Ham, Leek and Potato Soup

  • 5MINS
  • 4HR
  • 206KCAL

This slimming friendly Ham, Leek and Potato Soup is just the thing for lunch or an evening meal when the nights start drawing in.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories206
  • Carbs29g
  • Protein17g
  • Fat3g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars3g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

This Ham, Leek and Potato Soup is the perfect choice for a filling, hearty lunch or dinner and as it’s low on calories, it’s slimming friendly too!

We love when the weather starts to get a bit cooler and the nights get shorter, because it’s the perfect time to break out the slow cooker and enjoy some hearty soups and stews.

This Ham, Leek and Potato Soup is the perfect, warming winter treat and with only 4 ingredients, it couldn’t be easier to make. Who would have thought that just a handful of ingredients could make something so delish!

This soup is a meal in itself and is so filling that we promise you won’t even miss the bread!

What diets is this Ham, Leek and Potato Soup suitable for?

This Ham, Leek and Potato Soup recipe is suitable for gluten free diets if you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free alternatives;

  • Stock cube

This soup is also suitable for dairy free diets.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Ham, Leek and Potato Soup recipe?

  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Ham, Leek and Potato Soup recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Ham, Leek and Potato Soup recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Ham, Leek and Potato Soup recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Ham, Leek and Potato Soup?

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If you haven’t got a slow cooker, you can still make this in a pan on the stove, or you could head over to Amazon to pick one up.

The Instant Pot

What can we say about the Instant Pot? It’s like a slow cooker/pressure cooker hybrid, and it’s probably one of our favourite, and most used kitchen gadgets.
If you’ve never heard of it before then you really should go and check it out on Amazon. Imagine the best slow cooker in the world, then times that by a hundred. There’s not much that it can’t do!

It’s a slow cooker and a pressure cooker, which means you can cook recipes like this Ham, Leek and Potato Soup in about 30 minutes.

Remember the pressure cookers of old that would splutter and rock, and make all sorts of scary noises? None of that with the Instant Pot. Just set the time, close the lid and let it do its thing.

It even keeps your food warm once it’s finished cooking! How good is that?

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We like to cook this in a slow cooker.  You can pick up slow cookers in most large supermarkets, or online from Amazon.

The Instant Pot is basically a super slow cooker with a whole heap of other functions. It’s the safest pressure cooker out there – and you can have pulled pork cooked in just an hour! Yes, an hour! They’re available on Amazon, and if you follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter we’ll let you know whenever it’s on offer.

How many calories are in this Ham, Leek and Potato Soup?

There are 206 calories per portion in this Ham, Leek and Potato Soup, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Ham, Leek and Potato Soup is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

First, sauté the leeks in a few sprays of low calorie cooking spray, then add them to the slow cooker. If you use an Instant Pot set it to Sauté.

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Step 2

When the leeks start to soften, add the ham and the potatoes.

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Step 3

Top up with the stock.

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Step 4

Set to slow cook for 4 hours, or until the ham is tender and the potatoes soft.

Step 5

When everything is cooked, if you want the soup a bit thicker, roughly mash up some of the potato with a potato masher. Just enough to thicken the soup slightly, then cook for another 30 minutes or so.

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What could I serve with this Ham, Leek and Potato Soup?

This Ham, Leek and Potato Soup is super filling on its own but if you’d like to pair it with some gorgeous bread then our Fougasse Bread would work really well. If you loved this soup then why not try out some of our other soup recipes?

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Can you cook this Ham, Leek and Potato Soup another way?

We used the slow cooker function on the Instant Pot for this recipe, but you could also use the pressure cooker function or just a pan on the stove.

The pressure cooker should only take around 30 minutes cooking time, whilst the slow cooker will take around 4 hours (on a medium to high setting). If you’d like to cook it in a pan on the stove then this will take around an hour.

How do you know when Ham, Leek and Potato Soup is cooked?

This Ham, Leek and Potato Soup takes 4 hours in a slow cooker, 30 minutes in the Instant Pot and 1 hour on the stove.

You’ll know that your Ham, Leek and Potato Soup is cooked when the ham is tender and the potatoes are soft.

If you’d like a thicker soup, then once the potatoes are soft simply roughly mash them up and then cook for another 30 minutes or so.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Ham, Leek and Potato Soup in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Ham, Leek and Potato Soup in the fridge for approximately 2 days or so.

Can I freeze Ham, Leek and Potato Soup?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Ham, Leek and Potato Soup?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Ham, Leek and Potato Soup

This slimming friendly Ham, Leek and Potato Soup is just the thing for lunch or an evening meal when the nights start drawing in.
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    4 HR
  • KCals 206
  • Carbs 29G
WW Points
  • 7 Green
  • 7 Blue
  • 4 Purple

Ingredients

  • 2 leeks cut into chunks
  • 400 g gammon joint cut into chunks, all visible fat removed
  • 800 g potatoes cut into chunks
  • 1500 mls chicken stock or veg stock (using 2 stock cubes for 1.5 ltr)
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. First, sauté the leeks in a few sprays of low calorie cooking spray then add them to the slow cooker. If you use an Instant Pot set it to Sauté.
  2. When the leeks start to soften, add the ham and the potatoes.
  3. Top up with the stock.
  4. Set to Slow Cook for 4 hours, or until the ham is tender and the potatoes soft.
  5. When everything is cooked, if you want the soup a bit thicker, roughly mash up some of the potato with a potato masher, just enough to thicken the soup slightly, then cook for another 30 minutes or so.

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ShannonTuesday 25th August 2020

Hi there, which book is this from? Thank you in advance.

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Katie AkriggTuesday 3rd September 2019

Arghhhh, help. I didn’t saute my leeks. I just whacked it all in the slow cooker. Will this be ok??

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    Emma TThursday 19th September 2019

    Hi Katie,

    It should be ok – hope you enjoyed it!

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NicolaMonday 18th March 2019

Hi,
Is this 7 smart points per portion or per pot of soup?

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    CateMonday 8th April 2019

    Per portion 🙂

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Joanne AdairFriday 25th January 2019

This soup looks amazing and I want to cook it, only my pressure cooker isn’t an instant pot and doesn’t have a slow cooker mode. Would you recommend that I just cook it in my slow cooker or could this still be made in the pressure cooker, on the soup setting or meat setting and if so how many min on which setting please?

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KateWednesday 20th June 2018

I made this today in my slow cooker for 12 hours on low but the potatoes werent cooked well. I used jacket potatoes.
Unsmoked gammon joint isn’t too salty.
All in all a lovely soup.

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Amena hiltonWednesday 28th March 2018

Hi could I add peas to this recipe.

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RebeccaFriday 2nd March 2018

Hi do you need to soak the gammon first?

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LYNDA PRICEMonday 23rd October 2017

Could this be made in a soup maker if you cooked the ham first and set it to chunky ? T I A

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MeganSaturday 21st October 2017

Im doing mine in the slow cooker but i forgot to saute the leeks does it matter?

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SheilaFriday 20th October 2017

Could you add some fat free quark to this to make it creamier?

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HannahTuesday 26th September 2017

Hi does the soup need blending at the end?
Also could I leave it on low heat for 9 hours whilst I’m at work

Thanks

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LouiseMonday 25th September 2017

Can this be done on the stove instead of a slow cooker don’t really want to have to go out and buy one x

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jackieSunday 24th September 2017

Going to try this very soon. Tempted to add a can of butter beans too (not that the recipe needs it I just love them) would be lush half mashed with the potatoes at the end. Thanks for another winner 🙂

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MariaWednesday 13th September 2017

Hi,

I have a soup maker. If I cut the gammon into slightly smaller chunks do you think it’d still work? I think the standard setting takes 20-25 mins to cook.

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PaulaSaturday 9th September 2017

Hi how long on the hob ?? Don’t have a slow cooker ????

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Dave phennaSunday 3rd September 2017

Hi how much water to add or is it just the 1.5 ltr of stock

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Dave,

    Just the stock ????

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BeckySunday 3rd September 2017

How long would you cook this on the hob for if you don’t have a slow or pressure cooker? Thanks ????

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JoThursday 10th August 2017

Could this be done with leftover cooked gammon?

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Jo,

    Yes! That would be delish!

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Diane sayerWednesday 26th July 2017

Can this soup be frozen

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Diane,

    Yes it can ????

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DanielleTuesday 20th June 2017

What temp should the slow cooker be at? Thanks

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    KateFriday 30th June 2017

    Hi Danielle
    Medium to high setting is fine. You can cook it on low but it will need a few more hours

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Claire LockettSunday 12th March 2017

Hi there. How long would you cook it in the instant pot?

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    KateWednesday 15th March 2017

    Hi Claire
    It would probably take 15-20 minutes (Natural Pressure Release) if using the pressure cooker

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NeddyTeddyFriday 20th January 2017

I added some fat free fromage frais from the creaminess and at was spot on

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    KateSaturday 21st January 2017

    Hi there,
    That’s a great idea 🙂

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MarieSunday 30th October 2016

Try smoked gammon for that extra kick. IT’S fab

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    Emma TTuesday 12th September 2017

    Hi Marie,

    Yummmmm! Sounds delish!

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ShellyWednesday 5th October 2016

I made this on Monday and it is very filling and you don’t miss the bread.

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