Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cheesy Vegetable and Ham Soup

Last week we stopped at our local Kwik Trip for gasoline, bananas, eggs and butter.  I saw the bags of soup they have for sale.  They have a lot of different varieties to choose from.  A few weeks earlier, I saw a man buying several bags of soup and thought I would try one some day.  I decided to try the cheesy ham and broccoli soup.  I brought it home and heated it up for my dad's lunch.  He really enjoyed it, but I really hate to pay extra money for things I am capable of making myself.  Today I thought I would try my own version.  It would either turn out or it would not.  No matter how it tasted, it would be edible because you can't go too wrong with good ingredients.  I made a variation of a soup I have blogged about a couple of times.  http://www.thecabincountess.com/2014/06/creamy-vegetable-soup-and-english.html

Cheesy Vegetable and Ham Soup

6 cups water

4 T.  or 6 cubes of Ham Base Bouillon
 (look for the brand with the least amount of additives.  Some have MSG and corn syrup solids.  I bought mine at the local bulk food store, but it still had some marginal ingredients.  If you are really ambitious, cook a ham bone and make your own ham broth)

1 cup chopped onion
1 24 oz. pkg. mixed vegetables

Bring water and bouillon to a boil and add the onion and vegetables.  Boil for about five minutes.

Add 2 cans of cream of chicken soup and 2 cans of water.
 ( I used my own homemade cream of chicken soup equivalent to 2 cans of soup)*

Add 12 oz. package of American cheese slices
1 8 oz. package of diced ham

My dad likes thin soup but for those who like a thicker soup, extra diced potatoes, broccoli or more vegetables could be added or use less water.

I may have blogged this recipe already, but I don't remember what I have posted at this point.

*Cream of Chicken Soup Mix

2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup instant chicken bouillon granules
1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/2 tsp dried basil leaves
1/4 tsp white pepper

Combine all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container.  You can add spices or adjust the amount of spice to your taste.

To prepare combine 1/3 cup mix and 1 1/4 cup water in a saucepan.  Heat slowly and whisk until smooth and thickened.  This is equivalent to 1 can of soup.

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