Cheesy Ham Chowder Recipe
- 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
- 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.
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.
Reviews for Cheesy Ham Chowder
"Great way to use up leftover ham."
"OMG, I have made this soup 3 weeks in a row & my family want it again tomorrow for Sunday diner! Since we are all dieting, I put in zucchini instead of potatoes Even my little grandchildren love this!"
"I thought it was amazing and full of flavor. Probably my favorite chowder recipe to make."
"this chowder is fantastic - thick and creamy and just plain yummy. I used 2% milk and it worked just fine - also, being a ham fanatic, added a bit more ham. Just love this, as did my husband, the chef in our house!"
"I made this tonight with leftover ham from Easter . My husband loved the sweetness of the corn and the saltiness of the ham. I cut this recipe in half and used skim milk. It turned out great. Goes well with homemade corn bread."
"We really enjoyed this recipe, however, it is very high in sodium. Will probably make it again, but not on a regular basis."
"Made this today for supper and was somewhat disappointed. It wasn't as flavorful as I thought it would be. I have to wonder about all the folks who thought it was delicious. I would rate this recipe as not that great and somewhat below average."
"I skipped the bacon as well, and used a couple glugs of olive oil to saute the vegetables. The chowder turned out great! Lots of prep time and cook time with the layering of ingredients to the pot. But it's worth it! Delicious and great consistency without heavy cream."
"I wasn't feeling well so I cut a lot of corners here and it still came out great (and my kids liked it too). I used canned everything-- potatoes, carrots, corn, peas-- and skipped the bacon and onion. And we were short on cheese so I used a half jar of cheese wiz. (Don't judge.) Very tasty soup. Thanks for sharing this very adaptable recipe!"
"This is so good! How can anyone think it's boring???!! Satisfying & comfort food at it's best. Every time I make it, someone wants the recipe, made it for a party & handed out 4 or 5 copies. I use turkey bacon from a local shop, only 5 slices since there is plenty of ham. I also use whatever cheese I have on hand, it's good with mexican or mont jack mixes. You can use more vegs, I tweak it every time I make it according to what's in the fridge, very forgiving recipe. Thanks!"
"Pretty good weeknight dinner recipe and easy! All the kids really liked it (4,3,2) I didn't mix the bacon in the whole pot because I figured the kids wouldn't eat it like that. So just crumbled in mine and my husbands separately. Good either way!"
"My husband loves chowder. I have never attempted to make it because he is so particular about it. My kids and husband loved this! I was just trying to find a way to use some leftover Christmas ham and stumbled upon a 5 star dish for my family! No easy task!"
"I thought It was boring"
"That was really good. I used half the cheese. I'm sure you could add a few spices oe vwggies to change it up but this is definitely going into rotation for the winter!"
"Easy to make. Tastes OK. I'd call it average."
"Very delicious and easy! A nice, hearty soup."
"Supper good!!! I like to make a recipe as written the first time I make it.The second time I made this I thought I would lighten it up, it's to goodto eat just a cup of.... So I used smoked ham with no bacon. Pet milk anwater for milk and half as much cheese. Added 2 cups celery andmade some creamed corn to add as well as the whole corn. One tblspflour instead of 3. Still very good and I think it was alot less calories. Iused home canned corn, and never add sugar to it when I can it."
"Make sure you use quality cheese for a good cheese flavor. It was delicious."
"cee-jay you can use chicken bouillon cubes or chicken stock or chicken broth. I always use cubes with perfect results. Hope this helps. As for the chowder I haven't tried this exact recipe but I gave it 5 stars because I have been making something similar for many years and it is wonderful."
"I made this the other day and it was wonderful! I substituted one cup of milk for one cup of half-and-half. It made a much richer soup. I also used chicken broth instead of the granules and water. I then served it with the taste of home recipe for bread machine garlic bread. It was a great combination!"
"Question: The stores no longer stock bouillon granules. What can be used instead? This soup looks and sounds wonderful."
"After lots of time spent dicing and chopping, plus the cooking time, I was very disappointed with this recipe. The chowder was beautiful but it had no flavor. I was expecting so much more, especially with all the onions and cheese that I put into it. I guess I'll have to keep looking for a good cheesy chowder recipe."
"Tasty & easy to make"
"Delicious soup! A great way to get my vegetable-hating husband to eat cooked carrots. It's a wonderful winter soup, filling & tasty."
"Sorry I wasted good ingredients on this recipe."
"Absolutely delicious! Whole family enjoyed it. It reheats very well."
"Best and easiest chowder recipe I've come across. Add ground beef/turkey instead of ham and, BAM, you have Cheeseburger chowder. Love this recipe both ways! Kid friendly - My 1 year old niece loved it. (Used White Cheddar Cheez-Its for crackers and they give it an extra umph!)"
"Good flavor. My kids loved it."
"Made this last night after seeing the recipe. Oh boy, was this ever good! With six kids still at home and it pleased each one of them. Two different things I did: I did not add bacon (didn't have it), next, I used deli ham sliced into small pieces. This is a keeper recipe!!!"
"Great use for leftover ham... rich, hardy soup"
"This is so good, you will be happy you made it! Small changes, I used four strips of turkey bacon and less cheese. I can't wait to have left overs!! Yummers!"
"Perfect way to use leftover ham from Easter. Because I have to be gluten free, I subbed cornstarch for the flour. For my taste, there was too much cheese and next time I will cut it down to 2 c. or less. That is a personal preference. This is a hearty soup and is delicious. Thank you to whomever submitted it."
"Excellent soup! We served it to ten and not one complaint. Definitely worth making again."
"Oh MY! All the raves about this soup are 100% true. Delicious, creamy and hearty. Love the cubed ham and crumbled crisp bacon. The stock itself is flavorful and rich. It's like a loaded potato soup, but with extra cheese as the base. Even my two young, picky kiddos (age 3 and 7) gobbled this up and asked for seconds. Will make this a normal part of our rotation. THANKS for posting!"
"This is one of my favorite soup/chowder recipes....perfect exactly like it is written, no changes needed!"
"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!!!!"
"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!"
"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!"
"The whole family loved this. Great for those cold winter days."
"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! :)"
"Couldn't find my potato soup recipe so I decided to give this a try because it looked pretty close. I will no longer be looking for the other recipe because this one was even better plus it calls for cheddar which beats all the Velveeta in the old recipe."
"We loved the flavor and the consistency.. It was really easy to make."
"great for lunch on a very cold day"
"Omg this is so good, full of flavor.This is such a keeper, my kids will love this when they come home in the winter months!!"
"Loved this soup! A meal in itself!"
"I made this recipe and really enjoyed it."
"This was really delicious. I did make some very subtle changes. Instead of water and bullion I used chicken broth, and increased it from 1.5 cups to 4 cups (I found it just too thick at the provided ratios). I didn't have corn on hand so I upped the carrots and potatoes and also threw in a bit of diced celery, and also added a bay leaf during the saut?. And no cheddar on hand so I used gouda. I think any cheese, or mix of cheeses, would be wonderful.This is true comfort food, and I think a great "base recipe" for any number of variations."
"Outstanding chowder! I made this for the first time, following the recipe exact; however, I did omit the cheddar cheese. I felt this was rich enough without it and still found this to be fabulous!"
"This recipe scared me at first! However, I am a big fan of consistent five star reviews, so, I tried it. Then, I saw the residual grease from the bacon and I was worried I'd find a grease puddle at the top of the soup bowl. I stuck with the recipe not changing a thing since it was the first time trying it.It was YUMMY! Hearty, rich, flavorful! Not dietary, but it was after Christmas and I used leftover ham! Very good!"
"Almost like a dip it is so rich. Little goes a long way"
"This was the best chowder I've ever had. Nothing is more comforting or says home cooked like this hearty meal. If you are looking for a chowder recipe, do yourself a favour and look no further. Make this chowder. Right now. I I only wish I had had a biscuit to top it off ;)"
"My whole family loves this chowder. It's definitely comfort food at our house in winter. Love the idea of adding different veggies. Will try that next time."
"I am not a big fan of ham chowders, but my husband loved this. I'll keep it in my recipe box for him."
"This recipe is not only delicious but also versatile! Follow the basics but you can vary the veggies. Tonight I added diced zucchini! I cut back a bit on the bacon & cheese but it's still great. What a wonderful recipe for a chilly night!"
"This is by far one of my favorite meals from taste of home, this is how I got hooked, when a meal says 5 stars, they aren't lying, they truly are 5 stars!!!! Delicious meal, wouldn't change a thing:) use Cabot seriously sharp cheddar cheese!"
"Made this soup tonight following the recipe very closely and it was delicious!! I'll definitely will make this again. Only change I made was to use 2 cups chicken broth instead of 1 1/2 cup water plus bouillon. I don't keep bouillon in the house."
"This is fantastic! I added some broccoli for a little more veggies. It's very filling, and it reheats well."
"This was good. I halved the recipe, carefully staying within the correct amount of ingredients. There was not enough liquid in proportion to ham and veggies. This soup was tremendously filling - must be the cheese :)"
"This is the recipe that officially got me into my mother-in-law's good graces. So so good."
"Made this tonight and I will make it again! Yummy!"
"This was outstanding! Will make again. I served it with corn bread which made it the perfect meal on a rainy fall day."
"Definately a 5 star but still needs a little something. I will try next time with some celery perhaps. Family did like it."
"My boyfriend and I made this tonight for the first time, and I'd have to say its the best chowder I've ever had."
"Thank you all for the comments and reviews about my soup recipe. It is still a family favorite at my house! Now that the weather is turning cooler I can't wait to make it again for supper!"
"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!"
"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!!!!!"
"This chowder was rich, thick and hearty and awesome flavor. Stick to your ribs meal in itself !"
"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."
"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."
"Absolutely delish! Wonderful cheesy ham flavor. Creamy and soothing to the palate. A sure keeper that I will make consistently!"
"I didn't change a thing and it was delicious! Perfect for fall and winter."
"Absolutely delicious and so hearty and comforting on one of these first really cold days of late fall. I added more corn and potatoes than it called for and it got a big thumbs up from my husband who is a big guy and loves rib-sticking comfort food!"
"Made this the other night and the family LOVED it. My husband and 2 sons worked outside all day (freezing out that day) so they were happy to come home to hot chowder. I did shred my own cheese like some recommended. Made homemade dinner rolls to go with it. The only thing I will change next time.....is to make a double batch. Thanks Jennifer for a great recipe."
"This is fantastic and simple to put together! It is in my menu planner so I can access it whenever the mood strikes!"
"The very best chowder ever. Friends loved it too and we all will be making it many times. Nice big batch for company. Didn't change a thing."
"This chowder was delicious. As do most of the Taste of Home subscribers, I made a couple of changes (we can't seem to resist doing that, can we) -- I used low sodium chicken broth in place of the water and chicken bouillon granuals to reduce the sodium content and I didn't have cheddar, so I used a combination of colby jack and a couple slices of 2% Velveeta, because that was what I had on hand. I also used less bacon to reduce the fat content. Still an excellent chowder."
"I have made this many times now, and I am pretty happy with the recipe. One thing I did differently was cooking the cubed potatoes in the microwave with some water for a few minutes before adding them as directed. I also have not added three cups of cheese, probably just one cup or less. Also, one time I used creamed corn in place of whole kernel corn for a thicker soup, and most of the time I do not bother with the bacon, but use 1/4 c of butter to saute the onions."
"I didn't like the the fact that it was thickened first. I do that at the end. Soup was too hot, trying to get the spuds done and when I added the cheese, it broke. Looked yucky and no one ate the leftovers. Garbage can is happy I guess."
"Very good chowder! I used cheddar cheese soup with 1 cup of cheddar cheese instead of the 3 cups of cheddar cheese. I also used canned potatoes and canned carrots. My husband loved it so much that he wants me to make it again!"
"I made this exactly as the recipe reads. It is good, but rich and a little heavy. It was good as leftovers. Not sure I will make this very often, but will keep just in case need some comfort food on a cold day."
"I wouldn't drain the corn down the sink but into measuring cup then add water to make the 1 1/2 Cups of water required. Use this juice for extra flavor. This is one of the best chowders I have ever made thank you."
"This recipe makes the easiest and thickest chowder I could ever have hoped for! I will make this again and again. I eliminated the bacon and ham, used a little olive oil instead and it was awesome!!!!!!! Chopping the veggies fine in a food processor helped too. Thanks for sharing this versatile recipe!"
"Too bad there are only 5 stars! I made this for my son and I on Monday - we each ate two bowls and he took the rest home. I made it again Wednesday for another family and didn't get back home before my cellphone was ringing with their praises! I did take some hints from other reviewers by using pre-cooked bacon and some bacon grease saved in my fridge. I had frozen some homemade chicken stock, (which I always save when I am making enchiladas or casseroles with cooked chicken) and milk in place of water and bouillon, and as I only had 2 cups cheddar when I made it the first time, I added a cup of Colby-Jack I had on hand. It was so good I decided to use the same combo again. The first time I used a whole, drained can of Niblets, and the second time a heaping cup of frozen corn, thawed. Both worked great. I did finely chop a rib of celery to saute with the onion and carrot both times. I am delighted to have a new soup recipe that is so good I can't wait to make it again."
"Very yummy recipe. I did need to add more liquid - 1 cup chicken broth and almost 2 cups milk. I also added the cheese after thickening the sauce and before adding the potatoes. It worked really well and was nice and smooth!"
"Appears some are using inexpensive cheese - no such thing - use the real thing - no problems. The bacon is good, but unnecessary, as the ham has the wonderful smoky flavor. I used olive oil in place of bacon drippings. Very good chowder and complete meal in a bowl!"
"Great Chowder. I used frozen corn instead of canned, and skim milk to cut the fats. I also cut the cheese by a third. It was my first try at making a chowder, and will make it again."
"Great. Hubby can't eat white potatoes so I substituted sweet potato cubes. Really good with the ham. A keeper recipe."
"this is for toothfairylin. The answer to your question is.. are you using cheese that is already shredded? I found this out the hard way when I was trying a recipe that needed shredded cheese. If you buy the cheese already cut up or shredded they add flour to it so it doesn't stick together. Also you don"t really know how long that bag of sheese has been in the store. So freshness does matter. It is best to buy the cheese by the block and shred it yourself. Since I have been doing that, all my recipes that call for cheese have come out perfectly. I got this tip from Paula Dean. It was a question she answered from her cooking magazine. I hope this helped you."
"Easy to make & a way to use left over corn from a previous meal. I added some celery which gave it some green vegetables without changing the taste."
"toothfairylin - try adding the cheese to the white sauce created with the milk, flour, etc., instead of at the end. I have a similar recipe and it works great."
"Hello fellow cooks! We LOVE this recipe...have been making it since 2003. I DO HAVE A QUESTION I HOPE SOMEONE CAN HELP ME WITH: The first time I made this, it turned out perfectly. I have made this MANY times since but ever since then, when I add the cheese at the end, it all curdles and separates. I have tried adding it when the soup is hot and when it has cooled somewhat. Still the same result. It is still delicious but looks unappetizing. I tell my kids...now grown...just eat it with your eyes closed! LOL WHAT am I doing wrong?? After cooking for 50 years, it is rather frustrating. ANY suggestions would be so appreciated! Happy cooking! :)"
"Hello fellow cooks! We LOVE this recipe..have been making it since 2003. I DO HAVE A QUESTION: The first time I made this it was perfect! Ever since, after I add the cheddar cheese at the end, it all separates and curdles. I have added it when the soup is hot and when it has cooled. Still the same problem. :(WHAT am I doing wrong? It tastes just as delicious as the first time when it turned out perfectly, but looks very unappetizing. I tell my kids..just eat it with your eyes closed! LOLAny suggestions would be so appreciated. After cooking for 50 years, this is frustrating. Thank you!"
"This is one of my favorite soups. I just made it this week. It was wonderful."
"It is wonderful. I was wondering if anyone has tried freezing it?"
"My family loves this chowder. I added some extra cheese."
"This is the second recipe I tried for a ham and potato soup and my family loved this one. I cooked it in the crockpot though, added all the ingredients at once. I didn't have bacon on hand so skipped it and my family still loved it so next I will add bacon to see the difference!"
"I've been making this for years, and it's one of our favorite dishes. Over the years, I have played with it. Now I add vermouth to the roux and different spices that we like. I use turkey bacon, which works fine with the addition of a little olive oil."
"This is my favorite soup recipe now. It is delicious!"
"It was outstanding. I left out the onions and carrots but it was still amazing"
"The recipe is awesome. I cut it in half and used fresh corn on the cob that I had cut off rather than the can corn. I also added white pepper which goes well with soup and potato recipes. This is a recipe that I'll share with a lot of people."
"SOOO GOOD! Love it. I added less cheese because it was already reach. I used Velveeta cheese to get this thickness and flavor before now I know what I can use instead of Velveeta."
"I've made this soup many times since it was first published and everybody loves it. I usually use precooked bacon, I find there is enough grease left to saute the onions and carrots in."
"my husband love it"
"this is my family's favorite winter soup. They love it!"
"Great recipe. Didn't change a thing. Recipe claims it serves 10 but my family of 4 made the whole thing disappear. Will make again."
"LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe! It is just so warm and comforting everyone loves it!"
"My children loved this recipe"
"Great tasting. Followed directions exactly and will definitely be making again!"
"I absolutely love this recipe! It wasn't too time-demanding and well worth the effort! I honestly can't wait to make it again!"
"Adding this to our list of favourite family meals! I made the chowder ahead of dinner time and wasn't able to hold off eating it. Sooooo unbelievably tasty!! Thanks for the share:)"
"This is fabulous! I used skim milk and otherwise made as directed!"
"My whole family loves this chowder. I make it every time we have leftover ham. It is well worth the effort."
"This recipe is fabulous as written but still not simple enough for my teenagers to prepare without complaints. When it is their turn to cook we usually use three cans of cubed potatoes and skip the fresh ones. We usually use matchstick carrots so we don't have to chop. IF we use bacon we use real bacon pieces (such as Hormel) like you can find in the salad section of the store. We usually saute the carrot and onion in olive oil since I don't have bacon grease to use. Because I use canned potatoes I only heat it through before I add the ham and cheese. The whole family loves this recipe and it is not unusual to make a double recipe so that we can enjoy it as leftovers."
"I make this a few times a year, and love it! I usually omit the corn, and instead of bouillon I always use 2 cups of milk and 2 1/2 cups of chicken broth. So delicious!"
"Been making this chowder for years...it is the Best!!"
"Very good as is. I have used chicken broth instead of bouillon. You can add in any little dabs of leftover veggies to use them up and it is still good."
"This is a wonderful recipe. Our family always enjoys it and I make it for company as well. It always gets good reviews."
"This was really good. I chopped the carrots, onions and ham ahead of time in the day, so at dinner time I just had to throw it all together. I used frozen corn and thawed it first."
"This is my family's absolute favorite. I got the recipe from a friend who changed it up a bit. We use beef granules instead of chicken, sharp cheddar cheese and add a can of creamed corn to the recipe...delicious! Perfect for cold winter nights."
"This is absolutely the best soup ever. A great fall recipe. Filling and delicious! My whole family loves it too!"
"I make this chowder every fall. It is a family favorite."
"I made this for dinner & it was YUMMY. The whole family loved it, especially my 2 year old. I used bacon grease that I already had to saute the onions & carrots but I had run out of bacon so I didn't have any in the soup. I also didn't have cheddar cheese so I used colby cheese and I had to use 2 bouillon cubes instead of the granules."