Potato Cheese Soup With Ham

Another variation of a recipe I found but since I changed a lot of it, I couldn’t help it, it used “processed cheese product”, I’m not even going to include the original recipe.

Potato Cheese Soup with Ham

8 red potatoes, cubed
water to cover
2 carrots, peeled and diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 onion, diced
2 Tablespoons butter or vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
1 pound thick cut ham, diced small

Boil potatoes in water for 15 minutes in a large pot. Drain and set potatoes aside. Saute carrots, celery and onion in butter or oil until onions start to look translucent. Add potatoes to veggie mix with milk and chicken broth. Simmer until potatoes start to fall apart. Add cheese and ham, stirring frequently. Take off heat when cheese is about half melted and serve.

Quick Ham Bake

I was looking for something different and ran across a recipe that sounded good. I didn’t have all the ingredients so I decided to fake it, take the major flavor components and do it my way. It turned out pretty good, but it could have used one of the ingredients I didn’t have. So here is the recipe I made, with the missing ingredient.

Quick Ham Bake
16 ounces spiral pasta
2 cups diced ham
2 cups broccoli, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup roasted red bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups milk
1 jar alfredo sauce
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 cups swiss or jack cheese, grated
fresh ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Spray two 9 x 9 baking pans with non-stick spray. Boil pasta until tender but not mushy. While pasta is draining melt butter in the pot used to boil the pasta. Add flour and stir together, cooking for 1 minute. Add milk and stir until it starts thickening. Turn off burner and add alfredo sauce and all the cheese. Add in the ham and broccoli and roasted red pepper. Stir together well and add pasta, stirring until it’s evenly mixed. Pour pasta mixture into baking pans and place in oven for 20 minutes. Let cool some before serving.