Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Paula Deen's Lean: Ham, Broccoli and Potato Soup

When my husband Rudy told me that Paula Deen had an unfortunate run-in with a ham last week, I found it only fitting that her Ham, Broccoli and Potato Soup be next on the menu. This recipe comes from page 34 of Cooking with Paula Deen (November/December 2009). The recipe calls for frozen versions of the veggies needed. Not having to spend time cleaning and chopping allows this recipes to qualify as a "fast family supper".

Serves 8


2 tablespoon "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter"

3 cups frozen Southern-style hash brown potatoes

1 cup frozen chopped onion

2 teaspoon minced garlic

3 tablespoons organic whole-wheat flour

1 (32-ounce) box low-sodium, FAT FREE chicken broth

2 cups SKIM milk

2 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained

1 (8-ounce) package mini diced cooked ham

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 cup FAT FREE sour cream

1 (5-ounce) package of shredded Low-Fat Swiss cheese


In a large Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add hash browns, onion, and garlic; cook for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Once the hash browns are tender, add the flour; cook for 2 minutes and stir constantly. Stir in chicken broth and milk; cook for 5 to 6 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Add broccoli, ham, salt and pepper; cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add sour cream and cheese, stirring until cheese is melted and soup is heated through.


This really is a simple supper that can be thrown together in minutes. I made this "Thanksgiving Eve". It was just the right amount of food for the night before the big binge. It cut fat and calories by using low-fat or Fat Free versions of milk, sour cream and broth. Swiss cheese is already lower in fat then most cheeses, so I left that one alone.
On a cold winter day, this soup would absolutely hit the spot. ENJOY!

NUTRITION FACTS (per serving): 200.75 calories;  4.02g fat;  24.67g carbohydrate;  17.35g protein;  2.95g fiber


  1. If one doesn't own a dutch oven (unfortunate kid accidental dropping of my Pampered Chef dutch oven) what can one use? I'm so coming back because I am on Spark People to track my weight lose goal for November 2010!! And I need new receipes!! Thanks and Happy sharefest Saturday!!

  2. Dropping by from SITS. Hey! You should totally come link up to my blog on Dec. 15th for "Christmas Goodies Recipe Exchange". It's for all types of goodies (not only sweets!)

    If you'd like to check out what it's about, go here (would be thrilled to have ya!)
    Christmas Goodies Recipe Exchange

  3. Happy Saturday Sharefest!
    I love Paula, but I don't make a lot of her recipes because they involve soooo much butter. Glad to find a place making them UNDER!

  4. hey good idea making paulas food lean!!!

  5. Butter is my my weekness, but it has to be real butter. My HDL is on the roof.. all good, thank you Butter, margarine is a heart killer...So anyway, I will make this soup this next week:) will share my approval. I to am like Paula with diabetes, mine is the T1 hers is T2. But we have to take care of ourselves with both kinds.



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