It's that time of year when the weather starts to get colder. So while it might be colder outside let's warm up with this easy recipe for hearty Crockpot potato and Ham soup that is rich in flavor.
This delicious soup is made with chunks of hearty potatoes, diced ham, carrots, celery, diced onion, and minced garlic. For a richer flavor to the soup, we slow cook the ham and vegetables in chicken broth. To make this a creamy soup, sour cream and heavy cream are added to the ham and tender vegetables.
This easy potato soup recipe is one of the best slow cooker recipes to enjoy on cold winter days. For those meatless nights try this easy Instant Pot broccoli cheddar soup.
How To Make Slow Cooker Ham And Potato Soup
This hearty soup recipe is easy to make with a few simple ingredients which means it's great for busy weeknights. We are going to start this soup off by peeling, rinsing, and cutting 7 ½ cups of russet potatoes into cubes. Once the potatoes are all cut up place them into the crockpot.
Moving on to the cup of carrots, I do peel the carrots before I chopped them into smaller cubes. You could also cut them into slices. Once the carrots are added to the crockpot we cut up enough celery to measure 1 cup worth. I always cut the ends of the celery stalk off and then wash the dirt off. Cut the celery stalks into chunks and add to the slow cooker.
One whole yellow onion is also chopped and added in with the rest of the ingredients. I'm a garlic kind of girl so I like to add about 1-2 teaspoons of minced garlic to the soup. I do use jarred minced garlic but fresh garlic will work in this recipe. If you are not a garlic fan then you could easily leave the garlic out.
When it comes to the ham I buy the 16-ounce packaged diced ham or chunks. Leftover holiday ham or ham steaks would also work in this crockpot potato and ham soup recipe. The ham and chicken broth will bring in enough salt so I only season it with black pepper.
Cooking Time And How To Thicken The Soup
This crockpot ham and potato soup will need to slow cook for 7-8 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high. Once the vegetables are tender I like to mash the potatoes a bit with a potato masher. This will help with thickening the soup.
All-purpose flour is also used to thicken the soup. I like to make sure that this is all whisked in before adding the sour cream and heavy cream. Once these ingredients are all whisked in, place the lid back on the crockpot and cook on high for 15 minutes.
This last 15 minutes of the cooking time will really help to thicken this delicious slow cooker ham and potato soup up.
Allow the soup to cool completely before placing it into an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Because this crockpot potato and ham soup is made with sour cream and heavy cream it's not recommended to freeze. The cream will separate with freezing, this creates a grainy texture to the soup.
We enjoy slices of crusty bread like our recipe for Bread Machine French bread or a store-bought loaf. Cheddar cheese or green onions is a great way to garnish this soup.
Yes. Russet potatoes are high in starch and low in moisture, they lose their shape and soak up the liquid when cooking. This helps with thickening this creamy crockpot potato and ham soup.
Along with answering questions that might be helpful with this recipe we like to offer any tips we have. The first tip is on how you cut your vegetables. I prefer to cut the potatoes into bigger chunks since they will break down some during cooking. The carrots I like in smaller chunks but slices will also work.
Mashing the potatoes up some after they have cooked will help with the thickening so I do recommend this step. I used a potato masher but an immersion blender would also work.
Chicken broth brings in more flavor but if you don't have any, vegetable broth or water mixed with bouillon will work. My favorite bouillion to use is better than bouillion.
Since the chicken broth and ham bring in enough salt I only season with black pepper. Garlic powder and onion powder would also add to the flavor of the soup if you don't have fresh garlic and onion to use.
Since this potato soup is made with heavy cream I wouldn't recommend it sitting out at room temperature for too long.
With the cold weather comes the need for comfort food as well as easy recipes. This rich in flavor crockpot potato and ham soup is the perfect easy meal that the entire family is sure to love.
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Crockpot Potato And Ham Soup
Crockpot potato and ham soup is a creamy hearty soup that is loaded with tender vegetables.
- 7½ Cups Russet Potatoes~ peeled and cubed See notes
- 1 Large Onion diced
- 1 Cup Carrots peeled and chopped
- 1 Cup Celery chopped
- 1-2 Teaspoon Garlic~ minced optional
- 16 Ounces Ham cubed or diced
- ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 4 Cups Chicken Broth
- ¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
- ⅓ Cup Sour Cream
- 1½ Cups Heavy Cream
Into the crockpot add the potatoes, onion, carrots, celery, minced garlic, ham, pepper, and chicken broth. Set crockpot to cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
Once the soup has cooked use a potato mashed to mash the potatoes a bit. Leave some chunks of potatoes.
Mix in the all purpose flour until combined. Then mix in the sour cream, and heavy cream until all are combined.
Place the lid back on the crockpot and cook on high for 15 minutes to allow the soup to thicken.
When it comes to the potatoes you could always add more potatoes and not mash as many up if you would like. Our family doesn't like a lot of potatoes nor do we like as many chunks.
The nutritional value may vary depending on the ingredients used.
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