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:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 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 whole milk
  • 2 cups 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: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Cheddar Ham Chowder in Country Woman March/April 1994, p33

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Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 259721
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2017

"We love cheese in our household. This was perfect for us and easy for me to put together. I may add more vegetables nexterm time."

chris28304 User ID: 2137086 258847
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2016

"This wasn't bad but tasted like it was missing something to me. If I made this again I would add more vegetables. I could taste too much cheese over everything else. An easy recipe that one could modify to their liking though."

Ilovematty User ID: 8607813 256960
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2016

"Very tasty even when I eliminated the salt and added reduced /fat free ingredients. Will probably add more veggies next time. Will definitely make again. Thanks for sharing."

keepinyouinstitches User ID: 2668277 253861
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

"I love this recipe and have been making it for years when I got it out of Country Woman magazine. It's very satisfying. I use turkey ham instead of regular ham and have substituted colby cheese when I didn't have cheddar."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 248033
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."

amybary User ID: 8442686 243460
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."

babyjaimie User ID: 8624128 237606
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."

ehadlington User ID: 5931937 218293
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."

redplover User ID: 4305514 23953
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."

roarkshe User ID: 7120418 10066
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."

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