Do you have leftover ham? Make some ham and potato soup that warms the body and soul!
This is one of those great frugal recipes that tastes like it came from a good restaurant. It’s a basic recipe that you can change to your taste or according to what you have on hand. Instead of ham you can use chicken, any kind of sausage, or no meat at all.
Add just about any kind of vegetables; carrots, chopped onion, corn, green beans, and steamed broccoli are all good. You can even make it in the slow cooker–see last review below. Serve with crackers, crusty bread or cheese pizza for a hearty supper that satisfies.
From the reviews:
“Only added about 1/2tsp of pepper and no extra salt, just the boullion. I like my potato soup a little bit thicker than it turned out . . . So I mashed the veggies real lightly with potato masher and added instant mashed potato flakes to thicken it up a bit!”
“converted it to a crockpot recipe . . . I sauteed the onions in a little vegetable oil until soft, added all the ingredients except the butter/flour and milk to the crockpot and cooked all day until the potatoes were nice and soft. I also added one diced carrot. About an hour before dinner I made the roux with the flour and butter and used a 12 oz. and 5 oz. can of evaporated milk instead of regular milk. I don’t like to use regular milk in crockpot recipes because it sometimes curdles on me. I added about a 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder to the soup, it just seemed like it needed a little something when I tasted it before serving. Topped each bowl of soup with fresh ground pepper and sliced green onions. This soup is rich, thick and creamy.”
If you had a big ham for the holidays you can cube it to freeze. This recipe calls for 3/4 cup of cubed ham and makes 8 servings of soup. You could put that amount of ham in a freezer bag to use in this recipe or to throw into scrambled eggs for a super quick meal.
Think about trying this recipe this winter. I think you’ll be glad to add it to your recipe rotation. Once you’ve made it you will know how to make any number of wonderful creamy soups like ones you’ve enjoyed in restaurants.