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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 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.


  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

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.

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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!"

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