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I found this soup on a popular recipe sharing site—it had earned the highest rating of 5 stars after more than 6,000 reviews so naturally, I had to make it right away. I prepared the first batch as the recipe was written and it was quite tasty, but I knew I could get even more flavor by tweaking here and there, so that’s the version I’m sharing here.
Place the diced potatoes, dried parsley, and bay leaf in a medium saucepan and cover with chicken stock. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and cook until potatoes are tender, 15-20 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; do not drain.
In a large skillet, saute the ham, onions, and celery in 1 tablespoon of butter until the vegetables are soft and translucent. Add mixture to the potato and chicken stock mixture.
In the same large skillet, melt the remaining 5 tablespoons butter. Add the four, salt, and pepper and whisk until combined. Continue whisking for 1-2 minutes to cook the raw flavor out of the flour. Slowly add the milk and whisk to combine; continue whisking until the mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Pour mixture into the saucepan that contains the ham and potatoes; stir to combine.
Garnish with optional fresh parsley, chives, scallions, cheese, bacon, crackers, croutons, etc.
Recipe adapted from All Recipes.
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