Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup

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This Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup is simple and DELICIOUS!! With potatoes, ham, cheese, scallions, and yummy spices, this soup is FULL of flavor!

We tend to have leftover ham after holidays like Christmas and Easter, which is perfect for using in this soup! We also use leftovers for ham and bean soup, or cheesy ham chowder.

Ham and potato soup in a white bowl

hearty potato soup

It’s no surprise that my family LOVES soup. It’s just something us Lunas have always enjoyed, which means we LOVE trying out and finding new soup recipes that we love. For the longest time, we’ve been making this Crock pot Cheesy Potato Soup, because it’s easy and ALWAYS a hit!!

I wanted to try another Potato Soup recipe, but thought I’d try one that had ham in it, hoping it would be just as good as our old potato soup recipe. I’m happy to report that this Ham and Potato soup really is delicious!

It takes a little more time than our other Potato soup, but it tastes PHENOMENAL. I feel like this one was a little more cheesy and hearty with the ham chunks, so if you love hearty, warm soups, I suggest trying this one. For only having a handful of simple ingredients, this ham soup really is sooo flavorful! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

Ham Potato Soup topped with green onions and cheese in a white bowl

How to make Ham Potato Soup:

Not only does it have simple ingredients, but the process for making it is just as simple! It only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. I’m all about having quick soup recipes on hand for weeknight dinners!

COOK. Combine potatoes, ham and water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes (or until potatoes are tender). Add chicken bouillon cubes, salt, and pepper then mix.

THICKEN. In another pan, melt butter on medium heat. Whisk in flour and stir constantly for about 1 minute. Slowly add milk and continue whisking until sauce thickens (about 3-4 minutes). Add the milk mixture to your pot and cook soup until heated through.

SERVE. Add cheese right before serving, and top with scallions. Serve immediately.

Other toppings that work great:

  • Sour cream
  • Green onions
  • Chives
  • Bacon
  • Cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Tips and Troubleshooting

How to thicken/thin potato soup? If you 

  • Potatoes: If you used russet potatoes, go ahead and smash a few of the cooked cubes and stir. 
  • Flour: In a separate bowl mix one tablespoon of flour with 1 cup of liquid from the soup. Once smooth pour the liquid back into the soup. 
  • Cornstarch: In a separate bowl mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water. Then pour into soup.
  • Milk: If you accidently make it too thick,  just add a little milk to thin it out. 

How to store leftover potato soup? Store leftover soup in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat very gradually over low heat stirring frequently.

Can I freeze ham and potato soup? Yes you can! Follow the recipe except for adding the cheese Also, keep in mind that due to the potatoes it may unthaw with a grainier texture than the original soup. To help remedy this undercook the potatoes before freezing. To freeze allow the soup to cool and store in an airtight freezer safe container for up to 6 months.

Thaw overnight in the fridge. Reheat over low heat. A double broiler works great as does a crockpot or a large non stick skillet. Stir constantly to make sure the milk doesn’t separate from the soup. You can also add a little more fresh milk. Once heated, and well combined, add the cheese and enjoy!

This is one of those recipes we are making a LOT after Thanksgiving. It’s perfect to make with all the leftover ham, and it’s perfect for the cold weather. 🙂

For more potato soup recipes, check out:

Ham and Potato Soup Recipe

4.86 from 14 votes

This Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup is simple and DELICIOUS!! With potatoes, ham, cheese, scallions, and yummy spices, this soup is FULL of flavor!

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 470 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 4 medium potatoes peeled and diced
  • 12 oz ham cooked and cubed
  • 4 c water
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic pepper
  • 5 TB butter
  • 5 TB flour
  • 2 1/2 c milk
  • 1 c cheddar cheese
  • scallions

Instructions

  1. Combine potatoes, ham, and water in a large pot.

  2. Bring to a boil, then cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes (or when potatoes are tender).

  3. Add chicken bouillon cubes, salt and pepper. Mix.

  4. In another pan, melt butter on medium heat. Whisk in flour and stir constantly for about 1 minute. Slowly add milk and continue whisking until sauce thickens (about 3-4 minutes).

  5. Add the milk mixture to your pot and cook soup until heated through.

  6. Add cheese right before serving. Top with scallions. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from All Recipes.

Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made this with the leftover Christmas ham and it was a HUGE HIT!! Made a huge batch and froze what was left, added corn to half of it for a little added treat 🙂 So simple and so yummy. Thank you!

  2. Good, hearty soup. I used ham broth instead of chicken bouillon, dried onion flakes, threw in some tasty corn, garnished with fresh parsley. Good way to use leftover Christmas ham and broth! Made a big pot and will freeze leftovers.

  3. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe! I added to it by sautéing onions and garlic with the cubed ham before adding potatoes and water. I also used about a cup of stock instead of bullion just because I didn’t have any on hand. Cooked a little longer than recommended for the consistency I wanted, but followed everything else you have here.
    Yum!

  4. Love,love your website, so happy I found you. Signed up for your emails. Making your Tomato soup Sat for a gathering at friends house.

  5. 5 stars
    This soup was so creamy. My kids who normally don’t like soup ate it right up.
    Your site has quickly become one of my favorite places to find new, easy and most importantly yummy recipes.

  6. 5 stars
    We love soups. Especially ones that take no effort. Soups are designed to trow in a crockpot and leave. Great for a cold winter night.

  7. I used ham broth instead of chicken bouillon, dried onion flakes, threw in some tasty corn, garnished with fresh parsley. Good way to use leftover Christmas ham and broth! Made a big pot and will freeze leftovers.