Cheddar Potato Soup

2 tbsp. butter or oil

1 onion, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

3 med. potatoes, peeled and diced

1 1/2 c. chicken stock

1/4 tsp. dried thyme

1 1/2 c. milk

1 1/2 c. grated Cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Ham or bacon

Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add onions and garlic. Cook until tender but do not brown. Add potatoes and combine well. Stir in chicken stock and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cook gently, covered, 20 minutes, until potatoes are tender.

Meanwhile, cook the ham or bacon in a separate pan.

Puree half the soup. Return to saucepan. Stir in milk and heat just until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in cheese. Cook gently, stirring, until cheese melts. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish each serving with ham or bacon.

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