One day, a few years back, I called home to get QM's potato soup recipe. Daddy answered & when I asked him for it he said, "Got a pen & paper? Ready? OK, you take potatoes...and you make soup." Very helpful, that one. So I dug out a cookbook & wasn't happy with that recipe either. Instead I got everything I thought would be good & threw it in a pot. This was the end result.
5 lbs of potatoes, peeled, diced, cooked, & drained
4 Tbs butter
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 small red/yellow onion, diced
4-5 shredded carrots
2 cups cubed, cooked ham
3-4 c. ham broth*
3-4 c. milk (more or less to taste)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 pint heavy cream (opt.)
Saute the onions and celery in the butter until they begin to cook through (become translucent). Mash potatoes slightly. Combine all ingredients and bring to a slow boil. Simmer until everything is cooked through. Ignore your husband's comments about how his potato soup is much better and enjoy.
*When ever I cook a ham I reserve the liquid from it. When cool, I skim (or in most cases, scoop) off the fat & freeze the rest to use in soup.