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Golden Cheese/Broccoli Chowder Recipe

This chowder is a wonderful warmer-upper on a rainy afternoon. For a quick and delicious variation, spoon chowder into a split baked potato! I like all types of cooking, especially baking pies. I'm a volunteer at our local hospital. When at home, I enjoy reading, biking and hiking.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli, washed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 4 cups milk
  • Tabasco sauce, as desired
  • 1 pound processed cheese spread, cut in 1/2-inch cubes or 4 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups ham, cut in 1/2-inch cubes


  • 1. In large saucepan, combine water, celery, carrots and onion. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for about 5 minutes or until tender/crisp. Add broccoli; cook until broccoli is tender/crisp, about 4-5 minutes. (To keep broccoli bright green, leave the cover slightly ajar.) Do not drain vegetables. To make sauce, melt butter in large saucepan; blend in flour, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring for 1 minutes. Stir in milk; cook until mixture thickens. Add several drops of Tabasco sauce if desired. stir in the cheese and cook until melted; add the ham cubes. Combine cheese mixture with undrained vegetables; stir to blend. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 317 calories, 22g fat (13g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 1281mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.

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Reviewed Jul. 7, 2017

"This is one pf my favorite chowders. This chowder warms the soul on a winter day. Weve been asked for the recipe for this heart warming soup."

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"the combination of cheddar cheese, broccoli and ham, along with a touch of hot sauce (I use Louisiana hot sauce) makes a really delicious chowder. I use shredded sharp cheddar and substitute cayenne pepper for the white pepper. I have been making this for years and my whole family loves it!"

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