Makeover Cheesy Ham 'N' Potato Soup Recipe
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Makeover Cheesy Ham 'N' Potato Soup Recipe

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This better-for-you version uses lean ham, canola oil, fat-free milk and reduced-fat cheddar cheese. Additional potatoes, whirred in the food processor, plus dry milk powder help keep the soup's thick creamy texture.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups cubed potatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked lean ham
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups fat-free milk
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) finely shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli florets, thawed and chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 228 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 616mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 1g fiber), 18g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 2 lean meat 1/2 fat-free milk


  1. In a saucepan, bring potatoes and water to a boil. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. In a blender or food processor, process reserved liquid and 1/4 cup cooked potatoes until smooth; set aside. Set remaining potatoes aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, saute ham and onion in oil until onion is tender. In a bowl, combine milk powder, flour, pepper, milk and processed potato mixture until smooth. Stir into ham and onion. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Add the cheese, broccoli and reserved potatoes; cook and stir over low heat until cheese is melted and heated through. Serve immediately. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Cheesy Ham 'N' Potato Soup in Light & Tasty August/September 2002, p47

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Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

"I made a couple of changes. I did not have low fat cheese so I just used regular medium cheddar. I also added carrots and celery and sauteed them in the oil with the onion. I also added a little bit of bacon. It was a really good soup and really easy to make."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"I used canned potatoes. It was very good. I downloaded it to my computer to make again!"

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