New England Potato Soup

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.


6-7 servings

Updated: Sep. 30, 2022
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.


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.