The second of the new ham recipes...
My husband loves potato soup. So I got really excited about using some of our leftover ham in a potato soup. After looking at some recipes I came up with something we really enjoyed and the picky 7 year old tried, but only gave 3 stars out of 10. He's not really a soup person, although I was surprised he didn't rate this at least a little higher. He tried ...it and even ate 3-4 bites. That's better than some nights, I suppose. The recipe below calls for 2 cups of milk. I actually used about 1 1/2 cup milk and half cup of whipping cream to use up the whipping cream leftover from Alfredo sauce last week. If I didn't have the whipping cream, I certainly wouldn't have made a special purchase for this recipe. Next time I'll probably cut back on the water a bit (maybe by a half cup) and mash part of the potatoes to make the soup thicker and creamier. It was thick enough, but I was hoping for something more like chowder. Corn would be nice in this if you wanted to add some veggies.
- Prep Time : 15 minutes
- Cook Time : 3h 05 min
- Potatoes - 3 1/2 cups, peeled and diced (this was about 2 large baking potatoes for me)
- Onion - 1/3 cup, finely chopped
- Cooked Ham - 1 1/2 cup, diced
- Water - 3 1/4 cups
- Celery Salt, or to Taste - 1/2 teaspoon (you could use regular salt and about 1/3 cup celery but I have two non-celery eaters, so I chose this route)
- Ground White or Black Pepper, or To Taste - 1 teaspoon
- Butter - 5 tablespoons
- All-Purpose Flour - 5 tablespoons
- Milk - 2 cups
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese - 3/4 cup
- Combine the potatoes, onion, ham, celery salt and pepper and water in a 4 quart crockpot. Cook on low 4 hours or high 2 hours or until potatoes are tender.
- In a saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk as not to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Slowly stir in cheese and whisk until cheese is melted.
- Stir the milk mixture into the crockpot and cook another 30 - 60 minutes on low.