Creamy Ham and Potato Soup

Here’s a delicious and comforting recipe for Creamy Ham and Potato Soup:


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 5 cups potatoes, peeled and diced (about 5 medium potatoes)
  • 2 cups ham, diced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional for garnish)


  1. Prepare the Base:
    • In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
    • Add the diced onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
    • Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Create the Roux:
    • Sprinkle the flour over the onions and garlic, stirring constantly to create a roux.
    • Cook for about 2-3 minutes, ensuring the flour doesn’t burn.
  3. Add Broth and Potatoes:
    • Gradually whisk in the chicken broth until smooth.
    • Add the diced potatoes and bring the mixture to a boil.
    • Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Add Ham and Cream:
    • Stir in the diced ham, heavy cream, and milk.
    • Add the dried thyme, smoked paprika (if using), salt, and pepper to taste.
    • Continue to simmer for another 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  5. Finish and Serve:
    • If you like a thicker soup, use an immersion blender to puree a portion of the soup directly in the pot. Alternatively, transfer a few cups of the soup to a blender, blend until smooth, and return it to the pot.
    • Stir in the shredded cheddar cheese (if using) until melted and well combined.
    • Adjust seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.
    • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving.


  • For added flavor, you can sauté some celery and carrots with the onions.
  • This soup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
  • Serve with crusty bread or a side salad for a complete meal.

Enjoy your creamy ham and potato soup!

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