2 cups diced potatoes
½ carrots thinly sliced
½ cup celery, thinly sliced
¼ cup onion, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup butter
¼ cup flour
2 cups milk
2 cups cheddar cheese, sliced or cubed
1 cup cooked ham, cubed—optional

Consider doubling this recipe.  Place vegetables and seasoning in boiling water.  Cook until tender.  Drain, reserving cooking water.  Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan.  Stir in flour.  Cook, stirring constantly until mixture begins to turn golden.  Gradually stir in the milk.  Continue to cook and stir until thick to make a sauce.  Remove from heat and stir in the cheese and mix until the cheese melts.

Add cooked vegetables and ham.  Add enough of the cooking water to bring to desired consistency.  Heat further to serve.

(Adapted from Omaha “World Herald” recipe)