Friday, October 28, 2011

Ham and Potato Soup – Tuberlicious!

This title is dedicated to all those who chimed in on our root vegetable gratin video to let me know that a potato is a tuber, and not a root, even though I mentioned that fact in the video and the post! Bless your hearts. ;-)

I know we did a black bean soup not too long ago, but I had a piece of leftover ham that needed to be used up, and this time of year you just can’t have too many soup recipes. In addition to being a proven antidote for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the recipe is definitely filling enough to serve as a main course.

The version I presented here is a little on the lighter side, but by adding more meat (including bacon, sausage, etc.), and finishing with cheese, you can significantly increase its heartiness.

By the way, if you do want to finish this with some nice sharp cheddar, or perhaps a pepper Jack, do NOT add it until you’ve turned off the heat. Cooking the cheese is never a good thing, unless you want an oil slick floating on the surface of your soup. There will be plenty of residual heat to melt shredded cheese, so turn off the heat, stir it in, and dig in.

If you’re one of these vegetarian types, may I suggest you caramelize some diced mushrooms to a dark meaty brown first, and then proceed with the rest of the procedure as shown. Either way, I hope you give this a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb gold potato (or any other kind will work)
1 onion
1 carrot
1 celery
8 oz diced smoked ham
3 cloves garlic
3 tbsp butter
1/4 cup flour
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1/2 cup cream
salt and pepper to taste
cayenne
chives

82 comments:

Anonymous said...

I actually prefer cold pizza.

John G. said...

Hello Chef! It seems odd that a recipe for ham & potato soup doesn't actually have ham listed as an ingredient, no?

I know you'll catch that within minutes, restoring my faith in all things porcine.

Cheers!

Lindsay in NC said...

Chef John,

You are the bomb!! I just told my wife that finding you and your blog was like having Christmas come in July.

One note, in your ingredient list for ham and potato soup which looks wonderful, you failed to include "Ham". Not a big deal after watching the video but sure you want to add it and re-post.

Thanks for all your great receipes and great cooking tips.

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy to be going back into another cold season with you. I love these classic soup dishes. Winter soup just makes life so great! Thanks!> Compared to your other soup's this one seems so simple. I... almost... could have thought of it on my own.. but there it is so now I can relax my mind after a long week with no home made soup.... You have made me happy all over again! Cheers to the pizza guy... Next time he gets a $5.

Anna said...

I'm not much of a soup person, but this looks delicious! I might just make it this week... perhaps with a bit of bacon as well!

He Took MY Last Name said...

LOL @ the pizza joke because my husband is a free lance artist (who actually gets a lot of work) but works part time as a pizza delivery guy.

I love potato soup. It's my favorite! I want to go make some now. I think I might. Oh yes.

Pantalone said...

"... sometimes we go Goodfellows on that stuff ..."

lol! lol! lol!

Joe said...

Hello Chef John!

Ahhh the lost art of a good chowder...and one of my favorites...it looks delicious i will have to give it a try.

Anonymous said...

Yes! Yes! Yes!
:-)
jackie

Julie said...

Anything with ham and potatoes has to be good! I'm making this tomorrow.

Really enjoyed the video!

Anonymous said...

"In addition to being a proven anecdote for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)"

Anecdote ?

Antidote maybe ? :-)

Chef John said...

Oops! thanks! :-)

Anonymous said...

This recipe looks great!

I was wondering. could I tke out the ham and add clams to make it clam chowder?

Thanks

Dave

Chef John said...

yes!

Anonymous said...

Whats the brand of your heavy cream, so i can make this dish ?

Chef John said...

Don't remember but the brand doesn't matter. Amy will work.

Steve said...

Chef:

The recipe looks great but when I read the title of the post the first time, I thought it said "Ham and Potato Soup – Tuberculosis."

*Cough*.

Jane said...

I just made this, though my chunks of ham and veggies are slightly larger. It's fantastic, though I will add some cheddar cheese at the last minute, to appease family members, who have cheese addictions. :)

A lovely recipe and truly, very easy.

Thanks Chef John.

Lisa said...

Such a simple, yummy soup. My older daughter liked it so much she had seconds and forgot to ask for crackers.

Dre said...

Hi John! Thanks for the recipe! I have a question though. My SO is allergic to gluten. So could I make the roux using corn starch on this soup? What about other recipes, is flour and and corn starch always interchangeable? Do I need to adjust the measurements?

Chef John said...

You could add a corn starch slurry at the end, but this soup really doesn't need any starch. Just add a couple extra potatoes, and smash them in to thicken.

Susan said...

Hello Chef John!
Tonight I made the Ham and Potato soup, but instead of ham I used bacon (I had no ham). Thank you so much for the recipe and the video. I was so excited to make this soup and it turned out perfect and absolutely delicious. My husband who is not a big soup eater, said it was top notch.
Thanks again and I love your videos.

Anonymous said...

I made it Last night. Loved it.. Accidentally forgot to add the 2 cups water but it was so creamy I didn't care.. Will be sure to add it next time. I love your blog. Thank you.

drtabo said...

I gave this a shot, been making soup at least once a week, this sounded great. I sub'd fresh shiitake's for celery (can't stand celery..).. I expected it to be just above average, but can honestly say I was amazed and surprised how good it was. Leftovers next day were even better. 2/3 kids approved. Take care..

Anonymous said...

you did not specify how many servings this recipe would make. Could you please post this? I am dying to make it!!

Sharon

Anonymous said...

I just made this 10 mins ago and it's amazing it's the first soup I have ever made! I only do your recipes Chef John :) I tell everyone about you even my mom tells people at work. WE LOVE YOU!!

Anonymous said...

This was the first soup I have made to. It was amazing. Everyone liked it. I looked like a stud. Thanks chef John.

Anonymous said...

Just made this soup. It's amazingly good. My husband can't get enough of it. I've made potato soups before including Julia Child's and they were bland. This one has such great flavor! Thank you Chef John. I'm so glad I discovered your website.

Polly Motzko said...

Dear Chef John,
You will notice some very nice and honest plugs about you and your humorous but highly informative cooking videos on my site, CookingUpaStorminCa.ning.com. I added the video to my collection of about 100 on the site this evening.

I would love for you to join Cooking Up a Storm All Over The World! You are incredible, your recipes are amazing and I would love to meet you one day.

Polly Motzko

Paige said...

Made this today with leftovers from Christmas dinner. What a fabulous soup!! I added the video and ingredients list to my recipes and this will become a much made soup in my house...thank you so much! Didn't change a thing...

maryallison said...

I saw this video this moring on allrecipes.com and had everything on hand...

I used 3 potatoes and only 1 cup of water, and I also added 1/4-1/2t of savory to it.

Will definately make again...Hubby loved it.

Anonymous said...

Just made this soup for a family of 5. Multiplied everything by 1.5ish (it's soup, so I don't have to worry about being exact, right?). It was excellent! SO good.

Carey said...

I've made this soup three times in the past two weeks, because we had a ton of ham left over from Christmas - each time it's been SPECTACULAR. Two times I didn't have celery and carrots on hand, so made it without, and to be honest, I liked it better without! Anyway, I added a touch more cayenne than you did and it had an awesome kick to it that was perfect. Thanks so much for another fabulous recipe - and so EASY to make! I've turned several people on to this website, Chef John. They've all become fast fans like I did. You, simply put, rock!

Carey

Chef John said...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I've made this soup a few times also. I add part of a ham hock to it. This is one of the best soups I have ever had!!! Thanks for helping me fool my family into thinking I can cook! -K

Sherry Y said...

I first saw this on allrecipes.com but it was overridden by a commercial, so I followed a link here. Glad I did! I can't wait to explore more of your videos and recipes based on all the wonderful comments. And, I'll be making this soup today. Was going to make baked potato soup but this looks easier, quicker, and yummy!! I'll be bookmarking your site. Thanks!

rziniuk said...

It seems that Winter's JUST begun this past week in Southern Ontario and I was looking for a warm, hearty feel-good recipe for family coming over for dinner tonight. I came across this on allrecipes.com and I'm sooo excited to make it! I just had breakfast and I'm already hungry for it. I've already bookmarked your page for many more future references.

Thanks very much for this!

Anonymous said...

I have never made potato soup before. This was absolutely delicious!! ~ Seattle, WA

Unknown said...

Wow, what a great recipe! I am eating my 4th bowl of the ham and potato soup as I type. This one is going to be a winter favorite, for sure. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes; I look forward to exploring many if not all of them!
Cheers.

Dena said...

I need to print the full recipe! I found the list of ingredients, but that is all! Can you guide me to where the rest of the recipe can be found?
Thank you!

Wendy said...

I take it I could throw some navy beans or white beans in this also? I just found your website from allrecipes and tried your garlic ginger wings.. ate 12 of them yesterday and they were finger licking AWESOME. Thanks!

thegasman said...

made this last night,very lovely smokey ham taste, easy to make,a winner. thanks

Kristi said...

Hi Chef John. I am so glad I came across your sight. I made this soup last night and it turned out great! This was the first recipe of yours that I've tried. Thanks so much! Keep up the good work

Dulcie said...

Hi John, Had left over ham that I needed to use and it was a rainy day so I thought soup would be good. I Googled Ham and potato soup, and much to my delight, In this search, I came across your web site. What a great discovery!! Used this recipe and served it to my husband and some friends who dropped by and everyone loved it. I can see great versatility with this base and all kinds of substitutions.

One suggestion is that you add a recipe box on your website so you can add your favorite recipes to it

Keep up the good work. Happy Cooking!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Chef John,
if i use bacon instead of ham, do i need to cook it first a little bit on a frying pan, or can i just put it in like the ham? thankyou. i love your videos!!!

Chef John said...

yes, cook first! :)

Anonymous said...

Holy awesome! making this tonight alongside the prosciutto wrapped shrimp served with rice cooker paella on the side! mixing pork and seafood like a boss.

Yumi said...

Just made this tasty rich soup.... you gonna ask why would I make this kind of soup in mid of summer season? Because our summer this year in germany is well... Cold :) so thanks John for this nice recipe. Going to make it as well in our mild winter :D

Mzb said...

I loved loved loved it.

Jemma said...

Hi Chef John,

This looks yummy, how many servings does this recipe make, please? Thanks! :)

Chef John said...

probably 4 big ones?

Leny said...

i made the soup today and it was amazing... i dont have cream so i used coconut milk instead and it was so delicious. thank u Chef John

Cosmetics Diva said...

Love Love Love this soup. WOW amazing flavours. I am so addicted to this soup I make it almost every week. DELICIOUS!!!

Tina Difini said...

Hi Chef John,

love your recipes! Could I add some broccoli to this soup? And can i use milk insted of cream?

Thank you!!

Chef John said...

Of course! It's your soup! :)

Anonymous said...

I made this for dinner tonight and it went over very, very well. Thanks for another awesome recipe, Chef John!

Aryanna said...

Hi John, for the smoked ham, would regular ham at the deli work just as well?

Chef John said...

"just as well" is subjective, but it will work.

Anonymous said...

hello chef john from alaska.
made this tonite with the aioli bread also.
we couldn't decide which was better...the soup or the bread. :-)
great great stuff for our cold weather!
thanks!

CH said...

Hello Chef John from Illinois and thank you for the yummy
Ham & Potato Soup. Made it
today and WOW!!!!!

Your recipes always are so easy, and taste wonderful.

To the person that prefers cold pizza - I bet if you came on
over and tried this soup I'm having right now you would
change your mind. This is absolutely fantastic.

Also love Chef John's Ham and Split Pea Soup.

Oh heck, all of Chef John's recipes are great and now he
has a You Tube Channel.

Michael Dean said...

I found your recipe and video for this amazing soup over a year ago, and it was an instant family hit. My wife begs me to make it as soon as the weather turns the slightest bit cool. I'm a competent cook, but after years of preparing and perfecting my own recipes and dishes, I have never had the enthusiastic reaction to my creations that your recipe inspires. Of course, they are all correct: this soup is by far my favorite dish to make and to eat as well.
I have learned from and enjoyed this site so much that I refer everyone who has the slightest interest in cooking to it. Usually one taste of this soup is all it takes to convince them that this site is worth its weight in gold.

Chef John said...

Thank you!!

Parenting said...

I have made this soup twice already and it was a winner both times. I made the vegetarian version with mushrooms instead of the ham. So great! The first time my guests kept asking for more and left with the recipe and your website in their email, then my husband asked again to make it for him. My favorite soup for sure. Chef John you are a keeper!

Omega said...

I made this soup and it was outstanding. I love your blog and I am learning so much. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and recipes.

Priyanka C said...

I just made this. I feel like a five star chef. It was amazing. So simple yet so hearty and wholesome.Thank you.

Joy said...

Thank you Chef John! Your site, recipes, videos,knowledge and humor - what a joy! I made this soup yesterday and it was fabulous.

test said...

Holy moly! This is amazing! I am trying to introduce soups to my son who has some feeding issues. So, i sauteed the veggies by themselves. Ccoked the potatoes separately. Then i put the veggies into a soup pot, made the roux and added the broth. Meanwhile, fried the chopped ham steak in the veggie saute pan. When the broth was all mixed in, I pureed all, including about half the potatoes. Then i added in the rest of the potatoes and ham and the water the potatoes cooked in. It came out perfect! I used amaranth flour and ghee since we are gluten and dairy free. It tastes like it has cream and cheese in it though. Soooo good. I really think it could even take pureed broccoli and cauliflower and some peas. But my son isnt quite there yet! So good! I really want to thank you for such a healthy and yummy recipe for REAL food that fits our dietary requirements. A rare gem. I will have to make some of your other recipes. You have quite a following.

cookinmom said...

Just got some red potatoes from the garden...any chance these would be good in the soup?

Chef John said...

sure!

cookinmom said...

Thanks...by the way, made your oven baked eggs. I wanted to lick the plate but we had guests! Oh my...now I know what to make for Father's Day coming up. And of course my son will be sooo happy it's fathers day! Thanks chef...keep um coming!

foreverandone said...

Thank you for sharing this recipe. I just made it for my family and they love it I didn't use cream though because my daughter can't have it. So I used soy milk instead but it came out really tasty as well.

Marijane said...

I just made this soup for the second time today and realized I had never commented on the results. It is FANTSTIC (both times)! I followed the recipe exactly but the second time I used a thick slice of baked deli ham (1/3 inch) and was not quite as "hammey" as when I used the type you used in the video. This is a perfect, comforting fall-winter soup!

Robert J. Lotti said...

Hi Chef John,

I just wanted to say that this potato soup is "lick the bowl clean" good. I made it, today, with just a few, slight, variations. I didn't have any ham, but I did have a half pound end piece of some imported prosciutto, which I bought for a song. I diced it up a little smaller than you did the ham because it's not quite as tender. Also, I didn't have any Yukon Gold potatoes, so I did the next best thing a person in Boston would do. I used my trusty old friend, the Maine potato. I hardly ever peel Maine potatoes because The peel is very thin and a lot of the potatoe's nutrients get tossed in the trash with the peel. I just diced them up and tossed them in. I noticed that in the video you put the diced potatoes in water to keep them from turning brown. In my experience with potato soup, I just dice them up as I'm adding them to the soup. This cuts down on an extra step and it also adds the extra starch from the potatoes, that would have gone down the drain with the water, to the soup to make it creamier. The soup came out excellent and because of the prosciutto, I didn't even need to add any salt.

The best part comes next. I went and brought a bowl of soup to my mother, who also thought the soup was very tasty. To my surprise, she had just finished baking bread and about the only thing that I can imagine that could add to this soup is a nice big ol' piece of crusty Tuscan bread.

Robert J. Lotti said...

Hi again Chef John,

I just had to write back. Tonight, I finished off the last bowl of the ham and potato soup that I made this past weekend. But when I took it out of the fridge, I didn't reheat it. Instead, I took out the hand blender and pureed the soup cold and then poured it in to a soup bowl. I then added a big dollop of sour cream. It was awesome, especially after the flavors had a chance to meld for a few days. I'll bet this would be great on a hot summer day. Vichyssoise, eat your heart out!

Roz said...

I made this today and it is wonderful! My husband said to never forget where I found this recipe. Everything I have tried of yours always turns out great and tastes fabulous.

LizyM said...

this soup is amazing!!!! we ate the whole thing in less than an hour.... next thing will be the apple and cheddar souffles :)

Tim G said...

I know this is going to sound "off" since this is a potato and ham soup; however, I substituted the ham for left over turkey, and it was delicious. So if you're trying to figure out something new to do with left over Christmas turkey, follow this recipe but dice up, and use your leftover turkey instead. You won't be disappointed!

Michaƫl De Graeve said...

I've been lurking on your website for quite some time now. I love your videos but I never actually made anything from your recipes until now. This simple soup is simply delicious. To quote my girlfriend: "the best soup I've ever made".

I shamelessly took all the credit, but I'll give it to you the next time :)

Chewy2 said...

Have made this many times, always wonderful. Tonight (who says soup is just for winter?) it's even better because I'm having it with rosemary/olive oil bread and a glass of wine, alone in my room while my husband takes care of all four kiddos. Night off!

Has anyone done this soup with the mushrooms in place of ham? That sounds delicious also.

Rene in Phoenix said...

Chef John, I'm new in the kitchen and I would love to surprise my wife and kids with this soup. What kind of cream do I use?

Rene in Phoenix said...

Hello Chef John,

I'm new in the kitchen and would love to surprise my wife and kids with this soup. What kind of cream do I buy? Not the brand but the actual cream. Thanks!

Chef John said...

Look for "heavy cream" or "whipping cream"