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Chunky Cheese Soup

Although winters in Virginia are not necessarily harsh, it still gets cold enough to chill you to the bones. This tasty soup warms you through and through.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups diced peeled potatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large saucepan, combine the first seven ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Add ham.
  • In another saucepan, melt the butter; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cheese until melted; add to the soup.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 267 calories, 17g fat (11g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 936mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • ahmom
    Jan 21, 2020

    excellent soup!

  • Orbs
    Feb 23, 2019

    Delicious! I used frozen diced potatoes and added them to the cheese sauce. I also added fresh diced cauliflower, frozen corn, and white beans.

  • Freddie
    Dec 21, 2017

    Made this today, 12-20-17 and it is delicious.

  • ginabee08
    Dec 24, 2012

    This soup was great! I omitted the salt and cooked the vegetables in seasoned chicken broth. I also increased the amount of broth by maybe 1/2 cup and increased the vegetables because I like my soups chock full of goodies. I also used sharp cheddar for the cheese, and was pleased to find that the soup had a smooth texture, not a grainy one.

  • Cookiemaster13
    Oct 13, 2012

    Great fall recipe. Definately a keeper. The only thing I changed was using Velveeta.

  • eye_lady
    Mar 26, 2011

    I also enjoyed this recipe. I made in a crock pot, and used an immersion blender to disguise the veggies for my veggie haters. They LOVED it!

  • AmandaNel
    Dec 29, 2010

    Instead of celery, I used red and green pepper.

  • gingerriss
    Oct 29, 2010

    wow this was very tasteful. I used monteray jack cheese and it was good

  • johnsen
    Sep 2, 2010

    used chicken broth instead of water. very good

  • chileuvgod
    Feb 4, 2010

    This was the most yummy soup ever. So creamy!