Creamy Ham and Potato Soup with Celery
Most farmers in America were raising pigs for food as early as the seventeenth century. By the nineteenth century pork and ham preserved in salt were common kitchen staples found in most homes. The salt meant the meat would keep for longer periods without refrigeration. Other food staples of the time included rice, beans, flour, potatoes, and cornmeal.
Early settlers were very resourceful and the women in particular would be in charge of making hearty, filling meals out of the ingredients available at the time. Thanks to these pioneer women, potato candies and potato puddings were available as well as the tasty potato-based soups. Ham and potato soup was a very popular option because it was so filling and easy to make, and the ingredients were available of course. The following recipe is very similar to what the pioneers would have enjoyed on a cool winter evening.
Featuring not only potatoes and ham but also corn, celery, onion, cream, and other ingredients, this soup boasts plenty of nutrients and antioxidants. Potatoes are a good source of fiber and ham is lower in calories than beef. This robust and hearty soup is simple to make and you only need one pot to make it. Serve it with grilled cheese sandwiches if you want, or even a nice tossed salad on the side. In addition to the vegetables and cream, we like to add some fresh herbs for color and to enhance the overall flavor. Stir these in at the last minute since cooking fresh herbs steals away some of their flavor as well as dulling their color. This soup can be made from scratch in just half an hour, making it ideal for busy weeknights.
- ¾ cup cooked corn kernels
- 1 diced red onion
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 21½ oz condensed cream of celery soup
- 5 peeled diced medium potatoes
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ¾ cup diced celery
- 4 cups water
- 1½ cups diced ham
- Handful of chopped fresh herbs (parsley, dill or chives for example)
- Bring the potatoes, celery, salt, onion, black pepper, and water to a boil in a pot.
- Simmer gently for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
- Drain the corn if you are using canned kernels or let it thaw if you are using frozen ones.
- If they are not thawed then just add them frozen and make sure they are hot through before serving the soup.
- Stir in the ham, soup, corn, and cream.
- Return the soup to a simmer and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Stir in the fresh herbs.
- Taste and add more salt and/or pepper if needed, then serve the soup hot.
Boasting plenty of color and aromatic appeal, this delicious potato and ham soup makes the most delicious meal. Based on potatoes, celery soup and tasty ham, this soup also includes corn, red onion and cream, along with fresh herbs to finish it off. Did you know the pioneers in the United States were eating very similar soups a couple of hundred years ago? This type of classic potato soup really is timeless, and today we love it just as much as our ancestors did. Making this is really easy and will only take about half an hour.
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