Isn't it fall now? The trees are on track with the gradually-fading greens to burnt oranges and browns, and the morning air definitely has a crisp chill to it- but then mid-day is somewhat, really warm! Not that I'm complaining, it could definitely be worse- could be 100 degrees in Mesa, or the alternative, it could already be freezing, like last year.
So, I think for now I will just be content with the weather. Because I know that any day now, the temperature will randomly drop 20 degrees and then I'll be begging for the warmth I knew in a "distant past."
Anyway, I'm excited it's officially autumn. So long fresh peaches, strawberries, burgers, and corn on the cob. Hello apples, pumpkin pie, winter squash, and delicious ham & potato soup. This will warm your soul, even if it's still warm outside. Seriously, this was one of the best potato soups I've had.
Delicious Ham and Potato Soup
Yield: 8 servings
3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 cup diced cooked ham
3 1/4 cups water
2 Tbsp. chicken bouillon granules
1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste
1 tsp. ground white or black pepper, or to taste
5 Tbsp. buter
5 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
Combine the potatoes, celery, onion, ham and water in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the chicken bouillon, salt and pepper.
In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour with a fork, 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.
Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through. Serve immediately.
Nutrition per serving: 195 calories, 10.5g fat, 30mg cholesterol, 394mg sodium, 19.5g carbs, 1.9g fiber, 6.1g protein