Potato, Fennel, and Country Ham Soup

Potato, Fennel, and Country Ham Soup
Potato, Fennel, and Country Ham Soup. Diana Rattray
  • 45 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings

This delicious soup is a delicious combination of potatoes, spinach, and country ham in a creamy broth. Country ham is a particular type of ham that is usually "dry cured" and aged. It's easy to find in the Southern US, but if you can't find it, use leftover diced ham in the recipe.

Fennel gives the potato soup an extra burst of flavor, and it's hearty enough to be a supper soup. Serve this soup with cornbread or crusty rolls and a tossed salad for a satisfying family meal.

What You'll Need

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed, diced
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup diced country ham
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced, about 2 cups
  • 1 cup fresh chopped spinach or escarole
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream

How to Make It

  1. Heat the butter in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Add diced onion, fennel, and celery. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir the flour into the butter and vegetables and stir until well blended. Add the chicken broth, ham, potatoes, spinach, and thyme. Continue cooking, stirring, until thickened.
  3. Cover the pan and cook for about 10 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Stir in heavy cream and add salt and pepper, to taste. Heat through.

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    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 552
    Total Fat 35 g
    Saturated Fat 20 g
    Unsaturated Fat 10 g
    Cholesterol 95 mg
    Sodium 1,356 mg
    Carbohydrates 52 g
    Dietary Fiber 7 g
    Protein 13 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)