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Cheesy Ham Chowder Recipe

Cheesy Ham Chowder Recipe

This recipe is one of my family's favorites. The chowder is chock-full of potatoes, ham and carrots. I like to make this comforting soup at least once or twice a month during the fall and winter. —Jennifer Trenhaile, Emerson, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 10 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2-1/2 cups cubed potatoes
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • Pepper to taste
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. In the drippings, saute onion and carrots until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually add milk and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • 2. Add the potatoes, corn, bouillon and pepper. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add cheese and ham; heat until cheese is melted. Stir in bacon. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 418 calories, 28g fat (14g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 1056mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

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PastorTim User ID: 7965637 265804
Reviewed May. 9, 2017

"Absolutely delicious! Wouldn't change a thing!"

TrishtheDish1 User ID: 8923594 265239
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2017

"Very good! easy to make especially with leftover Easter ham. Not low calorie by any means. :-)"

MyBunBun User ID: 8652082 263555
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2017

"WONDERFUL CHOWDER! Although, don't use packaged shredded cheese ~ it curdles. Still tastes fab but doesn't present as well. A DEFINITE KEEPER!"

amygerman15 User ID: 6030819 261351
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2017

"I really liked. Jim and Austin so-so. Ashley- big NO"

Jasten User ID: 9012716 259023
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2017

"simply delicious. It only needs a couple TB of bacon grease. Also, you should add a dash or 2 of sage(or thyme) and a dash of garlic powder. These additions make it perfect!"

nsmom User ID: 3860578 258363
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2016

"Made this for dinner tonight and it's very good. I didn't have bacon so I added some extra ham. I will definitely make this again."

Christy User ID: 8976282 257440
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2016

"FANTASTIC! I included several minced garlic cloves along with the carrots & onion and sauteed in chicken broth as I used pre-cooked bacon. Also, used half evaporated milk and half 1% milk. Lastly, I used ham soup base/seasoning as alternative to the chicken bouillon.

Some may find it somewhat thick/hearty.... very easy to thin with chicken broth."

mpchei User ID: 4005980 257051
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2016

"Fantastic! Even my 12 year old twins who are NOT soup people proclaimed this the best soup they've ever had!"

Smaldonado User ID: 8714751 256009
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2016

"OMG! What a delicious soup. My husband wanted a soup the other day and a knew I printed this and I've been trying to make for a while. It turned out to be so hearty, thick, sweet tasty soup. The YUMS and MMHH were as loud as the clinking spoons on every bowl. I used beef bouillon instead of chicken(out of stock) lol. The potatoes, carrots and corn are perfect match. The bacon turns out to be almost difficult to notice, but you can still taste it. PERFECTA!"

rbyb User ID: 1319171 255424
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2016

"This was great and the whole family enjoyed! The pickiest grandson asked for seconds . . . a first for him! Thanks so much, will make again soon."

cheriinil User ID: 6339649 255032
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2016

"The was a very good & easy recipe. I had everything on hand just had to get the ham. Highly recommend it & will be making it again."

[email protected] User ID: 8057285 254855
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2016

"Outstanding recipe. I used smoked ham steaks, used white pepper, and followef a recommendation of adding thyme. I also used ham stock insteak of the recommended chicken bouillon. Tossed two diced stalks of celery in with the onions and carrots and minced a couple cloves of garlic. I also used half and half in place of the milk. I'll make this a couple times every fall/winter. Great flavor. Even though it's thick, oyster crackers work well."

Angnitz User ID: 8935618 254270
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2016

"I thought this was a great recipe! I just added a bay leaf, thyme and garlic powder to add more flavor. I also added more chicken granules to it. I did double the recipe as well. Turned out great!!"

Kilibrado User ID: 4797118 253537
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2016

"I make something very similar to this and my crew loves it. Only difference is I use chicken broth instead of the bouillon and no bacon. Good stuff!"

cbybee User ID: 3897502 249346
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2016

"Great soup! I did cut back on the amount of bacon grease I used, seemed like a lot. Used 2% milk, it was fine. My finished soup was a little thick so I added a little chicken broth until it was perfect."

Traceylourdes User ID: 8877100 249288
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2016

"I am so happy I found this recipe so simple quick and delicious. My family loved this and asked when I could make it again. The only downfall is I didn't find this recipe sooner!!"

ms11145 User ID: 1604521 248119
Reviewed May. 12, 2016

"Great way to use up leftover ham."

jogab User ID: 8700388 247815
Reviewed May. 3, 2016

"very good"

yuro5525 User ID: 8449449 247676
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2016

"OMG, I have made this soup 3 weeks in a row & my family want it again tomorrow for Sunday diner! Since we are all dieting, I put in zucchini instead of potatoes Even my little grandchildren love this!"

DWare5883 User ID: 5884353 247610
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2016

"I thought it was amazing and full of flavor. Probably my favorite chowder recipe to make."

rodneyfhayes User ID: 8319805 246981
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2016

"this chowder is fantastic - thick and creamy and just plain yummy. I used 2% milk and it worked just fine - also, being a ham fanatic, added a bit more ham. Just love this, as did my husband, the chef in our house!"

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 246385
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2016

"I made this tonight with leftover ham from Easter . My husband loved the sweetness of the corn and the saltiness of the ham. I cut this recipe in half and used skim milk. It turned out great. Goes well with homemade corn bread."

LBurkey User ID: 3719865 245364
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

"We really enjoyed this recipe, however, it is very high in sodium. Will probably make it again, but not on a regular basis."

Wildfiremustang User ID: 1330024 244145
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2016

"Very good!"

Gramielala User ID: 7298972 243709
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2016

"Made this today for supper and was somewhat disappointed. It wasn't as flavorful as I thought it would be. I have to wonder about all the folks who thought it was delicious. I would rate this recipe as not that great and somewhat below average."

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 243276
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2016


Kathyjordan User ID: 6897948 243096
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016


jjohnsonrn User ID: 8710958 242364
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016

"I skipped the bacon as well, and used a couple glugs of olive oil to saute the vegetables. The chowder turned out great! Lots of prep time and cook time with the layering of ingredients to the pot. But it's worth it! Delicious and great consistency without heavy cream."

Kristens198 User ID: 2663751 241970
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"I wasn't feeling well so I cut a lot of corners here and it still came out great (and my kids liked it too). I used canned everything-- potatoes, carrots, corn, peas-- and skipped the bacon and onion. And we were short on cheese so I used a half jar of cheese wiz. (Don't judge.) Very tasty soup. Thanks for sharing this very adaptable recipe!"

jomidy User ID: 4934357 241477
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

"This is so good! How can anyone think it's boring???!! Satisfying & comfort food at it's best. Every time I make it, someone wants the recipe, made it for a party & handed out 4 or 5 copies. I use turkey bacon from a local shop, only 5 slices since there is plenty of ham. I also use whatever cheese I have on hand, it's good with mexican or mont jack mixes. You can use more vegs, I tweak it every time I make it according to what's in the fridge, very forgiving recipe. Thanks!"

heaty89 User ID: 6675815 241034
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2016

"Pretty good weeknight dinner recipe and easy! All the kids really liked it (4,3,2) I didn't mix the bacon in the whole pot because I figured the kids wouldn't eat it like that. So just crumbled in mine and my husbands separately. Good either way!"

Rivkel User ID: 7467768 240382
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"My husband loves chowder. I have never attempted to make it because he is so particular about it. My kids and husband loved this! I was just trying to find a way to use some leftover Christmas ham and stumbled upon a 5 star dish for my family! No easy task!"

pdg1113 User ID: 8290304 240273
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"I thought It was boring"

walkeraer User ID: 8639914 238270
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2015

"That was really good. I used half the cheese. I'm sure you could add a few spices oe vwggies to change it up but this is definitely going into rotation for the winter!"

mzgrinder User ID: 6418368 237465
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"easy to make. Tastes OK. I'd call it average."

ScarlettScott User ID: 6330264 236255
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2015

"Very delicious and easy! A nice, hearty soup."

KathrynHargreaves User ID: 8338106 235673
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2015

"So good!"

ryan0705 User ID: 3574117 235346
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2015

"Supper good!!! I like to make a recipe as written the first time I make it.

The second time I made this I thought I would lighten it up, it's to good
to eat just a cup of.... So I used smoked ham with no bacon. Pet milk an
water for milk and half as much cheese. Added 2 cups celery and
made some creamed corn to add as well as the whole corn. One tblsp
flour instead of 3. Still very good and I think it was alot less calories. I
used home canned corn, and never add sugar to it when I can it."

yellowbird19 User ID: 7338788 235343
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2015

"Make sure you use quality cheese for a good cheese flavor. It was delicious."

mindysmama User ID: 6929696 235297
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2015

"cee-jay you can use chicken bouillon cubes or chicken stock or chicken broth. I always use cubes with perfect results. Hope this helps. As for the chowder I haven't tried this exact recipe but I gave it 5 stars because I have been making something similar for many years and it is wonderful."

2manychoices User ID: 5188813 235279
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2015

"I made this the other day and it was wonderful! I substituted one cup of milk for one cup of half-and-half. It made a much richer soup. I also used chicken broth instead of the granules and water. I then served it with the taste of home recipe for bread machine garlic bread. It was a great combination!"

cee-jay User ID: 1579946 235274
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2015

"Question: The stores no longer stock bouillon granules. What can be used instead? This soup looks and sounds wonderful."

beaches111 User ID: 518140 235273
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2015

"After lots of time spent dicing and chopping, plus the cooking time, I was very disappointed with this recipe. The chowder was beautiful but it had no flavor. I was expecting so much more, especially with all the onions and cheese that I put into it. I guess I'll have to keep looking for a good cheesy chowder recipe."

MMahala User ID: 6543116 234942
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2015

"Tasty & easy to make"

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 234941
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2015

"Delicious soup! A great way to get my vegetable-hating husband to eat cooked carrots. It's a wonderful winter soup, filling & tasty."

SueCeQ User ID: 576189 234145
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2015

"Sorry I wasted good ingredients on this recipe."

LilLindy626 User ID: 6783857 234026
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"Absolutely delicious! Whole family enjoyed it. It reheats very well."

Melrocks92 User ID: 8479516 233814
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2015

"Best and easiest chowder recipe I've come across. Add ground beef/turkey instead of ham and, BAM, you have Cheeseburger chowder. Love this recipe both ways! Kid friendly - My 1 year old niece loved it. (Used White Cheddar Cheez-Its for crackers and they give it an extra umph!)"

Lawler67 User ID: 7440221 233729
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2015

"Good flavor. My kids loved it."

HolstonLadies User ID: 1352477 233693
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2015

"Made this last night after seeing the recipe. Oh boy, was this ever good! With six kids still at home and it pleased each one of them. Two different things I did: I did not add bacon (didn't have it), next, I used deli ham sliced into small pieces. This is a keeper recipe!!!"

QuiltedGecko User ID: 6092599 225562
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2015

"Great use for leftover ham... rich, hardy soup"

tinaspi User ID: 8193600 224583
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"This is so good, you will be happy you made it! Small changes, I used four strips of turkey bacon and less cheese. I can't wait to have left overs!! Yummers!"

Selene K User ID: 2103818 224423
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2015

"Perfect way to use leftover ham from Easter. Because I have to be gluten free, I subbed cornstarch for the flour. For my taste, there was too much cheese and next time I will cut it down to 2 c. or less. That is a personal preference. This is a hearty soup and is delicious. Thank you to whomever submitted it."

nowhere_lady User ID: 2894472 224217
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

"Excellent soup! We served it to ten and not one complaint. Definitely worth making again."

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 223149
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2015

"Oh MY! All the raves about this soup are 100% true. Delicious, creamy and hearty. Love the cubed ham and crumbled crisp bacon. The stock itself is flavorful and rich. It's like a loaded potato soup, but with extra cheese as the base. Even my two young, picky kiddos (age 3 and 7) gobbled this up and asked for seconds. Will make this a normal part of our rotation. THANKS for posting!"

Paintcraze User ID: 8299758 223134
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2015 Edited Feb. 24, 2016

"This is one of my favorite soup/chowder recipes....perfect exactly like it is written, no changes needed!"

wheelyswife User ID: 1522450 221205
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

"I made this for my daughter, son-in-law, and grand daughter (who is 1), and they absolutely loved it!!!! Its a keeper recipe for sure!!! I changed a couple of things, like I do to every recipe. I didn't have 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese...I had an 8 oz block of pepper jack I grated and some pepper velveeta slices (about 8) I used. I added some thinly sliced celery and 2 or 3 finely chopped garlic cloves with the onions and carrots. I had some whipping cream I needed to use, so I used about 2 1/2 cups 2 percent milk and 1/2 c. whipping cream. I used about 4 cups of potatoes because my kids love the potatoes and used about 3 cups of ham. Served it with some mile high homemade biscuits and they all three pigged out!!!!"

jesbubba User ID: 4362409 221075
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"Great soup, tasted just liked scalloped potatoes and ham. I also used chicken broth instead of the water and bullion. Was afraid it would curdle while waiting for the potatoes to cook but it didn't. I will make again, thanks!"

megan151 User ID: 8267805 221069
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"Made this tonight for dinner! It has been snowing all day and sounded like it was worth a try. It was! Fantastic dinner will definitely make again! Super easy to make!"

[email protected] User ID: 3864962 220587
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"The whole family loved this. Great for those cold winter days."

Nickles92 User ID: 8203894 219672
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"This recipe was easy and delicious. We made it last night for dinner. Definite keeper to make again on a chilly winter night. I was slightly confused on the cheese because 3 cups would be 24 ounces, but the recipe says 12 ounces...I used 2 8oz bags and it was fine. I'm not sure in our house there is such a thing as too much cheese! :)"

aleitel User ID: 4516793 218515
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"Couldn't find my potato soup recipe so I decided to give this a try because it looked pretty close. I will no longer be looking for the other recipe because this one was even better plus it calls for cheddar which beats all the Velveeta in the old recipe."

DeboraLZ User ID: 7556927 217812
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"We loved the flavor and the consistency.. It was really easy to make."

Pammie6 User ID: 5849298 217473
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"great for lunch on a very cold day"

JohnnaL User ID: 8172570 217006
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"Omg this is so good, full of flavor.

This is such a keeper, my kids will love this when they come home in the winter months!!"

slps15 User ID: 7739900 216667
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"Loved this soup! A meal in itself!"

Irisezell User ID: 8083336 216398
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"I made this recipe and really enjoyed it."

ak_gal User ID: 8189708 216327
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"This was really delicious. I did make some very subtle changes. Instead of water and bullion I used chicken broth, and increased it from 1.5 cups to 4 cups (I found it just too thick at the provided ratios). I didn't have corn on hand so I upped the carrots and potatoes and also threw in a bit of diced celery, and also added a bay leaf during the saut?. And no cheddar on hand so I used gouda. I think any cheese, or mix of cheeses, would be wonderful.

This is true comfort food, and I think a great "base recipe" for any number of variations."

Sunnykenzie User ID: 8187842 216236
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"Outstanding chowder! I made this for the first time, following the recipe exact; however, I did omit the cheddar cheese. I felt this was rich enough without it and still found this to be fabulous!"

akjk91 User ID: 1534105 216210
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"This recipe scared me at first! However, I am a big fan of consistent five star reviews, so, I tried it. Then, I saw the residual grease from the bacon and I was worried I'd find a grease puddle at the top of the soup bowl. I stuck with the recipe not changing a thing since it was the first time trying it.

It was YUMMY! Hearty, rich, flavorful! Not dietary, but it was after Christmas and I used leftover ham! Very good!"

suekg User ID: 3417903 214905
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"Almost like a dip it is so rich. Little goes a long way"

SarahAnn1023 User ID: 8118972 28520
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2014

"This was the best chowder I've ever had. Nothing is more comforting or says home cooked like this hearty meal. If you are looking for a chowder recipe, do yourself a favour and look no further. Make this chowder. Right now. I I only wish I had had a biscuit to top it off ;)"

estherdolly User ID: 5916241 74465
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"My whole family loves this chowder. It's definitely comfort food at our house in winter. Love the idea of adding different veggies. Will try that next time."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 28519
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"I am not a big fan of ham chowders, but my husband loved this. I'll keep it in my recipe box for him."

xrayeyes2 User ID: 183940 87215
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"This recipe is not only delicious but also versatile! Follow the basics but you can vary the veggies. Tonight I added diced zucchini! I cut back a bit on the bacon & cheese but it's still great. What a wonderful recipe for a chilly night!"

Jascott User ID: 8074815 79634
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"This is by far one of my favorite meals from taste of home, this is how I got hooked, when a meal says 5 stars, they aren't lying, they truly are 5 stars!!!! Delicious meal, wouldn't change a thing:) use Cabot seriously sharp cheddar cheese!"

Janice24 User ID: 42024 27728
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"Made this soup tonight following the recipe very closely and it was delicious!! I'll definitely will make this again. Only change I made was to use 2 cups chicken broth instead of 1 1/2 cup water plus bouillon. I don't keep bouillon in the house."

deets17 User ID: 6496035 79622
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"This is fantastic! I added some broccoli for a little more veggies. It's very filling, and it reheats well."

MurphyNJ User ID: 7103738 79620
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"This was good. I halved the recipe, carefully staying within the correct amount of ingredients. There was not enough liquid in proportion to ham and veggies. This soup was tremendously filling - must be the cheese :)"

Sarah37 User ID: 7530910 44169
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"This is the recipe that officially got me into my mother-in-law's good graces. So so good."

ssharp33 User ID: 8022078 79613
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2014

"Made this tonight and I will make it again! Yummy!"

phyl2brim2 User ID: 7518032 25408
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"This was outstanding! Will make again. I served it with corn bread which made it the perfect meal on a rainy fall day."

Kristie48 User ID: 7938218 203754
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2014

"Definately a 5 star but still needs a little something. I will try next time with some celery perhaps. Family did like it."

Jocemarie1996 User ID: 8010199 28518
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2014

"My boyfriend and I made this tonight for the first time, and I'd have to say its the best chowder I've ever had."

jtrenhaile User ID: 5291495 41038
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014

"Thank you all for the comments and reviews about my soup recipe. It is still a family favorite at my house! Now that the weather is turning cooler I can't wait to make it again for supper!"

Julieathena User ID: 7697056 74463
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"Delicious. My first time cooking soup from "scratch". Made me look like a pro!!! I changed a few things...added 1 1/2 c of half and half, increased flour to 4 tbsp., left bacon and ham in for the simmering stage and increased the quantity of ham to 3 cups. Topped with additional sprinkle of cheese. Amazing. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. It will be a favorite in this family forever!"

tnewton649 User ID: 7526903 28494
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014 Edited Feb. 20, 2014

"WOW! This is the best chowder recipe I have ever cooked. I tasted it before I had added the cheese and it was great even with out it. I followed the recipe exactly. I had the chowder on low while we ate it and it did curdle up a bit. With the 3 cup of cheese it was great, but will try 1 1/2 cups of cheese the next time I cook this. Thank You for a Great Recipe!!!!!"

JazzysGramma User ID: 7201156 100620
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"This chowder was rich, thick and hearty and awesome flavor. Stick to your ribs meal in itself !"

Kathy72 User ID: 4554200 31553
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"I thought this soup turned out great! I didn't like the idea of thickening before the potatoes were added, so I mixed the flour with the shredded cheese and added it then. Also added more milk based on other reviews that said soup was too thick. Result was great soup, and it reheats really well the next day, too."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 71214
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

"I would definitely make this again. I thought it came out a little thick and my boyfriend wanted more bacon, but those were the only complaints."

ahboik User ID: 6778242 80534
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2013

"Absolutely delish! Wonderful cheesy ham flavor. Creamy and soothing to the palate. A sure keeper that I will make consistently!"

donniewheelertoh User ID: 6401729 41036
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"I didn't change a thing and it was delicious! Perfect for fall and winter."

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 87214
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2013

"Absolutely delicious and so hearty and comforting on one of these first really cold days of late fall. I added more corn and potatoes than it called for and it got a big thumbs up from my husband who is a big guy and loves rib-sticking comfort food!"

vikki1413 User ID: 1074593 80530
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2013

"Made this the other night and the family LOVED it. My husband and 2 sons worked outside all day (freezing out that day) so they were happy to come home to hot chowder. I did shred my own cheese like some recommended. Made homemade dinner rolls to go with it. The only thing I will change next to make a double batch. Thanks Jennifer for a great recipe."

zmarie User ID: 1401063 32912
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2013

"This is fantastic and simple to put together! It is in my menu planner so I can access it whenever the mood strikes!"

Stamper50 User ID: 5335141 41035
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2013

"The very best chowder ever. Friends loved it too and we all will be making it many times. Nice big batch for company. Didn't change a thing."

JanisH. User ID: 5856072 87213
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"This chowder was delicious. As do most of the Taste of Home subscribers, I made a couple of changes (we can't seem to resist doing that, can we) -- I used low sodium chicken broth in place of the water and chicken bouillon granuals to reduce the sodium content and I didn't have cheddar, so I used a combination of colby jack and a couple slices of 2% Velveeta, because that was what I had on hand. I also used less bacon to reduce the fat content. Still an excellent chowder."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 100614
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013 Edited Dec. 8, 2015

"I have made this many times now, and I am pretty happy with the recipe. One thing I did differently was cooking the cubed potatoes in the microwave with some water for a few minutes before adding them as directed. I also have not added three cups of cheese, probably just one cup or less. Also, one time I used creamed corn in place of whole kernel corn for a thicker soup, and most of the time I do not bother with the bacon, but use 1/4 c of butter to saute the onions."

pattyfrog User ID: 1782213 79545
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"I didn't like the the fact that it was thickened first. I do that at the end. soup was too hot, trying to get the spuds done and when I added the cheese, it broke. Looked yucky and no one ate the leftovers. Garbage can is happy I guess."

JenniferNP User ID: 6299014 32911
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"Very good chowder! I used cheddar cheese soup with 1 cup of cheddar cheese instead of the 3 cups of cheddar cheese. I also used canned potatoes and canned carrots. My husband loved it so much that he wants me to make it again!"

katiebrownky User ID: 4775005 203753
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"I made this exactly as the recipe reads. It is good, but rich and a little heavy. It was good as leftovers. Not sure I will make this very often, but will keep just in case need some comfort food on a cold day."

palanya User ID: 7398629 74462
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013 Edited Nov. 1, 2013

"I wouldn't drain the corn down the sink but into measuring cup then add water to make the 1 1/2 Cups of water required. Use this juice for extra flavor. This is one of the best chowders I have ever made thank you."

Aimme User ID: 3827043 27723
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2013

"This recipe makes the easiest and thickest chowder I could ever have hoped for! I will make this again and again. I eliminated the bacon and ham, used a little olive oil instead and it was awesome!!!!!!! Chopping the veggies fine in a food processor helped too. Thanks for sharing this versatile recipe!"

ginny3235 User ID: 3407760 44161
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

"Too bad there are only 5 stars! I made this for my son and I on Monday - we each ate two bowls and he took the rest home. I made it again Wednesday for another family and didn't get back home before my cellphone was ringing with their praises! I did take some hints from other reviewers by using pre-cooked bacon and some bacon grease saved in my fridge. I had frozen some homemade chicken stock, (which I always save when I am making enchiladas or casseroles with cooked chicken) and milk in place of water and bouillon, and as I only had 2 cups cheddar when I made it the first time, I added a cup of Colby-Jack I had on hand. It was so good I decided to use the same combo again. The first time I used a whole, drained can of Niblets, and the second time a heaping cup of frozen corn, thawed. Both worked great. I did finely chop a rib of celery to saute with the onion and carrot both times. I am delighted to have a new soup recipe that is so good I can't wait to make it again."

germanycook User ID: 6411056 28493
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"Very yummy recipe. I did need to add more liquid - 1 cup chicken broth and almost 2 cups milk. I also added the cheese after thickening the sauce and before adding the potatoes. It worked really well and was nice and smooth!"

Barbara Hahn User ID: 1108656 74453
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013

"Appears some are using inexpensive cheese - no such thing - use the real thing - no problems. The bacon is good, but unnecessary, as the ham has the wonderful smoky flavor. I used olive oil in place of bacon drippings. Very good chowder and complete meal in a bowl!"

rbaker2581 User ID: 2369948 28489
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"Great. Hubby can't eat white potatoes so I substituted sweet potato cubes. Really good with the ham. A keeper recipe."

u got to be kidding me User ID: 5615876 71207
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"this is for toothfairylin. The answer to your question is.. are you using cheese that is already shredded? I found this out the hard way when I was trying a recipe that needed shredded cheese. If you buy the cheese already cut up or shredded they add flour to it so it doesn't stick together. Also you don"t really know how long that bag of sheese has been in the store. So freshness does matter. It is best to buy the cheese by the block and shred it yourself. Since I have been doing that, all my recipes that call for cheese have come out perfectly. I got this tip from Paula Dean. It was a question she answered from her cooking magazine. I hope this helped you."

az.doll User ID: 6799887 41034
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"easy to make & a way to use left over corn from a previous meal. I added some celery which gave it some green vegetables without changing the taste."

octobermoon User ID: 6238346 59602
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"toothfairylin - try adding the cheese to the white sauce created with the milk, flour, etc., instead of at the end. I have a similar recipe and it works great."

toothfairylin User ID: 1460753 25407
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"Hello fellow cooks! We LOVE this recipe...have been making it since 2003. I DO HAVE A QUESTION I HOPE SOMEONE CAN HELP ME WITH: The first time I made this, it turned out perfectly. I have made this MANY times since but ever since then, when I add the cheese at the end, it all curdles and separates. I have tried adding it when the soup is hot and when it has cooled somewhat. Still the same result. It is still delicious but looks unappetizing. I tell my grown...just eat it with your eyes closed! LOL WHAT am I doing wrong?? After cooking for 50 years, it is rather frustrating. ANY suggestions would be so appreciated! Happy cooking! :)"

toothfairylin User ID: 1460753 203752
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"Hello fellow cooks! We LOVE this recipe..have been making it since 2003. I DO HAVE A QUESTION: The first time I made this it was perfect! Ever since, after I add the cheddar cheese at the end, it all separates and curdles. I have added it when the soup is hot and when it has cooled. Still the same problem. :(WHAT am I doing wrong? It tastes just as delicious as the first time when it turned out perfectly, but looks very unappetizing. I tell my kids..just eat it with your eyes closed! LOL

Any suggestions would be so appreciated. After cooking for 50 years, this is frustrating. Thank you!"

Donna Suessen User ID: 3677306 203751
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"This is one of my favorite soups. I just made it this week. It was wonderful."

KayKoehlmoos User ID: 6109129 28451
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"It is wonderful. I was wondering if anyone has tried freezing it?"

rachellestratton User ID: 2983875 44117
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"My family loves this chowder. I added some extra cheese."

gajames2 User ID: 6850543 31544
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013


pottaway User ID: 3077832 41026
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2013

"This is the second recipe I tried for a ham and potato soup and my family loved this one. I cooked it in the crockpot though, added all the ingredients at once. I didn't have bacon on hand so skipped it and my family still loved it so next I will add bacon to see the difference!"

Emproper User ID: 945743 71204
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"I've been making this for years, and it's one of our favorite dishes. Over the years, I have played with it. Now I add vermouth to the roux and different spices that we like. I use turkey bacon, which works fine with the addition of a little olive oil."

Malena97 User ID: 1447400 25366
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"This is my favorite soup recipe now. It is delicious!"

tararowen User ID: 6821291 203750
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2012

"It was outstanding. I left out the onions and carrots but it was still amazing"

tambean User ID: 6369258 203749
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2012

"The recipe is awesome. I cut it in half and used fresh corn on the cob that I had cut off rather than the can corn. I also added white pepper which goes well with soup and potato recipes. This is a recipe that I'll share with a lot of people."

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 100612
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

"SOOO GOOD! Love it. I added less cheese because it was already reach. I used Velveeta cheese to get this thickness and flavor before now I know what I can use instead of Velveeta."

giddyhermit User ID: 4579273 203748
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012

"I've made this soup many times since it was first published and everybody loves it. I usually use precooked bacon, I find there is enough grease left to saute the onions and carrots in."

wanda renfroe User ID: 1442109 59591
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"my husband love it"

colky08 User ID: 1087575 79544
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"this is my family's favorite winter soup. They love it!"

skipperstrucking User ID: 4577232 27718
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2011

"Great recipe. Didn't change a thing. Recipe claims it serves 10 but my family of 4 made the whole thing disappear. Will make again."

cherikzaiger User ID: 3790430 100610
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2011

"LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe! It is just so warm and comforting everyone loves it!"

pperry2133 User ID: 1106843 100607
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"My children loved this recipe"

ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 71203
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"Great tasting. Followed directions exactly and will definitely be making again!"

AllieD User ID: 4856327 25363
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"I absolutely love this recipe! It wasn't too time-demanding and well worth the effort! I honestly can't wait to make it again!"

AllieD User ID: 4856327 59525
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"Adding this to our list of favourite family meals! I made the chowder ahead of dinner time and wasn't able to hold off eating it. Sooooo unbelievably tasty!! Thanks for the share:)"

kathyfrance User ID: 1797176 44110
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"This is fabulous! I used skim milk and otherwise made as directed!"

kim1026 User ID: 729207 203747
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2011

"My whole family loves this chowder. I make it every time we have leftover ham. It is well worth the effort."

amyjack User ID: 2045244 31463
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010

"This recipe is fabulous as written but still not simple enough for my teenagers to prepare without complaints. When it is their turn to cook we usually use three cans of cubed potatoes and skip the fresh ones. We usually use matchstick carrots so we don't have to chop. IF we use bacon we use real bacon pieces (such as Hormel) like you can find in the salad section of the store. We usually saute the carrot and onion in olive oil since I don't have bacon grease to use. Because I use canned potatoes I only heat it through before I add the ham and cheese. The whole family loves this recipe and it is not unusual to make a double recipe so that we can enjoy it as leftovers."

cweezy User ID: 5178757 203746
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2010

"I make this a few times a year, and love it! I usually omit the corn, and instead of bouillon I always use 2 cups of milk and 2 1/2 cups of chicken broth. So delicious!"

kelly46563 User ID: 2596526 41024
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"Been making this chowder for is the Best!!"

hal47 User ID: 1058650 79539
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"Very good as is. I have used chicken broth instead of bouillon. You can add in any little dabs of leftover veggies to use them up and it is still good."

mikefreezn User ID: 1326926 25361
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2010

"This is a wonderful recipe. Our family always enjoys it and I make it for company as well. It always gets good reviews."

mcphena User ID: 3063880 44084
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2009

"This was really good. I chopped the carrots, onions and ham ahead of time in the day, so at dinner time I just had to throw it all together. I used frozen corn and thawed it first."

hcs2280 User ID: 3365054 27715
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2009

"This is my family's absolute favorite. I got the recipe from a friend who changed it up a bit. We use beef granules instead of chicken, sharp cheddar cheese and add a can of creamed corn to the recipe...delicious! Perfect for cold winter nights."

joymac User ID: 1010913 59424
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2009

"This is absolutely the best soup ever. A great fall recipe. Filling and delicious! My whole family loves it too!"

bro2361 User ID: 3543174 71202
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2008

"I make this chowder every fall. It is a family favorite."

lil momma jenn User ID: 2508512 79647
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2008 Edited Oct. 22, 2015

"I made this for dinner & it was YUMMY. The whole family loved it, especially my 2 year old. I used bacon grease that I already had to saute the onions & carrots but I had run out of bacon so I didn't have any in the soup. I also didn't have cheddar cheese so I used colby cheese and I had to use 2 bouillon cubes instead of the granules."

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