This recipe for Creamy Ham & Potato Soup is a real family-pleaser. It is not difficult to make so you won’t mind when they ask you to make over and over!
Delicious Creamy Ham & Potato Soup Recipe
Ingredients you will need:
- 3 1/2 cup peeled & diced potatoes
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 1/3 cup chopped celery
- 3 /4 cup diced ham
- 3 1/4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste
- 1 teaspoon ground white pepper or black pepper, to taste
- 5 tablespoons flour
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups milk
2. Cut & Dice your remaining ingredients as listed in the ingredients above. You might try the Rada Food Chopper for this step.
3. Put all diced ingredients into a pot and then add water.
4. Bring water to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender (err on the side of slightly under-cooked). Use the Non-Scratch Spoon if you have a non-scratch pot.
5. In another sauce pan, set to medium heat. Then melt butter and stir in flour, stirring constantly until it’s thick (about a minute). Try using the Rada Handi-Stir for this step. You will love how the angle of the head is perfect for gently stirring the flour as it cooks at the bottom of the pan.
6. Slowly stir in milk as to keep from creating lumps (this is the creamy white sauce that will give your potato soup a wonderful full texture). Stir for 4-5 minutes over medium heat until it thickens.
7. Then add chicken-bouillon as well as salt and pepper to the potatoes that are cooking. Half a teaspoon of both salt and pepper should do.
8. Add the white sauce to the potatoes and other ingredients with your spoon. Mix thoroughly. Serve with a Non-Scratch Soup Ladle.
Seven Soup-er Soup Tips Every Good Cook Should Know
1. Use fresh ingredients. Soups are always better when you use fresh ingredients instead of canned items or frozen broths. These items save time, but you’ll be famous for a soup that includes fresh ingredients.
2. Did you know that soup is a good palate cleanser? If you’re serving a meal that includes multiple courses, try using soup somewhere in between. A cold soup is especially good for palate cleansing.
3. Reduce your fat content in your soup by making the day before, chilling and scraping away the fat that rises to the top.
4. Careful with your herbs. They will give your soup a more intense flavor if added at the end of the cooking process.
5. If a hot soup ends up too salty, toss a potato in the soup. Allow it to sit for fifteen minutes then remove. It will take the extra salt taste with it!
6. Consider using stock or broth instead of water to steam, boil, poach, make soup, or braise. It will add flavor to whichever dish you’re preparing. Water doesn’t taste like anything. Make your dishes more exciting by tossing in something flavored.
7. When making soup in a slow cooker, place longer-cooking ingredients at the bottom. Meats and root veggies will take longer to cook than ingredients such as cauliflower. Place them at the bottom so they can absorb more heat.
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Watch the Potato Soup Video
Check out Kristi’s video below on how to make Creamy Potato Soup.
Beginning of the Creamy Potato Soup Video Transcript:
Hi, Kristi at the Rada test kitchen. Today we’re making creamy potato soup right on the stove. So let’s get started. The ingredients you’ll need are 2 cups of milk, 3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes, 1/3 cup chopped onion, 5 tablespoons of flour, 2 tablespoons of chicken bouillon granules, 5 tablespoons of butter, 1/4 cup diced ham, 1/3 cup chopped celery, a dash of salt, a dash of pepper to taste, and then 3 1/4 cups of water.
First I’m going to peel and dice the potatoes using the Rada vegetable peeler, which is super sharp. The little end can get out the eyes or any imperfections. You know what, I like leaving a little bit of peeling on my potatoes. That’s where all the nutrients are, are in the peeling. I think it makes it prettier too in the soup.
Alright, so once you have it peeled, I’m going to dice it with one of my favorite super-paring knives. Now this is how I dice potatoes. I’m not a professional chef, I’m just an Iowa farm girl. I slice them like that, then I turn them. I suppose you would call this Julianne. Then I cut them again. What you have are little diced potatoes.
I’m going to use my flexible cutting board, it’s easy to get the product in the bowl. I’ve already gone and did it, so we have about 3 1/2 cups of the diced potatoes. Then we need 1/3 cup diced celery.
This I’m going to use the Rada cook’s knife. After I cut it that way, i just go back and chop a little bit more. You could measure this, I usually just guess. It looks like about 1/3 cup to me. You’re going to put that in the pot with your potatoes.
Then you need 1/3 cup finely chopped onion. Again, I’m going to use my cook’s knife.
Now i’m going to finely chop this. You just use a rocking motion, keep the tip of the knife down. Now I’m going to add this to the pot.
Now you need just 1/4 cup of ham. This is diced cooked ham. I’m going to use the Rada slicer. This is a ham I had leftover, so I’m going to use it for my soup. Again, you’re just going to dice it. I actually think I’ve got too much. I’m actually going to use this knife to scoop it into my pan.
Now to this pan, we are going to add the water. That was 3 1/4 cups. Now we’re ready to put it on the stove. We’re going to bring this to a boil an then we’re going to simmer it for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
This is the Rada non-scratch spoon. I do have a non-scratch pan here. it’s really nice, it won’t scratch off the coating. You’re going to bring this to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 10 or 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
While this is cooking, in another saucepan we’re going to add butter, milk, and flour. You first need to get the pan heated on a medium heat. First we’re going to add the 5 tablespoons of butter, and you’re going to melt that.
Now that the butter is melted, I’m going to stir in the flour with my Rada whisk. I do a little bit at a time, you don’t want it to get all lumpy. This is how you make a white sauce too, if you ever need a white sauce for a recipe.
You’re going to stir the flour and butter, stir it constantly until it’s thick – for about a minute. Now I’m going to add the milk. You want to slowly stir it in as you keep stirring it so you don’t get lumps. You’re going to keep stirring the milk-butter-flour mixture for about 4 or 5 minutes over medium heat until it starts to thicken.
This is done, now we’re going to add the chicken bouillon and the salt and pepper to the potatoes that are almost done boiling. You just stir that in, 2 tablespoons of chicken bouillon granules and about a teaspoon of salt or to taste. And half a teaspoon of pepper.
Now you’re ready to add the white sauce. You’re just going to pour that in. The spoon is flat on the bottom so it’s easy to get into the corners. Once you add the white sauce and stir it in, it’s done and ready to serve. This is a fast easy meal, and I used up my leftover ham. Your family will love this creamy. rich potato soup. Check out the recipe at our Rada Cutlery blog.
End of the Creamy Potato Soup Video Transcript: