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Easy Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup with Ham

Easy Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup with Ham

Are you looking for a delicious and comforting meal that requires minimal effort? Look no further than this easy slow cooker cheesy potato soup with ham. It’s the perfect dish to warm you up on a chilly day, and the best part is that you can let your slow cooker do all the work for you.

Why Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup?

Using a slow cooker for this recipe allows the flavors to meld together and intensify over time. It also means that you can set it and forget it, making it a convenient option for busy individuals or families. Plus, the addition of ham adds a savory and smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with the creamy and cheesy potatoes.

The Ingredients

Gathering the ingredients for this soup is simple and straightforward. You’ll need potatoes, ham, onion, garlic, chicken broth, milk, cheese, and a few spices. These ingredients are easy to find and likely already in your pantry or refrigerator.

The Cooking Process

Once you have all your ingredients ready, it’s time to start cooking. Simply chop the potatoes, onions, and ham, and mince the garlic. Then, add everything to your slow cooker along with the chicken broth and spices. Let it cook on low heat for several hours until the potatoes are tender and the flavors have developed.

The Result: Pure Comfort in a Bowl

After hours of slow cooking, your kitchen will be filled with the wonderful aroma of cheesy potato soup. The potatoes will be perfectly tender, and the flavors will have melded together beautifully. Each spoonful will provide a warm and comforting sensation, like a cozy blanket on a cold winter’s day.

As you take a bite, you’ll experience the creaminess of the soup, the smokiness of the ham, and the richness of the cheese. It’s a harmonious blend of flavors that will leave you craving for more.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I use different types of cheese?

Yes, feel free to experiment with different types of cheese to suit your taste. Cheddar, mozzarella, or even a combination of cheeses can work well in this recipe.

2. Can I substitute the ham with bacon?

Absolutely! Bacon can add a deliciously crispy texture and smoky flavor to the soup. Just make sure to cook the bacon separately and crumble it over the soup before serving.

3. Can I make this soup vegetarian?

Definitely! Simply omit the ham and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. You can also add some extra vegetables like carrots or corn to enhance the flavor and texture.

4. How long does the soup keep in the refrigerator?

The soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Just reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

5. Can I freeze the soup?

Yes, this soup freezes well. Allow it to cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container or freezer bags. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

6. Can I add other vegetables to the soup?

Absolutely! Feel free to add vegetables like carrots, celery, or corn for added flavor and texture. Just chop them into small pieces and add them to the slow cooker along with the other ingredients.

7. Can I make this soup on the stovetop instead?

Yes, you can make a stovetop version of this soup by simmering the ingredients in a large pot until the potatoes are tender. Just make sure to stir occasionally to prevent sticking and adjust the cooking time accordingly.

8. Can I use frozen potatoes instead?

While fresh potatoes are recommended for the best texture, you can use frozen potatoes in a pinch. Just be aware that the texture may be slightly different, and the cooking time may need to be adjusted.

In Conclusion

This easy slow cooker cheesy potato soup with ham is a comforting and delicious meal that will warm your soul. With minimal effort and a few simple ingredients, you can enjoy a bowl of pure comfort. So grab your slow cooker, gather the ingredients, and let the magic happen as the flavors meld together to create a soup that will satisfy your cravings.

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Easy Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup with Ham

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 35 minutes
Course Soups
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package (28 ounces) of frozen hash brown potatoes , defrosted
  • 2 cups of diced cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup of diced onion
  • 2 stalks of celery , chopped
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 package (8 ounces) of softened cream cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) of shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped green onions , or to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a slow cooker, mix together hash browns, ham, onion, celery, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir the ingredients well to combine.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker.
  • Cook on Low heat for 4 to 5 hours, or until the celery is soft.
  • Add cream cheese and Cheddar cheese to the slow cooker mixture. Stir until the cheese is melted.
  • Cover the slow cooker again and cook on Low for an additional 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve the dish topped with chopped green onions as a garnish.
Keyword Allrecipes, Allstar, and, Cheese, Collections, Ham, Pork, Potato, Potatoes, Recipes, Soup, soups, Special, Stews, Vegetable
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