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Makeover Cheesy Ham 'N' Potato Soup

 Makeover Cheesy Ham 'N' Potato Soup
This better-for-you version uses lean ham, canola oil, fat-free milk and reduced-fat cheddar cheese. Additional potatoes, whirred in the food processor, plus dry milk powder help keep the soup's thick creamy texture.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
7 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 2-1/4 cups cubed potatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked lean ham
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups fat-free milk
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) finely shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli florets, thawed and chopped


  • In a saucepan, bring potatoes and water to a boil. Cover and cook for
  • 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking
  • liquid. In a blender or food processor, process reserved liquid and
  • 1/4 cup cooked potatoes until smooth; set aside. Set remaining
  • potatoes aside.
  • In a large saucepan, saute ham and onion in oil until onion is
  • tender. In a bowl, combine milk powder, flour, pepper, milk and
  • processed potato mixture until smooth. Stir into ham and onion.
  • Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Reduce heat to low. Add the cheese, broccoli and reserved potatoes;

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Makeover Cheesy Ham 'N' Potato Soup (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • cook and stir over low heat until cheese is melted and heated
  • through. Serve immediately. Yield: 7 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (1 cup) equals 228 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 616 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 18 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fat-free milk.