Welcome to Simple Fare, Fairly Simple. This is a place for me to post recipes of all kinds...along with other miscellaneous fodder from my so-called life here in the south. Who knows what you will find here. Could be anything from my husband...known as IT Guy...to my kids and beautiful grandbabies that are growing up way too fast right before my eyes. But...mostly this will be a place for food. I hope you'll see something you like and if you decide to try something from the list...leave me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Oh my, but this was yummy. I made this the evening I rushed out the door when my son called me to tell me that their baby was on the way...so I was only able to sneak a tiny bite. But IT Guy assured me it was delicious....and he's never steered me wrong! You gotta try this!! I don't care if it IS almost summer....crank the A/C down and fire up the stove-top. This soup is wonderful!

Potato Ham Soup

3 1/2 cups washed, unpeeled, diced potatoes ~ I used red potatoes because that's what I had but any kind will do.
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup diced cooked ham
6 cups chicken stock OR 6 cups water and 6 teaspoons chicken bullion
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
6 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream

Combine the potatoes, onion, ham and chicken stock in a dutch oven. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and cook about a minute, stirring constantly until thick.

Slowly stir in milk. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper.

Stir the milk mixture into the dutch oven, and cook soup until heated through.

Serve immediately.

The line-up....

Throw the chicken stock (or bullion and water) into a pot along with onion, ham and potatoes. Let that simmer away for a while until the potatoes are fork tender.

In a small pot, melt the butter over medium heat.

Then stir in the flour and let that cook for a minute or so.

Pour in the milk....

...and stir until it's nice and thick.

Then stir that into the soup mixture. Stir it up and let it simmer for a few minutes.

Chow down!!