My favorite homemade recipe, Delicious Ham and Potato Soup, is found on allrecipes.com. I like the versatility of the soup, I like that it is quick to make, and I LOVE the flavor!
|Sorry about the poor quality of this picture! |
It was really dark & I tried to lighten it up... a lot.
I like to add a lil' of this and a lil' of that.
This time, I added crumbled bacon, chopped carrots, and a couple cloves of garlic. I used a little more of "this" and a little less of "that", depending on what I had. I also used a little bit of bacon grease in the roux. This batch was slightly thinner than I usually like it (I added too much milk... oops!), but the flavor was awesome!
Sometimes, I will cheat a bit. I get a big ol' bowl and throw in the cut up potatoes, celery, carrots (recipe doesn't call for carrots, but I love them!), and the water and throw them in the microwave to cook. Half way through, I will add the ham. While that is cooking, I saute the onion and garlic (I always add garlic, too). Then, I start the roux in the same pan. When the potatoes/veggies are finished cooking, I will add the bouillon and salt & pepper, then pour the mixture into the roux and let it simmer a bit longer.
Now, I don't know if the veggies actually cook faster in the microwave, but it makes me feel like I dirtied less pots and pans and got the soup on the table quicker... either way, it still tastes just as good, so it doesn't really matter much!
Edit: I drafted this post last week, and it's been sitting here waiting for me to publish it. For Easter, my husband took a cooked ham and gave it some extra flavor by smoking it on the grill. It was sooo yummy! I made this soup with the leftover ham. YUM! This was the closest I've stayed to the recipe, only adding garlic and making the roux with a mixture of bacon fat and butter. It had a nice smoky flavor, but not too overpowering.Best. Soup. Yet!
If you are a potato soup fan, I highly recommend trying this recipe! And if you have an equally awesome or even better recipe, I would LOVE if you'd share it!