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Ham & Cheese Chowder

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Chowder makes chilly days instantly cozier. This easy one, with cheddar, potatoes and smoky ham, warms you up from head to toe. —Mandy Beerman, Houstonia, MO
Ham & Cheese Chowder Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 pounds potatoes (about 3 medium), peeled and diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 4 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • Minced chives and coarsely ground pepper, optional


  1. Place potatoes and baking soda in a large saucepan. Add water to cover; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, until potatoes are tender, 6-8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup potato water.
  2. In same pan, heat butter over medium heat; saute onion until tender, 2-4 minutes. Stir in flour until blended; cook and stir 2 minutes. Gradually stir in milk and reserved potato water. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Stir in cheeses until melted. Stir in ham and potatoes; heat through. If desired, sprinkle with chives and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 366 calories, 20g fat (11g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 888mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein.

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