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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
5 from 5 votes

Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
10 (1 1/2 c servings)
Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup is thick, creamy and hearty – it's like comfort in a bowl on a cold winter night!


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups peeled & diced potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound Velveeta cheese cubed
  • 2 cups 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.


Calories: 359.52kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.24g | Protein: 17.33g | Fat: 20.15g | Saturated Fat: 10.21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.44g | Cholesterol: 65.17mg | Sodium: 1191.62mg | Potassium: 479.73mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 9.77g | Vitamin A: 2476IU | Vitamin C: 10.01mg | Calcium: 498.38mg | Iron: 0.87mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. Sarah Krukow says:

    5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was amazing! The whole family loved it.

    1. Mollie H. says:

      5 stars
      I made this for dinner and it was delicious! Instead of using velveta cheese I used shredded mild cheddar cheese. I will make this recipe again!!!

  2. Judy Mustain says:

    5 stars
    The Best Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup! Before it was gone, my family was asking me to make it again!

  3. 5 stars
    Great soup! The family loved it.
    I used cheddar cheese, and 1/2 & 1/2 cream. Definitely making this one again.

  4. I’ve tried so many potato soup recipes and this one was by far the best. I did use 3/4 heavy whipping cream and 1/4 whole milk because that’s what I had on hand, and added fresh diced onion with the carrot and some celery (again, just because I had it on hand). Whole family even the picky kiddos loved it. This one definitely gets saved for next time! Thanks!