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Slow Cooker Farmhouse Ham and Cheddar Soup

By: Blair Lonergan from theseasonedmom.com
Slow Cooker Farmhouse Ham and Cheddar Soup
Slow Cooker Farmhouse Ham and Cheddar Soup

"For as long as I can remember, my Mom has served a ham on Christmas Day. Don’t you just love holiday traditions? It’s fun to anticipate certain treats that we might not otherwise enjoy throughout the year, and a ham (with Dad’s homemade biscuits) is definitely one of those fond childhood memories that I have continued with my own family. Even better, since Mom knows how much we enjoy the ham, we almost always come home with plenty of leftovers to stash in the freezer, to use on sandwiches, or to toss into a Slow Cooker Farmhouse Ham and Cheddar Soup! If you’re lucky enough to have some extra ham in your kitchen after the holidays, then this is an absolute MUST-MAKE recipe! And if you don’t have any leftover ham, that’s fine too…just buy a ham steak at the grocery store and you’ll be good to go! Best of all, this Slow Cooker Farmhouse Ham and Cheddar Soup is an easy Crock Pot dinner that only requires about 10 minutes of prep! Loaded with veggies, potatoes, ham, and cheese, it’s a true one-pot meal that the entire family enjoys!"

Yields15 cups

Preparation Time10 min

Cooking Time6 hr

Slow Cooker Time LOW6 min

Cooking Vessel Size6-quart slow cooker

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This is the kind of soup that I use real leftover ham from Thanksgiving dinner. It is the best way, and gives the best taste. However, if you have to substitute your ham, I would pick a small smoked ham. They sell them year round at my grocer's.

In order to make this dish on the stovetop, you might want to start by making a roux, with equal parts butter (or oil) and flour. Add in the chicken broth and stir well, then add the veggies and ham. Then, instead of adding the cream soup, add milk or half and half to make it creamy. When the veggies are tender, turn the heat off. Right at the end, add the cheese in batches, stirring frequently. This will keep the cheese from sticking or burning to the sides and bottom of the pot. To thicken I might take 1/4 cup the hot liquid, and stir it with couple tbsp. of cornstarch, before adding it back to the pot. This little step helps thicken the sauce while preventing lumps from the cornstarch.

I make a version of this soup on the stove, but my cheddar cheese always separates and turns to goo. Can you make this without the blending part of it, maybe by using corn starch to thicken it up instead or mashed potato flakes. I have no blender, but I think I could still make it work.

What an interesting recipe. I thought by the name of it this only contains ham and cheese. What a nice surprise to see all the vegetables in this soup. I love broccoli cheddar soup so I'm sure this will be a winner. I'll serve it with a loaf of bread or hot biscuits right out of the oven.

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