Ann’s Cheesy Leftover Ham and Potato Soup
This recipe is perfect for leftover ham and makes a delicious, hearty meal in itself. Great for cold and/or rainy days, cuddling with your wife by the fire (and it doesn’t have any garlic in it, so your breath should remain reasonably safe too!). You can thank me later!
4 cups potatoes, cleaned & chopped into bite-size pieces (but don’t bother peeling! I don’t!)
1/2 cup celery, diced
1 large onion, finely chopped
Leftover cooked ham (1 to 3 cups, whatever you have left!) chopped into bite-size pieces
3 1/2 cups water
2 cubes chicken bouillon granules
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
5 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons flour
2 1/4 cups milk
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
Chopped Green onions, to garnish
Dump potatoes, celery, onion, ham, and water in a big pot and bring to boil on high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and let simmer until potatoes are tender, then mix in the chicken bouillon, salt, and pepper. Remove from heat.
In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat, then add flour while mixing with a whisk. Keep stirring constantly until thick and flour and butter are completely mixed. Add milk while continuing to stir to prevent lumps (if you get lumps, just smash them up with the whisk or a fork). Keep stirring until thick (should only take 4-5 minutes). Add cheese and stir until melted together.
Add the cheese sauce mixture into the big pot with the potatoes, stir it all together and make sure its heated through. To make it thicker, use the spoon to smash up some of the potatoes while mixing, but remember that it’ll also get thicker as it cools.
Ladle into bowl, then sprinkle chopped green onions on top before serving. Tastes great and looks extra impressive! 🙂
Makes 8 BIG servings
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About the Author: Ann Milligan started dating her husband when they were only fourteen years old. After spending a full decade effectively preventing him from escaping, he eventually surrendered, proposed, and they tied the knot in 2007. Ann now spends her free time caring for their two-year-old son and anticipating the arrival of their second child any day now. She believes the key to a successful relationship is communication, negotiation, humor ...and allowing her husband to proof-read and approve her writing before airing her family's dirty laundry online for the world to read.