mealtime madness monday

I've been reading and hearing a lot lately about people who don't/can't cook. christy and i both can, but we admit that we have some "go-to" dishes that fit any occasion/time constraint (like tacos) and only very rarely have to resort to frozen pizza or cereal (although our kids like those days, too). We can also follow recipes, which I just found out not everyone can do successfully.

However, one thing I never make is homemade soup. Maybe it's because my mom makes a delicious chicken noodle and my mother-in-law makes a delicious vegetable beef with dumpling - neither uses an actual recipe and they'd be hard for me to replicate. So, I've decided it's high time I learn. Wanna' learn with me? One more thing - some of you might have turkey leftovers, but for my family, I brought ham. So this is the fabulous recipe I found to finish using it up:

Delicious Ham and Potato Soup (my thanks to Ellie11 at allrecipes.com for sharing this and for suggesting to pair it with a nice Chardonnay)

  • 3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes (although I'll use scrubbed baby reds instead)

  • 1/3 cup diced celery (christy hates celery and would probably skip this)

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion (erica hates onions and would probably skip this)

  • 3/4 cup diced cooked ham

  • 3 1/4 cups water  

  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ground white or black pepper, or to taste

  • 5 tablespoons butter

  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1. Combine the potatoes, celery, onion, ham and water in a stockpot/Dutch oven (i.e. big pot). Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the chicken bouillon, salt and pepper.

    2. In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour with a fork, and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk as not to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes.

    3. Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through. Enjoy!!

    Oh, and I'm teaching a cooking class tonight for my preschoolers and their parents. It's veggie pizza, so if you feel like that for supper tonight instead of soup (or if you're a vegetarian, since my meals typically include meat), click here and have fun making it with your kids, too (sorry, couldn't find a link to an all-veggie one - we're using broccoli, carrots, and tomato chunks in place of the pepperoni)!


    1. I love homemade soup, especially in the winter! Thank you for this recipie, it sounds wonderful.

    2. Yum! I love making soup. I don't like to cook/bake but for some reason I love to make soup! I hope you have fun and it sounds delicious!

    3. I have days when I can cook and days when my cooking bombs. Luckily those are less frequent, but i have never made soup. I plan to though. Thanks for your recipe :O)

    4. Thanks, erica! I never make soup, except chili (sp?), and LOVE potato soup. Excited to try this...thanks for the sans celery tip! (celery and mustard are two on my list of YUCKS). Best of luck tonight. Any way I can get my kids to get more veggies is worth a try! christy

    5. I'm one of those don't-cookers. Honestly I think we eat out more often than not. And then the rest of the time it's sphagetthi, chicken nuggets, or pizza (always with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower or something like that). Every once in a blue moon I'll actually make lemon pepper chicken and potatoes, or lasagna from scratch. And then there's the crockpot- LOVE that. I'll throw porkchops or a roast in there with some onion soup and call it a day (well, like 8-10 hrs later). But yeah...I hate cooking. I'm pretty good at it when I do- I'm good at following directions :)

    6. I love soup. I think God made soup on the eighth day. I ran across THE BEST black bean & sausage soup the world has ever seen while casually perusing the internet one day... and my life has never been the same since.


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