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 331 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. Wow! This soup is amazing!! I added 2 bay leaves and garlic and Italian seasoning, per others instructions. I will make this again!! Soo good. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. This is so delicious! My daughter-in-law shared the recipe with me and it has become one of our favorites. Have you ever made this in an instant pot? If so, could you post directions so we can use the slow cooker or an IP?

      1. I haven’t tested it in an IP yet. I’ll add it to my research list. Thanks for the suggestion. I’m so glad you both enjoy it so much.

  2. I’m not sure if I did something wrong, but I just made this as the recipe calls for and it turned out way too salty. I was confused because it calls for chicken broth but then it has a link to bouillon. Which is it?

  3. This was amazing! I was looking for a new recipe to use leftover spiral cut ham and this was the ticket! I cut up about a pound and took someone else’s advice and added some crushed garlic and splash (appx 1/4 C) of white wine… The whole family loved it – it almost had a “chowder” consistency and very rich. We will definitely be making this a regular dish!!

  4. I’m considering using this recipe in my elementary classroom, but I’m trying to save some time and effort for the parents who will be donating the ingredients. Would it work to use cans of diced potatoes instead of freshly chopped?

  5. I prepared this today in the crockpot and had it for dinner tonight. I made a recipe and a half. After reading other comments, I added a teaspoon of minced garlic and a can of corn. I also added shrimp! We topped it with shredded cheese. Delicious!

  6. I did not peel potatoes. I made dairy and gluten free. I used oat milk, plant based sour cream and Namaste Organic GF blend. I heated the milk and sour cream just a bit on the stove and added in the GF flour. Added it all to the crock pot together. It turned out amazing!!

  7. I have made this 4 times now and my family loves it. It has become a favorite. I did make a couple minor changes bc I thought it would be bland with just pepper. I added no salt bc the broth and ham are salty enough. I added 3 cloves of minced garlic and chopped up some fresh parsley and added it to the crock pot to simmer all day. I also added 2 bay leaves. That was it though. Just added some flavor.

  8. I’m making this on Saturday, but I know from the recipe and reviews that it will be five star! I do have one question though, do you make a slurry out of the flour, milk, and sour cream before adding it to the soup? TIA!

  9. My first time making a potato soup with ham.. I know, right? Lol:-) Didn’t have any celery but added a touch of celery salt, omitting any extra salt. Loved this simple but tasty recipe and will definitely make it again!!

      1. I’d start by sautéing the carrot, onion and celery. Then add the ham and potatoes and mix the flour through. Stir in the broth and allow it to come to a boil over medium high heat until the potatoes are tender. Reduce heat to medium low, add the heavy cream/milk and sour cream and stir until thickened. Enjoy!

  10. Amazing! This was a perfect hearty soup after a day of hiking in the cold. The entire family enjoyed it. Delicious ? added to our recipe binder. We will be making this again.

  11. I have a question….I want to make this soup but I dont have an onion , i have a little bit of dried minced onion seasoning.. would that work ?

  12. Be prepared for your entire house to smell incredibly delicious after about 2 hours into this cooking in your crockpot!! We had to get a snack to stop ourselves from digging in before it was done. These reviews don’t lie – the soup is sooo good. Like other reviewers, I made a few of my own tweaks based on personal preference… added a can of sweet corn, which gave it just a touch of sweetness and crunch. Used a can of condensed milk because I didn’t have any heavy cream, and it was perfect. Added half a stick of butter, well, because it’s cream and potato based so why not lol. Added a dash of white wine and also a bit of fresh parsley and garlic. I’ve seriously never had such an incredible bowl of soup. Thank you, Sabrina for sharing this!

  13. Our new favorite soup! The first time I made it I wanted to share the leftovers with some neighbors but my hubby said, “NO… I want it!” It is absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe.

      1. ??? If there’s 8 cups of potatoes in the recipe and it makes 8 servings, one serving includes a cup of potatoes plus 1/8 of all the other ingredients combined. Seems like this recipes makes quite a bit more than 8 one cup servings. Am I missing something?

        1. Things get soft and smaller when they cook…like when you make mashed potatoes…when you start you probably have a half filled pot…once they are mashed its considerably less

  14. I’m making this now and it smells soooo good! I subscribe to you and truly enjoy your recipes.

    However I may have to stop. I’m prone to seizures and the multitude of ads and how they flash and zoom in and out is by far more than any other cooking blog

    Is there any way I can get your story and recipes with less “zooming in and out” ?

  15. We make this at least once a month and it’s always delicious! Super easy recipe and the best ham and potato soup I’ve ever had! Thanks for sharing this gem ??

  16. Amazing! This is my 3rd time making it! I have a large family and this is one of my go to to feed all them hungry mouths! I just got through making it ,added some bacon bits and Garlic. Thank You for posting! 🙂

  17. This was so good!!! My family loved it and we didn’t have any left. I made a few changes on the seasoning bc some of the feedback said it was bland. I added fresh parsley, fresh garlic, and 2 bay leaves. I made this bc I had some leftover Yukon gold potatoes from thanksgiving that needed used up. So you can totally use any kind of potato.

  18. This is one of my favorite soup recipes of all time and I’m a huge soup lover. My family loves potato soup but I really struggled to find a recipe that did it justice compared to our favorite restaurants. I’ve made this recipe almost half a dozen times over the past few months and it is consistently delicious. It’s very easy, super flavorful and it’s foolproof. The leftovers reheat fabulously as well. Thank you so much.

  19. Made this soup tonight, the consistency was good and I like all the vegetables, but I felt the soup was lacking in flavor. It was very bland. I ended up adding quite a bit of spices to enhance the flavor and in the end it was delicious. I used Canadian bacon instead of ham so that might have affected the flavor. I was really happy with every other piece of the recipe and the cooking time and the use of the Crock-Pot, etc.

  20. I am making this I’m my stovetop now. Is it just 16 ounces of the ham? (2 8oz packages) I found a 16 oz one and wanted to be sure. Also, can you think of anything different I should know for doing it on the Stovetop? Thanks so much

    1. Yes, a total of 16 ounces of ham for this recipe. This is really one of our favorite soups especially when the weather is turning cold. Enjoy!

  21. Wow! I just made this for my family and my husband is IN LOVE with it, as are my 12 and 6 year old daughters. Perfect consistency and flavor. Thanks for this recipe! After thanksgiving, I’ll be using leftover turkey and the drippings (for homemade broth) instead of using ham and put it over homemade stuffing – so yum!

    1. Yes, just make sure to use a slow cooker big enough to allow the ingredients to cook down. You don’t want to overcrowd your slow cooker. Enjoy!

  22. Hands down, this is my family’s Favorite meal that I make – even my picky 9 yr old! Thank you for such a simple yet delicious soup recipe!

  23. I’ve made this soup as recipe says with leftover ham that I had cubed and it was good.

    The next time I made it I added a couple cloves of garlic, and more celery and carrots because we like lots of veggies in our soup. I also substituted a can of evaporated skim milk for the cream and added a couple bay leaves. It had fewer calories this way. We like the sour cream addition which gives it a little bit of kick, but use fat free. I also thicken with corn starch as I find it easier to do. It’s a great way to use up leftover ham instead of making the traditional ham and bean soup.

  24. This was amazing. My fiancé loved the soup and he’s not the biggest fan of vegetables. Overall this one is defiantly worth making and its not an expensive meal either.

  25. I’ve been making this recipe for like 3.5 years now and it’s my absolute favorite potato soup and probably my favorite soup in general. For the small amount of ingredients, it has a lot of great flavor. I’ve shared this recipe with so many people and have it basically memorized at this point. I’ve been making it in the instant pot as well (cook on high for 9 min then add remaining ingredients). Thank you for sharing!!

  26. I added 2 handfuls of frozen corn about 10 minutes before I added in the heavy whip, flour and sour cream. We’re going to add some bacon crumbles and shredded cheese as garnish at the end. Definitely will be making this again.

  27. This recipe is a definite keeper!!! I first made this on October 3rd and it was delicious! It was a late afternoon decision to make this for dinner on the stovetop. I had all of the ingredients on hand except no heavy cream or milk, so I improvised and used Coffee-Mate non-dairy liquid creamer. You couldn’t even tell the difference! I garnished each bowl with shredded cheddar, and we had zero leftovers. I’m getting ready to make this again for dinner tonight ?

  28. This is our new favorite soup. Super easy to make and so delicious, feels like you’re at the apple orchard eating this. Thanks!

  29. Cannot find a bone-in ham in this area. I was told that hams are not processed until late October/November for the Holidays. Will thick sliced Bob Evans ham work to make this soup?

  30. I tried a recipe the other day loved it, now I can’t find it. I can remember most of the ingredients potato, ham, onion, vegetable broth, heavy cream and corn. cooked in slow cooker for 5 hours and then add cream and corn. can you please help me.

  31. Can I use unsweetened almond milk instead? My baby is lactose intolerant ? wondering if it would change the whole taste

    1. My daughter is also lactose intolerant. I used lactose free skim milk and still added the sour cream, since it was a small amount, and it was great! I also added two bay leaves and garlic. I will definitely make this again!

  32. Hello again Sabrina oh my oh my this was the best ham and potato soup recipe that I made for me and my husband he can’t stop talking about how good it turned out because of you, thank you. Sabrina I made a potato recipe before that I found but yours was the best. So easy put everything in my crockpot and it was easy creamy tasty. My husband said to me, made sure to keep this recipe in a place where you won’t misplace when we make again.

    Thank you,

  33. That would be an OMG Yes!!!! This was so easy to make and delicious even my children loved it… My husband had seconds… ?????

  34. This is my second time making this… it’s definitely a family favorite. My husband who isn’t a “soup kinda of guy” even said he LOVED it and to keep the recipe for sure.

    Both times I’ve made it I had cooked a 7lb ham and used the left overs for the soup. It’s amazing. I’m so happy I found this delicious recipe! “soup”Er delicious!!!

  35. This was my first soup I have ever made and It may be my last if i can get the courage to make a new kind I don’t really take chances but me and my family are super happy I took one on this recipe. Super easy and so delicious it’s the best!!!!!!

  36. Made this last night and it was super good! I read other comments and did the heavy cream/sour cream/flour on the stove in a sauce pan on medium heat. It worked perfect and was easier to mix around in the crockpot. It made everything so creamy and delicious! I used leftover ham from Easter, and cut into cubes. So easy! The flavoring was great, but next time I think I will add a few more ingredients to make it a bit more flavorful (maybe a bit of garlic powder or something.) I will definitely add some cheese in my bowl as well! I love how easy and simple this recipe is, and it turned out so yummy!

    1. My son (who usually hates soups and is a picky eater generally) requested that i make this again this morning!! It’s super simple and hearty. I like my soups a little on the chunky side, so i quartered my potatoes and cut the rest of the veggies chunky as well. This gave me a little bit more potato chicks after mashing this time around. I also used whole milk this time instead of heavy cream to thin it out a little and added about a tablespoon of garlic powder and 1/4 cup medium cheddar when i added the milk, flour and sour cream. These changes made it super flavorful. If my picky eater will eat it, then it’s definitely one to save!!