Farmhouse Ham Chowder Recipe
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Farmhouse Ham Chowder Recipe

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“This chowder is full flavored and so comforting,” says Lisa Renshaw of Kansas City, Missouri. We couldn’t agree more! Leftover ham and veggies add body, while Gouda cheese brings a special touch.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 4-1/4 cups milk
  • 2 cups frozen cubed hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 267 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 1288mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the onion, celery and red pepper in butter until crisp-tender. Stir in flour and dressing mix until blended; gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Add the potatoes, corn, ham and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Stir in cheese until blended. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Farmhouse Ham Chowder in Simple & Delicious March/April 2008 , p52

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pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 266271
Reviewed May. 24, 2017

"Very tasty! The addition of the smoked gouda really made this dish so flavorful!"

PageRD User ID: 5881442 247013
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2016 Edited Apr. 13, 2016

"This is a great way to use up leftover ham. Serve this with a nice, crusty bread for a fast and delicious meal."

morning1 User ID: 3363338 156901
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2013

"This recipe is easy and delicious, will definitely make it again and the grands loved it!"

Highwaygirl User ID: 6952109 107012
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2012

"This is defiantly a comfort food! we sat around the fire place and talked of child hood memories.Chowder,home made bread and the fire place ablaze with family ...another good memory:)"

schapdel User ID: 4414848 107011
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2010

"I love this recipe and make it all the time! I love to make a double batch ahead of time when its cold and we go camping. It also freezes very well so its easy to send to friends and family when they are feeling a little under the weather! Definitely recommend trying this recipe!"

lclbkm User ID: 2384476 160748
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2009

"Delicious and so easy! I am not a big cheese fan so I left that off with no loss of flavor. The soup also thickened up even more when reheated as the potatoes continued to break down. I'll definitely make this one again."

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