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Cheddar Ham Chowder Recipe
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Cheddar Ham Chowder Recipe

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Life on a farm can get hectic—along with my husband's four brothers, we custom-feed 5,000 head of cattle and grow 5,000 acres of crops. So 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. We're expecting an addition to the family spring, who'll join our 19-year-old, 4-year-old and 2-year-old.
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 serving (1 cup) equals 434 calories, 27 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 100 mg cholesterol, 1,237 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 22 g 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 a large 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 434 calories, 27 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 100 mg cholesterol, 1,237 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 22 g protein.

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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."

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2013

"Yummy, rich and hardy. I recommend starting with half the amount of salt, because by the time you add the ham and cheese it can be pretty salty."

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2013

"Very easy to prepare and delicious."

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013

"I found this recipe [ or a variation of it] years ago in Midwest Living & called Midwest Ham Chowder... I do add 4 X's the onion, & double the carrots & celery & a bit of garlic. Will also add left over veggies [ ie: green beans, broccoli, mexicali corn ] so good & filling. Added note: I cook the butter & flour for just a bit before adding the milk to rid it of the flour taste..... yummy recipe"

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