12 August 2011

Chunky Cheese Soup

Here's a great recipe for anytime you're craving soup but not wanting something that features tomatoes as the star of the show.  It's delicious, incredibly quick and simple and loaded with lots of veggies so you don't have to feel guilty about eating a bowl of melted cheese.


2-3 cups water
2 cups diced potatoes
1/2 cup diced Carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon pepper and salt (sparingly) to taste
1 cup cubed ham
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
In a large saucepan, combine the first seven ingredients; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender.  Add ham.
In another saucepan, melt the butter; stir in flour until smooth.  Gradually add milk.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for two minutes or until thickened.  Stir in cheese until melted.  Add cheese mixture to the soup and stir until well blended.
 ***Just a tip--be wary of adding too much salt to your soup since ham has plenty of nitrites and salts to contribute.***


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