Friday, January 30, 2009

Chunky Potato Soup

My kids loved this and Taylor is always asking when we can have soup for dinner.

3 medium red potatoes
2 cups water
1 small onion
3 tbs butter
Crushed red pepper flakes
Ground black pepper
3 cups milk
1/2 tsp sugar
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup cubed cooked ham (I bought already cooked and chopped ham from the deli section)

Prep time: 35 min
Cooking time: 30 min.

Peel Potatoes and cut into 1 inch cubes.
Bring water to a boil in large saucepan.
Add potatoes and cook until tender.
Drain, reserving liquid.
Set aside potatoes.
Measure 1 cup cooking liquid, adding water if necessary. Set aside.
Peel and finely chop onion.
Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.
Add onion to saucepan; cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent and tender, but not brown.
Add flour to saucepan; season with pepper flakes and black pepper to taste.
Cook 3-4 min.
Gradually add potatoes, reserved 1 cup cooking liquid, milk and sugar to onion mixture in saucepan.
Add cheese and ham.
Simmer over low heat 30 min stirring frequently.
Store leftovers, covered in refrigerator.

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