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Crockpot Ham and Potato Soup with Heavy Cream

Crockpot ham and potato soup is amazing! You can use leftover ham or ham hocks with vegetables to make this creamy bowl of comfort food for your family tonight.

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It’s that time of year again. When it’s chilly outside you need to make this Crockpot ham and potato soup for your family too. I promise you it will become your new favorite Crockpot recipe. (affiliate links present)

Potato Soup with Ham Crock Pot

Whether it is after Easter or Christmas and you need a great leftover ham recipe, or you found some cheap ham hocks, it’s a great choice either way. Thick and creamy like chowder, you just throw it all in and go. Truly a dump dinner you’ll love.

We like to make it cheesy too with some inside and more shredded on the top. If you need a dairy free version I will add suggestions for that as well, we have made that too.

Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….

  1. This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
  2. I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.

Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉

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Ham Hock Soup

If you’ve never bought those weird looking bones with bits of meat surrounding them in the store, you should! OH How I love them. We put together a list of simple Ham Hock Recipes, this is just one of them.

We have made slow cooker ham and beans before with dry beans from the beginning. That was amazing.

I picked up a package of two of these at the store the other day. Total was 1.5 pounds and it was only $4.23. Talk about a cheap and easy Crockpot soup idea!

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Crockpot Potato Soup with Ham Hock

Here are a few questions you might have before you get started on this one.

How do you add flavor to potato soup?

Adding oven baked ham is the #1 answer! Of course seasonings are great too and those are a must in my book but a bit of bacon works too.

How do you thicken ham and potato soup?

I add some heavy cream at the end with a bit of cornstarch whisked in as well. 2 tbsp is usually enough for us but if you wanted it even thicker you could add 3.

Can you freeze ham and potato soup?

Certainly. The cream may separate a bit when reheated, just keep that in mind. The flavor will remain but the look might be altered slightly. Store when cooled in airtight freezer bowls or bags up to 3 months.

This is in the midst of me prepping all the ingredients. It doesn’t take very long really.

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crockpot ham potato soup

Ham and Potato Soup

This is what we used, below I have a list of alternative ingredients you could use too. If you want it to be more creamy and delicious, rather than chunky then make them half this size you see above. You could also use an emersion blender when done right inside the Crock pot.

  • Ham hocks, or leftover ham
  • Chicken broth
  • Potatoes
  • Onion
  • Minced garlic
  • Carrots and celery
  • Heavy cream
  • Cornstarch
  • Oregano and Basil
  • Garlic salt

Honestly, if all I have is vegetable broth, I would just use that. Use what you have on hand I say. Let’s talk about potatoes. I usually have a bag of russet in my pantry. We do live in Idaho so…….that’s a given. Red are great too though. The biggest difference is how firm they are and remain during the cooking process. Even after 6 hours these held up really nice, just remember to not dice them up too small.

crockpot ham soup

Here are some variations you could make to this that I have found:

  1. Dice up a ham steak instead of ham bones
  2. Slice lots of carrots and celery up and add those, or omit them all
  3. Keep it simple and only add salt and pepper instead of all the seasonings
  4. Top with green onions when serving a bowl of this slow cooker ham and potato soup
  5. Stir in shredded cheese at the end, or top each bowl with it

Do not cook on high, really. Low and slow is key when you’re making any type of Crockpot potato soup recipe.

Does cream cheese thicken up ham and potato soup?

I mean if you didn’t have heavy cream you could use this instead but you would want to let it sit on the counter to really soften up. Then whisk chunks of it into the broth until it gets smooth. A plus to this is you can find it in dairy free forms which you may need.

How do you make a thick and creamy potato soup without using dairy products?

As mentioned above you can find lactose free cream cheese and/or sour cream that can be substituted for the cream. Another option is to thicken almond milk or cashew milk with a bit more cornstarch until you get a smooth mixture and pour that in. Any of these will make it creamy but be free of dairy.

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Slow Cooker Ham Hock Soup

At the end I wanted it to have a creamier base, but you could leave this part out and enjoy it as is. It would be amazing either way. After that heated up I thought it needed to be a bit thicker so cornstarch was added too. It really is a super easy throw together meal. The only “work” in the middle is if you use ham bone you’ll want to remove the meat and fat mid way through.

  1. Put ham hocks in the middle of your pot with flat ends facing down.
    Dice potatoes with skins on in 1/2″ squares (or so) and put those around hocks in pot.
  2. Dice onions and throw those in too.
  3. Sprinkle in all seasonings and add pieces of celery and carrots if desired. Pour broth over everything.
  4. Close lid and set to low for 6 hours. Lift lid and test potatoes, they should be tender. Take ham hocks out and on a cutting board remove bones and fat, discard.
  5. Dice up tender meat and put that back into your slow cooker. Pour in 1 c of heavy cream and stir.

In a small bowl whisk together remaining 1/4 c. remaining heavy cream with cornstarch until smooth. Stir. Put lid back on and cook on low for 30 more minutes. Serve. Sometimes I will add shredded cheddar cheese to the top when served…because that’s amazing too.

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Printable recipe card is below with nutritional information such as calories and saturated fat listed too. Other under 30 minute prep slow cooker recipes you might like are:

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Crockpot Ham and Potato Soup

Crockpot ham and potato soup is amazing! Use leftover ham or ham hocks to make this creamy bowl of comfort food for your family tonight.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chowder, crockpot, ham, leftover ham, potato, slow cooker, soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 263kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Put ham hocks in the middle of your pot with flat ends facing down.
  • Dice potatoes with skins on in 1/2" squares (or so) and put those around hocks in pot. Dice onions and throw those in too.
  • Sprinkle in all seasonings and add pieces of celery and carrots if desired.
  • Pour broth over everything. Close lid and set to low for 6 hours.
  • Lift lid and test potatoes, they should be tender. Take ham hocks out and on a cutting board remove bones and fat, discard. Dice up tender meat and put that back into your slow cooker.
  • Pour in 1 c of heavy cream and stir. In a small bowl whisk together remaining 1/4 c. remaining heavy cream with cornstarch until smooth. Stir that in.
  • Put lid back on and cook on low for 30 more minutes. Serve.

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Nutrition Facts
Crockpot Ham and Potato Soup
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 1258mg55%
Potassium 336mg10%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 3271IU65%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
4.75 from 4 votes (3 ratings without comment)
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Seasons

Monday 31st of January 2022

Do not add the sour cream or the cheddar cheese these were not good options. They do not go with the ham at all.

The Typical Mom

Monday 31st of January 2022

Those are musts for us to make it creamy and super cheesy but to each their own.

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