Monday, March 15, 2010

Chunky Potato and Ham Soup

This is one of our favorite soups for a cold winter day.  I have made this several times and there has never been a need ot adjust anything other than the salt, based on the ham you select. 

I used a package of pre-cubed ham this time.  It seems that ham is really expensive lately.  So, if you don't want to purchase a full piece of ham, the pre-cubed works well.  It was just about $5.00 for the package.

Chunky Potato and Ham Soup (makes 8 servings)
3 large red potatoes

2 cups water
1 onion, small
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
crushed red pepper flakes
1 ½ cups milk
1 ½ cups half and half
½ teaspoon sugar
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup ham, cooked and cubed

1. Peel potatoes and cut into 1-inch cubes.
2. Bring water to a boil in large saucepan. Add potatoes and cook until tender. Drain, reserving liquid. Set aside potatoes. Measure 1 cup cooking liquid, adding water, if necessary; set aside.
3. Peel and finely chop onion. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion to saucepan; cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent and tender, but not brown.
4. Add flour to saucepan; season with pepper flakes and black pepper to taste. Cook 3-4 minutes.
5. Gradually add potatoes, reserved 1 cup cooking liquid, milk, half and half, and sugar to onion mixture in saucepan; stir well. Add cheese and ham. Simmer over low heat 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve.


  1. Is this the one I had - it is delicious!

  2. I am finishing up my second bowl of this as I type. DELISH. Went a little overboard on the red pepper, but this is fantastic.


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