Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cheesy Potato and Ham Soup

1 large onion, finely chopped
1 cup celery, finely chopped
2 tablespoons grated carrot
8 medium potatoes, diced
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup flour
3 cups milk
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup diced ham
Parsley, salt, and pepper


Place onions, celery, and potatoes in a large saucepan. Add water to cover the vegetables and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to simmer, and cook until potatoes are tender. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add flour and stir over low heat for 3-4 minutes. Add milk a bit at a time and heat to near-boil, stirring constantly. Add grated cheese and stir until melted. Stir in diced ham. Drain most of the broth from the cooked vegetables, and set the broth aside. Pour cheese sauce over the vegetables and thin as desired with the reserved hot broth. Serve hot.

Soul food for a cold January night
(A soup based on this recipe)

Another great Easy Recipe

Love At Home

There is beauty all around
When there's love at home.
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.

Roses bloom beneath our feet,
All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
When there's love at home.

-- John Hugh McNaughton (1829-1891)