Cheddar Potato Chowder Recipe
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Cheddar Potato Chowder Recipe

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I only made this soup occasionally because the original recipe was quite high in fat. I doctored it up a bit, using healthier ingredients, and now we eat this rich flavorful chowder more often. —Ellie Rausch of Goodsoil, Saskatchewan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups diced unpeeled red potatoes
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked lean ham

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 212 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 847mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein .


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the first seven ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, place flour in a large saucepan; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Add cheese; stir until melted. Stir the ham and the cheese sauce into undrained vegetables; stir until combined. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Cheddar Potato Chowder in Light & Tasty October/November 2004, p37

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carolunderhill 234255
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2015

"This soup was good and would make it again. I had homemade chicken broth on hand and used it in place of water. I think it adds to the flavour."

springleaf 232678
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2015

"Very good! I didn't have 2% milk, and I barely had 1%, either, so I'll share how I made it so maybe it will help someone else. I sauteed the carrots, celery, and onion in 1 Tbsp butter before adding the potatoes and water. I used 1/2 c of 1% milk, and 1 1/2 c fat free milk, since that's what I had on hand. I was very careful to stir often and only added a little bit of cheese at a time so it wouldn't curdle. I used 1 c of shredded cheddar, and 4 slices of organic American cheese slices, broken into pieces. And I used ham lunchmeat that I just cut into bite size pieces. My family loved it, and they asked for me to add it to our regular menus. Great recipe. Thank you for submitting it! I served it with Crusty dinner Biscuits (another excellent recipe) and iced tea."

fascinator 226213
Reviewed May. 11, 2015

"Very good."

jastickney 66096
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"I made this for dinner tonight. It was quite good, but I added 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning, and 1 tsp garlic powder to make it delicious! :)"

angieact1 154570
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"This was well loved by my friends! I loved that it is low calorie, and it really hit the spot!"

kafaughn 145717
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"Quick and delicious! Used Idaho potatoes instead of red. Also added a couple cups of broccoli. Made the chowder in the afternoon and kept it in the crockpot until dinner. Whole family loved it."

joedebfry 149991
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"I combined the cheese sauce of this recipe with the vegetable combination from a TOH vegetable chowder for a wonderful low calorie vegetable chowder!"

lissasmom 154564
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"I've made this soup since it was originally published in 2004. It is incredible, and very filling. Perfect for cold MI winters! I substitute cooked diced bacon for the ham. Regular Idaho potatoes work just as well."

cheriwinkle 63585
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"There were no stars, so couldn't give it a good rating. Hearts1-if you used Fat Free cheese instead of 2%, it doesn't melt & incorporate well. I often use 2% or FF evaporated milk which gives a nice creaminess with lower fat & calories. Try FF Half'n'Half, too-although I don't always care for it."

diligentfrog 127025
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"I made this over the weekend. It was excellent! I used evaporated milk in place of 2% milk since we were low on milk at the time... turned out great. I served the soup with garlic breadsticks! This recipe is going in my "save" folder. Thanks!!"

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