You can never have too many soup recipes. This hearty soup is definitely filling enough to serve as a main course.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a stockpot over medium heat until golden brown. Stir in carrot, celery, onion, ham, and garlic; cook and stir for 5-6 minutes, until the vegetables soften and the onions are translucent.

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  • Stir in flour; cook for about 3 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, 1 cup at a time. Add water and stir to combine. Turn the heat to high and bring to a simmer. Simmer on medium-low for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Taste the soup for salt and add more if necessary. Stir in potatoes; cook for 15 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Skim fat if desired.

  • With a potato masher, mash the soup a few times, leaving plenty of whole chunks of potato. Season with salt and pepper to taste, add cayenne if desired, and add cream. Stir to combine and heat through. Garnish with fresh chives.

Cook's Notes:

Any kind of potatoes will work in this recipe.

Keep diced potatoes in cold water until ready to use to prevent browning.

Nutrition Facts

452 calories; protein 15.8g 32% DV; carbohydrates 42.3g 14% DV; fat 24.9g 38% DV; cholesterol 74.7mg 25% DV; sodium 863.6mg 35% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/29/2012
yum yum yum! made almost exactly to the recipe and was very good. The only change I made was to saute the vegies in water instead of butter in order to reduce the fat and calories. I also used evaporated fat free milk instead of heavy cream. def a keeper, thanks for sharking Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/27/2012
Disappointing! This had a pretty good flavor but it wasn't thick and creamy like I had hoped. I followed the recipe exactly. I did add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper and thought it added a nice little kick. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/29/2012
yum yum yum! made almost exactly to the recipe and was very good. The only change I made was to saute the vegies in water instead of butter in order to reduce the fat and calories. I also used evaporated fat free milk instead of heavy cream. def a keeper, thanks for sharking Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2012
VERY good! I doubled the recipe because it said it made four servings. SERIOUSLY? How big are those servings? I have SO much soup left over. It's very rich also so I recommend just a light salad and maybe rolls with this meal! I did add some instant potatoes to thicken but otherwise I stuck to the recipe and my family loved it! The cayenne definitely added a kick. I added about 1/2 tsp. since it didn't say how much. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2012
I made this with very few modifications and it turned out superb. I used my own homemade chicken stock and ham stock which I had leftover in the freezer. I used a little less flour just because 1/4 looked like too much. I didn't have any heavy cream but half and half seemed to work just fine. I didn't add any cayenne pepper because my toddlers aren't big on spicy just yet. I did a few drops of Franks RedHot (a cayenne pepper sauce) to my bowl however. I'll be making this comfort food regularly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2012
This was soooo good! I had leftover Easter ham that I wanted to start to use up, and im so glad I found this recipe. One change I made based on what I had on hand was that I used 2 cans of potatoes. I also used a can of corn instead of carrots, based on preference. I will be making this again! I dont always have ham on hand, so next time I make this, I will be trying it with kielbasa. Thanks for the recipe!! :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2012
I've made this recipe a few times now, and whereas I may add some extra seasonings and/or veggies, the basic recipe is fabulous! I usually have to make double if I want any for lunch the next day! Oh, and use the amount of flour called for if you're looking for something thicker than broth-based soup soup, it's a perfect ratio! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2013
I'm what you'd consider a non-cook. If it has more than 2 steps I'm usually lost. The first time I made this recipe I followed the video recipe for it (found on this site and on Food Wishes). I was so pleasantly surprised when the soup came out exactly as I thought it should. I now make it every week or two and I am as happy with it now as I was back then. Creamy and flavorful without being overpowering, it's everything I look for in a comfort food. I do leave out the cayenne now, though it's tasty either way. That's just my personal preference. Don't miss the video. There's nothing like Chef John's good humor to make you smile while you cook. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2012
I made this with packaged diced ham and it was delicious! This soup freezes very well!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2012
We eat a lot of soup because it's the perfect way to camoflauge vegetables for my picky husband. He devoured this recipe. I did make some changes for a soup we'd be more accustomed to eating. First, I used chicken broth in place of the water, added another 1/2 pound of potatoes for a thicker soup, and added other herbs/spices such as parsley, paprika, onion powder, and just a tad of chopped jalapenos. (Hey it's TX, we live spicy) ;) great soup and a delicious meal! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2012
I showed my husband the video because it looked so yummy. He made it that day and it was such a delicious comfort food. Loved it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/27/2012
Disappointing! This had a pretty good flavor but it wasn't thick and creamy like I had hoped. I followed the recipe exactly. I did add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper and thought it added a nice little kick. Read More
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