Thursday, April 28, 2011

Cheesy Potato & Ham Soup

Do you have leftover ham lurking in your fridge and are you wondering what in the world you are going to do with it (besides Ham sandwiches!)?  This is such the perfect answer!  This soup is so cheesy & creamy & wonderful!!  My kiddo's all gave it a 10! 

Cheesy Potato & Ham Soup
This is Tony's (hubby) bowl...I thought it looked really pretty with all that pepper on it!  But don't think you have to add that much to your bowl...I wouldn't be able to handle it myself!:)

2 cups diced peeled potatoes (5-6 small to medium sized potatoes)
2 cups water
1/2 cup sliced carrot (or matchstick carrots...much easier!)
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk (any variety...I used skim)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 to 1 1/2 cups cubed cooked ham
1 cup frozen peas, thawed

Boil the potatoes, carrots & onion in the 2 cups of water. When it reaches a full boil, reduce the heat and cover. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. (This is Kyla's picture...she actually peeled all the potatoes and cut them and then added the carrots and onions and boiled them and got that part all ready for me!  She's becoming a pretty good photographer too!)
While the vegetables are cooking, in another saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the flour until smooth and then slowly add the milk while stirring. This will ensure you have not yucky lumps in your soup!! Add the salt & pepper. Bring to a boil and cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until melted.

Pour cheese mixture in with the undrained potato mixture and stir until combined. Add the ham and peas. Heat through & serve!
This soup made just enough for family (of 6) to all have one large bowl full.  If you're feeding more than that or would like to have leftovers I would suggest doubling the recipe!

In case you didn't notice...I finally figured out how to add a PRINT RECIPE link so you can print our recipes right from our site without all of the pictures and other "junk":) to run out all your ink!!  We will be adding the PRINT RECIPE link to all of our recipes, but that will probabaly take me days...weeks...I'll just say a while!:)  Hope this new little perk helps you out!:)
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