Cheddar Ham Soup Recipe
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Cheddar Ham Soup Recipe

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“I knew this recipe was a keeper when my mother-in-law asked for it!” relates Marty Matthews in Clarksville, Tennessee. The hearty soup, chock-full of leftover ham, veggies and cheese, is creamy and comforting. And even though the recipe makes enough to feed a crowd of post-holiday guests, Mary notes, “don’t look for leftovers!”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 2 cups diced peeled potatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 303 calories, 17g fat (11g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 763mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the potatoes, water, carrot and onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in another saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add the milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cheese until melted. Stir into undrained potato mixture. Add ham and peas; heat through. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Cheddar Ham Soup in Simple & Delicious November/December 2006, p31

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Reviewed Feb. 4, 2016

"If I could I would give this 7 stars! This soup is awesome. Not a great cook, especially soup. Had many failed soup recipes. First time I made this (tonight) it came out fantastic.

Will definitely make this again. Thanks for the recipe. My husband thinks I am a great cook now."

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2015

"I'm giving 5 stars to my own, slightly adapted version of this, if I may! I used a very rich, gelatinous, mildly spiced stock I had frozen from the Christmas ham. It had a lovely back note of cinnamon, orange zest, clove and black pepper. I only cooked the diced potato in this, opting to sweat a diced onion, two carrots and celery in butter and olive oil before adding. At this stage I whizzed it in the blender until smooth and added corn as well as ham and peas for the finished soup. The little extra fat gave a beautifully rich, shiny, emulsified soup. Delicious. I'll make it again for sure. The only change I'd make to this would be to use a milder cheddar. I used a very punchy English farmhouse ched which was a bit too dominant. Other than that, gorgeous!"

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2015

"I read through reviews before making and reading that it had no flavor with just water i cooked the ham bone with a few seasoning and onion making a broth and used it in place of the water giving the soup a nice flavor. I did not use the full 2 cups of cheese. I am giving this recipe a 4 only because i substituted some ingredients so not sure how the real recipe would have tasted."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2015

"It doesn't taste much different than can soup. It is ok but I will probably not make it again. It was flavorless. I like the idea of using a rich broth instead of water."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"Excellent, loved the recipe. I added more ham as I had a lot left over!"

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