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5-Star Ham and Potato Soup

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I found this soup on a popular recipe sharing site—it had earned the highest rating of 5 stars after more than 6,000 reviews so naturally, I had to make it right away. I prepared the first batch as the recipe was written and it was quite tasty, but I knew I could get even more flavor by tweaking here and there, so that’s the version I’m sharing here.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Diced Red, White, Or Gold Potatoes (not Baking Potatoes)
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
  • 1  Bay Leaf
  • 4 cups Homemade Chicken Stock
  • 3 cups Diced Cooked Ham
  • ⅓ cups Finely Chopped Onion
  • ⅓ cups Diced Celery
  • 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Divided
  • 5 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 cups Milk
  • Optional Garnishes, As Desired, Such As Fresh Herbs, Bacon, Cheese, Crackers Or Croutons, Etc.

Preparation

Place the diced potatoes, dried parsley, and bay leaf in a medium saucepan and cover with chicken stock. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and cook until potatoes are tender, 15-20 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; do not drain.

In a large skillet, saute the ham, onions, and celery in 1 tablespoon of butter until the vegetables are soft and translucent. Add mixture to the potato and chicken stock mixture.

In the same large skillet, melt the remaining 5 tablespoons butter. Add the four, salt, and pepper and whisk until combined. Continue whisking for 1-2 minutes to cook the raw flavor out of the flour. Slowly add the milk and whisk to combine; continue whisking until the mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Pour mixture into the saucepan that contains the ham and potatoes; stir to combine.

Garnish with optional fresh parsley, chives, scallions, cheese, bacon, crackers, croutons, etc.

Recipe adapted from All Recipes.

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Sammy on 5.29.2013

I thought this was great!!! So did my husband :) Im not really crazy about really thick soup, but this was right in the middle, perfect consistency for me. Great flavor. I did add some sharp cheddar at the end but it still would have been great without the addition of cheese. Thanks for the great recipe!

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Rebecca on 9.1.2013

This was really good, will make again

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julip1882 on 4.10.2013

My husband found this recipe the other day and made it for dinner. Very delicious soup.
I added 5 or 6 chopped carrots to the celery, onion mixture when sauteeing, to soften.
Will definitely make again! The kids liked it too!

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aainmexico on 1.2.2013

Great recipe and came together easily. Filling, too.

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Laura2 on 9.18.2012

We loved this soup!! Kids and all ate every drop. Great flavor, thickness. Thanks for posting the recipe!

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