I'm not sure how many of you have heard of GooseberryPatch.com? I love their store, signed up for their e-mail newsletters, have them on my homemaking blogroll, and became a fan of theirs on Facebook :) Guess you can say I'm a huge fan of theirs...lol. In their e-mail newsletters, they include at least 2 free recipes every month. This recipe came from their December newsletter.
The day I received it, my husband had just finished telling me that he wanted some canned soup from the grocery store. Canned soup??!! Yuck! Don't get me wrong, I know there are some really great soups out there on the market, but once I started learning how to make homemade soup, I stopped putting canned soups down on my grocery list...lol. There is just something about homemade soup that gives you comfort when you eat it.
For this soup, we had all the ingredients so I went to work on making it right away.
This is a great way to use up all the left over ham from Thanksgiving. We froze ours, along with 3 huge bags of turkey....lol...and I also had some left over vegetables from Thanksgiving as well that needed to be used up soon. Needless to say, this is the perfect soup to make if you have any left overs just sitting in the fridge.
My kids also loved this because of the cheese. What a great way to get them to eat their veggies...lol.
Christmas Eve Soup
2 c. potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 c. carrot, peeled and diced
1/2 c. celery, chopped
1/4 c. onion, chopped
2 c. water
1-1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 c. cooked ham, cubed
1/4 c. margarine
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. milk
8-oz. pkg. shredded Cheddar cheese
1. Combine vegetables, water, salt and pepper in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until vegetables are tender.
2. Stir in ham; set aside. In a separate saucepan, melt margarine; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk; bring to a boil.
3. Cook and stir for 2 minutes, until thickened. Stir in cheese until melted; add to vegetable mixture and heat through.