Broccoli Ham and Cheese Soup — Damn Delicious

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Broccoli Ham and Cheese Soup

So cheesy, creamy and hearty! Loaded with ham, cheese, potatoes and TONS of broccoli! It is the perfect cozy, comforting soup for any time of the year. Adult and kid-friendly!

Am I the only one that still has some leftover Easter ham in the freezer?

Because I unexpectedly found the mother load of all leftover hams. I just completely forgot I had it! It’s like finding a $5 bill in your jeans. It’s the best feeling ever.

So I made soup. With a ton of broccoli.

Because a broccoli soup always makes me feel good about myself.

It makes me feel like I’m being really healthy. You know, with all the cheese and ham.

It’s also perfect in our 57 degree weather.

There’s no snow for us in Southern California but it’s still soup weather!

Broccoli Ham and Cheese Soup

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

So cheesy, creamy and hearty! Loaded with ham, cheese, potatoes and TONS of broccoli! It is the perfect cozy, comforting soup for any time of the year. Adult and kid-friendly!


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 8 ounces fully cooked ham, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 russet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 16 ounces broccoli florets, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ham, and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes; set aside.
  2. Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Add garlic and onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Whisk in flour and thyme until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Stir in chicken broth, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  4. Stir in potato. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until potato is tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Using a potato masher, mash potatoes until desired consistency is reached. Stir in ham, broccoli and heavy cream. Cover and simmer until broccoli is tender, about 5-6 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat. Gradually stir in cheese until smooth; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Serve immediately.

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This soup looks amazing!

What can be substituted fot the potato as have diabetic husband.?

You can omit as needed, Phyllis.

Can you substitute milk for the heavy cream to lighten it up?

Half and half would be a more suitable substitute. 🙂

All of your recipes are amazing. Since Spring has not decided to show up here in the South, this recipe will be in our rotation for sure. Thank you so much for sharing =)

Thank you, Jeanette and let us know how you like it! Keep warm 🙂

Yes they look and taste amazing but they are not really healthy – sooooo many extra calories with cheese, butter and cream. I would love some of these recipes but as dairy free or healthier options/ substitutes were available.
9 time out of 10 I look at the recipe and think that looks great, but then choose not to cook because they are high in calories.

I will be fixing this soup tomowwow, looks delicious!

Let us know how it goes!

I ate 2 bowls, that tells the whole story!

WOW, Chungah……..this is amazing! I had to substitute cauliflower for the potato due to a health issue and it seemed to just amp up the flavors. I also converted your recipe to use in my Instant Pot and it turned out great. Thank you!! Love all your recipes.

Thank you PJ! We are so glad it turned out so well!

To Josh,
I am a very healthy cook and particular about ingredients. I choose organic and local whenever possible. Sometimes though, you need to allow yourself a splurge. For me, that would mean making just half of this recipe rather than the whole thing because when you’re used to eating lean, a small amount of something this rich goes a long, delicious, way. Look at the quality of the ingredients you buy. Not necessarily just fat and calories. Sometimes “clean” food has lots of fat and/or calories. If I die 5 years sooner, because of splurging on things like this two or three times per month, I will be a happy woman. Life is short, TRY to live just a little. Thank you Chungah for your contribution to my happy life.

Made homemade creamy mushroom soup with baked asparagus last week and will be making your broccoli ham and cheese soup today with toasted homemade wheat bread. Thanks for your recipes, they’re great!

That sounds delicious! I hope you’ll enjoy it 🙂

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