The Country Cook: Crock Pot Potato & Ham Soup
                                                   

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Crock Pot Potato & Ham Soup

Y'all, I am doing a little jig today. We got down to 70f degrees today! The overnight lows were in the 50's! The sun was shining and it actually felt like fall. The breeze was blowing and we had all of our windows open to let in the cool air. Makes me wish every day could feel just this good. So, I decided that soup was in order. A hearty, stick-to-your-ribs soup that was a meal, not just a prelude to the main course.
I had a bag of these Little Potatoes, Dynamic Duo, that I had picked up at Sam's Club. They are a combination of the yellow and red varietals of creamer potatoes. I love to throw a little olive oil, garlic and herbs on them and roast them in the oven so I've gotten in the habit of keeping a bag on hand for a quick and easy dinner side. They are so creamy and I don't have to peel them or wash them (yes, they are pre-washed!) I figured, why not put these in a soup along with some sort of meat to make it a meal?
I love creamy potato soups so that was my inspiration for this. I wish y'all could have smelled my house as this was cooking throughout the day. It smelled so dang good! The ham gives this soup such great flavor and all of that gets infused as it cooks low and slow. And I don't think I love any herb quite as much as thyme. It is absolutely perfect for soups because it adds flavor without overpowering the other ingredients.
What I love about using these Little Potatoes is I don't even have to cut them up. I can toss them right in. Now, if you want smaller pieces or yours are on the larger side, then go ahead and slice them in half. All of these were so small that they were easily one-bite potatoes. I love seeing the thick chunks of ham and potatoes. But this is your soup so make it to your preferences. If you cut up the potatoes and ham into smaller pieces, you can cut down on the cooking time. 
Ingredients:
3 cups diced ham
1 large carrot, chopped
1 medium onion, diced
2 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. black pepper
5 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup instant potato flakes
(instant potato flakes not pictured here)


Directions:
In a 6 qt (or larger) slow cooker, add in potatoes. Again, if your taters are on the larger side, go ahead and slice them in half (or smaller, if necessary)
 Then place in diced ham. 
 Next, toss in diced onions and carrots.
 Sprinkle with parsley, thyme and black pepper.
 Pour chicken broth over mixture. 
 Then cover slow cooker with the lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours. 
 Then, take out about 4 cups of the little potatoes and mash them up. 
 Then put the mashed potatoes back into the slow cooker.
 Pour in heavy cream.
 This next part is optional but I love the texture that it gives the soup. 
It thickens it up just a little bit. 
Pour in one cup of instant potato flakes. 
Then stir well. Put the lid back on and cook for another 15 minutes.
And serve! This is delicious served with a nice loaf of warm, crusty bread.
Makes 12 (1 cup) servings.
Enjoy!
Like this recipe? Check out my other fun recipe with these Little Potatoes (perfect for football season!) Bacon-Wrapped Little Potatoes with Sour Cream and Onion Dip!




This is a sponsored post. I am a proud ambassador for The Little Potato Company and all opinions are my own. 

8 comments :

  1. I can't wait for those little potatoes to make it to my store. You are making the cutest things with them!

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  2. Good review! thank's for sharing. My favorite recipe.
    looks yummy...
    New recipes ...
    I will try for lunch tomorrow
    Thank you dear ...
    I was not aware of this cooking method. I love the food at all difficult to handle temptation.

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  3. Oh yum, I will make this soup as soon as I finish my grocery shopping!

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  4. The cookies looks very crunchy! :) I love how high-tech cooking's products are :)
    And super thanks for sharing that recipe, will definitely try it.. I love cooking! <3 Hihi.

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  5. I love potato soup with ham. Thank you for sharing. May I ask you where did you get your crockpot from, and how much it was.

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  6. Clear, informative, simple. Love your post!

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  7. I love potato in every form. and this looks yummy :) will definitely try it.

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