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Easy Slow-Cooked Potato Soup

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


  • 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
  • Whole milk, chopped fresh parsley and coarsely ground pepper, optional


  • 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.
  • 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. If desired, thin soup with milk, and add parsley and coarsely ground pepper.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 451 calories, 27g fat (16g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 982mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • PageRD
    Jan 26, 2021

    We love potato soup and this is a great recipe. It's easy to put together. I like the cheesiness and the onion flavors. It's very rich and thick, so you definitely need to thin it with the milk. To me, it tastes just like au gratin potatoes. Definitely a keeper.

  • katlaydee3
    Mar 5, 2018

    I was disappointed with this recipe. I love potato soup, but found this version to be pretty bland.

  • deb9962
    Feb 23, 2018

    This was a hit! I used bacon & less cheese!

  • KInlow
    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's a family favorite!

  • car5757
    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.

  • QueenIssy30
    Jun 10, 2013

    Easy to make and quite delicious!

    Oct 29, 2012

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  • Tabby04
    Oct 11, 2012

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  • ojc0806
    Jan 2, 2011

    Good recipe and not too much prep work.

  • Karli Gorsline
    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!