Chunky, Cheesy, Potato and Ham Soup

Well, like I said a couple of days ago, my mom gave us a bushel of red potatoes. We are still trying to use them all up before any go bad. We hate to waste any food! It was a wet day overall on Monday and kind of gray most of the day. Seemed like a perfect day for soup! Steve and I mixed together some common ingredients found in most kitchens to create this amazing Chunky, Cheesy, Potato & Ham Soup! It turned out fantastic! Easy to make and best of all, a recipe that didn’t call for a “cream of something”! Give this soup a try, it was super cheesy and yummy!

*Printable Recipe: Chunky Cheesy Potato & Ham Soup

Ingredients:

  •  12 red potatoes

  • 4 tablespoons melted butter or margarine

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 3 cups milk (separated: 2 cups + 1 cup)

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1/4 teaspoon white sugar

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup diced ham

Directions:

Scrub potatoes and cut into chunks (leave skins on). Place potato chunks into a large saucepan and add enough water to cover the potatoes. Boil potatoes until all pieces are fork tender. Ladle out 1 cup of water from the sauce pan. Pour remainder of water and potatoes into a colander to drain potatoes. Add reserved liquid back into the pot. Turn burner on to medium heat. Stir in melted butter or margarine, onion and flour. Stir till well combined. Add 2 cups of cold milk and stir. Pour one cup of cold milk into a liquid measuring cup and add the cornstarch. With a fork, mix the milk and cornstarch until smooth and no clumps are present. Add the milk/cornstarch mix to the saucepan. Add the remainder of ingredients: cooked potato chunks, sugar, cheese and ham. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to your liking.

Optionally, you can garnish your soup with sliced green onions and bacon bits. It went really well with our BLC sandwiches (bacon, lettuce & cheese)! What a great dinner for a rainy & gray day!

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