Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ham and Potato Soup

 On my table today, I'm using my Target lantern decorated with a sprig of berries, pine cone and greenery. The vintage salt and pepper shakers were given to my Mom from a good friend and she gave them to me.  I just love their sweet faces and how they go arm and arm. 

I used a red charger from Wal Mart with my special Target dishes that my beloved  hubby and I searched for over twenty years ago.  The Big Star Quilt that I made, I've shown before, but I love getting it out at Christmas time. 

I've tried this recipe twice now, and the original one from Allrecipes can be found here.   Since I wanted a thicker soup, I've added more potatoes and ham. If you have some leftover ham, this is an excellent recipe to use.   Here's my revised recipe:

4 1/2 cups peeled and cubed potatoes (about 6 medium)
1/2 cup diced celery
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups chopped, cooked ham
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste

5 T. butter
5 T. flour
2 cups milk

shredded cheese for garnish


  1. Combine the potatoes, celery, onion, ham and chicken broth in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the salt and pepper.
  2. In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk as not to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through. I use a potato masher and mash up some of the potatoes.  
  4. Serve with some grated cheese on top.
I am sharing this with:

Make It Pretty Monday
Inspire Me
Let's Dish!
Share Your Cup
Foodie Friday
Full Plate
Seasonal Sundays
Weekend Potluck

           Thank you for your visit!  xo


  1. While I make potato soup often Kitty I've never added ham, sounds good! Your vintage S&P's are adorable:@)

  2. Always looking for a good potato soup recipe, Kitty...
    Think I have found it! : )
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hey Kitty,
    I love potato soup. I can still remember my Mama making it for me when I was about 4 yrs is a real comfort food to me..That quilt is so pretty..beautiful job..and the dishes..what a sweet memory with them and the s&p shakers...
    Lovely table.
    Love, Mona

  4. Your table looks inviting and lovely wearing its Christmas clothes. That is a sweet set of dishes and the soup looks heavenly. Thank you for the recipe...I may have leftover ham after Christmas.

  5. Your quilt is beautiful and looks great on your table. The little carolers are so cute, Kitty. The soup sounds great. I recently made potato soup in the crockpot and I too added some leftover ham. I really enjoy soup this time of year.

  6. Mmmmm, I can practically smell the aroma of this delicous soup cooking! Your table is lovely with your sweet and precious dishes and the little salt and pepper. Thank you for the recipe - I will be having ham for Christmas brunch. Hugs xo Karen

  7. Thank you for sharing your soup recipe. What a great way to use up that left over ham from Thanksgiving. Thanks Carol

  8. I love potato soup. Your table looks very festive, Kitty. The lantern is lovely and I love your pretty quilt. I'm thinking about you often these days as we near the holidays. Will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, dear friend. Thank you for sharing at my HOME.

    Blessings & hugs,

  9. Warm soup and such festive and fun dishes -- sounds cozy and inviting. I have a similar lantern. You have inspired me to dress it up. Joni

  10. Your table looks so lovely and I have to try that soup. Sounds so good.

  11. Kitty, the soup looks wonderful and you table looks so pretty. The lantern is a perfect centerpiece and your Christmas dishes are beautiful. I know they are very special to you. Those cute little salt and pepper shakers definitely steal the show!

  12. Kitty, your Christmas themed table is full of charm. Love the dishes! I think a bowl of that soup will taste good this weekend when the Blue Norther blows in.
    Thank you for the sweet email. I'll answer soon. You are a dear friend…….Sarah

  13. Your soup sounds wonderful. i was just looking at soup recipes tonight. It's getting cold tonight. Love your pretty table and dishes. The S&P shakers are darling. Much love to you dear Kitty, Linda

  14. Kitty potato ham soup sounds delicious, especially now that winter has decided to join us! Love your festive table.

  15. The table looks so warm and cozy, perfect for serving soup.

  16. Pretty table indeed.Perfect for the occasion..The plates are beautiful...:):)

  17. Kitty, I love your Big Star quilt, it's perfect with your dishes! Your comfort food soup sounds and looks wonderful and hearty! Love the idea of adding ham to potato soup!

  18. ummmmm! I love potato soup, and I have some ham in the freezer! I think I'll make a big pot this weekend as we watch it rain and the temperature drop~thanks Kitty

  19. This sounds so good and what a lovely table...I am partial to quilts so I just love this! :)
    I am going to pin your soup recipe so I don't lose it ...

  20. Oh my, wish I had some of this today! :)

    Hope you can stay warm during this weather.

  21. I always love visiting your okay kitchen and can easily imagine sharing a bowl of soup and lively conversation.

  22. Delicious!!!
    Good food to warm the belly,

  23. Kitty,
    If you ever need more of the dishes give me a call, I also have this set. They discontinue soon after I began to purchased from Target. I drove my family crazy going from one Target to another trying to get all of the extra serving dishes. Keep thinking I would like new ones, but just can't make myself start over. They are beginning to show up in some of the Thrift stores, Yea for us! Have to try your soup recipe.

  24. I like the festive quilt on the table and your soup looks delicious. I've pinned it to my soup board to try some time.

  25. Beautiful the quilt. Those dishes are great, and the soup looks wonderful.

  26. I love ham and potato soup on a cold winters day! The S&P set is super cute Kitty! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  27. I was planning on making a pot of Ham Soup this morning so I am going to try your recipe - it looks delicious!

  28. Oh sweet Kitty, I love your table setting with those adorable C'mas dishes! The soup sounds amazing too...I'm making it almost immediatelly! Have a nice second week of advent.

  29. Hi, Kitty! Potato soup is a favorite at our house, but I haven't put ham in it in a long time. Thanks for the recipe. Gotta remember to get ham at the store. Thanks and cute tablescape.

  30. Hi Kitty,
    We are still staying indoors today and this soup would be just perfect for our lunch, it looks so warm and comforting. Hope you are staying warm and cozy in this cold weather and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  31. Just wanted to come back and say this was absolutely delicious! I love that the ingredients are simple and the flavor is amazing! It will definitely be made again in our home :)

  32. Kitty, I love those s/p shakers! They are adorable. What a treasure. Your quilt is beautiful and perfect for a Christmas table. I love a good potato soup and the addition of ham sounds delicious. I'm saving this recipe. Thanks for sharing it. laurie

  33. That looks so pretty! I am with you on a thicker soup, love it that way! I know this will be a difficult holiday season for you, you are in my prayers!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let's DIsh!

  34. Yup...doing this tonight. I have some leftover ham in the fridge and a couple of small potatoes. Ramon can't eat it (lactose intolerant), so I only need enough for moi! :-)


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