Easy Crock Pot Ham and Potato Soup

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Slow Cooker Ham & Potato Soup! The perfect meal to come home to!

Ham and Potato soup is a cool weather staple around here and it’s easy to make in the crock pot! A simple and delicious soup loaded with potatoes, sweet carrots and tender ham cooks in the slow cooker all day so dinner is ready when you are.

Easy Crockpot Ham and Potato Soup

How to Make Easy Crock Pot Ham and Potato Soup

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Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Few things are as comforting as a delicious and creamy soup on a cold winter day!  Even better is coming home to dinner after a busy day of work or errands!

I truly love potato soup, it’s so comforting!  One of my very best friends made this delicious Ham and Potato soup for me for lunch one day!  It was a chilly day and this warmed me from the inside out! (Thanks Dee, you’re the best)!

Since then, I’ve made this soup so many times.  It’s always delicious and never lasts long around here!  This is one of those soups that is fabulous the first day just as amazing leftover… (and any time I can cook once, eat twice is a good thing around here)!

Technically you could consider this delicious soup a chowder as a chowder is a thick creamy soup that is generally chunky.  Regardless of what you call it, it’s absolutely delicious! While chowders often contain fish or seafood, they can contain a variety of vegetables or meat and still be considered a chowder (like in my Slow Cooker Corn Chowder)!

Ham and Potato Soup Ingredients in Slow Cooker

How To Thicken Potato Soup

One thing I particularly love about this soup is that it uses potatoes to thicken it without adding in a lot of heavy cream and butter.  While the flavor and texture are rich and creamy, it’s not loaded up with fat and calories!

I most often use leftover ham or  a ham bone to make this soup but if you don’t have leftovers, it works perfectly with diced ham steaks from the grocery store too! If you’d like to make this into a cheesy ham and potato soup, stir in a handful of cheddar cheese and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese just before serving.  Remember that dairy can curdle at high temperatures so when you don’t want to cook it too long in the slow cooker. Once you add the milk and sour cream (and cheeses if you add any), you just want to make sure everything is heated through.

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5 from 6 votes
Servings: 12 servings
Easy Ham and Potato Soup in the Crock Pot
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
7 hrs
Total Time:
7 hrs 20 mins
Author: Holly
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ham and potato soup

Ham and Potato soup is a simple and delicious soup loaded with potatoes, sweet carrots and tender ham. It cooks in the slow cooker all day so dinner is ready when you are!

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  • 7 cups potatoes , diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 large carrot , chopped
  • 2-3 cups ham , diced
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • pepper to taste
  • 5 cups Ready to Serve Chicken Broth (I use low sodium)
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Pepper to taste
  1. Add diced potatoes, onion, carrot, ham, thyme, parsley, pepper & broth to a crock pot.
  2. Cook on low 7 hours, or high 3 hours.
  3. Remove 2-3 cups of the potatoes/carrots and mash, then return the mashed mixture to the crock pot.
  4. Add milk and sour cream. Stir and cook an additional 15 minutes. Add pepper to taste. Makes twelve 1-cup servings.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 177, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 339mg, Potassium: 727mg, Carbohydrates: 19g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 11g, Vitamin A: 18.7%, Vitamin C: 18.5%, Calcium: 8%, Iron: 24.8%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Thick Spoonful of ham and potato soup

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

133 comments on “Easy Crock Pot Ham and Potato Soup”

  1. How do you manage to separate the potatoes and carrot chunks from the ham? I’m having the worst time with it. 

    • I don’t separate them completely, I just try to get mostly the potatoes out. If you mash gently with a potato masher, any ham pieces should stay intact. Enjoy the soup!

  2. I just made two crock pots full of this soup!! I made a pot full of broth from our Easter ham. I chilled the broth and skimmed off the fat. It made enough broth for 2 pot fulls! I used the chopped square hasbrown potatoes and cooked it on low for 7 hours. I was also able to mash some of the veggies in the pots, so no extra mess! Mine does look more like a chowder. We are so pleased with the results! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  3. Awesome recipe! Tasted great. I did add 1 sweet potato because I have some and that based a lot of good flavor! 

  4. Made this tonight with leftover Christmas ham.  I added a bay leaf, about a tsp. of thyme and some corn.  I accidentally put in more chicken broth than the recipe called for so I added about 1/2 cup of potato flakes to the cream/flour/sour cream mixture at the end. It turned out fabulous! Everyone went back for seconds!  Thanks for the awesome recipe. Will definitely make this one again!

  5. This potato soup was delicious. I didn’t have an onion or a carrot so I put in 2 cups of frozen mixed veggies. Since I cooked mine on high, after two hours cooking, I added the veggies. Also added one teaspoon of nutmeg. Used leftover ham from Christmas dinner. Also added 1/4 cup of flour to the milk and sour cream and whisked them very well before adding to the soup. Then I turned my crock pot down and stirred the milk/flour mixture into it. Also did not have chicken broth so I just threw in 5 chicken bouillon cubes and 5 cups of water. It was soooo goood! Thanks for the recipe.

  6.  Can this recipe Be  made with skipping mashing the potatoes and just have diced potatoes? 
                  Is there a purpose  that you mash some and then put them back in the slow cooker? 
               I asked this question before but never received a reply back.  

  7. Do you think this would freeze well?

  8. I also added peas and corn.

  9. How do you make this budget friendly, i.e. what source of ham do you use? The ham I found that was already cooled cost me about $10, which seems more than the idea of the recipe calls for.

  10. How many potatoes do you need to make 7 cups of diced? Or do you use frozen diced potatoes? And if so, does it matter if you out then in frozen or should they be thawed?

  11. Just made it tonight and it was soo good. My guests and picky kids loved it! Will definately make again and again!

  12. I just made this soup today. It was good, but I wish I had only put in half a teaspoon of the thyme. I found the thyme to be overpowering. To be fair, I don’t ever use thyme in my food. I would make it again.

  13. I’ve made this several times. I have altered it, using less chicken broth and adding a cream of chicken soup. I also use whole milk. These additions make it a bit richer.

  14. May we put this on our Pinterest page or do we need permission for that also? The Pinterest isn’t a “blog” but it may be considered a Social Media so I just wanted to check first. Thank you.

  15. Sorry to say but this recipe was disappointing. I followed the recipe exactly and found the soup lacking flavor. I used garden grown carrots and leftover ham along with all of the other ingredients listed. The thyme was overwhelming. I’m a good cook, not a foodie but my family enjoys my cooking. They would never complain so they ate the soup politely. Sorry to leave an unfavorable review.

  16. I made this today and and I did use some leftover broth from when I had roasted a large ham. I used this broth plus some chicken broth and the flavour is phenomenal! A real hit and over the top hearty!

  17. Very tasty! Thanks!

    • I used hash browns instead of potatoes (I read on another post for same recipe), some stalks of celery and I added 3 garlic cloves, some all spice powder and cayenne pepper. I also made the broth as I didn’t have ready made. Great recipe

  18. I would think that this would freeze well if you stopped right before adding the dairy.

  19. I made this today. Was very good, and even grandchildren had 2 bowls. I added shredded cheese and made it thicker. Took longer than 3 hours on high. But good!

  20. It is in the crock pit now! I hope 3 hours is enough for carrots to Cook! Can’t wait to eat it tonight

  21. as i was reviewing this receipe, it doesn’t say if the parsley is fresh, or dry, and for the thyme, also doesn’t say, if fresh, ground, or dried leaves, can you please let me know which one you used

  22. What kind of ham do you recommend using?

    • I usually use leftover baked ham in this recipe but I’ve made it with any kind of ham purchased from the grocery and cubed. I do cut off any skin on the outside before making it.

  23. Hello! Just wondering if you have ever froze this soup?

  24. I plan on making this but I was wondering has any one added peas to it?

    • I haven’t but flavor wise I think it’d be delicious! Please keep in mind that in step 3 you mash/blend some of the potato mixture so the green peas will likely change the appearance (the color might be unusual).

  25. Hello, I made this soup today and the flavor was great. But my dairy separated from the broth. It settled in the bottom of the crock pot, and it looked curdled when stirred up. This is the second time in as many weeks I’ve struck out when adding dairy to my soup base. I used daisy light sour cream and 2% milk. I followed the instructions in the recipe. Even though the soup tastes good, it did not look appetizing. I know I did something wrong. My crock pot was on high at the time I added the dairy. Just curious for feedback. Thanks!

    • Was your dairy in the slow cooker longer than 15 minutes? (High temperatures can sometimes cause diary to curdle). Once you add the milk and sour cream, you just want to make sure everything is heated through.

      It is possible that your slow cooker may run a little hotter, in this case you might like to add the dairy at the very end and just keep an eye on it (maybe check it after 7-10 minutes or so). For this recipe you mainly just want to make sure it’s heated through once the milk and sour cream are added.

  26. Delicious! I substituted the milk and sour cream for milk.

  27. I love easy recipes I can cook and freeze for another day. Since I’ll be cooking just for one person.

  28. This is REALLY good !!! YAY ! so glad i made it !

  29. O-M-G!! This was absolutely deeeeelicious!!!! Thank you for sharing!!

  30. Thanks for the recipe. One question, after you remove the 2 cups of potatoes and carrots, then immediately return the mash, what do you do with the potatoes and carrots? I didn’t see directions to add them later or mash them? What is the point of removing them, if you are supposed just return them back to the pot? Sorry, just a bit confused.


  31. I have made this before and it turned out extremely well. However, I forgot to throw everything in the crockpot this morning before I left for work. Do you think I could make it the same way on the stove, but just cook it until the potatoes and carrots are soft enough to mash?

  32. Holly, I love your recipes! I have used others but this one is spectacular! Looking for recipes for potato soup brought me back to your site and it fit the bill! I’ve never made potato soup like this, I know that I and my family are going to just die over this.

    Thanks for your brilliant recipes!

  33. This was a huge crowd pleaser at dinner tonight! Wonderful flavor and it filled us up without having to add bread, we just ate a bit of tossed salad with it. Perfect dinner!

  34. I just made this today and I am quite disappointed. I must have missed something because it timeout a watery and tasteless. It tastes really watered down. I do not know how to jazz it up to resurrect it.The children and hubs will likely not eat this the way it is. Any suggestions?

  35. I have this cooking now! My house smells amazing. I will add corn and also some cheese to it! I’m very excited to try it!

  36. I did this recipe. It came out great! I used about 4 more potatoes (left the skin on) and beef bouillon cubes – I was out of chicken stock and cubes. I also put in 2 more cups of water, 1/2 cup cream cheese and 1 tablespoon garlic powder. It came out amazing!

  37. all I have is chicken broth. what is the difference between ready to serve and regular. how do I make regular broth ready to serve?

    • Ready to serve doesn’t require water to be added. If you add water to the soup per the directions on the can it will work perfectly. Measure the broth once the water has been added.

  38. question – I’m a new cook and am cooking this right now – however I have a question – when you say remove 2-3 cups then return it – why? Are you doing something to the 2-3 cups you take out?

  39. I have this coming in the crockpot now. So excited to try it!

  40. Does the ham need to be cooked before adding to the recipe?

  41. I have this soup in my slow cooker. It has been on high, for three hours, and the potatoes are not near done. Still very hard. I anticipated this, when I got it going, so not a big deal. Just wanted to let others know, if they are not accustomed to cooking potatoes, in a slow cooker.

  42. I’m planning on making this tomorrow and am hoping you can tell me how many servings this makes, and about how big those servings would be? Thank you!

  43. I am currently making this soup and the smell is incredible, I have been cooking it on high for three hours but carrots/potatoes are still not soft enough to mash. My crockpot is fairly new so may have to extend cooking time to four hours. Anxious to finish up and eat!!

    • Tried making this for dinner tonight, and I too am having a tough time after the 3 hours on high. The potatoes and carrots are still WAY too hard to mash. I’ll have to let it cook longer and save it for tomorrow’s dinner. Smells delicious though…

  44. This soup had great flavor. I added a stock of celery. Next time I make this I would cut down the broth and increase the milk. I would wisk 1/4 cup flour into the milk before adding so it would be thicker also.

  45. I made this today and can’t say enough good things about this soup! Delicious! That being said, I followed the recipe with one minor mistake…oops I put fresh cilantro in the soup instead of parsley! I was talking away with my nephew, who was visiting and never realized it was cilantro…haha! I went to add some more fresh “parsley” to the soup before serving, when I realized my mistake! My husband and son couldn’t stop raving about how delicious it was (and they aren’t crazy about cilantro). I told them what happened, they thought it was funny and both went for seconds! I consider it a success! Thank you for the great recipe, and so easy too!

  46. I am making this now. I adjusted it a bit, adding extra seasonings, corn, and of course lots of love. Looking forward to a yummy smelling house for the rest of the day!
    Hooray for my new crock pot!

  47. I just made this soup. It is excellent! I am going to take some to my brothers house this evening and have a great meal with him. He will love it. Thank you for the great recipe!

  48. Adding to our menu plan! Does this freeze well? I’d like to make a big batch and be able to freeze a couple meals.

  49. I don’t believe I have ever had this, I am going to try it for sure. Thanks for sharing.;)

  50. just a thought for those who will have trouble cutting up 7 cups of potatoes, I would buy southern-style has brown potatoes in the large bag. They are potatoes that are already cut into 1″ cubes.

    • I’ve been doing that too, Beverly. I HATE peeling potatoes…lol…
      so my mom told me about this method! Good advise! :))))

  51. This looks so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe. We love soups, especially in the winter.

  52. Can’t wait to try this! I love potato soup and I LOVE using my crockpot!! And I’m glad this recipe doesn’t use as much milk/cream as normal as my husband is allergic to milk.

  53. Oh I am definitely adding this to my list! My husband was asking me for a potato soup recipe that is not as creamy, as the one I usually make uses almost all milk as a base. This one sounds great!

  54. I love potato soup and like cooking with my crock pot. Will have to give this one a try.

  55. I love using my crockpot and this ham and potato soup recipe sounds good and easy.

  56. This is perfect timing to find this as I have a lot of leftover ham from thanksgiving in my freezer Can’t wait to try it

  57. This looks so good. I am adding this to my recipes especially now since its getting colder. thanks for sharing.

  58. I have been looking for a potato soup recipe for the crock pot…gonna give this one a try!

  59. Although potatoes are not on my “okay to eat” list, every once in a while I just have to fix a potato soup . When I do I savor every morsel. Mine does not have ham in it, and since I have some leftover ham, now is the perfect time to have found this recipe. I will be making this soup tomorrow. Thanks so much for posting this recipe.

  60. Creamy soups are my favorite and this one sounds yummy! I will definitely try this.

  61. Mmmmm..always on the lookout for a great crockpot recipe. This one looks especially good for those chilly Winter days. =)

  62. Definitely plan on trying this soon!

  63. This sounds yummy! I can’t wait to try it

  64. I love easy crockpot recipes like this. I am alway looking for a really good potato soup and this looks like one that might be a contender.

  65. That looks so good! I know what I’ll be making for dinner tomorrow!

  66. this looks easy enough to make, thanks

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  67. Crock Pot recipes are my favorite! I’m going to do this for sure! I have this great breakfast crock pot recipe. it’s to die for!

  68. Time for soups again now it gets chill outside, this one is worth to try out!

  69. that looks so very good and warming, love cooking in my crockpot cant wait to try this

  70. This recipe looks very good. I need ideas for using my crockpot and I like both ham and potatoes.

  71. You have no idea how exited I am to have just found this! I am going to visit my Nana with my 3yr old son in 2 wks. She is in very poor health & whenever I visit her I cook all of her meals. This is one of her all time favorite soups. It’s always a feat to try to get them as good as hers were. She used to be a VERY avid cook & made everything from scratch for the 26 years that she ran the Snack Bar at the local hospital. Soups were one of her forte’s & I remember her always making them & drooling. My other fav that she used to make besides the ham & potato was her brocolli cheese. Oh man, I’m so hungry now! I will be using your recipe during our visit in a couple of wks for certain. My hubby will be bummed that he’s staying behind ;) I think he might die while we are gone. If I don’t cook, he lives on McDonald’s. LOL. Thanks!!!

  72. This looks like a great recipe. I love that it is made in the crock pot. Thanks for the recipe.

  73. This looks like something I could make. thanks for the easy recipe. i am in a wheelchais and always looking for easy recipes to make

  74. Potato soup is my favorite and this would be great to make after thanksgiving when there is leftover ham

  75. I love potato soup and this looks Delicious!! Pinned it!

  76. I love cheesy ham soup, This looks so easy I could do this!

  77. Thanks! I am always looking for a new crock pot recipe!

  78. Yum, this would be great cooking all day and delicous smells wafting through the house. Sure would be a great soup when your snowed in. Thanks for sharing.

  79. I am going to try this tonight – can’t wait! I love easy crock pot recipes.

  80. If anybody knows me they would tell you that I LOVE MY CROCK POT , so finding a good recipe for it i will take in a moment..This sounds so yummy and very easy to prepare.. TY for sharing this great crock pot recipe.. :)

  81. This recipe looks super good! It should be great since daylight savings time has kicked in and it gets darker, and colder, earlier! Thanks!

  82. I love soups, especially when the weather turns colder. This one sounds really delicious; I’d add some cheese on top to melt in with the creamy base.

  83. This looks really good and seems really easy! I will definetly be trying this one.

  84. my grand ma used to make home made soup all the time and then we sit and eat it till it was all gone

  85. I love using a crockpot or slow cooker…not only is it easy to use but the smells through the house of something cooking is the best…this recipe looks like it is very tasty…thank you for the share…

  86. This potato and ham soup looks so good and yet so easy to make. I am gonna have to try this one for myself. Thank you for sharing.

  87. My family loves potato soup and I love easy crockpot recipes so win win! Looks very yummy!

  88. I luv crockpot recipes and this looks like a good one. I like corn in my potatoe/ham soup so I will add a can.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  89. I love potato soup and so does my husband, and now that the weather has become colder, we will be using more soup recipes. This will be one I try very soon. I have another really great recipe but this one looks so much easier, there are less ingredients but it looks delicious! Thank you!!

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