Cheese Ham Potato Soup

Cheese Ham Potato Soup

Lots of Ham is left over from Holidays, what a perfect way to have warm comfort food made into a Cheese Ham Potato Soup. Made this classic soup for years by the gallons, everyone was asking when are you going to make more? It’s time to share my Cheese Ham Potato Soup recipe.

Smoked Root Beer Ham leftovers

Ham Potato and Cheese a perfect combination:

With lots of ham leftover from Holidays, and weather starts to get really cold out, this combination of foods really comfort you. Starting with star the ham dice into nice bite size pieces no bigger than 1/2 inch. The ham must fit onto the soup spoon nicely. Be generous with the ham in the soup the amount of ham and potatoes need to be plentiful.

Next comes the potatoes, choose waxy variety the baby red or baby Yukon gold works perfectly. Baby potatoes or B size haven’t developed as much starch in early stage of growth. These potatoes hold up well as the soup simmers. A mealy potato can become mushy and very starchy texture soup so avoid using russet potatoes. Cut the potatoes just like the ham into 1/2 inch bite size pieces, or slice in food processor thicker setting. If prepping ahead cover slice potatoes with cold water so they don’t discolor. Be sure to drain off water before making soup.

Don’t forget the Cheese this really boosts favor of the soup. Coming from Wisconsin aka Cheddar Heads, pick good tasting Cheddar Cheese. If all possible shred your own cheese, pre shredded cheese has anti caking agents that effect soup consistency. A good sharp cheese really builds the flavor of the soup. The key reason so many guests ask for second helping.

Body of the soup:

Selecting the right liquid for soup is important, they’re two ways to make this soup with milk or with stock. If you plan on making just enough soup to completely consume then use milk base. Milk base soup has great body but doesn’t reheat very well, so consume the whole batch of soup.

The stock base soup or veloute style soup is more stable will hold longer and reheats better. To achieve a similar constancy as milk base soup add heavy cream to liquid part of soup. Cream brings richness to soup, that’s why so many Chefs like to use veloute style soup.

To accomplish a wonderful creamy cheesy soup body is by using a roux to thicken soup. Roux is equal parts flour and butter cooked or 2 to 3 minutes. This provides a great thinking power for stock or milk.

Roux made with butter and flour cooked out for 2 to 3 minutes

First step is to cook the potatoes and ham in some stock until just tender. Then thicken with roux, this is important step the potatoes will not cook if the soup liquid is thickened. There is high chance that soup will scorch on bottom of the pan. Stir the soup as potatoes are cooking this also helps prevent bottom of pan scorching.

Time to add the shredded cheese to potato ham soup, stirring constantly until all the cheeses are all melted. Keep the heat on low temperatures this helps prevent scorching cheese and melting properly.

Final adjustment and seasoning the soup:

Adjusting the seasoning first with salt is important, add the salt at the very end of seasoning process prevents over salty soup. This is a lighter soup so use white pepper and a little cayenne pepper to achieve the perfect profile. If the soup is too thick add some stock or milk to adjust consistency. But if soup too thin a quick fix is slurry of cornstarch and cold water mixture. Be sure to simmer soup after adjustments to achieve perfect balance.

Soup Garnishes:

Cheese Ham Potato Soup Garnished Celery Leaves, Cheese, & Ham

Garnishing soup is also important, keep it simple and colorful. Try use garnishes that soup represents, like shredded cheeses, julienne ham. But there needs to be a green element to contrast the color of cheeses and ham. Fresh herb works great, rosemary, parsley, dill, cilantro, chives, even celery leaves and green onion all work fine. Be creative but don’t overdue the with too many garnishes.

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Cheese Ham Potato Soup is perfect way to use up that holiday ham left over. This soup is perfect cold weather comfort food, with cheese, potatoes and lots of ham. No worries this soup the guests will want more it's so good.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Cheese Ham Potato Soup
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Cheese Ham Potato Soup is perfect way to use up that holiday ham left over. This soup is perfect cold weather comfort food, with cheese, potatoes and lots of ham. No worries this soup the guests will want more it's so good.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
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  1. Medium the Dice Ham, Celery, Onions, and Potatoes. Measure out the flour and butter, milk and stock.
  2. Cook the ham, celery, onions, potatoes with chicken stock until vegetables are tender on medium heat. This should take about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Mean while the vegetables and ham cooking make roux with melted butter and flour. Cook out starch roux for about 2 to 3 minutes over medium heat.
  4. Next add paprika to cooked roux and stir.
  5. Cook paprika roux for 1 minute over medium heat. Do not brown.
  6. Next add milk to cooked vegetables and ham bring to simmer over medium low heat. Stirring often to prevent scorching. Heat soup just below boil.
  7. Add to soup the paprika roux whisking paprika roux after each addition of roux.
  8. Stir cheese ham potato soup with spatula to prevent scorching over low heat. Cook soup until thickened.
  9. Test consistency should have light sauce consistency. Adjust consistency with cornstarch slurry to achieve nice cream soup.
  10. Taste soup then adjust flavor profile with salt, white pepper, cayenne pepper to your taste.
  11. Check the final consistency and make proper adjustments.
  12. Ladle soup into bowl, and garnish with shredded cheese, julienne ham and celery leave sprig or fresh herb of choice. Enjoy this comfort soup.
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