Chef John's Ham and Potato Soup

Chef John's Ham and Potato Soup

Soups, Stews and Chili Soup Vegetable Soup

You can never have too many soup recipes. This hearty soup is definitely filling enough to serve as a main course.

Servings per recipe: 4
Calories per serving: 452
Preparation time: 20m
Total cooking time: 1h


  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • 8 ounces smoked ham, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cayenne pepper (optional)
  • chopped fresh chives for garnish (optional)


  • 1   Melt butter in a stockpot over medium heat until golden brown. Stir in carrot, celery, onion, ham, and garlic; cook and stir for 5-6 minutes, until the vegetables soften and the onions are translucent.
  • 2   Stir in flour; cook for about 3 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, 1 cup at a time. Add water and stir to combine. Turn the heat to high and bring to a simmer. Simmer on medium-low for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 3   Taste the soup for salt and add more if necessary. Stir in potatoes; cook for 15 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Skim fat if desired.
  • 4   With a potato masher, mash the soup a few times, leaving plenty of whole chunks of potato. Season with salt and pepper to taste, add cayenne if desired, and add cream. Stir to combine and heat through. Garnish with fresh chives.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 24.9g 38%
    Saturated Fat 13.0g  
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 864mg 35%
Potassium 340mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 42.3g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4.1g 17%
Protein 15.8g 32%
Sugars 2g  
Vitamin A 3159IU  
Vitamin C 24mg  
Calcium 44mg  
Iron 1mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 6mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 20mg  
Folate 31mcg