Quick Cheese Chowder

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: March 5, 2018
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

A quick and satisfying soup for lunch or brunch.

Quick Cheese Chowder

Quick Cheese Chowder
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cups medium white sauce
1 1/2 cups water
2 medium potatoes, chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped, cooked ham
1/2 tsp. salt
dash pepper
hot pepper sauce to taste

Prepare White Sauce
Stir 4 Tbsp flour into 4 Tbsp oil or melted butter (or blend of both) until bubbly.
Add 2 cups milk, stirring constantly until sauce begins to thicken. Let simmer, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes to fully cook starch.
Add grated cheese and stir until melted. Set aside.

Bring water to boil in a 3-quart saucepan, adding vegetables. Lower heat, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender (about 15 minutes).

Add cheese sauce to vegetables. Add ham and seasonings. Mix well and heat through.

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