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


  • 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: 266 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 1035mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein


  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

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Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

"Very tasty!!! Yes, making soup involves quite a bit of chopping, but the reward is great! The ingredients in this soup blend nicely and end up with a super flavor - I don't understand how some people say there isn't any! Can't wait to have some after it's had some time in the frig. I did add celery, but that it the only change I made. Truly enjoyed!!"

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2016

"I made this recipe exactly as written and was very disappointed. A lot of work and unfortunately not much flavor. My daughter and I are hoping it will be more flavorful tomorrow after the ingredients have more time to blend? Nevertheless, I don't think I'll be making this one again!"

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

"Wow! Delicious! Whole family loved it and has already requested it be made often!"

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."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

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

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