Ham and Potato Soup

This past weekend was cool and I was in the mood for a cozy soup to warm me up.  I seem to be on a soup kick lately.  If you love a classic baked potato with toppings then you’ll love this creamy soup loaded with chunks of potatoes and ham.

05Ham & Potato Soup

Ham and Potato Soup Recipe
(About 8 servings)


  • 3 and 1/2 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup celery, diced
  • 1/3 cup onion, diced
  • 7 ounces cooked ham, diced
  • 3 and 1/4 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk


  1. In a large pot, combine the diced potatoes, celery, onion, ham, and water, and bring it to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to Medium and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  3. Stir in the chicken broth, salt, and pepper.
  4. In a saucepan, over Medium heat, melt the butter.
  5. Whisk in the flour, stirring constantly, until it’s thick.
  6. Slowly stir in the milk and stir constantly until it has gotten slightly thick again.
  7. Stir the milk mixture into the pot of soup and cook it until it’s heated through.

Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.


I don’t like peeling potatoes, but obviously that’s necessary here if you are using fresh potatoes.  My husband just reminded me that they sell frozen diced potatoes, and I rather wish I had thought of that when I was buying ingredients for this recipe.  Thankfully it doesn’t take long to chop all of the ingredients and the soup cooks fairly quickly.  Make sure the potatoes pieces are all similarly sized so that they cook evenly.  Lots of steam is not ideal for photography.

01Ham & Potato Soup

A roux is a thick substance created from cooking flour and butter together.  After you have your roux properly cooked, you add milk to it to make a creamy sauce.  After the milk is mixed in you need to cook it for a bunch of minutes to get it to thicken up again.  (How many minutes depends on things like how hot your roux and pan are and how cold your milk is, so I can’t give an accurate number.)  It’s not a complicated process, I promise, just time consuming.

02Ham & Potato Soup

This soup is mostly a broth base, but it’s slightly creamy.  It is a chunky soup thanks to all the bite sized bits of ham, potato, and veggies.

I love all the salty goodness from the ham.  This soup would be a great solution if you have made a big ham and don’t know what to do with your leftovers.  In fact, the amount of ham the recipe calls for could easily be increased pretty substantially without messing up the soup.

This soup is very budget friendly, too.  An entire pot of soup for just a few bucks.  How cool is that?

03Ham & Potato Soup

On Saturday my dad helped me and my husband with some chores around the house.  Does anyone else forget to eat when you’re running around doing chores?  We finally sat down late in the afternoon to chow down on this soup and homemade Cornbread.  It was filling and it definitely satisfied three starving peeps who had forgotten to eat.

I put the left overs in the fridge and it made for some awesome reheated lunches and dinners.   Soups are great like that.  No wonder I’ve been on a soup cooking frenzy.  It gets me out of cooking later on in the week.     🙂

04Ham & Potato Soup

I sprinkled chives and shredded cheddar cheese on top of the soup to make it seem just like a loaded baked potato.  What other things do you like in your chunky potato soups?     😉



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Adapted from: All Recipes


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  1. We’re big soup fans around here Tina. Looks so good! Pinned!

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome! Thanks much. 🙂

  2. Kelly says:

    Love soup lately too – especially during the chillier months. This soup looks wonderful Tina and sounds perfect after a morning of chores 🙂 Loaded baked potatoes are awesome and a big bowl of this soup sounds so good right now 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Sending you some right now. 😉

  3. I love a budget friendly soup, and this looks warm and filling. Sometimes when I’m trying to diet I keep myself real busy so I don’t realize I am starving, it works out pretty good : )

    1. Tina says:

      That’s a great diet tip!

  4. I’m definitely enjoying your addiction to soups, all your recipes look amazing! And this one looks so cozy that it makes me want to have a bowl of it right now ((and I’ve just had dinner!)) 😉

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe, glad you like. 🙂

  5. alex says:

    I love soup during these cold months. this looks like a perfect recipe!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  6. I’ve been on a soup kick lately too! Just made a huge pot of lentil soup yesterday…soo good. Oh and no potato soup is complete for me without bacon bits sprinkled on top. 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Ooh, lentil soup sounds yummy. 🙂 I’m glad I’m not the only one making several batches of soup…hehe.

  7. I could sure use a bowl of this today! This has been this first really cold week for me, so I’ve been all about some soup. This sounds so perfect! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Is it bad that I’m already looking forward to the summer? 😉 Thank goodness for a warm bowl of soup. 🙂

      1. Sarah says:

        Not bad at all! I live in Texas and am ready for July already!!! Will be making this soup in about 30 minutes…..can’t wait to taste it!

        1. Tina says:

          Oh wow! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by!

  8. This recipe would be perfect for leftover holiday ham. Yum!

    1. Tina says:

      Totally agree! 🙂

  9. Yum, what a perfect fall soup! Hearty and comforting. I’m guilty of making the same 4 or 5 soups over and over again, and I really need to expand my repertoire–pinning this one for later!

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe, I’ve been trying to be more adventerous and try new things in the kitchen. Thanks so much for pinning! 🙂

  10. Monica says:

    I want to join the fan club for this soup! My family and I would love it! I’ve been making soup regularly this Fall and loving it. This would be a very tasty addition to the rotation.

    1. Tina says:


  11. Monet says:

    I remember the first time I had potato soup…I was fifteen and I swore there was nothing better. Thank you for sharing. A delicious end to a long Thursday! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Tina says:

      Awh, what a lovely memory! Thanks for stopping by. You too have a lovely weekend. 🙂

  12. I also hate chopping potatoes – it’s so time consuming. Totally worth it though for this amazing looking soup!

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe, absolutely! 🙂

  13. Tina, I am so in soup moods lately – it must be our colder weather! This looks wonderful so pinning for later!!! Deb

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome! Thanks so much for pinning and stopping by. 🙂

  14. I don’t like peeling potatoes either…but I’m liking the idea of them already having potatoes that are peeled for us! What an amazing soup, Tina!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks Gloria! I hope you had a lovely weekend. 🙂

  15. Looks fantastic Tina! So warm and comforting. We’ve been having some cooler weather here too. Freezing, actually. This soup sounds perfect for it! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      I guess that’s why I’ve been making so many soups because they really do warm me up. Is it summertime yet? 😉

  16. This soup looks fabulous Tina – perfect for a cool day! Pinned!

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome! Thanks for pinning. 🙂

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