Cauliflower and Ham Chowder Recipe
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Cauliflower and Ham Chowder Recipe

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For a great, quick meals for those cool fall and winter days, try this easy soup. The cauliflower and ham compliment each other well and you will always want a second helping.—Patty Woytassek, Havana, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen cauliflower
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream or evaporated milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups diced fully cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 163 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 1011mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook cauliflower and celery in broth for 4-5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Do not drain. Stir in the soup, cream and pepper.
  2. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into cauliflower mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Add ham; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until heated through. Just before serving, stir in cheese. Garnish with parsley. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Cauliflower and Ham Chowder in Country Woman January/February 1990, p35

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[email protected] User ID: 5649229 264802
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2017

"Good soup, easy to make, but needed a little something. Since I don't do celery, I sauteed a chopped onion before adding the cauliflower and broth. It really improved the flavor. We love it !"

grandmascooking22 User ID: 5357761 259475
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2017 Edited Jan. 10, 2017

"Very good flavor and very easy...very few ingredients but so good! Served with a cheese biscuit. Thanks, Patty! My husband and I each had a bowl and we had a small bowl left. To serve 6=8 you'd have to double or more. I also found even with the ham and cheese, it needed just a small amount of salt....maybe 1/4 tsp. Also, won't use the cornstarch mixture next time as I don't think it was needed but I would add the 1/4 c. water."

TexasR User ID: 2715154 32401
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

"I really liked this recipe, I thought at first it was on the bland side, but I just went ahead and added another can of potato soup and added one tablespoon of butter. In doing so I did not have to add the cornstarch mixture. Great for a chilly winter night."

julieolson User ID: 1510322 12975
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"I made this with leftover Easter ham. I had to double it for my large family, but I loved the flavor! So good we may have to triple it just so we can have leftovers!"

sd20 User ID: 5560294 41924
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2012

"Although this chowder was easy and tasted good I was a bit disappointed after reading such rave reviews IMO it's a little bland."

bethblock User ID: 1055007 38075
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"I've made this recipe for years. I've had to increase the amounts so there is enough for my family because they all love it (my 5 year old daughter's favorite). I now add broccoli and use milk instead of cream/evap milk and it is still great."

rosec1933 User ID: 1023404 6408
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"This recipe is absolutely terrific. I love cauliflower and ham together. Will keep this recipe handy for special occassions."

Queen of Lions User ID: 5928820 14153
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"Very easy. My family loved it. Reheated well too."

Sserwatka User ID: 5893819 13508
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"Wow!! Wonderful! And way easy to make..I was looking for recipes to use leftover ham. My son and husband love this..thank you!"

jherrewig User ID: 2412372 14152
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2010

"Excellent!!! My husband requested this dish two days in a row. I used corn instead of celery and it was AH-mazing!"

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