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Wild Rice and Ham Chowder Recipe

Wild Rice and Ham Chowder Recipe

The rich, comforting taste of this chowder appeals to everyone who tries it. I have my younger sister to thank for sharing this recipe with me years ago. —Elma Friesen, Winnipeg, Manitoba
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min. YIELD:11 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups cooked wild rice
  • 2-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • Minced fresh parsley


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, over medium heat, saute onion in butter until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually add broth. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.
  • 2. Add the potatoes, carrot, bay leaf, thyme and nutmeg; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in the rice, ham, cream and corn; heat through (do not boil). Discard bay leaf. Garnish with parsley. Yield: 8-10 servings (2-3/4 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 266 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 1035mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein.

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hd4baja User ID: 7632119 245045
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

"Very tasty!!! Yes, making soup involves quite a bit of chopping, but the reward is great! The ingredients in this soup blend nicely and end up with a super flavor - I don't understand how some people say there isn't any! Can't wait to have some after it's had some time in the frig. I did add celery, but that it the only change I made. Truly enjoyed!!"

Donna872 User ID: 8770609 243833
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2016

"I made this recipe exactly as written and was very disappointed. A lot of work and unfortunately not much flavor. My daughter and I are hoping it will be more flavorful tomorrow after the ingredients have more time to blend? Nevertheless, I don't think I'll be making this one again!"

amehart User ID: 1464390 236214
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

"Wow! Delicious! Whole family loved it and has already requested it be made often!"

jessican1023 User ID: 8212927 217879
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2015

"So tasty! I ended up substituting the the ham for chicken, added celery, and forgot to add the cream oops. In our house we like cayenne pepper so I seasoned the chicken with that. I will definitely be making this again."

lisacullins User ID: 7501036 216465
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"Very good! Great way to use leftover ham from Christmas!"

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 216435
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"Wow this was so good. Never had a ham soup before. I substituted savory for the thyme because I didn't have any on hand and I used frozen corn rather than canned. Had to use evaporated milk in place of the half n half since I didn't have that either, but even with all the changes, the soup was amazing!"

jrjackson2 User ID: 7367744 22815
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

"Could this soup be frozen and then thawed out for later use?"

srsexton User ID: 3062488 75665
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"Delicious! I had to use evaporated milk for the half & half, but the soup was still fabulous!"

guildlady User ID: 4664931 21439
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"I have been making this soup for years and it is truly our favorite. I sometimes make it for church suppers and everyone loves it. Sometimes I use dried onions or shredded carrots, just depends on how busy I am. But this soup is just the best ever!"

Bdub6 User ID: 5557600 46663
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"This is some of the best soup I have ever made. Will definitely make this again!"

Bdub6 User ID: 5557600 49397
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"This was great! I took some timesaving shortcuts and it was still wonderful. I used canned diced potatoes and canned carrots and dried onion. Can't imagine it being any better with hard labor involved :) Definitely cut the time way back too as you don't have to wait for the veggies to soften. I used 2 cans potatoes and 1 can of carrots."

marrisa_s User ID: 6152461 48455
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"Soooo good!! The perfect soup for a cold winter day :)"

williamsegraves User ID: 3296408 18709
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"Oh WOW this is DELICIOUS! Unfortunately I had no idea it made so much, and I am cooking for two, lol. This is hearty, warm, delicious, and comforting... all in one bowl. We will definitely be making this one again!"

carolcastaneda User ID: 4792342 45554
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"Amazing - my sister turned me on to this recipe. I absolutely love it."

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