Winter Chowder Recipe
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Winter Chowder Recipe

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“As a mother of three, it goes without saying that time is short but precious to me,” relates Brenda Turner of Schererville, Indiana. “I whipped up this fast and nutritious chowder one night, and my 7-year-old son said it was ‘Awesome!’ ”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:5 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion salt or onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 drops Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup cubed fully cooked ham (1/4-inch pieces)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen brussels sprouts, quartered
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (prepared with onion powder fat-free milk and reduced-fat cheese) equals 403 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 457 mg sodium, 66 g carbohydrate, 23 g fiber, 33 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring the potatoes, onion and water to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-12 minutes or until tender. Do not drain. Mash potatoes (mixture will not be smooth). Stir in the onion salt, pepper, salt and hot sauce; set aside.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute ham and brussels sprouts for 5-6 minutes or until sprouts are tender. Stir into the potato mixture. Add milk. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  3. Gradually stir in 1/2 cup cheese; cook for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with remaining cheese. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Winter Chowder in Quick Cooking January/February 2006, p41

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Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

"This was easy and tasty. I didn't have ham, so I sautéed real bacon bits with the brussel sprouts and added diced cooked chicken. It was delicious and my husband loved it. I'm going to make it as written next time, because I love ham."

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"This is a great soup. I made it with the Pepper Steak Sandwiches in the same issue."

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"Great recipe. Always improvise though. Little more potatoes. Little more ham. Always takes me longer to cook than they say. Maybe my age!"

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