Cheddar Ham Chowder Recipe
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Cheddar Ham Chowder Recipe

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I often freeze this soup and thaw it for a fast easy meal. Since it's hearty, all I need to add are rolls or bread and a salad. —Ann Heine, Mission Hill, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (15-3/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 434 calories, 27g fat (18g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 1237mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, bring the water, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, salt and pepper to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until vegetables are just tender. Remove from the heat; do not drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in another saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Add cheese and stir until melted. Stir into the undrained vegetables; return large saucepan to the heat. Add corn and ham; heat through, stirring occasionally. Yield: 6-8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Cheddar Ham Chowder in Country Woman March/April 1994, p33

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Reviewed May. 9, 2016

"Hearty and tasty! The only change I made was I added about a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper to give it more flavor. Will be making this one again."

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

"I make this frequently, especially when I want to give another family a meal. I use my freezer corn and also add sweet potatoes."

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

"Really tasty, but I used frozen southwestern corn, and cayenne pepper to jazz it up. I served it with crescent rolls. My family liked it."

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"Love this. So wonderful to take to warm up at work or get cozy on a cold day. I'm definitely saving this one for years to come."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

"Excellent cold weather soup! I did saute the onions, carrots and celery first and, as suggested reduced the salt and increased the vegetables. Great base recipe to expand on and froze well for individual meals."

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