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Ham and Potato Soup Recipe

This ham and potato soup is simple, hearty, and healthy. It uses everyday ingredients, and this version has no dairy. 
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword ham and potato soup, potato soup with ham
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 263kcal


  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 2 sticks celery chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound (approx.) smoked ham cut into small pieces
  • 2.5 pounds Russet potatoes peeled & cut into 1" pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Prep your celery, carrot, and onion and add them to a large soup pot with the olive oil. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, prep your ham and potatoes (or you can prep them at the start - it's up to you!). 
  • Stir in the garlic, then add the ham, potatoes, Italian seasoning, chicken broth, and water to the pot. Increase the heat to high and bring it to a gentle boil. Cover the pot with the lid slightly ajar and reduce the heat so it's simmering. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until the potatoes are nice and tender (I like them to easily fall apart).
  • Using a potato masher, lightly mash some of the potatoes right in the pot. I like a mix of potato pieces and a bit of mash. Season with salt & pepper and serve immediately. This soup tastes even better the next day!


  • Try the slow cooker version or the Instant Pot version of this recipe.
  • Use low-sodium chicken broth if salt is a concern for you.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 1514mg | Potassium: 1168mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1698IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3mg