Ham & Potato Soup

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If you’re like me, you have a ham bone in your freezer after every holiday meal. Am I right?

I have smartened up the past few years and realized that the week after any holiday is usually busy, fraught with things to do/catch up on/clean or just generally getting back to work. I don’t usually have any time to use up a ham bone until I catch my breath for a moment.

My trick is to throw the ham bone and assorted lovely leftover ham bits into a plastic Ziplock and freeze them until I am ready to make a soup.

What is it about ham and potatoes that goes together so beautifully?

So if you are like me, you have a ham bone just waiting for this soup. Sure, it’s a few weeks later but admit it : you have that ham bone sitting in your freezer still. I know you. You are me. I leave the ham bone in the freezer for weeks.

This is the perfect soul food for in the middle of winter, even here in Phoenix. The evenings get downright cold – they were down to below freezing when we got here! – and a hot bowl of soup hits the spot every time.

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Ham and Potato Soup

This hearty, rich and satisfying ham and potato soup uses up the hambone from your ham dinner but can be made without it as well!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Total Time
4 hours 10 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 5 cups of russet potatos peeled and chopped into 1 cm cubes
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped ham
  • one ham bone if possible
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup of old cheddar cheese and more if you want to top the soup with it


  • Peel and chop up your Russet potatoes and place in the crockpot.
  • Pour in the chicken broth making sure it’s enough to cover the potatoes and pour into the crockpot.
  • Add the ham, bone and onions into the crockpot and stir in.
  • Cook in the crockpot on high for 3-4 hours or 7-8 hours on lowuntil the potatoes are slightly falling apart and the broth is cloudy.
  • When the soup is ready, cooked potatoes and slightly falling apart, you need to make a roux. (Flour/butter/milk thickener)
  • In a medium size pot over low heat, melt the butter. Stir in the flour until it’s combined,it will be all clumped together, this is ok. Next, little by little, stir in the milk making sure that the milk is absorbed into the flour without making it lumpy. Eventually the mixture will be smooth.
  • When all of the milk has been added and the mixture is smooth, add in the cheese and stir until melted.
  • Move your potatoes to one side of the pot so there is a soup surface to mix in.
  • Whisk in your milk sauce into the crockpot. Cook for another 30 minutes or so, stirring occasionally so there isn’t a skin on the surface.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 323kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 1138mg, Potassium: 716mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 460IU, Vitamin C: 18.2mg, Calcium: 199mg, Iron: 1.7mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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This hearty, rich and satisfying ham and potato soup uses up the hambone from your ham dinner but can be made without it as well!

Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Victoria says

    Hey – just wondering do i pull the hambone out before i add in the roux?

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      I have, but haven’t made it yet! Do you have a good recipe to share?

    • Eric Balcom says

      no but i saw a post for it looks awesome so i looked up lumberjack cake and there it was but not allowed to use the oven .lol

  2. Tina Kreuer says

    I just used the last 2 when it was snowing!! Made wonderful Bean Soup!! My mom taught me to do this.

  3. The Kitchen Magpie says

    Hahah NO it shows my insanity that we had ham here already! We had my mom and dad over lol. And the ham bone was used. Now the Christmas ham bone? In my Edmonton freezer!

  4. Pamela Marriott says

    You packed a ham bone from home. That’s dedication

  5. The Kitchen Magpie says

    Always nice to find kindred freezer hoarder spirits……

  6. Arleigh Gladwin Stockwell says

    Yes! That’s what happens, because you find the scary looking frosty bone, and you don’t remember which ham it was from – do you use it, or do you end up making a pot of soup that tastes like freezer?! So far I’ve been lucky!

  7. Keith Bramley says

    Lol… Reminds me when I cleaned out my grandparents freezer in 1991… And found at the bottom… Stuff from 1970! Honestly, dated 3 yrs before I was born!

  8. The Kitchen Magpie says

    Keith Bramley I probably have some in my freezer from Christmas 2007. I’m good.

  9. The Kitchen Magpie says

    I knew it! I knew it wasn’t just me Arleigh Gladwin Stockwell! Some of those ham bones are dug out and thrown out at Easter…when we have the next ham!

  10. Keith Bramley says

    I have more hambones than anyone could ever need… Give me a shout if you need some!

  11. Arleigh Gladwin Stockwell says

    Hand is going up. There’s always one floating around in the freezer somewhere.

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