CREAMY HAM AND POTATO SOUP

Complexity: Medium

Ingredients:

  • 5 – 6 cups peeled and diced potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp chives, chopped
  • 2 cups finely diced cooked ham
  • 1 ham bone (optional)
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups broth
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3 oz butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

Directions:

  1. Heat oil and butter in a large soup  pot.
  2. Saute onions until softened, 2 – 3 minutes; add garlic, ham, chives, toss and cook for another 2 – 3 minutes.
  3. Add potatoes, mix and heat together with the ham mixture. Cook for 3 – 5 minutes.
  4. Pour in water, stock, ham bone, salt and pepper; bring to boil and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes or until potatoes are cooked and begun to breakdown.
  5. In a separate saute pan over medium heat melt butter, whisk in flour and stir constantly for about a minute; slowly stir in milk, add salt, pepper and a dash of mustard. Add cheeses and continue stirring about 3 to 5 minutes until mixture thickens.
  6. Add the cheese sauce to soup, combine and simmer. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve.

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