Golden Cheese/Broccoli Chowder Recipe

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This chowder is a wonderful warmer-upper on a rainy afternoon. For a quick and delicious variation, spoon chowder into a split baked potato! I like all types of cooking, especially baking pies. I'm a volunteer at our local hospital. When at home, I enjoy reading, biking and hiking.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 4 cups milk
  • Hot pepper sauce, optional
  • 1 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cut in 1/2-inch cubes or 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 317 calories, 22g fat (13g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 1281mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.


  1. In large saucepan, combine the water, carrots, celery and onion. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add broccoli; cook, uncovered, until broccoli is crisp-tender.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in large saucepan; stir in the flour, salt and pepper and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Add pepper sauce if desired. Stir in the cheese; cook and stir until melted. Add the ham and undrained vegetables; stir until blended. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Golden Cheese/Broccoli Chowder in Country Woman May/June 1989, p29

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rosomalley User ID: 3143785 44848
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"the combination of cheddar cheese, broccoli and ham, along with a touch of hot sauce (I use Louisiana hot sauce) makes a really delicious chowder. I use shredded sharp cheddar and substitute cayenne pepper for the white pepper. I have been making this for years and my whole family loves it!"

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