If your family is anything like mine, news of an old-fashioned BLIZZARD means you stock up on food about two days early (because everyone else will do their shopping last minute), prep up a bunch of single-serving easy-to-reheat munchies, and sit back as the snow flies.
Also, if your family is anything like mine, that means you’ll be living on leftovers for a very nice while. Because you need to make room in the fridge before you can fit anything else in it. 🙂
So in that spirit – and because I bought too many potatoes for last week’s knoephla soup – I decided that I’d try a recipe that my mother picked up from one of her coworkers and politely pushed off on me to attempt. The end result is one of the easiest soups I have put together to date, and one of the most delicious. You know those boxes of instant mashed potatoes, the ones that come in flavors like Garlic & Herb, or Four Cheese, or whatnot? This soup tastes like what those WANT to be. It’s thick, it’s creamy, and very nummy!
If you have a kid who absolutely loves mashed potatoes and hates veggies, or just have a bunch of fixins left over from your Easter/Christmas/Holiday/family get-together, this recipe is PERFECT.
Oh, and like all of my recipes, it’s very GF-friendly.
- 6 cups potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 3 cups of water or chicken broth (maybe more)
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 1 lb ham, shredded or cut into strips
- 2 tsp parsley
- Mrs Dash, original spice blend
- 1/2 cup milk (I use lactose-free)
- 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup – 2 cups shredded cheddar, or 1 lb Velveeta
- In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine potatoes, veggies, ham, spices, and chicken broth. You might need to add more liquid until potatoes are nearly covered.
- Bring to a boil and simmer until meat is cooked and veggies are tender, about 20 minutes.
- In another bowl, gradually add milk to cornstarch and stir until well blended. Add to soup and cook until soup thickens.
- Turn off burner and add cheese to taste. (1 cup = slightly cheesy, 1 1/2 cup = cheesy, 2 cup = very cheesy!)
- Stir until cheese is melted.
Makes approximately 10 1-cup servings.