WW Recipe Makeover: Creamy Ham & Potato Soup
Help Me Make this AllRecipes.com recipe for Delicious Ham & Potato Soup, Lighter, Healthier and More Weight Watchers friendly
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This recipe for Ham and Potato Soup from AllRecipes.com showed up in my inbox as a "Recent Favorite." It's got a 5 Star Rating and over 10,000 Reviews!
AllRecipes is by far the biggest and most popular recipe website on the internet. It's a great resource for easy, tasty, family favorite recipes.
I use it all the time and if you're a cook, there's a good chance you do to.
To achieve lasting Weight Loss Success, you need to tweak the way you eat slowly and steadily in a way that doesn't disrupt your life and family too much.
Seeking out lighter healthier Weight Watchers friendly recipes from sites like Simple Nourished Living can helpful.
But, even more helpful and sustainable for the long-term is learning to lighten up your own family favorite recipes!
So, I thought it would be helpful to take some popular recipes from AllRecipes.com and ask our readers to leave comments making suggestions on how they would make them lighter, healthier and more Weight Watchers friendly.
Delicious Ham & Potato Soup Recipe (AllRecipes)
This delicious recipe for ham and potato soup looks pretty easy, calls for basic ingredients and can be adapted lots of different ways.
According the recipe's notes, it makes 8 servings at 195 calories each, which isn't terrible.
This video shows how to make AllRecipe's Ham and Potato Soup:
Question: What would you do to this recipe to make it lighter, healthier and lower in SmartPoints?
Suggestions from our Readers:
- Substitute lighter milk (skim, fat-free, 1%) or nondairy milk (almond, coconut, soy)
- Substitute olive oil or light butter for butter
- Decrease or eliminate butter
- Substitute Canadian bacon, turkey ham or low-sodium ham
- Use less ham or eliminate it
- Thicken the soup with a slurry (flour or cornstarch dissolved in the milk) instead of a roux (melted butter and flour)
- Partially puree the soup to thicken it instead of with the white sauce (melted butter, flour, milk)
- Thicken the soup with pureed cauliflower or onions or other vegetables
- Pureed vegetables instead of the butter and flour roux (cauliflower, onions carrots potatoes)
- Bulk it up with more vegetables (onion, celery, carrots, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, etc)
- Spice it up with garlic, red pepper flakes and/or green chiles
- Use wheat flour alternative (brown rice flour, soy flour, almond flour)
- Thicken with Greek yogurt
Here are Some Lighter Healthier Cooking Tips That Can Help:
- 3 Ways to Make Recipes Weight Watchers Friendly
- Cooking Light & Healthy: Easy Ways to Make Your Recipes Lighter & Healthier
AllRecipe's Ham & Potato Soup Ingredients:
- 3-½ cups peeled and diced potatoes
- ⅓ cup diced celery
- ⅓ cup finely chopped onion
- ¾ cup diced cooked ham
- 3-¼ cups water
- 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
- ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon ground white or black pepper, or to taste
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
Skinny on Lighter Healthier Ham & Potato Soup
I loved reading all these clever suggestions for lightening up this AllRecipes Ham & Potato Soup!
It just goes to show that cooking is a creative process and there's no one way!
When we learn to depend less on recipes and cook foods our way, the easier and more fun cooking becomes.
It's like riding your bike without training wheels! But, like anything, it takes practice.
Here's what I would do to lighten up this soup:
Only Use One Pot.
Because I'm a lazy cook, I would never use two pots to make soup, which is what the original instructions suggest when they tell you to make a separate white sauce to add to your boiled vegetables and ham. For me, one of the beauties of soup is that it's a one pot dish. So, I'd find a way to thicken it all in one pot.
Eliminate the Roux/White Sauce.
I'm also not usually a fan of creamy soups thickened with a roux (melted fat/flour). They usually taste thick and pasty to me. That's just a personal preference, probably passed down from my mom. And it's a good thing for lightening up recipes since a lot of the calories in this recipe come from the 5 tablespoons of butter.
If The Soup Still Doesn't Seem Thick Enough...
I'd thicken it with a slurry, which is essentially flour dissolved in a bit of liquid and then stirred into the bubbling soup. It's the way my Mom always made gravy and it allows you to thicken soups/gravies without added fat.
Bulk It Up.
I'd definitely add more vegetables to bulk it up, without changing the integrity. I'd probably stick to additional onion, celery, potato, and cauliflower.
Skip or Use Less Milk.
I might add a little milk or cream at the end if I felt like the soup needed a touch of richness. But because my tastebuds are used to eating much lighter than they once did, I'd probably think it was fine.
Taste and Adjust Seasonings.
I'd taste the soup and then add salt and pepper until I liked the flavor.
If time permitted and I had some on hand, I'd garnish the with fresh chopped parsley. (I live within a 3-mile radius of several grocery stores and can buy huge bunches of parsley for $.5o. I realize this isn't true for everyone. I spent a few years living in rural Wisconsin, where the closest grocery store with fresh parsley was more than 30 miles away, and learned to be just fine without it.)
Skipping the butter, flour and milk and using cauliflower turns this into a *2 SmartPoint soup.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Lightened Up Soup?
According to my calculations, my lightened up version of this ham and potato soup has about 90 calories and:
2 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
1 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
2 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
If you like this lightened up ham and potato soup, be sure to check out my other easy, healthy Weight Watchers friendly soup recipes including Creamy Potato Mushroom Soup, Slow Cooker Smoked Salmon Potato Leek Soup, Slow Cooker Potato Cauliflower Soup, Slow Cooker Ham and Wild Rice Soup and CrockPot Leftover Ham Bone Soup
If you've made this Enlightened Ham and Potato Soup, please give the recipe a star rating below and leave a comment letting me know how you liked it. And stay in touch on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.
All Recipe Ham & Potato Soup Recipe Made Lighter
- 4 cups peeled and chopped potatoes
- ½ cup chopped celery
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 10 ounces cauliflower (½ medium head)
- 4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
- ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon ground white or black pepper, or to taste
- ¾ cup diced cooked ham
- Combine the potatoes, celery, onion, cauliflower, water, chicken bouillon, salt and pepper in a soup pot.
- Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Puree part of the soup, either with a stick blender or in a regular blender, to thicken it.
- Stir in the ham.
- Taste and add more salt and pepper as necessary.
- If the soup is too thick, thin with a bit more water or milk.
*PersonalPoints® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
More Easy + Healthy Soup Recipes For Weight Watchers:
- Baked Potato Soup (SkinnyTaste)
- Vegan Potato Soup with Beans & Kale (Cookin'Canuck)
- Lentil & Sweet Potato Stew (EatYourselfSkinny)
- Roasted Sweet Potato Soup (LaaLoosh)
- Turkey, Barley & Sweet Potato Soup (SkinnyKitchen)
- Sausage, Kale & Potato Soup (Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana) (OrganizeYourselfSkinny)
- Broccoli Cheese & Potato Soup (SkinnyTaste)
- Creamy Chicken & Potato Soup (SkinnyKitchen)
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