Eating Well: Mashed Potato and Ham Soup

Arguably, since this is a recipe that was designed for Christmas dinner leftovers, this is a little late.  But it was good, and I believe it can be used more than once a year.

Mashed Potato and Ham Soup

2 tbsp butter, 204 calories
1/2 large onion, finely chopped (6 oz), 68 calories
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp all purpose flour, 57 calories
6 cups leftover mashed potatoes (38 oz), 1,045 calories
6 oz ham, 340 calories
2 cups chicken stock
3/4 cup 1% milk, 79 calories
salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large, heavy pot, melt butter over low heat.
  • Add onions and saute until soft, about 4-5 minutes.  I really can’t stress this part enough – I didn’t saute mine long enough, and there was an unexpected and undesirable crunch to the soup.
  • Add garlic powder to onions, and saute for another 30 seconds. Add flour and stir until fully combined.
  • Add mashed potatoes, chicken stock, and cream and stir well. Heat soup through over med-low heat, stirring frequently.  Season with salt and pepper.


  • This weighed in at 72 ounces and 1793 calories in total, giving a total of just under 25 calories per ounce (24.1527777… if you want to get technical).  I treated 12 to 14 ounces as a serving, so that’s 300 to 350 calories.
  • If you’re vegetarian or just don’t eat ham, omitting that takes it down to 66 ounces and 1443 calories in total or 22 calories per ounce (well, 21.86 if you want to get technical).  That’s 264 to 308 calories per ounce.
  • I also garnished this with about half an ounce of shredded cheddar cheese, adding about 58 more calories to the total.  So worth it.

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