Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup

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Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup that’s creamy, full of vegetables and chunks of ham, finished off with milk and sour cream for a easy and delicious hearty soup.

Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup that's creamy, full of vegetables and chunks of ham, finished off with milk and sour cream for a easy and delicious hearty soup.

Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup is a delicious set it an forget it meal your family will enjoy that tastes like you stood by the stovetop tending to it for hours.

See how easy it is to prepare it in this video:
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Soups are a big part of the Fall season for us, with their instant “warm you up” abilities and ability to freeze portions or take portions for quickly heated lunches. We are constantly keeping out slow cookers going in the winter for soups, especially this Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup.

This recipe was made in partnership with Smithfield who also sponsored this post for amazing Black Pepper Bacon Biscuits that incidentally would go fabulously with this soup!

Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup that's creamy, full of vegetables and chunks of ham, finished off with milk and sour cream for a easy and delicious hearty soup.With less than 20 minutes of prep work (I chop vegetables while watching my favorite reality shows) your slow cooker is set and ready to go.

The Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup simmers away on its own, melting the vegetables into this delicious creamy base. A quick mash, a bit of heavy cream and sour cream and dinner is served!

The best part of slow cooker meals like this Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup is that they’re perfect for weeknights now that everyone is back to school or for those hearty meals you’re going to need after a day spent out at the soccer fields watching the little ones run around in a pattern that almost resembles soccer (we just started toddler soccer here… and oh boy).

This Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup can be ready, waiting for you to come home, peel off the grass covered uniforms and eat! Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup that's creamy, full of vegetables and chunks of ham, finished off with milk and sour cream for a easy and delicious hearty soup.

The Smithfield Anytime Favorites Hickory Smoked Cubed Ham used in this recipe was inspired by the flavors of Smithfield Ham which I grew up enjoy for holiday meals, but in really convenient packaging and in almost any cuts you could hope for which helps cut prep time drastically.

Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup that's creamy, full of vegetables and chunks of ham, finished off with milk and sour cream for a easy and delicious hearty soup.

Tools Used in the making of this Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup:
Slow Cooker: Love this slow cooker and how programmable it is, it has been a workhorse for me… until…
My New Slow Cooker: This recipe was made in this slow cooker. For larger roasts I also brown the meat in the insert and not lose a bunch of the flavor by transferring the meat and leaving the browned bits behind. If you’re thinking of a new slow cooker, consider it if your budget is open.
Better Than Bouillon: I almost never buy boxes of broth because I keep the beef, chicken and vegetable version of this Better Than Bouillon.
Spice Rack – I buy spices in bulk from local grocers and from Penzey’s. It’s less expensive and significantly higher quality than buying the jars individually but I ended up being left with tons of little bags of spices. Enter the spice rack.



Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup

4.91 from 307 votes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Course: Main
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup that's creamy, full of vegetables and chunks of ham, finished off with milk and sour cream for a easy and delicious hearty soup.


  • 8 cups russet potatoes , diced
  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • 2 large carrots , peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 16 ounce Cubed Ham 2 packages of packages Smithfield Anytime Favorites™ Cubed Ham
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream (you can also use milk - I used whole milk)
  • ½ cup sour cream


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Add the potatoes, onion, carrot, celery, ham, Kosher salt, pepper chicken broth to your slow cooker and cook on low 7-8 hours, or high 4-5 hours.

  2. Using a potato masher, mash about 1/3 of the potatoes (don't worry the ham won't really mash that much)
  3. Add the flour, heavy cream/milk and sour cream and stir everything together.
  4. Cover and cook on high for an additional 15 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings, Amount per serving: 386 calories, Calories: 386g, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 98mg, Sodium: 1496mg, Potassium: 793mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 745g, Vitamin C: 18.2g, Calcium: 75g, Iron: 2.1g

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Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup that's creamy, full of vegetables and chunks of ham, finished off with milk and sour cream for a easy and delicious hearty soup.This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield. 

Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup that's creamy, full of vegetables and chunks of ham, finished off with milk and sour cream for a easy and delicious hearty soup.
Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup that's creamy, full of vegetables and chunks of ham, finished off with milk and sour cream for a easy and delicious hearty soup.

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  1. This soup is FANTASTIC! I’d give it ten stars if possible. I made it exactly as the recipe stated. I took advice from others and tossed in some grated cheddar before ladling this into our bowls. And, I blended the flour, sour cream and heavy cream independently before incorporating it into the crockpot. The depth of flavors was satisfying and the ingredients made it filling. We paired it simply with a crusty baguette and a glass of wine. We’re empty-nesters and still had plenty leftover for another dinner as well as a healthy amount to freeze for later. My husband used to own a steakhouse and said if he were still in the business, he’d list this soup on his menu as a “signature” selection.

  2. Just wanted to say that we’re having this for a second time. First time we got a 16oz of diced ham. This time we’re going for one package of cubed ham (16oz). Both the wife and our youngest one don’t like ham, but the oldest and myself like it (At least in this soup).

    Haven’t tried with the milk at all yet but after the first time with the heavy cream it was just too good to try anything else.

    Recipe reminds me of a soup I used to have in High School over 15 years ago. It was just called “Cheesy Potato Soup”. I remember people asking for the recipe all the time and no one was ever able to get it. I think this will be the closest I’ll ever be able to get to have that same nostalgia as I did as a kid. Recipe definitely requires some love to make by the way 😛

    Thanks again for sharing it. Now my family gets to experience the joy that I had as a kid.

    1. Yes, you can toss it in the beginning or add it towards the end of the cook time if you’d like more bite. Enjoy!

    1. Is there a way to make this gluten free? Could you use almond flour in place or regular? Sounds so good – definitely need to make this with my leftover ham 🙂

  3. This is one of my favorite recipes ever! It’s and easy yet delicious comfort meal. I started going keto and was sad to let this recipient go so I swapped out the potatoes for turnips and it is still yummy! Totally recommend! 5/5 ??

  4. Anyone made this with an instant pot? I’ve made it several times in the slow cooker and love it, but it’d be nice not to have to remember to start it so early in the day sometimes.

  5. I omitted the flour and made it stove top. I sautéed the onion in 2 Tbs of butter to start and then followed directions to complete, with the exception of time, of course. Plenty thick. You could make it with cooked and crumbled bacon too!

  6. I can honestly say this is the best “set and forget” soup recipe that I have made in the last year. My family had seconds, then wanted to have this soup for their lunches the nest day. I can highly recommend this recipe.

  7. I absolutely LOVE this soup! One of the best soups I’ve ever had! But I was curious, is there a way to cook this in the instant pot instead of using a slow cooker?

    1. The Best Ham & Potato Slow Cooker Soup. Loads of Chunky Goodness that really warms your body & soul, and satisfies your hunger.

      I only have one tiny ingredient that I have come to try, love, and could not do white cream based soups…….Nutmeg.
      Really! I know. I had the same reaction..until I tried it. A mere 1 teaspoon to the full crockpot added towards the end added such a warm layer of complexity and depth of flavor. What do you think?

  8. I’m having a hard time with just adding flour to a soup without that much additional cooking (15 min) or without making a roux first. You just dump flour in and cook for 15 min and that will thicken your soup?

    1. You can combine the flour, heavy cream and sour cream together in a small pan on the stovetop first before adding if that makes you feel more comfortable. Enjoy!

    2. I just finished making this soup in my crockpot & did just as the recipe directed. I turned the crockpot setting up to high. Then I mashed approximately 1 1/2 c of the potatoes & added that back into the soup. The flour, milk ( I used whipping cream) & sour cream were stirred together & then stirred into the soup. 15 min was all it took to thicken the soup, just as the recipe said. It is a very good tasting soup.

  9. Excellent recipe! The whole family loved it, especially on a chilly December evening. Instead of using pre-cubed ham, we had a meaty ham bone left over from Christmas. I added some ham we cubed from the Christmas ham, and added the ham bone to the crock pot from the start. After about 5 hours on high in the crock pot, I cut off the remaining ham and returned it to the pot. It turned out excellent. Everyone was asking me to make this again sometime. That’s a SURE sign of a winner! Thanks!

  10. I made this mostly by the recipe. I added some Worcestershire sauce and some granulated garlic (two of my favorite seasonings). It tasted very delicious.

      1. Mine is in my crockpot now. I haven’t made it before and I put in 1 lb of low fat ham from a cottage roll. It looks like there’s enough ham in it. I doubled the celery, added an extra carrot, bay leaves and 2 cloves garlic to make it a bit more balanced nutritionally. Also used yellow potatoes that were scrubbed and left the skin on. Plan on using half heavy cream and half skim milk, plus fat free sour cream. Will also use corn starch as that’s how I always thicken my soups. I’m sure it will be delicious.

  11. I made this exactly as the recipe stated and it was delicious. It was perfect for our thanksgiving leftovers.

    My only suggestion is that the recipe should specify *sifted* flour. I just dumped the flour in (to be fair, I should have known better) and ended up with chunks of flour in my soup that no amount of stirring would dissolve, and there were simply too many to squish them all individually. I’ll know for next time!

    1. I learned that if you tale maybe a 1/4 cup of the hot broth and pour the flour in it with a shaker bottle you will get a liquid mix after shaking. Then just pour it back in with the milk and just stir. No more clumps. I also do my gravy the same way except I just use the drippings from the Turkey juice etc.. By the way that Tator and Ham soup was off the wall. Hope this helps the next time for you

    2. I whisked the milk, sour cream, and flour in a sauce pan over medium heat first, so that I would avoid this problem. It worked well for me.

  12. Every single recipe I have made from this site has been perfect and an instant family favorite! This soup was no exception. Is there a cookbook? There should absolutely be a cookbook.

    1. You’re so sweet, Karissa! It makes me happy that you’re loving all of the recipes. As for the cookbook…..stay tuned! 🙂

  13. I made this yesterday and it was delicious! I had smoked kielbasa on hand, so used that, and added some drained and rinsed sauerkraut ! I can’t tell you how wonderful it was! Next time I think I’ll add some Swiss cheese too. Thanks for a great recipe. I always love a recipe you can build on or customize.

  14. This was a great recipe so yummy and full of flavour. Will make again due to not being a lover of being in the kitchen I will be in there to make this again. Thank you for sharing

  15. Oh my gosh, this was so good!!! Lots of chopping, but otherwise easy to make. I would say more than 15 min prep…luckily I had celery pre-chopped and frozen carrot slices I used to save time. I would say a good 30 minutes prep. Easy to modify too for my lactose and gluten free son…just used gluten free flour and lactose free whole milk.

  16. We love this soup. I substitute cauliflower for two cups, and add two cups of cheddar cheese at the end. Plus garlic powder. (We use garlic powder for almost everything) Love love love!

  17. Should the potatoes be skinned? The ingredients just say diced, but in the photo, the potatoes look skinned as well. Thanks.

  18. I made this soup today and talk about easy. I added an extra carrot and celery and used half and half instead of heavy cream. My family absolutely enjoyed this soup and I liked the ease of the slow cooker. Thank you.

    1. It is SO easy – definitely why it is one of our family’s favorites. Thanks for trying it out and coming back to let me know!

  19. I’m about to set the slow cooker going to have this for lunch tomorrow. Just checking – is it ok to freeze once the milk, sour cream and flour had been added or is it better to freeze prior to that and just add the milk and sour cream after defrosting?

    1. I’m not sure if you mean freezing leftovers or prepping beforehand? You can freeze the completed dish for 4-6 months (includes the dairy & flour)

  20. Sounds wonderful. Will try in the near future. I will be gone until the end of November. It will be a great recipe for later. Thanks again for a great recipe.

  21. Do we add 16 oz or 32 oz total of cubed ham? (It said 2 packages, so then I’m guessing the size of the packages are 16 oz, so that would be 32 oz, which seems like a lot). Thanks. It sounds like a great recipe!!!

    1. I think it was awesome. So did my daughter. I thought it was 2 -16oz packages of ham, so i guess i did double the ham. It was really good tho, and i paired it with salad for dinner on a chilly night after my sons basketball game. Started it near noon and it was done before 7 on low. Filled up my fam of four and i have enough for another meal for us and enough to send to my mother.

  22. Made this soup with some leftover ham I had on hand. I added some crushed red pepper, because we like things a little spicy, and some cooked chopped bacon. My house smells wonderful and it tastes great. It was a very easy soup to throw together.

  23. I am thinking/planning to make this sometime soon. Yes, I know it’s the hot summer but I don’t care. I will half it and use plain, whole milk yogurt instead. Sounds both easy and good.

    I recently purchased an Instant Pot and I’m really loving it.

  24. I’ve made this and it is incredible. Just follow the recipe. It’s perfect. It has replaced my old standby – Nave Bean Soup with ham.

  25. My oh my !!!! This was the easiest and most flavourful soup I’ve made in a long time. Love love the creaminess and full bodied combination. Will keep as one of my favourites. Thank you!

  26. This was the best potato ham soup recipe I’ve ever had! I followed it exactly, except I won’t ever use Smithfield pork. The company is now owned by China.

    1. Thank you Erin for mentioning the company. I refuse to buy Smithfield now as well. From a friend of mine who lives close to the NC plant, he told me the plant is filthy since the Chinese took over. I use only Frick’s. It is a family owned company and their plant is amazingly spotless here in Missouri.

  27. Did anyone find the ham to be overcooked? It’s my experience that pre cooked ham doesn’t do well in a slow cooker. To be safe, I added the ham for the last 30 minutes with the milk and flour. Was delicious.

  28. Hi we are not really crazy about ham here ,Can i leave it out and cook it with the same instructions or do i need to add any of the ingriediants