3 cups water 4 medium potatoes, cubed. 1 cup sliced celery. 1/2 cup diced onion. 2 tsp. salt. 1/4 tsp. pepper. 1/4 cup butter or margarine. 1/2 cup all purpose flour. 4 cups milk. 16 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese. 2 cups cubed cooked ham, deli works great. Your favorite hot sauce.
Bring water to a boil in a large pot.
Add vegetables, salt and pepper.
Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
Melt butter in a large sauce pan over low heat.
Add flour, stirring constantly until smooth, cooking for 1 minute.
Gradually add milk.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened and bubbly.
Add cheese and stir until melted
Stir cheese mixture into vegetables
Add ham and your favorite hot sauce to taste, stirring well.