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 cup: 418 calories, 28g fat (14g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 1056mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g 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

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rbyb User ID: 1319171 255424
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2016

"This was great and the whole family enjoyed! The pickiest grandson asked for seconds . . . a first for him! Thanks so much, will make again soon."

cheriinil User ID: 6339649 255032
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2016

"The was a very good & easy recipe. I had everything on hand just had to get the ham. Highly recommend it & will be making it again."

MY REVIEW User ID: 8057285 254855
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2016

"Outstanding recipe. I used smoked ham steaks, used white pepper, and followef a recommendation of adding thyme. I also used ham stock insteak of the recommended chicken bouillon. Tossed two diced stalks of celery in with the onions and carrots and minced a couple cloves of garlic. I also used half and half in place of the milk. I'll make this a couple times every fall/winter. Great flavor. Even though it's thick, oyster crackers work well."

Angnitz User ID: 8935618 254270
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2016

"I thought this was a great recipe! I just added a bay leaf, thyme and garlic powder to add more flavor. I also added more chicken granules to it. I did double the recipe as well. Turned out great!!"

Kilibrado User ID: 4797118 253537
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2016

"I make something very similar to this and my crew loves it. Only difference is I use chicken broth instead of the bouillon and no bacon. Good stuff!"

cbybee User ID: 3897502 249346
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2016

"Great soup! I did cut back on the amount of bacon grease I used, seemed like a lot. Used 2% milk, it was fine. My finished soup was a little thick so I added a little chicken broth until it was perfect."

Traceylourdes User ID: 8877100 249288
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2016

"I am so happy I found this recipe so simple quick and delicious. My family loved this and asked when I could make it again. The only downfall is I didn't find this recipe sooner!!"

ms11145 User ID: 1604521 248119
Reviewed May. 12, 2016

"Great way to use up leftover ham."

jogab User ID: 8700388 247815
Reviewed May. 3, 2016

"very good"

yuro5525 User ID: 8449449 247676
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2016

"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!"

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