This Ham and Potato Soup with leek is thick, chunky, and creamy like your favorite chowder but dairy-free! There’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of creamy soup on cold days. This ham and potato soup recipe is super simple to make, and it also happens to be a great way to use up leftover ham!

With staying home and the cooler weather, this creamy ham chowder will bring back all the cozy and warm feeling of mom’s cooking as if you are in her kitchen!

This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board.

Creamy ham chowder with potatoes in a white bowl

Cozy to the max! Soft creamy potatoes with salty ham and sweet carrots 😀

I love soups around the holidays. They are not only easy but also comforting. Celebrating the holidays might look different this year but that doesn’t mean that we cannot recreate the dishes that remind us of our loved ones. My husband, Nate, and I can’t travel to Montana to see his family this holiday due to the travel restrictions, so today’s recipe became extra special for him because his mom makes the best ham chowder in the family!

This soup is a great recipe for busy weeknights as well as after Christmas. You can either use leftover ham or ham steak. It’s a super versatile recipe. I wanted to recreate a dish for my husband that will remind him of his family as his parents are from Montana and they make great chunky potato chowder with ham really well!

The sweet ham, soft potatoes, and buttery leeks make a wonderful depth of flavor, and it’s a great way to use up all the carrots and celery if you happen to have them in the fridge. Even if you don’t have leftover ham stock on hand, I’ll show you a simple and easy version to make a pot of heart-warming potato ham soup!

Ingredients for the ham, potato, and leek soup (and swap suggestions)

  • Carrots and leeks – add extra flavor and depth to the soup. You can also add celery. I recommend you don’t skip the leeks. 🙂
  • Potatoes – I prefer Yukon gold potatoes as they aren’t too starchy and hold the shape better than russell. You can also use sweet potatoes in this recipe.
  • Ham – I use ham steak and cube it. Leftover ham will work really well, too. The salty and naturally sweet flavor of the cooked ham really adds a load of flavor boost to this simple soup.
  • Stock – I use chicken broth because that’s what I have. You can also use veggie broth or ham broth.
  • Creamer – To keep it dairy-free, I use a dairy-free coffee creamer that’s made with almond and coconut milk cream.
  • Thickener – Cassava flour gives a light toasty flavor that tastes the closest to wheat flour.

Steps on how to make potato ham soup

How to make creamy ham and potato soup

  1. Sauté the diced carrots and leeks with ghee (clarified butter) until they turn softer.
  2. Add the diced potatoes and pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Add the stock and cubed ham. Bring it to a gentle simmer until the vegetables turn soft but not mushy.
  4. Add the dairy-free milk creamer and sprinkle-in the flour.
  5. Seasonings – tastes test your ham and potato soup first before adding more salt because cooked ham has plenty of yummy salty flavor and you might not need anything additional!
Photo shows the finishing soup in a large soup pot

A big pot of creamy and thick soup for the entire family!

Storage tips

There are two ways to store the soup, depending on your preference.

  • To store it in the fridge, make the entire soup recipe with the creamer and store it in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • To freeze the soup, don’t add the dairy. Because dairy doesn’t freeze well in the freezer, I recommend freezing the broth and adding the creamer when you reheat the soup on the stovetop.

How to use up leftover ham

There are many great ways to bring new flavors and excitement to holiday ham recipes. You can assemble a ham sandwich with my keto sandwich bread or a Whole30 frittata using cubed ham. Japanese potato salad with ham is super refreshing, creamed napa cabbage with ham will remind you of your favorite winter casserole dish, stuff the finely chopped ham with mashed sweet potatoes to make sweet potato patties, or my cauliflower chowder with ham or bacon that tastes like corn chowder but no corn! 🙂

See? It’s easy to bring smile and happiness to your dinner table with pork and you can easily create different flavors that will bring back all the fond memories with your family and friends!

Photo shows the potato ham soup served in two serving bowls

More cozy comfort food

With a simple ham steak, potatoes, and leeks, you can create a cozy and heartwarming leftover ham soup with ingredients you probably already have on hand. What could be more comforting than a bowl of creamy Ham and Potato Soup. This is sure to be a hit with the entire family!

A close shot shows the dairy-free ham and potato chowder
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Creamy Ham and Potato Soup (dairy-free, paleo, whole30)

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 6 people
Author: ChihYu
Creamy Ham Potato Soup with Leeks uses leftover ham and tastes like your favorite chowder but dairy-free! A great leftover ham soup recipe!
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 tbsp ghee
  • 9 oz. carrots, diced
  • 9.5 oz leek, diced and rinsed. Only use the white and pale green parts.
  • coarse sea salt to taste
  • 25 oz. yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
  • tsp ground black pepper , or to taste
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 7 oz. ham steak, cubed
  • ⅔ to 1 cup dairy-free creamer, unsweetened
  • 1 to 1.5 tbsp cassava flour
  • Fresh chive or thyme, garnish, chopped

Instructions

  • In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, melt and ghee butter over medium heat. Add the carrots and leek and sauté over medium-high heat for about 1 minute. Season with 2 small pinches of salt.
  • Add the potatoes, pepper, and 2 small pinches of salt. Sauté for 1 minute. Stir often.
  • Add the stock and the ham. Scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to make sure nothing is stuck to the pot.
  • Lower the heat to medium and cover with a lid. Bring it to a gentle simmer and continue to cook about 15 minutes or until the potatoes and the carrots turn soft but not too mushy. Scrape and stir periodically so that all ingredients cook evenly.
  • Add the milk creamer, stir, and sprinkle-in the flour. Stir about 30 seconds additional. The soup should turn thicker.
  • Turn off the heat. Taste to see if you want to add more salt or pepper. Garnish with fresh chive or thyme. Serve hot or warm.

Notes

Storage tips:
  • To store it in the fridge, make the entire soup recipe with the creamer and store it in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • To freeze the soup, don’t add the dairy. Because dairy doesn’t freeze well in the freezer, I recommend freezing the broth and adding the creamer when you reheat the soup on the stovetop.
Ingredient swap suggestions:
  • Carrots and leeks - You can also add celery. I recommend you don't skip the leeks. 🙂
  • Potatoes - I prefer Yukon gold potatoes. You can also use sweet potatoes in this recipe.
  • Ham - I use ham steak . Leftover ham will work really well, too.
  • Stock - I use chicken broth because that’s what I have. You can also use veggie broth or homemade ham broth.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 254kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 501mg, Potassium: 923mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 7852IU, Vitamin C: 42mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 3mg
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ham and potato chowder, ham chowder, ham potato soup, healthy leftover ham recipe, leftover ham recipe, leftover ham soup
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A close shot shows the dairy-free ham and potato chowder