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New England Potato Soup

While on our honeymoon in New England, my husband and I walked into an old country store and were immediately swept off our feet by the aroma of soup that was cooking. We each ordered a bowl and found it to be absolutely delicious! We tried to persuade the cook to give us the recipe, but she said it was a secret. Upon returning home, I experimented until I came up with this recipe, which is very close.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    6-7 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 cups milk, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup frozen peas


  • In a large saucepan, saute onion and celery in butter until tender. Add the broth, potatoes, sugar, salt, rosemary, thyme and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Combine flour and 1/2 cup milk until smooth; gradually stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the ham, peas and remaining milk; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 239 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 899mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • drfolk
    Dec 28, 2015

    Easy to make Great soup. My husband woke up with a a sore throat this morning. This was the perfect fix. He really enjoyed it and so did I. I made it with just the exact instructions except I was out of milk so I used heavy cream and added water. Very good and just perfect for a cold winters day with garlic bread. Yum!

  • queenzookie
    Mar 14, 2011

    Pretty good. Maybe we are big eaters; for us this was more like 4 dinner size servings. I might use a little less flour and milk. Also might use fewer peas and/or add diced carrots when sauteing the onions and celery.

  • jmyuhnke
    Jan 26, 2010

    Scored big time with this at a 20 person birthday party. Would probably be great with corn in place of the peas (I have a picky eater).

  • RiaF
    Jan 9, 2010

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  • hollyez
    Oct 7, 2008

    I made this last night for dinner. The family loved it! I made it according to the recipe, but would be just as good without the ham for a meatless dish. I will definitely make it again. Thank you very much!

  • null
    Jan 17, 2007

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