- 3tablespoons butter
- 2tablespoons olive oildivided
- 1/2 large onionchopped
- 2 carrotschopped
- 2 stalks celerychopped
- 4 garlic clovesminced
- 1/3cup flour
- 6cups low sodium chicken broth
- 2cups half and half
- 2tablespoons cornstarch
- 2cups cooked and cubed ham
- 2cups shredded Rotisserie chicken
- 1 russet potatopeeled and chopped into ½” cubes
- 1tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 bay leaf
- 1teaspoon dried parsleyor 1 tablespoon fresh
- 1/2tsp EACH dried oregano, dried thyme
- 1/4tsp EACH red pepper flakes, pepper
- 2cups (8 oz.) Swiss cheeseshredded
- salt to taste(I sub part chicken bouillon)
- chopped parsleyoptional
- 4cups cubed French bread
- 3tablespoons olive oil
- 1/8teaspoon garlic powder
- Pinch of salt
Melt butter in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven/soup pot. Increase heat to medium high and add onions, carrots and celery and sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Sprinkle in flour and cook, while stirring, an additional 2 minutes.
Turn heat to low and stir in chicken, ham and potatoes. Add chicken broth. Whisk cornstarch with half and half (you can whisk with as little as 1/2 cup milk, just enough so it dissolves) and add to pot. Stir in Dijon, bay leaves and all seasonings.
Increase heat to high, cover pot and bring to a boil. Remove lid and reduce heat to a gentle simmer until potatoes are fork tender, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and stir in Swiss Cheese until melted.
Taste and add salt and pepper to taste (salt will depend on how salty your ham was to start with). Add additional half and half for a less “chunky” soup if desired and warm through.
Garnish individual servings with croutons and fresh parsley (optional).
While the soup is simmering make your croutons. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F degrees. Add bread to a foil lined baking sheet (for easy clean up). Drizzle with olive oil and season with garlic powder and salt. Toss until evenly coated then spread into an even layer on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden.