"The tradition of Italian cooking is that of the matriarch. This is the cooking of grandma. She didn't waste time thinking too much about the celery. She got the best celery she could and then she dealt with it."--Mario Batali
2 c. boiling water 2 c. diced potatoes 1/2 c. sliced carrots 1/2 c. diced celery 1/2 c. diced or chopped onion 1-1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 1/2 c. margarine 1/4 c. flour 2 c. milk 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese 1 c. diced cooked ham.
Add water to vegetables. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Do not drain. Make white sauce with margarine, flour, and milk. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted. Add precooked ham and undrained vegetables. Do not boil.
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