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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Angnitz 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 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 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 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 248119
Reviewed May. 12, 2016

"Great way to use up leftover ham."

jogab 247815
Reviewed May. 3, 2016

"very good"

yuro5525 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!"

DWare5883 247610
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2016

"I thought it was amazing and full of flavor. Probably my favorite chowder recipe to make."

rodneyfhayes 246981
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2016

"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!"

danielleylee 246385
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2016

"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."

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