This is a cold weather favorite. In fact it has been on the menu twice in 3 weeks since Hotlanta finally saw temps below 80. Whenever my kids see it on the menu board, they can't wait. This is one of those recipes where I should have lots of leftovers, but it never happens. Originally from allrecipes.com, I have changed it just a bit. It is a very forgiving recipe and can be put together in 30 minutes or less, plenty of time before or after you participate in your evening activites. I cook the soup as soon as I get home from work, refrigerate it and just warm it up after football, lacrosse, gymnastics or cheerleading. This is a very thick soup. I have been know to stretch it by using more water and milk. Works great.
Delicious Ham and Potato Soup
3 1/2 c peeled and diced potatoes
1/2 c finely chopped onion
1 c diced cooked ham (I use about 2 cups)
3 1/4 c water
1 chicken bouillon cube
1/2 t salt
1 t freshly ground black pepper
5 T butter
5 T all purpose flour
2 c milk
Combine potatoes, onion, ham and water in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 - 15 minutes. Stir in bouillon, salt and pepper.
In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk as not to allow lumps to form. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, about 4 - 5 minutes.
Stir milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through. Serve immediately topped with shredded cheddar cheese and bacon bits.
Enjoy with a piece of warm crusty bread on a cold night.
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