Ham and Potato Soup – Hearty Soup for a Cold Night

What’s the perfect dish for a cold night at home? Ham and potato soup is a delicious dish that warms the soul and the belly!

In case you haven’t heard, it’s really cold outside. Every other Facebook status and tweet out there is about the “polar vortex” or a picture of the temperature. Richmond definitely hasn’t been as cold as a lot of places, but still WAY colder than usual. We have been buckled down inside the house every evening after work, watching movies and cuddling. I know, it’s like torture. Not only is this cold weather ideal for cuddling, but it’s also perfect for soup, especially something hearty like ham and potato. ham and potato soup recipe

Ingredients
– 3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
– 1/2 cup diced celery
– 1/3 cup finely chopped white onion
– 1 cup diced ham (cooked)
– 3 1/4 cups water
– 4 tbsp. butter
– 5 tbsp. all purpose flour
– 2 cups milk
– 1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
– 1 tsp. pepper (or to taste)
– A dash or two of parsley

Let’s Get Cookin’
– 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.
– Add the 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.
– Garnish your soup with cheese or sour cream and bacon. Bacon makes everything better.
– Enjoy!

My favorite thing about this soup is that it’s one of the faster soups to make, about an hour start to finish, and it’s one of Jesse’s favorites. Plus it’s super filling and delicious, perfect for a cold night.

So what’s your strategy for keeping warm during this winter chill? Any delicious soup recipes to share?

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