Seems like I am on a "soup kick" lately. The good thing about making homemade soups that you get a whole meal in a bowl - you have your veggies and usually your meats (ham, chicken or ground beef). And the great thing is that it usually makes a HUGE pot that you have enough for the next night or you can freeze it for later on!!
Besides, Autumn always makes me think of soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Perfect weather for that!
I found this recipe on the About.com website and I tweaked it just a bit. It is so easy to make and so good!!
Potato Soup with Ham
2 cups red potatoes (or new potatoes) - peeled and chopped into small bite size pieces
3 T butter (I used unsalted)
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 cups milk
3 T flour
1 cup cooked and cubed ham (I bought the pre-packaged in the store)
4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Cook the potatoes in boiling water until tender. Reserve 1 cup of the potato water. Drain the potatoes.
Melt the butter in a stock pot over medium heat. Add onions - cook and stirring frequently. Stir in flour and pepper. Add in potato water, milk, and potatoes. Mix well. Add ham. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove the pot from heat. Add cheese.
Season as you like.