Ham, Swiss Cheese, &
                Potato Soup

Ham, Swiss Cheese, & Potato Soup

2
medium potatoes, peeled & diced
1 stick
butter ( cup)
cup all purpose flour
2
green onions, chopped
2 cups
fat free half & half
1 qt
water
1
medium onion, diced
4 slices
Swiss cheese
4 cups
diced cooked ham
1 tsp
salt
1 tsp
granulated garlic

black pepper to taste

This is good and hearty.  It is great for winter when a thick, smooth soup tastes so good.  This recipe makes enough to feed 4 people.

Put the potatoes in a saucepan with enough water to cover them, bring them to a boil, and cook for about 15 minutes.  Drain the potatoes.  While the potatoes are cooking make a roux.  In a large saucepan, melt the butter, add the flour and stir to make a dark blond roux.  Turn the heat to the roux off, add the onion, and stir well.  Let the onion cook in the roux for 2 to 3 minutes.  Whisk in the quart of water and then the 2 cups of half & half.  Whisk everything well and add the water and half & half slowly or it will thicken into a glop.  Whisk until smooth.  Turn the heat back on to medium.  Add the potatoes, garlic, and salt and bring to a simmer.  While bringing the soup to a simmer use an immersion blender to blend the soup until it is as smooth as you like.  As soon as the soup reaches a simmer, add the green onions, ham, and Swiss cheese.  Stir.  Bring to a simmer.  Serve.

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