January 4, 2011

Ham and Potato Soup

I hosted Christmas Eve for my family this year and bought about twice as much ham as we needed so we had lots (and lots!) of leftovers. While I love a good ol' ham sandwich as much as the next guy, I wanted to make a soup with some of the meat. I understand that ham and split pea is the "traditional" but I found a recipe online that people raved about and seemed much more up my alley: ham and potato soup. 

Since the ham was still on the bone, I made some ham stock with it (same method as the chicken stock) that I used as the base of the soup. And despite my concern, it was not pink, but rather a warm yellow colour! Whew!

The result was a thick and rich soup that I topped with cheddar cheese and green onion and enjoyed after an afternoon on an outdoor skating rink. Perfect.

Ham and Potato Soup
Serves 6-8
Printable Recipe


  • 3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup diced cooked ham
  • 4 cups stock (ham, chicken or vegetable)
  • 5 tbsp butter, plus 1 tbsp
  • 5 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cheddar cheese and green onion for topping

  • In a large stockpot, melt 1 tbsp butter and cook the onions for a few minutes, until translucent. Add potatoes, ham and stock and cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • In a separate saucepan, melt 5 tbsp butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about one minute. Slowly stir in milk, whisking constantly so lumps do not form. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot and cook soup until heated through.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with cheese and onion.
Recipe adapted from www.allrecipes.com 


  1. Lindsay, ham and Potato Soup seems so comforting and really delicious. Really good picture, too.

  2. This looks and sounds delicious!! Perfect for the weather that we have been having in NJ now!



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