This hearty soup is easy to make, super flavorful, and so comforting on a cold night.
Cold weather makes me crave soup. There is something so warm and comforting about a big bowl of soup on a cold night. I just can’t get enough.
Well this soup my friend, is super easy, and so very flavorful. The first time my husband tried this soup, he said that it tasted like his grandmother’s soup, which is the ultimate compliment – so I knew this recipe was a winner!
Do you make a ham for Christmas, or even Thanksgiving? You eat it that day, and then you have a ton of leftover ham, you get tired of eating ham sandwiches, don’t know what else to do with it and you hate to throw it out, amIright?
Well this soup is the perfect solution to all of that leftover ham! Just a little handy tip – don’t throw away the ham hock if you make your own ham – you can make your own ham broth that will ultimately just add more flavor to this soup. I save the hock and put it in the fridge until I am ready to use it. I fill up a large stockpot with water and put the ham hock in it, bring it up to a boil, and then just let it simmer for about an hour or so. Even though I typically use my own ham broth for this recipe, I have also used chicken stock, which is still super flavorful.
Also – you don’t have to use leftover ham for this recipe. You can certainly use those huge ham slices that they sell in the grocery store. They are usually pretty good. I have even bought those before to use in quiche.
For the recipe – in a large stockpot, fill it with chicken stock or the ham stock, and add the diced potatoes, celery, and onion. Bring it up to a boil and simmer for about 10-15 minutes. In the mean time, melt the butter in a smaller saucepan. Once the butter has melted, add in the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds, and then throw in the flour. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, and then add in the milk. Let the sauce simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Add the milk mixture to the pot with the potatoes, celery, and onion. Stir to combine and add in the fresh thyme. And you’re done! Serve with some nice toasty bread! So good!
I often double this recipe so that we can have more leftovers! If you find that the soup is not thick enough for you, take a little bit of the liquid out of the soup, and put in a small bowl. Add a couple of teaspoons of cornstarch and then mix with a fork. Once it’s smooth, add it to the soup. That should thicken it right up.
You could also add some cheese to your milk mixture if you would like – or even top with some bacon! YUM.
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