Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Delicious Ham and Potato Soup

What's up with the warm spell lately?  I mean, here I am living in Provo, Utah- an icebox compared to my hometown of Mesa, Arizona and the highs have been in the upper 80's the past couple of weeks!

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

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