Our ham potato soup recipe takes only 40 minutes (including preparation time) and a few simple ingredients to prepare a flavorful and hearty soup. This warm and comforting one-pot supper is filled with delectable ham, creamy potatoes, and sweet corn, and is topped with some crispy bread or a crouton.
This ham potato soup is rich, substantial, and bursting with flavor. Perfect for hectic weeknights or when you have a yearning for hot soup!
Is Ham Potato Soup Healthy?
Packed with fresh vegetables, our ham potato soup is healthy.
Potatoes are nutrient-rich and contain several vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. The veggies have also been linked to a variety of amazing health advantages, including enhanced heart health and immunological and digestive system enhancements.
Furthermore, we carefully calculated the amount of milk and butter in the recipe to ensure a delicious and nutritionally-balanced dinner. The dish conforms to the USDA’s dietary guidelines.
If you have a large amount of leftover ham and vegetables, simmering them in a soup is one of the simplest methods to change it into a whole new dish.
Ham: Either a leftover ham bone, some glazed ham, or a meaty ham shank can be used. You can substitute classic ham with diced and browned smoked sausage, crumbled and browned mild Italian sausage, or a comparable ground sausage.
Potatoes: This dish calls for Russet potatoes. During cooking, they become tender and creamy, absorbing all the lovely broth.. Russet potatoes are also quite starchy, which aids with soup thickening.
You may substitute red-skinned potatoes or Yukon golds for Russet potatoes for harder, chunkier potato cubes that maintain their form after cooking.
Additional Vegetables: Vegetables build the texture of this soup recipe. Feel free to add or omit more onions, celery, carrots, or peas to your pot.
Dairy: Add milk and continue simmering until the potatoes are cooked and the soup has thickened. As for heavy cream, note that if it is brought to a boil, it may separate. Therefore, it’s best to add heavy cream just before serving.
Salt and Pepper: To taste and enhance the sweetness of vegetables.
How Do You Thicken Potato Ham Soup?
Potatoes naturally thicken soup, but occasionally you may like a soup with an even thicker texture. Here are some straightforward ways for thickening:
Add Cheese: Near the end of the cooking, stir grated cheddar cheese into potato soup and gently whisk the soup. The cheese will thicken the soup when it melts.
Make a Roux: A roux is composed of equal parts all-purpose flour and butter, which is sautéed for a few minutes to cook the raw flour. You can use the roux at the start of a soup recipe or at the end of the cooking process if the soup is still not as thick as you want it.
Use an Immersion Blender: If you own an immersion blender, you can pureé a portion of the potato soup directly in the saucepan. Alternatively, you may transfer a portion of the soup to a food processor or powerful blender, puree it, and then return it to the soup pot. This method has the benefit of requiring no extra ingredients.
How to Serve
This ham potato soup will taste amazing with some bread or dinner rolls to dip in it. Other wholesome options include cornbread, croissant, and sandwiches. Together, they can be served as a light lunch or as a hearty side dish with a main course.
Storage and Reheating
As the potatoes can get grainy and cream tends to separate once frozen and defrosted, we do not recommend freezing the soup. However, the soup can be refrigerated for up to three to four days.
When you want to have the soup, reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave until thoroughly heated. If the texture has thickened too much, add a few tablespoons of milk or broth to thin it out to your desired consistency.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Emily Rogers is a California-based Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who specializes in Public Health Dietetics. She has had an eclectic career working as a health educator, nutrition counselor, recipe developer, clinical dietitian and outpatient dietitian. Emily is currently a full-time Public Health Nutritionist with the County of Orange where she teaches Nutrition Education and Community Nutrition courses.
Delicious, I will definitely make this recipe again.