Growing up in the Midwest, this soup was a staple in our menu during the long winter months. When our sons were at home they loved the soup but it never seemed to hold them for very long. I added a few more ingredients and now they make this recipe for their families and friends and share the recipe often. I hope you enjoy it!
- Peel and chunk potatoes.
- Boil in salted water until almost done (fork can pierce but not break potato chunk).
- Chop onion, cube ham and add to potato water during last 5 minutes of boiling time.
- While potatoes are cooking, in small saucepan melt butter.
- Stir in flour, stirring constantly.
- Slowly add the half and half.
- Stir to remove lumps till smooth and starting to thicken.
- Slowly add 2 cups milk; stirring constantly to prevent lumps and scorching.
- Add 1/2 of the Velveeta Cheese.
- Stir to melt cheese.
- Add remaining milk.
- Season to taste.
- Drain water from potato& onions reserving approximately 1/2 of the water.
- Place drained ham, potatoes& onions in large stock pot.
- Add milk mixture, remaining cheese and stir over low heat till cheese is melted.
- Garnish w/choice of chopped green onions, bacon crumbles and grated cheddar cheese.