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Cheesy Ham Chowder Recipe
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Cheesy Ham Chowder Recipe

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This recipe is one of my family's favorites. The chowder is chock-full of potatoes, ham and carrots. I like to make this comforting soup at least once or twice a month during the fall and winter. —Jennifer Trenhaile, Emerson, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 10 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2-1/2 cups cubed potatoes
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • Pepper to taste
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 418 calories, 28 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 76 mg cholesterol, 1,056 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 19 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. In the drippings, saute onion and carrots until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually add milk and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Add the potatoes, corn, bouillon and pepper. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add cheese and ham; heat until cheese is melted. Stir in bacon. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Cheesy Ham Chowder in Quick Cooking September/October 2000, p7

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 418 calories, 28 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 76 mg cholesterol, 1,056 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 19 g protein.

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Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

"I made this for my daughter, son-in-law, and grand daughter (who is 1), and they absolutely loved it!!!! Its a keeper recipe for sure!!! I changed a couple of things, like I do to every recipe. I didn't have 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese...I had an 8 oz block of pepper jack I grated and some pepper velveeta slices (about 8) I used. I added some thinly sliced celery and 2 or 3 finely chopped garlic cloves with the onions and carrots. I had some whipping cream I needed to use, so I used about 2 1/2 cups 2 percent milk and 1/2 c. whipping cream. I used about 4 cups of potatoes because my kids love the potatoes and used about 3 cups of ham. Served it with some mile high homemade biscuits and they all three pigged out!!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"Great soup, tasted just liked scalloped potatoes and ham. I also used chicken broth instead of the water and bullion. Was afraid it would curdle while waiting for the potatoes to cook but it didn't. I will make again, thanks!"

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"Made this tonight for dinner! It has been snowing all day and sounded like it was worth a try. It was! Fantastic dinner will definitely make again! Super easy to make!"

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"The whole family loved this. Great for those cold winter days."

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"This recipe was easy and delicious. We made it last night for dinner. Definite keeper to make again on a chilly winter night. I was slightly confused on the cheese because 3 cups would be 24 ounces, but the recipe says 12 ounces...I used 2 8oz bags and it was fine. I'm not sure in our house there is such a thing as too much cheese! :)"

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