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Wild Rice and Ham Chowder Recipe
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Wild Rice and Ham Chowder Recipe

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The rich, comforting taste of this chowder appeals to everyone who tries it. I have my younger sister to thank for sharing this recipe with me years ago. —Elma Friesen, Winnipeg, Manitoba
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:11 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 11 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups cooked wild rice
  • 2-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • Minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 266 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 1,035 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 11 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven, over medium heat, saute onion in butter until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually add broth. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.
  2. Add the potatoes, carrot, bay leaf, thyme and nutmeg; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in the rice, ham, cream and corn; heat through (do not boil). Discard bay leaf. Garnish with parsley. Yield: 8-10 servings (2-3/4 quarts).
Originally published as Wild Rice and Ham Chowder in Country Pork 1996, p36

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 266 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 1,035 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 11 g protein.

Reviews for Wild Rice and Ham Chowder

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Reviewed Jan. 14, 2015

"So tasty! I ended up substituting the the ham for chicken, added celery, and forgot to add the cream oops. In our house we like cayenne pepper so I seasoned the chicken with that. I will definitely be making this again."

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"Very good! Great way to use leftover ham from Christmas!"

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"Wow this was so good. Never had a ham soup before. I substituted savory for the thyme because I didn't have any on hand and I used frozen corn rather than canned. Had to use evaporated milk in place of the half n half since I didn't have that either, but even with all the changes, the soup was amazing!"

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Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

"Could this soup be frozen and then thawed out for later use?"

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Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"Delicious! I had to use evaporated milk for the half & half, but the soup was still fabulous!"

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