Who’s feeling ready for some cozy, creamy, comfort food this week?
I’ve got you covered. ?
Seriously, this delicious recipe is everything I love in a warm soup during the wintertime. It’s nice and rich and creamy (using only milk, no heavy cream). It’s chock-full of veggies and garlic and lots of golden potatoes. It’s the perfect use for leftover ham (or even bacon) after a big holiday meal. And it can be ready to go from start to finish in just 30 minutes.
Alright, who’s ready for some soup?
Ok really, this recipe may have just been an excuse to whip up another batch of my favorite potato soup recipe, which I always find myself craving when it’s chilly out. But I did mix things up a bit with this version, adding in a few more veggies and changing things a bit with the seasonings. And, since this post is in partnership with my beloved ALDI, I’m also happy to say that I added in the leftovers from their delicious spiral cut double-glazed brown sugar ham that I baked up last week, which was ???. (<– And also, an incredible deal, if you’re looking to save a few bucks on your holiday hams this year.)
I’m also pleased to say that my neighborhood ALDI has started carrying baby Yukon gold potatoes, which are my favorite for potato soups. (Although the regular-sized larger Yukon gold potatoes will also work just as well. Or, you can use frozen diced potatoes if you’d like an even quicker shortcut.)
Just cook everything up together, and then within about 30 minutes, this delicious bowl of comfort will be yours to enjoy. Perfect for chilly nights, perfect for using up those holiday leftovers, and perfect for sharing with those you love. Enjoy, friends!
2 cups diced leftover ham (I used ALDI Specially Selected Spiral Cut Double-Glazed Brown Sugar Ham)
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
Heat oil (or melt butter) in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the celery, carrots and garlic. Continue sautéing, for 4 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the flour until combined, and sauté for 1 more minute, stirring occasionally.
Gradually stir in the chicken stock until it is completely combined. Stir in the milk, potatoes, ham, bay leaf, dried thyme, salt and pepper until combined. Continue cooking until the mixture reaches a simmer, but not boiling.
Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally every few minutes so that the bottom of the soup does not burn. (The smaller you dice your potatoes, the faster they will cook.)
Once the potatoes are soft, give the soup a taste and season with extra salt and pepper if needed. Serve immediately.
If you would like a cheesier soup, feel free to stir in 1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese at the end of cooking. It’s delicious!
This post is sponsored by ALDI. Thanks for continuing to support the brands who help make this site possible. ♥
Perfect meal for the chilly weather! Thanks for the share, will definitely give this a try!
We hope you enjoy it, Kylie! :)
Do you think this would work with Almond Milk? Looks delicious!
Hi Andi! Yes, you could definitely do this with almond milk (just make sure it’s unflavored and unsweetened). :) We hope you enjoy!
allo ali merci pour ta recette de soupe jambon
de rien! :)
I’m trying this during the week and thinking of adding frozen corn to it!!!
I woke up to this in my inbox and now I want potato soup for breakfast!! Seriously!
Haha! We hope you can give it a try soon (come to think of it, we might be able to eat this for breakfast too)! :)
We are getting an ALDI soon here in Virginia, and I can’t wait!
I made this for lunch today and it was delicious! I loved the extra veggies. I also added some shredded sharp cheddar cheese at the end, because why not? Even my husband, who is typically not a soup-eater, raved about it. Thanks, Ali!
Thanks for sharing, Erin — we’re so glad you and your husband enjoyed this (and we agree, you can never go wrong with some extra cheese). :)
What type of milk are you using here? We don’t have an ALDI – never heard of it. You say organic milk but what can I use instead? Can I use 1%? or does it have to be 2% I have to use LACTAID because of a sometimes…lactose intolerance.
Hi Linda! You can use 1% or 2%, whatever you prefer, and Lactaid is fine. We hope you enjoy!
Made this for dinner last night and it turned out perfect! Everyone loved it!
We’re so glad to hear that, Sarah! :)
Looks so yummy and cozy! I just made some potato soup too (https://rosegardenlane.com/2016/11/13/rosemary-potato-soup/) and loaded mine with bacon and rosemary- but the ham and garlic sound like perfect additions! P.S. I too heart Aldis :)
Yum yum yum!
I live in Alaska so we are always looking for a good soup and hot comfort foods to get us through the dark, cold and long winters. Will definitely add this one to the recipe rotation! A good hearty potato soup is one of my favorites.
Thanks for the posting! Cheers!
Thanks, Seth — we hope you guys enjoy! :)
This was delicious & easy to make!!! My husband and three boys loved it! I served it with “That Good Salad” ( from food.com) and some warm rolls. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes! Thank you! Love your blog!!
Thanks for your sweet words, Gina! We’re so glad this was a hit with your boys! :)
Made this soup last night and seriously was one of my favorite soups I have made. Used the leftover ham from thanksgiving. My family LOVED it. I liked that it didnt need heavy cream. I used skim milk to keep it on the lower calorie side and it was so great! Thanks for the souper great recipe:)
Wow, thank you, Kelly! We’re so glad this was a hit with your family! :)
Just made this tonight and blended the soup with my immersion blender before I added the ham and it was delicious! I also added the tiniest sprinkle of cayenne pepper. Thank you for such a delicious recipe!!
You’re very welcome, Elizabeth — we’re happy you enjoyed it!
We made it for a late lunch, abdolutely fantastic, will definetely try it again. Totally recommend!
We’re so happy you enjoyed it, Corry!
I made this for dinner and cannot say enough good things about it! I’ve made a few potatoe soups in my day, but this is hands down my favorite. Thank you so much for this recipe! Definitely pinning for later.
Thank you, Elizabeth — we’re so happy you love it!
I like to add some corn to our batch. This is really yummy!
We think that sounds like a great idea, Kimberly! We hope you guys enjoy!
This is absolutely amazing!! Total hit with my husband and his best friend. I used unsweetened almond milk, too. This is one of my new favorites!
Absolutely love this recipe! It gets rave reviews every time I serve it.
We’re so glad to hear that, Chuck! :)
Thank you, looks delicious.
I’m not a soup maker, but I made this for lunch it was very good,
We’re so glad you liked it, Robin!
In your soups that call for milk, can you use soy milk? I always have that. I really want to try this soon!
Sure, it should usually work! Enjoy!
I made this for dinner tonight (I recently discovered your blog, love it, and wanted to try a recipe). The soup is great, maybe a little thinner that I would have hoped, but that’s probably user error and not the recipe. I didn’t have leftover ham so I picked up a couple of thick slices from the butcher and that worked perfectly. I love the flavor! Fall + soup = love
Just delicious! We made it last week and will be my go-to recipe for creamy soups
Best potato soup I’ve ever made!
This soup sounds and looks delicious. Thank you for posting the recipe. I so enjoy your site. Would you advise me on how many cups of diced potatoes that I should have to equal 1.5 pounds worth? Thank you.
Made it the day after Christmas with the leftover spiral ham. It’s delicious and looks just like the pictures!!!!
This was an awesome soup that I used our left over Christmas ham in on cold Sunday afternoon. I made it in my ninja foodi that only took 20 minutes to do and the smell was amazing. I did add an extra cup of milk and Chicken stock because I don’t like a thick soup. When it was done I added cheese and green onions to garnish with a little bacon crumble.
If I could give this recipe 10 stars I would. I’ve been making potato soup for 40 years this soup tops all that I have made. Don’t have to change anything in this recipe. glad I found it??
My family really enjoyed this soup. I used ham stock in place of the chicken stock and omitted the salt. Will make again. Thanks!
Can you use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth? Would like to make this.
I did today
I made this tonight and added leeks looks great, will slow cook in crock pot and have tomarrow
This was the first making this. My husband is a fussy eater so I used celery seed, onion powder, and eliminated the carrots. Both he and our son loved it!
Excellent soup. I did take a potato masher and break some of the potatoes into small pieces so I had a creamy heartier soup. We had it for lunch and I’m having it for dinner. I also made fresh homemade bread yesterday. A perfect companion for the soup
This recipe is one of the greatest foods I have ever tasted I myself am an amazing chef so this was one and infinity of great dishes.
I used this as a solid base recipe. I added fresh thyme (about 8 springs, finely chopped) and fresh tarragon (about 6 springs, finely chopped). I also added finely chopped bacon pieces (about 4 rashers, cooked) to accentuate the smokiness of the ham. My family was impressed! We served it fresh, I added about 1\8 cup extra sharp cheddar to each bowl and topped with dried chives and a tiny dollop of sour cream. Excellent soup!
I am wanting to make today, but I have no chicken stock, can I use chicken broth liek the Knorr brand?
Thanks! I’m making now, hope it thickens. Lol
took out about 1/4 of the vegies, and used a as Emeril calls it the motor boat, and thickened the broth with the ground up veggies, was wonderful.
I made a half recipe, using equal amounts of Heavy Cream and Milk (I needed to use up the Cream). I did add a heaping cup of diced-store bought Ham as well a little more dried Thyme than called for. So creamy and decadent!
Mahalo, thank you Ali
Yummy, thanks for sharing this recipe
I just finished my second cup of this soup. Usually I wait to eat a serving of soups I make until the next day so the flavors have a chance to blend and mellow. When I tasted it today to adjust seasoning, it was so good that I couldn’t wait. Seriously, really, really good.
Prep time does not include the peeling, dicing, and soaking. Add mise en place times! This sounds delicious, and I am going to add leeks to the sauteed veggies. Thanks for a nice winter recipe
I’ve made this soup recipe many times now, and I just need to say that it is fabulous! And I just also have to say that Aldi Organic Milk is the best ever!
Maybe if the photo shows corn in the soup one might think it would be in the ingredients list? Just a thought.
What an easy and delicious soup – thank you!