Thursday, January 10, 2013

Leftovers - Ham and Potato Soup




My brother-in-law was very generous and gave us a ham dinner for New Years!  Needless to say, there were a lot of leftovers!  I wanted to try a different soup with the leftover ham then I usually make.  I usually go the route of bean soup but I wanted to do potato this time!  It turned out really good!  Even my son Jack liked it and that is saying something!  He is very picky!  The recipe is below!  Enjoy! 


Ingredients

    • 4 cups water
    • 1 large ham bone
    • 2 1/4 cups potatoes, diced
    • 2 medium potatoes, halved
    • 2 1/4 cups ham, cubed
    • 1 medium onions, diced
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 5 tablespoons butter
    • 5 tablespoons flour
    • 2 1/2 cups milk
    • 1 3/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Boil ham bone in 4 cups of water in large stock pot for approx 1 hour. (If omitting this step use 4 chicken bouillon or 4 cups chicken broth instead).
  2. Remove ham bone and strain stock to remove any debris.
  3. Boil the 2 med potatoes halved in stock until softened, remove to separate bowl.
  4. Combine 2 1/4 cups diced potatoes, 1 med onion and 3 minced garlic cloves and add to stock. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook until potatoes are tender.
  5. Mash 2 halved potatoes with small amount of milk and add to stock (helps to thicken).
  6. In separate pan, melt butter. Add in flour a tablespoon at a time to make a roux or paste. Add milk and blend well to make a cream sauce.
  7. Simmer cream sauce for 2 minutes. Add cheese and blend well. Mixture will be very gooey.
  8. Add cheese blend to soup and gently mix to combine.
  9. I also added a little sour cream before serving!



Here is the link to recipe if you need nutritional info!

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