Dairy Farmers of Canada

Potato, Cheddar & Ham Soup with Chive Yogurt

Our dietitians' favourite

With a few staple ingredients - potatoes, milk and flavour packed Canadian Cheddar cheese, this main course soup is pure comfort food.

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cooking: 3 h 15 - 8 h 15
Yields 4 - 6 servings
potato cheddar ham soup with chive yogurt


  • 5 yellow flesh potatoes (about 2.2 lbs/1 kg) peeled and diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 2 cups (500 mL) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Milk
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh chives
  • 1 cup (250 mL) shredded Canadian Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (250 mL) cubed lean Black Forest Ham
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In a 5 to 6 1/2 quart (5 to 6.5 l) slow cooker, combine potatoes, onion, celery, carrot, broth, water, bay leaf. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover with lid and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hrs or on High for 3 to 4 hrs or until potatoes are soft.

Remove bay leaf and discard. Coarsely mash potatoes with a potato masher. Whisk flour into milk and stir into the slow cooker. Cover with lid and cook on High for 15 min or until bubbling around the edges.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine yogurt and chives.

Stir in Canadian Cheddar and ham. Ladle soup into bowls and top with chive yogurt.


Kids Tip: Kids can prepare the chive yogurt topping, mash the potatoes and stir in the cheese and ham.

Cooking Tip: For a different flavour, replace the onion with 1 leek and stir in 1 tbsp (15 ml) chopped fresh dill along with the cheese.

For the Adventurous: Use Canadian Sharp Cheddar or Smoked Cheddar or Gouda cheese.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 279 Calories
Protein: 16 g
Carbohydrate: 34 g
Fat: 9 g
Fibre: 4.8 g
Sodium: 497 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 22 % / 240 mg
Phosphorus: 31 %
Vitamin B12: 32 %
Vitamin B6: 29 %
Vitamin C: 59 %