Monday, October 26, 2009

Potato Soup

This is one of the highest ranked recipes at and by looking at the ingredients list, you wouldn't think so. However, it is one of the best potato soups you'll eat and it is so easy! It's a great base and you can add just about anything to it. Top with cheese, bacon and chives and make it more like a baked potato soup. Add corn, or even clams. It's loved by all, big or small.

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 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground white or black pepper, or to taste
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons 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, 5 to 7 minutes.
Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through. Serve immediately.

Serves 4-6.

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