cheesy ham and potato soup

Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup

Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup is thick, creamy and hearty – it’s like comfort in a bowl on a cold winter night!

Bowl of cheesy ham and potato soup

Where are my soup-lovers at?! I’ll be the first to admit – I used to be super picky about soup and really only enjoyed a good pot of chili (is that even considered a soup?!). Nowadays, I look forward to a hearty bowl of just about any kind of soup out there!

And when I want a cheesy, creamy soup, this one always hits the spot. It’s got lots of flavor, hearty potatoes and just the right amount of cheesiness (thanks to the Velveeta!). Oh, and it’s perfect for those post-holiday meals when you’ve got leftover ham! Let’s get cookin’!

ingredients for cheesy ham and potato soup

Ingredients Needed

  • Butter – Unsalted or salted butter will work great.
  • Celery
  • Carrots – You can use diced baby carrots or regular carrots (peeled and diced)
  • Flour – Regular all-purpose flour
  • Milk – Any fat percentage will work, but the more fat, the creamier the soup will be (I prefer 2% or whole milk)
  • Chicken Broth – I use low-sodium chicken broth and add additional salt, to taste, at the end; however, regular chicken broth will work just fine
  • Potatoes – I prefer to use a starchy potato, such as russet or Yukon gold (adds creaminess!)
  • Seasonings – Minced onion, salt and black pepper
  • Velveeta cheese – I love the creaminess of Velveeta, but if you’d prefer regular shredded cheddar cheese, that’ll work great, too
  • Ham – Use what you’ve got! Leftover ham (shredded or cubed), deli ham, etc.

How to Make Easy Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup

What to Serve with Ham and Potato Soup

There’s nothing better than a good dinner roll or slice of crusty bread to go with a hearty bowl of soup! Add a crisp green salad and you’re set for a delicious meal.

ladle-full of cheesy ham and potato soup

Recipes that use Leftover Ham

Ham and Cheese Sliders are on my go-to list of quick and easy recipes. If you’ve got leftover sliced ham, this would be a great option!

One Pot Cheesy Ham and Noodle Casserole is another great option for leftover ham. Few dishes and just five ingredients – yes, please!

Ham, Egg & Cheese Casserole would be a delicious way to use leftover ham in a breakfast dish! A savory, hearty way to get the day started!

Bowl of cheesy ham and potato soup with a spoonful being taken

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cheesy ham and potato soup

Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup

Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup is thick, creamy and hearty – it's like comfort in a bowl on a cold winter night!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 10 1 1/2 c servings


  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 c diced celery
  • 1 c diced carrots
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 4 c milk
  • 3 c low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 c peeled & diced potatoes
  • 2 tbsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb Velveeta cheese cubed
  • 2 c diced ham


  • In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  • Once the butter is melted, add the celery and carrots and sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add flour and whisk for 30 seconds.
  • Add the milk and broth slowly, whisking constantly until it's all incorporated.
  • Add the potatoes, minced onion, salt and pepper; bring to boil.
  • Turn the heat down to low/medium and let simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  • Add the cubed cheese and diced ham and stir until the cheese is all melted.
  • Serve warm.

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