Dinner Shortcuts: 30-Minute ham and potato soup

Brandy O'Neill

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Soup doesn't need hours to cook. This simple 30-minute potato and ham soup is ready in no time.

30 minute ham and potato soup

Potato soup might seem like something that can't be ready in 30 minutes but it can! This quick and easy recipe adds in lots of ham, fresh herbs and large hunks of soft potato. If you like your soup to be super creamy, you can puree it further or leave it chunky. Serve with a sprinkle of cheese and fresh herbs.

30-Minute ham and potato soup

Adapted from Taste of Home

Yields 4 servings


  • 2 cups cubed red or yellow potatoes
  • Chicken stock
  • 1 cup cooked diced ham
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, for topping


  1. In a large pot, add potato and cover with chicken stock. Cook until soft and drain.
  2. In the same pot add butter and melt. Once the butter is melted, add in ham, yellow onion and thyme. Saute until the onion is translucent.
  3. Sprinkle the flour onto the ham mixture and stir.
  4. Slowly whisk in milk until the mixture is smooth. Simmer gently until the mixture starts to thicken.
  5. Add in cheese and potatoes. Stir until the cheese is fully melted and the potato is combined. At this point you can serve the soup or use a handheld potato masher to mash a few of the potatoes in the pot. This will make for a creamier soup. If the soup seems too thick, you can thin it out with a few splashes of chicken stock.

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Brandy O'Neill
Brandy is the author of the food blog, Nutmeg Nanny. In her spare time she enjoys developing recipes, baking and cooking. She is a small town girl who left the corn fields of Ohio for the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley region of New York. Her food is influenced by her small town roots as well as her many travels around the world.