If I ever got to meet the person who invented the crockpot, I would give that person an extremely awkwardly long hug.
As our weeks continue to fill with more and more activity, my crockpot has been my saving grace to keep us fed without being forced to go through a drive-thru, and every time I come home to a hot dinner ready for us to enjoy, it almost feels like someone else cooked for me (and I consider that a fantastic bonus).
This week, I tried an incredibly easy, yet hearty, soup recipe from the blog ?Spend with Pennies.? As the name suggests, it was an economical dinner, too. You can find the original at www.spendwithpennies.com/easy-ham-potato-crockpot-soup/. I switched up a few of the ingredients for my version.
Easy Ham and Potato
7 cups potatoes, diced (I didn?t peel mine)
1 medium onion, diced
2-3 large carrots, diced
2-3 ham, diced (I used turkey ham)
2 teaspoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons oregano
pepper to taste (I put in about a teaspoon)
5 cups chicken stock/broth
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream (I used plain, nonfat yogurt instead)
Combine the potatoes, onion, carrots, ham, parsley, oregano, pepper and broth in the crockpot and stir to combine.
Cook on low for seven hours or high for three hours.
Turn the crockpot to low, and using a potato masher, mash the potatoes and carrots in the crockpot (you don?t have to get every chunk; the goal is to help make the soup creamier).
Add the milk and sour cream/yogurt and stir.
Leave on warm until it?s heated back through (about five to 10 minutes), and serve.
This was an incredibly satisfying meal, and I kept wishing I had some crusty bread to eat with it while we were enjoying it, so if you get the chance to bake some or pick some up, I?d highly recommend it.
Mashing some of the potatoes and carrots makes this soup nice and creamy, and it also reheated well out of the fridge, which meant that not only did I have dinner already made for me but lunch as well.
As the days keep getting colder, I think my crockpot will be getting quite the workout, and this soup will absolutely keep us warm.
When not helping husband Joey with newspaper work, Lindsey teaches speech, debate and forensics at Haven High School. She can be reached at email@example.com.