Ham, Potato and Leek Soup

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What to do with leftover Easter ham? If it’s still chilly where you are, warm up quickly with a simple potato leek soup with some added chopped ham. This is one of our standby recipes when we have extra ham because it’s so easy to make and it’s such good comfort food.

You can choose to add the extra cream or not. You can purée the soup as directed for a smooth soup, or just a few pulses for something more chunky and rustic.

Experiment as well with herbs or added cheeses. Suggestions from readers include using coriander (cilantro) instead of parsley, or adding some shredded Gouda.

Ham, Potato and Leek Soup Recipe

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  • Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 cups thinly sliced leeks, white and light green parts only
  • 4 cups chicken broth*
  • 2 large russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 cups ham, diced
  • 1/4 cup cream or half and half (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, chives or dill, chopped

*If cooking gluten-free use homemade chicken stock or gluten-free packaged broth.

Method

1 Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks, cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken broth, potatoes and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.

2 Reduce heat; cover and simmer 25 minutes or until vegetables are very tender. Using a blender or food processor, working in batches, process until smooth.

3 Stir in diced ham and cream. Season to taste with salt. Garnish with parsley, chives or dill.

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Adapted from a recipe offered by Jones Dairy Farm.

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  • Tenors Mom

    Great recipe. I added two garlic cloves. At the end I added two tbs butter, some cream and instant roasted garlic mashed potatoes (Betty Crocker) to thicken. Everyone went wild. I suppose I should call it creamed leek and potato soup with garlic. Whatever you call it , it tastes great!!

  • Rainy

    Since we have leftover ham (bone included) would making ham stock for the liquid be over-ham-ification?

  • kelhappy1

    This was really good! I had leftover ham for Christmas, so this was perfect. I topped it with shredded cheese. It was easy and inexpensive to make. It taste like it took all day to make.

  • Janet

    I love this soup. Leeks have been popping up on sale where I live and I just made a pot last week. Since I love the smoothness of this soup but like having chunks I take 1/2 the soup and puree it and then blend back with the rest. I’ve also added minced garlic at the same time as the leek and chopped parsnip (wow what a flavour) wile adding the potato. What an awesome simple recipe. I was happy to see it on your blog.

  • Terri Denis

    I harvested leeks from my garden this morning and served this soup tonight. We liked it very much.

    I diced the leeks very small and took a potato masher to the pot rather than puree the soup. I used fresh chives and parsley. I didn’t have any cream so I drizzled a little milk over each bowl.

    I’ll be making this again.

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