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: 20 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 20 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 Apr. 23, 2014

Delicious. My first time cooking soup from "scratch". Made me look like a pro!!! I changed a few things...added 1 1/2 c of half and half, increased flour to 4 tbsp., left bacon and ham in for the simmering stage and increased the quantity of ham to 3 cups. Topped with additional sprinkle of cheese. Amazing. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. It will be a favorite in this family forever!

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014 Edited Feb. 20, 2014

WOW! This is the best chowder recipe I have ever cooked. I tasted it before I had added the cheese and it was great even with out it. I followed the recipe exactly. I had the chowder on low while we ate it and it did curdle up a bit. With the 3 cup of cheese it was great, but will try 1 1/2 cups of cheese the next time I cook this. Thank You for a Great Recipe!!!!!

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

This chowder was rich, thick and hearty and awesome flavor. Stick to your ribs meal in itself !

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

I thought this soup turned out great! I didn't like the idea of thickening before the potatoes were added, so I mixed the flour with the shredded cheese and added it then. Also added more milk based on other reviews that said soup was too thick. Result was great soup, and it reheats really well the next day, too.

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

I would definitely make this again. I thought it came out a little thick and my boyfriend wanted more bacon, but those were the only complaints.

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