A hearty bowl of Slow Cooker Ham and Cheese Soup is the perfect way to warm up! Put it in the crockpot in the morning on a busy weekday for an easy dinner.
There is something about the cold weather that makes me crave a bowl of warm, hearty soup! It’s probably because I’m looking for a way to warm up.
This ham and cheese soup is a family favorite and is one of the most delicious ways to use leftover ham. I make is a simple meal and serve it with dinner rolls and a salad.
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Where is the Slow Cooker Ham and Cheese Soup recipe? In this post, I will share step-by-step instructions with photos for how to make this soup, as well as answering FAQs about the recipe and sharing a short video showing the recipe in motion. But you can go directly to the recipe by scrolling down to the bottom of the post.
How To Make Slow Cooker Ham and Cheese Soup
Step One: Potatoes
Start by peeling and cutting the potatoes. To get four cups of cubed potatoes, I used four large russet potatoes.
One of my favorite shortcuts is to buy cubed potatoes from the refrigerator section of the grocery store but they were completely sold out when I went grocery shopping.
Step Two: Ham
Next, cut up the ham. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any leftover ham to make ham and cheese soup this time so I bought a piece of cooked, sliced ham from the grocery store. It ended up working really well in this recipe.
If you are using leftover ham, your pieces won’t really be cubed but it doesn’t matter. You just need them to be bite sized.
Step Three: Cook
Put the ham and potatoes in the slow cooker (don’t forget the crockpot liner for easy cleanup) an cook on high for 3-4 hours low for 6-8 hours, or until the potatoes are fork tender.
Step Four: Cheese
For the cheese in this recipe, I like to use Velveeta because it melts the best and is the easiest method.
It doesn’t work very well to add cheddar cheese directly into the crockpot like you can with the Velveeta. It wants to clump together instead of melting.
How To Use Cheddar Cheese Instead of Velveeta:
If you want to use cheddar cheese here is how you can do it. Reduce the water in the slow cooker to four cups. When the potatoes are cooked, shred 4 cups of cheddar cheese. (I suggest shredding the cheese yourself because it will melt better).
Heat 2 cups of milk in a saucepan until it just starts to bubble. Slowly add the cheese about 1/4 cup at a time, whisking until smooth. Once all of the shredded cheddar cheese has been added, stir the cheese sauce into the ham and cheese soup in the slow cooker.
Step Five: Combine
Put the cheese in the crockpot and stir until melted.
Step Six: Instant Potatoes
My mom taught me a great hack for thickening soup: instant mashed potatoes! If you want your ham and cheese soup to be thicker, stir in a little bit of instant mashed potato flakes at a time stirring until fully incorporated.
Just don’t add too much of the instant potatoes or your soup will become more like a casserole!
Pour the soup into bowls, grab a couple of dinner rolls and enjoy!
Slow Cooker Ham and Cheese Soup FAQs
1. Do you have a low carb or keto ham and cheese soup recipe? You can make this recipe keto be using cut up cauliflower instead of cubed potatoes.
2. Is this recipe gluten-free? Yes, but always check your labels to be sure.
3. Would it work to add more veggies to this soup? Definitely! Try adding corn, broccoli, and cauliflower.
4. Can you freeze leftover ham and cheese soup? Yes. Once the soup has cooled put it into an airtight container and store in the freezer.
5. How can I make ham and cheese soup on the stovetop? Instead of putting the potatoes, ham, and water in a slow cooker, put them in a large stockpot. Boil until the potatoes are tender. Turn down the heat and stir in the Velveeta.
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