Recipe by Mina's daughter
My mom liked to make this soup on a cold fall or winter day, and serve it with homemade bread. Although it's not a thick chowder, it is filling! Real comfort food. I am pretty sure this came from our local newspaper, and it was such a hit that it became a regular thing on our family's menu. My own kids love it too. I am hoping someday to hear a third generation of kids shouting, "Hurray! Ham and potato chowder!"
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1⁄2 garlic clove, minced
- 2 cups ham, diced
- 2 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 bay leaf
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups milk
- 15 ounces tomatoes (any type, canned)
Directions See How It's Made
- 1. Melt the butter in a large pot.
- 2. Add the onion, celery, garlic, and ham, and cook till the celery is tender.
- 3. Add the potatoes, seasonings, and water.
- 4. Bring mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 - 30 minutes, or until the potato is just cooked.
- 5. Add the milk and the tomatoes.
- 6. Heat through, but do not boil.