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Bacon-Ham Chowder
Marlys Scherbenske, Lehr, ND

Ingredients
1 cup radiatore or other small pasta shape
1/2 pound bacon
4 chicken bouillon cubes
2 cups water
5 small potatoes, cubed (about 5 cups)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 cup sliced carrots
4 cups whole milk
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cups cubed, cooked ham
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
Cracked black pepper, to taste
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions
Cook pasta according to package directions until tender but firm; do not overcook.

Cook bacon until crisp and set aside. When cool, crumble into bite-size pieces. Combine bouillon and water in large pan; heat to boiling. Add potatoes; cover and simmer 5 minutes.

Add onions and carrots and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 10-12 minutes. Whisk milk and flour together; add to vegetables. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until bubbly and thickened. Add ham, bacon, pepper sauce, cracked pepper, pasta and cheese and heat until cheese is melted.

Serves 6.

Nutritional Information
Each serving provides approximately 594 calories, 30g protein, 71g carbohydrates, 21g fat, 4g fiber, 69mg cholesterol, 3mg iron, 1669mg sodium.