Smokey Cheese & Potato Soup


6 ounces smoked cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or gouda), shredded
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
4 ounces ham, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3 cups whole milk
1/2 24 ounce package refrigerated garlic mashed potatoes
Canned shoestring potatoes, fresh snipped parsley, and/or paprika (optional)


1.In a bowl combine cheese and flour; set aside.

2.In a Dutch oven combine the ham, carrot, curry powder, and paprika. Cook and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir in milk. Cook, uncovered, for 4 to 5 minutes, just until milk is hot but not boiling, stirring occasionally. Gradually whisk in mashed potatoes. Cook, stirring frequently, until hot and bubbly. Stir in the cheese and flour. Cook and stir for 2 minutes, just until cheese is melted.

3.Ladle soup into bowls. Top with shoestring potatoes, parsley, and/or paprika.

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