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!

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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 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)!

Ham and Potato Soup ingredients in pot

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.

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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 Crock Pot Ham and Potato Soup

Easy Ham and Potato Soup in the Crock Pot is a simple and delicious soup loaded with potatoes, sweet carrots and tender ham. Ham and Potato soup cooks in the slow cooker all day so dinner is ready when you are!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients  

  • 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
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Add diced potatoes, onion, carrot, ham, thyme, parsley, pepper & broth to a crock pot.
  • Cook on low 7 hours, or high 3 hours.
  • Remove 2-3 cups of the potatoes/carrots and mash, then return the mashed mixture to the crock pot.
  • Add milk and sour cream. Stir and cook an additional 15 minutes. Add pepper to taste. Makes twelve 1-cup servings.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 177 | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 727mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Vitamin C: 15.3mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 4.5mg

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

Course Soup
Cuisine American

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  1. This is amazing stew/soup, the simplicity of it makes it taste all the better. You wonder what to do with all the extra Christmas ham? Well there you go!
    I added organic celery & some corn from my garden & about a extra cup of sour cream & I’ve got to say it was the ultimate fall/ winter meal. Delicious & easy to make in a crock pot. Try adding the celery & corn, you will love it.5 stars

  2. Busy day of farm and garden chores around here. Was nice to be able to toss this into the crockpot and use up the last of the Easter Ham in the freezer. Cooked all day with no fuss and only a quick last minute finishing off which was very appreciated at the end of the long, tiring day. Entire family loved it! I left a couple of potatoes unpeeled because I like the texture and earthy flavor they depart and also added a couple Bay leaves because I do that to all soups, lol. Served with Red Lobster cheesy biscuits. We will definitely keep ham around to have this on hand for busy days.5 stars

  3. I made this today. It turned out ok as far as consistency etc ( after I scooped out a lot of the chicken broth ) in the step when mashing the potatoes and returning them to the pot. However the thyme was so overpowering, I couldn’t enjoy it. I guess I just don’t like thyme. But my husband said he liked it. Sorry. Just a heads up to people who don’t know what flavor the thyme adds.

  4. This ham and potatoe soup is AMAZING! Totally enjoy putting together no time at all. i will make this many more times to come. My friends were impressed and said yes, this is a keeper. Thank you5 stars