Cheddar, Ham, Potato, and Broccoli Soup

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Do I dare say the F-word? Ty is laying on the couch with a 102°F fever. He has a headache. He claims it is a sinus infection (gosh I hope)… but he didn’t have any typical cold symptoms…

Earlier today, I asked him to take his temperature. It was perfect. So I figured, ‘aw poor guy is just feeling run down, I’ll make some soup!!’ Now I feel bad that he just ate hot soup when he is on fire. I told him he didn’t have to. Even being sick, he does what every good man does… ate his girlfriend’s cooking!

Illness aside, this soup is delicious! I think he would have enjoyed it more had he not been sick; two spoonfuls did him in. I’ll just have to make it again in a few weeks.

Ham, Potato, Broccoli, and Cheese Soup

2 carrots, peeled and diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1 small onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 small white potatoes (1 large russet would work)

2 cups ham, cubed

1 head broccoli, chopped

4 cups chicken stock

2 tbsp butter

1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup heavy cream

1.5 cups grated cheddar cheese

spices: salt, pepper, parsley, red pepper, thyme, rosemary, etc.

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– In a large stock pot, heat a good drizzle of olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and spice while heating (I used a small pinch of crushed red pepper, and a wee bit of rosemary, a good pinch of parsley, thyme, salt, and black pepper). When the garlic is sizzling, add the carrots, celery, and onion. After about 4 minutes, add the potatoes. Sautee for an additional 5 minutes. Add the broccoli, ham, and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.

Be sure to avoid laying dogs in the middle of the kitchen when handling hot/boiling food.

Be sure to avoid laying dogs in the middle of the kitchen when handling hot/boiling food.

-In a separate small pan melt the butter. Once melted remove from heat and add the flour. Stir until a nice thick paste is formed. Pour heavy cream into the mixture and whisk until thick. Add the flour mixture and cheese to the simmering soup while whisking. Let simmer for another 5 or so minutes… then serve and enjoy (hopefully more than Ty did!)

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