Thursday, January 12, 2012

potato & ham soup

i find myself looking for any reason to make soup. i'm not sure why i put in the time to do so since my husband doesn't consider soup a meal. this angers me more than i can express, as i have a very loving relationship with it.
speaking of my crazy husband, i asked him if he had any suggestions for meals for the week and he said he wants tacos every night because that's his favorite. really, tacos? no disrespect mr. taco, but all you are is ground meat with a packet of seasoning. let's not down play the devastation i experienced when i heard this. i spend hours upon hours cooking each week only to find out that he would really rather just have a taco. great. so, onward. i'm embracing the taco and turning into a challenge. how can i make taco's for one week straight, but each night different. stay tuned. it's going to be interesting.
in the meantime, enjoy this yummy potato & ham soup. it's simple, but heartwarming.

potato & ham soup

3 medium potatoes, cubed in 1" cubes
1 lb ham, cubed in 1" cubes
6 c chicken stock
1 c carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 tbs flour
3 tbs olive oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper

1. cook potatoes in 2 quarts of water for 25 minutes or until fork tender. drain.
2. puree 1/3 of the potatoes in a food processor and set aside.
3. saute carrots and onions in olive oil for 10 minutes. add flour and salt and pepper, stirring for 3 minutes. add chicken stock, salt and pepper and pureed potatoes. bring to a boil and lower heat to a simmer. simmer for 10 minutes allowing to thicken.
4. add remaining potatoes and ham. cook for 5 minutes heating through.

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