When it comes to cooking, I am a follow-the-inspiration make-up-your-own-recipes kind of cook. Of course, I do cook with recipes now and again, but if I am wanting to relax in the kitchen, it’s time to get creative. I love looking at recipes on Pinterest, and my typical Ashley originals come from getting an idea in my head, looking up a bunch of different recipes with the ingredients I want to use, and deciding on a few things to integrate into my vision for said dish. There have been great successes and there have been total failures. Today, I am sharing my favorite success.
When it comes to making original recipes, one of the funnest things to make is soup. It is easy to course-correct a soup that is over or under seasoned or that needs just a bit of love and a few additional ingredients. I am sharing Ham & Cheese Soup with you today- it’s a family favorite, and it is definitely in the “indulgent” category, as many creamy soups are. I hope you enjoy as much as we have:
Ham & Cheese Soup
A delicious, creamy ham & cheese combination with bits of cauliflower and onion mixed in.
2 cups homemade chicken broth (can be substituted with water)
1 whole chopped onion
1 whole cauliflower, cut or broken into small florets
1 lb. ham, cubed or diced
6 cups whole milk
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
2 tablespoons oregano
1 tablespoon onion salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
6 cups cheese, shredded
Pour broth into large pot and turn on medium heat.
Place chopped onion and cauliflower florets in broth to cook thoroughly. Add ham immediately. Allow onion and cauliflower to soften slightly.
Add milk and seasonings and whisk well.
In a small pot, melt butter. Add flour to butter and whisk for 1-2 minutes, until throughly mixed and cooked together.
Add this thickening base to the large pot and whisk together well. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring as needed.
Check cauliflower and onion for softness. When they are thoroughly cooked, add cheese. Mix together until cheese is completely melted.
I make an easy chicken broth by boiling chicken in plain water and keeping that water, after the chicken is removed, for recipes such as this. It adds a nice richness to this recipe; however, water works fine, as well.
To make this recipe a bit less indulgent and slightly less creamy, decrease cheese by 1 cup and flour and butter by 1/2 cup.