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Ham Cheddar Chowder Recipe

Ham Cheddar Chowder Recipe

Living in Wisconsin, I like to make dishes featuring cheese, and this chowder is one of my favorites. It makes a great meal served with salad greens and rye rolls.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham


  • 1. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add the potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, salt and pepper. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender; drain and set vegetables aside.
  • 2. In same pan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese until melted. Add ham and reserved vegetables. Cook on low until heated through. Do not boil. Yield: 8 servings (about 2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 417 calories, 26g fat (17g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 1238mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.

Reviews for Ham Cheddar Chowder

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Liz Crane User ID: 1570374 53296
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2012

"I would make this again. It did get really thick at end so I added half n half. Whole family liked this. Which is very rare!!"

Mrs_T User ID: 941931 53267
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"I have made this recipe many times and it is a favorite, especially with my husband. I usually cut the cheese down to 2 cups and cut the milk down to 3 cups. I put this together a bit differently in that I don't drain the vegetables and I eliminate the butter (and the step of making the white sauce) by mixing the flour with the milk and stirring it into the boiling vegetables. I shake the flour and milk together in one of those Tupperware® shakers. If preferred, one could substitute 3 Tablespoons of cornstarch for the flour.

A very hearty, delicious soup. One could accompany it simply with bread or crackers and maybe some raw vegetables."

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