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Creamy Ham Chowder

You'll dig into satisfaction when this thick and creamy chowder is on the menu. Loaded with comforting flavor, it's sure to make friedns and family think you labored for hours perfecting it.—Lee Bremson, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings (about 3-1/2 quarts)


  • 4 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups half-and-half cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen broccoli cuts, thawed and drained


  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, in another large saucepan, cook onion in butter over medium heat for 4 minutes. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg; gradually add broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cream and cheese.
  • Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Drain potatoes; add to slow cooker. Stir in ham. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  • Stir in broccoli. Cover and cook 30 minutes longer or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 466 calories, 30g fat (20g saturated fat), 124mg cholesterol, 1176mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • chris
    Nov 7, 2019

    This soup was absolutely delicious. I did sprinkle extra shredded cheddar on top of my serving. I love soup this time of year, so warming and comforting. It definitely fit the bill. Thank you for a great recipe.

  • jennb76
    Jan 5, 2014

    The first time I made this Chowder I wasn't really sure what to expect. It exceeded any expectations I could have possibly had!!! This is pure comfort food perfect for a cold winter day! Everybody went back for seconds and placed an immediate request that I make it again soon. Delicious!!!

  • thetanners2004
    Nov 29, 2011

    Amazing! Even my picky husband that does not consider anything resembling soup appropriate for dinner enjoyed it!

  • lambasio
    Feb 19, 2011

    I had to substitute a few things for this recipe because I didn't have all the ingredients. I used about 2 cups of whipping cream and 1/2 cup milk instead of the cream it called for. I also didn't have cheddar cheese. I used mozzarella. I also omitted the nutmeg. It was a fantastic chowder! Took it took a gathering, and got numerious compliments!