5 cups cut red potatoes
2 1/2 cups water
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 cups ham
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese + more for garnish.
In a large pot, cook potatoes in water until tender. Drain water from the potatoes, saving 1 1/2 cups of the water and returning to the pot with the potatoes.
In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Remove from heat and add pepper and flour and mix well.
Put all ingredients in with the potatoes and water and cook on medium-low, simmering for 25 minutes. Add cheese and simmer for 5 more minutes. Dish into bowls and sprinkle with cheese if desired. Makes about 5-6 servings.