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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mollysisk User ID: 8637528 243223
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."

90Lew90 User ID: 8336223 224837
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!"

wamsutter User ID: 8285841 222405
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."

Rivkel User ID: 7467768 217876
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."

GeorgeenSneath User ID: 8198655 216978
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

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

shankoene User ID: 1733238 216478
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."

x3judys User ID: 8185209 216087
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."

Gingerelli1973 User ID: 8129145 74482
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."

Hoagsmokler User ID: 2570844 161653
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!"

Laurah1974 User ID: 7564350 93392
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!"

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