Probably my favorite of all the creamy soups I make. I like my soups very thick so I use cream in all my soups for a rich and creamy texture. Sometimes I make it plain without the ham and sprinkle bacon on top but today I wanted to use some leftover Christmas ham. If you like thick and creamy potato soup, you will love this recipe.
Thick and Creamy Potato Soup and Ham
3 1/2 cups potatoes, peeled and diced to the size you like
1/3 cup celery, diced
1/3 cup onion, finely chopped
2 cups cooked ham, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons flour
1 cups heavy cream
1 cup half and half or whole milk
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
Cook potatoes in generously salted water until tender. Drain well and set aside.
In separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. and saute celery, onion, salt and pepper. Whisk in flour stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes until vegetables are tender and flour has cooked lightly.
Slowly whisk in half and half or milk. Continue whisking until mixture begins to thicken. Add in cream and continue stirring until soup is very creamy. Add in ham and potatoes and stir until blended. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve in mug or bowl and add shredded cheese on top.
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