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Cheddar Ham Soup Recipe

Cheddar Ham Soup Recipe

“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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Cheddar Ham Soup

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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!"

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"I used only half the butter and cheese and it was still delicious. I also used stock instead of water. Even my picky eaters loved it."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"This was fantastic. I substituted corn for peas. I aslo boiled my ham hock for the broth to replace the water."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2014

"Made this it was great. I omitted the flour and butter and added chicken stock and garlic for extra flavour. It wasn't thick but I was going for less gluten. I would definitely make this one again."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"I was looking for something other than ham and bean soup (I hate beans) and came across this. I made a few changes and thought this is an excellent recipe. I suggest boiling the ham bone to make a stock or buying a powdered ham base to give this a bit more flavor. I used the powdered ham base since we had a boneless ham and it was perfect. I added extra peas and omitted the carrots. This only fed 3 of us and I suggest doubling it if feeding a family of four if it's the main meal. Add some crusty bread and butter and this is an amazing winter dinner!"

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"I was one cup of potatoes short so I substituted with pinto beans. I also used homemade ham stock. It was delicious!"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"Minor change with big flavor return. If you are using a left over ham, remove the meat and boil the bone for 2 hrs discard bone and use the broth in place of the water. It will have salt in it so you will need to adjust for that. The flavor is off the chain (that means good)."

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013

"Awesome soup. I made it w/ gluten free all purpose flour and a can of peas. It rocks!"

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

"I used our leftover Easter ham to make this tonight. I didn't have 2% milk so I used 1 cup half-and-half and 1 cup fat free milk. It turned out SO well! I loved that it used up a lot of the food left in our fridge and pantry, too. Definitely a keeper."

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2013

"This is one of the best soups I have ever made! Very yummy!"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"I'm sure that this is a good recipe. Its just not one of ours. It was a little too cheesey for us."

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2012

"All three of us loved this soup!"

Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"Made this as a way to use up leftover Easter ham. Used half Velveeta & half shredded cheddar. Did not add the peas, but did add leftover corn & green beans. Has a very good taste to it & is quick & easy to make."

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2012

"Made this last night. It was very tasty & a crowd pleaser! Will definitely make this again. Was able to use left over ham from our Easter weekend, but I added more veggies than recipe call for which required a little more water. Also, used 2 cups of chicken broth."

Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"Excellent soup! I used Velveeta cheese instead of cheddar and added more vegetables. I will definitely make this again!"

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

"Great recipe!! I have made it many times and everyone asks for the recipe. Great for when you have ham dinner and have leftover ham."

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"Good recipe! My family enjoyed it very much."

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"I have made this many times! Diced ham is great, but I have also used deli sliced ham when I had it on hand....still delicious!"

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"This recipe was excellent. Everyone in my very picky family liked it."

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"One of the best-tasting and eaiest soups I have ever made. I have had many requests for this recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"We love this recipe! I add bacon and frozen corn instead of peas."

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"I make this recipe every year for our Christmas Open House. It always gets rave reviews!"

Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"Very good recipe! I used Velveeta instead of cheddar, 1/2 t ground mustard and 1 cup chicken broth (at the end to add a little more liquid). I am dropping this recipe into my online recipe box right now!"

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"This soup was so tasty and comforting! My family gobbled up the entire thing! Next time I'll have to double it. :-)"

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

"Very good,straight forward and easy. the family all enjoyed it! Def. going to make it again!"

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2009

"Whoever said this was tasteless must have used boring cheese! This is simple and delicious!! I followed recipe exactley and it turned out great! Next time I am going to add a few more potatoes and some bacon along with the ham too! Thanks so much for the great recipe!!"

Reviewed Jun. 18, 2009

"It was tasteless and bland. I added chicken and vegetable stock just to give it flavour. I would never make it again."

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2008

"I have 4 children, ages 5 and under. They rarely all agree on a meal, but they love this one. I serve it with yummy whole wheat rolls."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2008

"This is a great and easy recipe. I substituted chicken stock for the water and colby & monterey jack cheese for the cheedar. It tasted great."

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