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Ham Potato Kale Soup Recipe

In this post I’ll be sharing a delicious Ham Potato Kale Soup Recipe.

January is national soup month so it seemed fitting for my first recipe post of the year to be for….. well, soup.

A delicious, creamy and velvety potato soup with baby kale, vegetables and ham. The ham was leftover from our new year day meal. You could use sausage instead if you like.

Potato kale soup is so easy to prepare and is ready in about half an hour.

Soups are a comfort food. They’re budget friendly and can be made with just about anything that you have on hand.

Potato and Kale Soup

Potato and Kale Soup Recipe with Ham and vegetables in a serving bowl

Doesn’t that look like a wonderful meal on a chilly winter evening?

The baby kale came from our garden. It may seem odd but I don’t mind tender baby kale but I don’t care for mature kale. Hubs loves kale no matter what.

Spinach would be a great option if you prefer that over kale.

Kale Potato Soup without Cream

Ingredients to make potato and kale soup

Can we talk about pantry staples for a second? I keep real potatoes on hand most all of the time but they do spoil eventually.

So that I have some good versatile pantry staples on hand, I also like to keep a few of the dollar packets of instant potato flakes on hand. I used some of those potato flakes to thicken this soup so there’s no cream in it.

This potato and kale soup starts with your typical soup starter veggies with carrots, onion and celery. I used chicken stock for the liquid because it does add an extra layer of flavor but water would be okay too.

Ham Potato Kale Soup Recipe

Chopped vegetables in a soup pot

Starting with a dab of butter, the veggies go into a soup pot to sauté for a few minutes.

Simple Potato Kale Soup with Ham

chopped potatoes and leftover holiday ham for soup

Once the starter veggies have softened a bit then I add the peeled and diced potatoes and ham, the stock and a little seasoning. I just used some salt and pepper in this kale potato soup recipe.

Comfort Food Soup

Silver Biltmore Stainless soup pot with ham potato kale soup recipe simmering on a gas stove top

Bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender then add in the baby kale (or spinach).

Once the greens are tender, which only takes a few short minutes, then add in those potato flakes to thicken the soup up a bit.

Soups are Budget Friendly

Blue bowl with cotton pattern with ham potato kale soup serving

Enjoy a bowl of your delicious homemade soup on its own or with crackers or cornbread. It sure is a hearty good meal that warms the soul.

You can find all of the measurements and such in the printable recipe card below.

Just past the recipe card, I’ve listed a few more soup recipes that you might like too.

Yield: 8 cups (give or take)

Ham Potato Kale Soup Recipe

Ham Potato Kale Soup Recipe photo

A delicious velvety potato soup with baby kale, ham and vegetables is a comforting meal on a chilly winter day.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 Tbs. of Butter
  • 1 c Celery, sliced
  • 1 c Carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 5 c Russet Potatoes, peeled and cubed ( 4 medium to large potatoes)
  • 1 c Chopped Ham or Sausage (optional)
  • 8 c Chicken Stock
  • 2 c Baby Kale or Spinach
  • Kosher Salt and Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c Dried Potato Flakes (2 ounce packet)


  1. Melt the butter in a soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, celery and carrot to the pot; stir and sauté, about 5 minutes until tender.
  3. Next add the diced potatoes and ham; cover with stock and bring to a simmer. Season according to taste and simmer for 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Add the kale and potato flakes and cook 5 more minutes.
  5. Taste the soup and adjust for seasoning if needed.
  6. Serve hot with additional toppings, such as sour cream or shredded cheese, if desired.


A slurry mixture may be used to thicken instead of the dried potato flakes if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1.5 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 432Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 507mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 8gSugar: 9gProtein: 21g

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Friday 22nd of December 2023

Thanks Julia, very good recipie. Just finished up the last of the March 2023 spring planting of Kale.The fall crop is ready, perfect for salads and hopefully will get us through til spring if it doesent get too cold. We did double the kale in the recipie and put in about a cup of baby arugula to spice it up.

Julia Jordan

Saturday 23rd of December 2023

I'm so happy that you enjoyed using this recipe. I love the arugula addition. It is one of my favorite peppery greens.

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