Easy Slow-Cooked Potato Soup Recipe
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Easy Slow-Cooked Potato Soup Recipe

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I make this thick soup for our annual St. Patrick's Day party, and there's never any leftovers.—Mary Jo O'Brien of Hastings, Minnesota.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 5-1/2 cups cubed peeled potatoes, divided
  • 2-3/4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/3 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • Milk, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 451 calories, 27g fat (16g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 982mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 17g protein


  1. Place 4-1/2 cups of the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Remove from the heat (do not drain). Mash potatoes; stir in butter.
  2. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the ham, celery, onion, garlic powder, paprika, pepper and remaining cubed potatoes. Stir in the mashed potato; top with cheese. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until potatoes and other vegetables are tender. Stir in the sour cream until blended. Thin soup with milk if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Slow-Cooked Potato Soup in Taste of Home February/March 2005, p20

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Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"I have been making this for YEARS.......I think I first got the recipe from Taste of Home Slow Cooker cookbook! I am not someone who measures stuff, I just dump in what I like......and I feed more than 6 each night! I have NEVER used Velveeta in this recipe, I always used shredded sharp cheddar. My kids and husband ask me to make this when the weather is cold.....it's a family favorite!"

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"This soup is a keeper. It is even better the next day. It is thick but as it is warmed it thins out and I did not need to add milk. Just like another review, I used 2% Velveeta and light sour cream. Easy prep and not too time consuming."

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2013

"Easy to make and quite delicious!"

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"Good recipe and not too much prep work."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"This was a big hit at our house! I used 2% milk Velveeta, reduced-fat sour cream and some skim milk to thin it and it was excellent. I pare down most TOH & S&D recipes to make them healthier and still end up with delicious results- thanks for all the great recipes!"

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