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Ham and Cheese Soup

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.

Makes

6 servings

While I was growing up, my family had a big garden. Mom would turn that produce into some wonderful meals...that's where I get my love of cooking. I share one of my favorite recipes with your here.—Paul Miller, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup chopped fully cooked ham
  • 2-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 pound American cheese, cubed
  • Popped popcorn, optional

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute onion, celery, carrot, parsley and garlic in butter for 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in flour, mustard and pepper. Add ham; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add broth and milk; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in cheese; reduce heat. Cook and stir until cheese is melted (do not boil). Garnish serving with popcorn if desired.

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