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
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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 equals 267 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 1288 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 14 g 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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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."

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2013

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

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:)"

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!"

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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