Christmas Eve Soup

Cozy up with Christmas Eve Soup. Watch the snow fall and the lights twinkle, savoring the holiday season.


Serves 8

Recipe from

Gooseberry Patch


2 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 cup carrot, peeled and diced
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/4 cup onion, chopped
2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup cooked ham, cubed
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 8-oz. pkg. shredded Cheddar cheese


Combine first 7 ingredients in a large soup pot; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until vegetables are tender. Stir in ham; set aside. In a separate saucepan, melt margarine; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes, until thickened. Stir in cheese until melted; add to vegetable mixture and heat through.  

Jessica Heimbaugh, Gilbert, IA,

Christmas in the Country,

Gooseberry Patch

February 2011
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