This was a very good soup on a cold evening, when I wasn't feeling well. It actually reminded me a lot of my mom's New England Clam Chowder with ham instead of clams. Just good all around comfort food. I made some changes, mostly by accident. I used more like 4 cups of (red) potatoes. And then because I wasn't feeling well, I misread the amount of onion and celery, so ended up using a little more than twice the amount called for. I sautéed the onion in a little oil before adding it to the soup, but that is just a personal preference thing with the onion consistency. I like it soft in a soup, and just boiling it never gets it soft enough for me. I used an 8 oz package of diced ham. I did not add any salt to this recipe because ham and bouillon already have quite a bit. I decided to wait to see if it really needed it later. I used half black pepper, half white. I thought the water looked like not enough liquid, and again because I wasn't feeling well, hadn't read ahead to see how much milk would be added, so I added an extra cup of water. I cooked the milk mixture much longer than the recipe stated to get it to thicken. I finally turned it up to medium heat, and it took more like 10 minutes. The result was yummy, and I have already enjoyed leftovers and will make again. Next time, I will only use 1 tablespoon of bouillon, and half the pepper, and leave out that extra cup of water. Everything else I'll keep just how I made it.
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This was a very good soup on a cold evening, when I wasn't feeling well. It actually reminded...