My niece, Jordan (12) stayed with us for a few weeks this summer and helped me make this potato soup. She loved it so much she wants to try making it by herself for her family. This is a very yummy baked potato soup made even better with leftover honey ham. The green onions were Jordan’s idea which she loved even more. I double this recipe when I make it because we all love it so much we can eat it for days! Enjoy!
Jordan’s Favorite Ham & Cheesy Baked Potato Soup
8 medium potatoes, baked
½ cup butter or margarine
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, pressed
2 cups honey baked ham, cubed
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 cups heavy cream
1-4 cups milk (depending on potatoes thickness in soup)
2 cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
½ lb frozen chopped broccoli
Seasoning Salt and Pepper to taste
½ bunch Green Onions, chopped
Wash and bake potatoes. Once the potatoes are nearly done baking, start on the next step which is to melt butter in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion, seasoning salt and pepper and cook for an approximately 4 minutes until onions are lightly caramelized.
While the onions are caramelizing, take the baked potatoes and quarter and slice them (this breaks up the potato skins and helps to somewhat mash the potatoes without getting rid of chunks of potato all together). Set aside in a bowl.
Once the onions have lightly caramelized, add garlic, ham, and mushrooms to the pot. Stir everything around so the butter gets everything covered and mushrooms cook through (about 2-3 more minutes). Then add the potatoes, again stirring around so the potatoes pick up all the yummy flavors.
Add heavy cream, milk, and cheese (start with 1 cup milk and continue adding as needed to get a soup consistency rather than a mashed potato consistency). Stir in broccoli. Simmer on medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Be careful not to burn the soup – because it will stick to bottom of pot and burn easily. Add seasoning salt and pepper to taste. Stir in some of the green onions and reserve some for individuals to add as desired.
I hope you will enjoy this little taste of Southern Love for your tummy! Be sure to come back for more recipes!
Check out all of Monica Kennedy's great recipes in her series: Southern Love in Your Tummy.