Easy Crock Pot Ham and Potato Soup


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Ham and Potato Soup is a cool weather staple around here and it’s easy to make in the crock pot and perfect for any leftover baked ham! 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.

This easy slow cooker ham and potato soup is perfect served alongside our favorite 30 Minute Dinner Rolls with a fresh Kale Salad!

Crockpot ham and potato soup in a big bowl topped with fresh herbs.

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

A Crock Pot full of delicious ingredients for ham and potato soup.

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!

If you are trying to curb your dairy or fat intake, you can thicken this ham potato soup recipe (or other potato soup recipes) with mashed up potatoes and carrots right before it is served. This will make it slightly creamy but with just enough rustic chunkiness and not too rich. Simply scoop out a couple cups of potatoes and carrots and gently mash, then return to the Crock Pot. Adjust for flavor with salt and pepper and let everyone dig in!

If you’d like it even thicker, you can also add in a few potato flakes to reach desired thickness. If you’d prefer, you can also create a cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch and water), stir it in and let it simmer in the crock pot 15 minutes on high.

A bowl of slow cooker creamy ham and potato soup full of ham, carrots, and herbs.

I most often use leftovers from my fave Crock Pot 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.

Can You Freeze Potato Soup with Ham?

Most creamy soups and chowders can be easily frozen, including this ham and potato soup recipe. All you have to do is put leftover soup in the fridge overnight to make sure it is completely cooled. Then, pour into a plastic freezer bag and lay flat on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once they are frozen solid, simply stack them up and you have a grab-and-go meal for another busy day!

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Easy Ham and Potato Soup in the Crock Pot

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly
Course Soup
Cuisine American
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!

Ingredients

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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

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Instructions

  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.)

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This creamy ham and potato soup is served in a bowl and garnished with thyme and parsley

Ham and Potato Soup made in the slow cooker

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  1. Woke up to curdled milk. Can I save this? Or throw out the whole thing and start over? I’m so bummed out, wanted some for breakfast.

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

    1. 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!

  3. 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!

  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. 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.

  8. 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?

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

    1. 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

  15. 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!

  16. 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

    1. 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.

    1. 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).

  17. 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!

    1. 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.

  18. 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.

    Thanks!

  19. 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?

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. 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?

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. 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?

    1. 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.

  26. 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?

      1. i put my masher, right in the crockpot. IMO – no need to take any out. it all works, in the end and it’s just messing up more dishes, to clean.

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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!!

    1. 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…

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

  32. 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!

  33. 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!

  34. 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.

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

  35. 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.

  36. 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!

  37. 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.

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

  39. 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.

  40. 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!

  41. 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!!!

  42. 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

  43. 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.

  44. 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.. :)

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

  46. 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.

  47. 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…

  48. 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.

  49. 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!!!

  50. 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!!

      1. I used the ham bone to make a ham stock and then substituted the ham stock for the chicken stock ! Delicious and there was even enough stock left over to make refried beans.