Ham and Potato Soup

You can either make this soup using leftover ham and a ham bone or you can use a meaty ham shank. If you use a ham bone, you'll add the chopped ham at the end of cooking. If you are using a ham shank, after the soup cooks with the ham shank, you'll need to remove it, cut away the meat, chop the meat, and return it to the soup.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped parsnips or carrots
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 meaty ham bone from a ham, or a meaty ham shank
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 pounds Russet potatoes, peeled, and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed ham (if using a ham bone), 3/4-inch dice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • Salt to taste

Method

1 Cook onions, parsnips or carrots, celery, garlic in olive oil: Heat olive oil in a large, thick-bottomed pot or Dutch oven on medium high heat.

Add the onions, parsnips or carrots, celery, and sauté for 7 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for a minute more.

Large red cooking pot full of onions, parsnips or carrots, celery for ham bone soup Large ham bone simmering in pot of ham and potato soup

2 Add ham bone or shank, stock, bay leaves, thyme: Add the ham bone or ham shank to the pot. Add 6 cups of stock. Add bay leaves and thyme. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to maintain a simmer. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

3 Add potatoes: Add the potatoes and simmer for 15 more minutes, until they are cooked through.

4 Remove ham bone or shank, purée half the soup: Remove the ham bone or ham shank from the soup. Purée half of the soup so that some of the potatoes get puréed to give the soup body, and there are still whole chunks of potatoes for texture.

Adding Garlic to Large Pot of Ham Bone and Potato Soup Stirring ham and potato soup in large red cooking pot

5 Add chopped ham: If using a ham shank, cut away the meat and chop into 3/4-inch cubes. Add the chopped ham and black pepper to the soup.

Ham bits surfacing at the top of ham bone potato soup

6 Stir in the cream. Taste for salt and pepper and add more if needed.