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Golden Cheese Chowder

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Ingredients
  Butter/Margarine 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  All purpose flour 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Milk 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 Pound (4 Cups)
  Water 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Potatoes 4 Medium, peeled and diced
  Sliced celery 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Sliced carrot 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Diced onion 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Salt 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Diced cooked ham 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Hot sauce 1 Tablespoon
Directions

MAKING
1) Place a heavy bottomed 2-quart saucepan over low flame and melt butter it.
2) Stir in the flour to it and mix until smooth.
3) Cook the mixture for a minute with constant stirring.
4) Pour the milk gradually and stir it with the mixture.
5) Cook with continuous stirring until the mixture starts bubbling and thickening.
6) Mix the cheese and stir it into the mixture until completely melted.
7) Remove the cheese sauce mixture from the heat and set it aside.

FINALIZING
1) In a 5-quart Dutch oven, boil the vegetables in the water with salt and pepper seasoning.
2) Lower the heat and simmer covered for 10 minutes until vegetables become tender.
3) Add hot sauce to taste, ham and cheese sauce and stir.
4) Allow it to cook over low flame until completely heated (don’t boil).

SERVING
5) Serve with golden crispy fries.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
South American
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Cheese
Interest: 
Gourmet, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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