potato & ham soup

This soup recipe goes way back for me.  Someone once told me that you can tell if a soup is good by how long it takes to make.  A good soup takes all day, they told me.  Well, this soup certainly breaks that rule- and it’s been a favorite in our house for a few years now.  It is so simple to make, and most of your time is in chopping ingredients.  I also love that it is not filled with cheese like most potato soups- I remember the original recipe boasting that this came in at under 200 calories a serving.  Score. 


potato & ham soup
  • 3½ cups of peeled and diced potatoes
  • 4 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1½ cups diced cooked ham ("Smoked" gives the best flavor!)
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 1 mined garlic clove
  • 3 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 5 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups milk
  1. Combine the potatoes, celery, onion, garlic and ham in a large stockpot. Fill with water to just cover ingredients- about 3 cups or so.
  2. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are nice and tender- about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Stir in bouillon cubes, salt & pepper.
  4. To create your "thickener" have all items pre-measured and on hand (flour & milk). In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium low heat. Whisk in flour slowly, stirring constantly. If it begins to clump, go ahead and add a splash of your milk. Once combined, add milk slowly.
  5. Stir milk mixture into the stockpot.
  6. *If at first your soup seems a bit too thin, remember that it will thicken in the refrigerator over night. If it still seems to thin- do not add flour directly to the stockpot- it will clump. Instead, use a measuring cup to scoop out some broth and whisk in a bit of cornstarch- then return it the stockpot. It should do the trick.

We love this soup all through the chilly months, and hope that you do to!


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3 Responses to potato & ham soup

  1. Meghan says:

    Yummmm!!!!!! That looks so good and I cannot wait to try this recipe out!
    Thanks for sharing with us!
    Meghan xo

    • prettyplainjanes says:

      Thanks, Meghan! It’s one that we make over and over in the winter months! Hope you give it a try! 🙂

  2. Leah Marie says:

    This is the best recipe I have found for ham leftovers. Seriously- there was no disappointment about using up the Easter ham! I will be adding this to our normal recipe rotation! Thanks for the great (and easy) recipe!