Creamy Ham and Potato Soup

If you have a fetish for using up leftovers the way I do, then you’re probably always on the lookout for a new idea for how to turn the remains of a big dinner into something a touch more novel than “leftovers for the third night in a row.” This idea struck me during the last Christmas holidays after serving a big ham dinner for our family one night. It turned out well, so I prepared this recipe ahead, thinking some of you might enjoy trying it over the Easter holidays. Little did I know back then that none of us would be having big gatherings over Easter!! However, if you happen to serve a large roast (and that could be lamb, ham, beef, or whatever) for your Easter dinner, you might enjoy trying this recipe when you tire of traditional leftovers.

Creamy Ham and Potato Soup

Cubed ham (whatever you have leftover and haven’t frozen in bags for breakfast later)
All the gelatin left in the bottom of your roaster after baking the ham (fat skimmed off)
All the leftover mashed potatoes, or even cubed roasted potatoes, or scalloped potatoes
1 finely chopped onion (optional, be we love onions in everything; if you go this route, saute the onion for about 5 minutes in a little butter before adding all the other ingredients)
2 cups milk
2 cups water
1/2 cup flour (I add this after mixing it in a shaker with the water so it’s not lumpy)
Pepper to taste (you can also add parsley or other seasonings to taste, but beware of adding any more salt, because the ham and gelatin are both very salty. Test it first!)
Heat on the stove top until piping hot, about 10-15 minutes, stirring often so nothing sticks on the bottom. If you’ve used a lot of ham and potatoes, add more water as needed to make the soup a pleasing consistency, although it can be anywhere from pretty thin to almost stew-like.

Serve piping hot in bowls with grated cheddar cheese on top and maybe a side of garlic bread. Next time, I’m going to add a little sour cream on top too. Hope you enjoy!!

(As I said, this recipe was written up BEFORE COVID hit. It could be made with any type of roast with leftover juice and potatoes. If you’re out of fresh milk but have a little powdered milk, that can work too! If you’re out of onions but have onion powder, that works fine! Right about now, I haven’t been shopping in a month, and if that’s your situation as well, then forget the fresh garlic bread, cheese and sour cream! We don’t have an Easter egg or chocolate bunny in our house—first time in 70 years as far as I can remember. But, it brings us back to the basics: “Having food and raiment, let us be therewith be content” [1 Timothy 6:8].)

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