January 17, 2010

Real Men Make Soup....

Sunday seems to be evolving into soup night.  Tonight Mart and Ryan took over the kitchen.  Off they went to the grocery store and 4 calls later they were back with the ingredients for a hearty soup.  Although we are saving a lot of money,  we seem to be eating a lot of "hearty" meals. :)  Due to the fact that I need to actually fit into my clothes, this week we are moving to "non-hearty fare".  But tonight was the perfect night for a yummy soup.  It is snowing out and we have a big roaring fire going. This is Lisa's last night here so we are all just enjoying being home.  The soup was a Potato - Cheddar.  The house smells wonderful due to the onion cooking and the thyme simmering in the soup.  It was a big hit and everyone(except me) added hot sauce to theirs to give it a kick.

Better then anything though was not having to cook!  I am loving this one day a week when I delegate planning and preparation to Mart!  It is a nice break and if anyone is whining, it's not my fault!!:)

Potato Cheddar Soup (adapted from Bon Appetit)

2 Tblsp Canola Oil
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp thyme
3 tblsp flour
2 cups low salt chicken broth
2 cups 2% milk
2 medium potatoes, diced
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 chopped ham
hot sauce(optional)

Heat oil and saute celery, carrots, onion and thyme until vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour and stir for 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in broth, then milk. Add potato and cook about 20 -30 minutes until potatoes are soft. Add cheese gradually, then ham.  Season with salt, pepper and hot sauce.

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