Creamy Ham and Squash Soup

This tasty number was modified from a Paula Deen original. Michael loves a good Paula recipe (so much so that we also had a side of Paula's bacon green beans with the soup). You know me though, we had to adjust the ingredients a bit to make it healthier. It was still super creamy, rich and delicious though. I loved it and we'll definitely be making it again. If you love creamy soup, you gotta give this one a try. I will warn you though, it makes a lot of soup! We were eating it for days. You could definitely half it and still have enough to serve at least 4-6 people.


  • 2 lbs. yellow squash, sliced into rounds
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced thin
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can reduced-fat evaporated milk
  • ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 cups cooked ham, diced


  1. Melt butter over medium heat in a large soup pot.
  2. Add onion, carrots, squash, salt and pepper and saute for 20 minutes.
  3. Add evaporated milk and sour cream to squash mixture, stir well. Simmer until mixture bubbles, about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Stir in nutmeg, cheese, ham and vegetable stock, simmer for 15 minutes.


peachkins said...

lovely recipe!

Chef E said...

I am going to make this soup, soup is my middle name, and I apologize if I repeat myself LOL

Laughing at you and the 'healthy', I try and do the same thing, but sometimes you gotta let the butter fall where it may!

Ivy said...

The soup sounds delicious and if I were to change anything that would be to substitute the butter with olive oil and I think the result would be the same even better but more healthy. I try to use minimum butter and only in some desserts.

Leslie said...

I could probably live on soup!!! What a yummy belly-warming recipe!

grace said...

this is a marvelous use for the bags and bags of yellow squash lingering in my freezer! lovely creation. :)

The Cooking Photographer said...

So pretty! What a great looking soup.

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