 2013 at 1:48 pm (#

      I’m so glad your family loved it! I love doubling recipes to save in the freezer…anything to save time! ;)

  23. Nikki posted on December 30, 2013 at 7:22 pm (#

    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 :)

    • Jamielyn posted on January 1, 2014 at 10:52 pm (#

      Mmmm bacon would be delicious too! I will definitely have to give that a try, thanks for the idea!

  24. Lynnette Edmondson posted on January 27, 2014 at 11:53 am (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on January 28, 2014 at 1:02 pm (#

      I hope you enjoy it Lynnette! :) We love creamy potato soup in our house!

  25. Elaine posted on September 1, 2014 at 3:47 pm (#

    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!!!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 11, 2014 at 1:16 am (#

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Elaine! Thanks for your sweet comment. Hope you have a great week! :)

  26. Jen posted on October 14, 2014 at 3:44 pm (#

    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.

    • Jamielyn posted on October 27, 2014 at 7:49 pm (#

      Hi Jen! I tried clicking on the “print” link at the top of the recipe and it seems to be working now! :)

      • Jen posted on October 27, 2014 at 10:21 pm (#

        Yes, it works now.  Thank you SO much!!

  27. Geri posted on December 29, 2014 at 5:51 pm (#

    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..

    • Jamielyn posted on January 6, 2015 at 2:34 pm (#

      I’m so glad you liked it Geri! :)

  28. Andrea posted on February 29, 2016 at 12:14 pm (#

    Can I put this in the crock pot?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 29, 2016 at 6:24 pm (#

      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. glenda posted on January 10, 2017 at 6:33 pm (#

    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!