3 tbl dried onion 1/2 cup carrot, shredded 1 cup diced cooked ham (buy a ham steak in the deli section) 3 1/2 chicken broth 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste 1/2 tsp, or to taste 4 tablespoons butter 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 cups milk
Instructions: 1.Combine the potatoes, onion, carrot, ham and chicken broth in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the 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 so that lumps don't form and 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.
4. Top with cheddar cheese, chives, and bacon if desired. Serve immediately. 5. Makes 6 servings