Ham, Swiss
                Cheese, & Potato Soup

Ham, Swiss Cheese, & Potato Soup

medium potatoes, peeled & diced
1 stick
butter ( cup)
cup all purpose flour
green onions, chopped
2 cups
fat free half & half
1 qt
medium onion, diced
4 oz (by weight)
Swiss cheese cut into " cubes
1 lbs
diced cooked ham
1 tsp
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 but make sure you 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 Swiss cheese and stir until it melts.  When the cheese has melted add the green onions and ham.  Stir.  Bring to a simmer.  Serve.