Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Ham and Cheese Soup

Need a nice winter-time soup to use up those ham leftovers? Here's a great one!

What you need:
-1 tbsp olive oil
-1/2 onion or small onion
-3 cloves garlic
-Salt/pepper to taste
-chicken bullion (4 cubes)
-4 c water
-1 c cooked/cubed ham
-1 c. frozen peas
-1 tbsp cornstarch
3/4 c cheddar cheese (I used pre-shredded)
-1/4 c milk

What to do:
Put olive oil in skillet and heat up on med. Add diced onion and garlic and cook till soft. Add 4 cups of water and chicken bullion. Stir occassionally. Add the peas and ham. cook some more for about 15 minutes. Taste and add pepper and salt. Wisk in cornstarch and bring to boil. Turn down to simmer and add cheddar cheese a handful at a time, stirring it until melted before adding more. Finish off with milk to add richness and depth.

Serve hot, with crackers or bread. Yum! Excellent leftovers, so make a big batch.