This Slow Cooker Creamy Potato and Ham Soup is hearty, delicious, and easy to make. Comfort food that is loaded with ham, potatoes, and veggies all slow cooked in a tasty and creamy broth.
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Did you know that today is National Soup Swap Day? I’m joining a few awesome bloggers to share some delicious soup recipes. Be sure to check them all out. Links are at the end of this post.
I am a soup person. It’s true, I can eat soup every day, all year and be happy. Even when it’s the middle of the summer and the temperatures are in the 100’s, soup is good with me. I’m very partial to tomato and butternut squash soups, but this slow cooker creamy potato and ham soup is my favorite when I want something more hearty than tomato soup.
This soup has it all for me, ham, vegetables, and a creamy rich broth. Comfort food. Give me a bowl of this soup and some crusty bread to dip with, and I’m in heaven.
Using my new crock pot, makes this soup even easier to cook so that dinner is ready when we get home in the evening. This recipe is pretty much a “dump and go” where you add all the ingredients except for the frozen carrots, and cream cheese and let it do its thing for a few hours. Them about 30 – 45 minutes before it’s ready, you’ll add the frozen carrots and cream cheese.
Tips to make this soup
Leftover ham is great to use in this recipe, but if you don’t have any on hand you can grab a ham steak from the grocery store. I’ve even asked guy at the deli to cut a couple of one inch thick pieces of deli ham and use that.
Be sure to keep those potato cuts small and even so they cook evenly. Nothing worse than biting into a potato chunk that isn’t fully cooked. You can add diced fresh carrots with the potatoes, if you don’t have the frozen ones. Just be sure your cuts are the same size as the potatoes.
Fresh herbs are really wonderful in this soup, but if you prefer to use dried, remember that you’ll use less of each herb (thyme and rosemary). Dried spices are generally more potent and concentrated than fresh. The ratio is about 1 tablespoon of fresh to 1 teaspoon dried.
When the soup is just about done, you will take about half of the soup out and place it in a blender (I try not to get the ham but some pieces get in the blender) and blend till smooth. You can also use an immersion blender. This helps the soup gain some thickness plus makes it creamier. If you do use the blender, be sure to only fill it halfway or you will have an explosion and a mess!
National Soup Swap Day Jan 19 Slow Cooker Creamy Potato and Ham Soup
- 2 1/2 lbs russett potatoes peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 6-7 medium potatoes)
- 1 small onion diced
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 2 cups diced cooked ham cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 cups unsalted chicken stock
- 1 12 oz pkg of frozen crinkle cut carrots
- 8 oz cream cheese softened (low-fat is good, also but don’t use fat-free)
- bacon bits sliced green onion, and cheese are optional toppings
- Place the potatoes, onion, garlic, ham, thyme, and rosemary in the slow cooker. Pour the chicken broth over. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir well, cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Check at the lower time to see if the potatoes are cooked through. Some crock pots cook faster than other.
- Take about half of the soup out and place in blender (I try not to get the ham but some pieces get in the blender) and blend till smooth. You can also use an immersion blender. This helps the soup gain some thickness plus makes it creamier. If you do use the blender, be sure to only fill it halfway or you will have an explosion and a mess! Return the mashed potatoes to the crock pot, stirring them in to thicken the broth.
- Stir in the softened cream cheese until melted, then add frozen carrots and cook on high for 30 more minutes.
- Taste for seasoning and serve. Garnish with bacon bits, sliced green onion and cheese, if desired.
Some of my favorite “tried and true” items used in this recipe:
National Soup Swap Day Recipes
Slow Cooker Pepperoni Pizza Soup by Kate’s Recipe Box
Beef Noodle Soup by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Black Bean Soup with Bacon by Food Above Gold
Chicken Pot Pie Soup by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Cod Chowder with Bacon by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
French Onion Soup by The Redhead Baker
German Goulash Soup by Savory Moments
Healthy Crockpot Split Pea Soup by Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats
Herbed Chicken and Spinach Soup by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup by Palatable Pastime
Italian Asiago Artichoke Ham & Bean Soup by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Italian Wedding Soup by Cooking For My Soul
Parsnip Soup by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Slow Cooker Beef and Barley by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Slow Cooker Creamy Potato and Ham Soup by Blogghetti
Slow Cooker Manhattan Clam Chowder by Everyday Eileen
Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup by The Spiffy Cookie
Stuffed Pepper Meatball Soup by Tip Garden
Vegan Thai Roasted Carrot Soup by The Baking Fairy
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Amy (Savory Moments) says
One of my favorite things is when soups have tasty toppings! This soup looks delicious and I love that it is made in the slow cooker.
My husband will have soup 365 days a year, even if the weather is in the 100s! Your soup sounds amazing. I can’t wait to break out the slow cooker and make it.
I am the same way as your husband. Soup any day no matter the temp!
That cream cheese in there sounds ingenious. What a delicious looking soup. I know my husband would love it (and me too).
This sounds so good. I love the smoky flavor of ham and potatoes together!
Valentina | The Baking Fairy says
This soup looks so rich and comforting! How smart to add cream cheese for that creaminess!
Wendy Klik says
Hi Lisa, glad you could join us for our Soup Saturday Swappers link up. Should you want to join us each month just drop me a line and I will send you an invitation. I have a ham bone in the freezer. Perhaps I will adapt this recipe when I decide to use it.
Jan Thomas says
Yum! Perfect for that ham bone I stuck in my freezer after Christmas Dinner!
I’m going to make this for my boys – they’ll just love it! Thanks for celebrating National Soup Swap Day with us!
I have so much ham that needs put to use and I love that I can make the slow cooker do the work for me!
I think the slow cooker is the best thing I’ve ever purchased, next to my KitchenAid
Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck says
I have a bunch of potatoes just screaming to be used in a soup like this!!!
I have some still screaming to make it again haha
Tania Lau says
This looks so easy to make! Perfect for a weekend meal 🙂 By the way, I think I have the same bowls! Did you get them at Home Goods? They are so cute.
I did get them at Home Goods, on clearance!
Eileen Kelly says
This potato soup is fantastic! Full of extra flavor from the ham. This is my kind of soup as it is so easy to prepare!
The easier the better!
This one’s going straight in the comfort food file!
Cheese Curd In Paradise says
I love a good slow cooker soup! I have some leftover ham and I cant wait to try this!
I freeze ham on purpose for meals like this…leftover ham goes fast in my house so have to grab it fast
Jan Thomas says
I’ve already pulled my hambone out of the freezer!
This has to be one of my favorites! Such comfort food for sure!
Thank you for sharing on our soup swap link party for Celebrate365
Clearissa Coward says
Lovely recipe. And so easy in the slow cooker. I love a good potato soup. Thanks for sharing.