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Cheesy Ham Chowder

My five children all agree that this soothing recipe is wonderful. The soup is full of potatoes, carrots and ham. The best part is that I can get it on the table in only a half hour of hands-on time. —Jennifer Trenhaile, Emerson, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 10 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole 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 shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham


  • 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.
  • 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Indigenous Indians in what is now Mexico were the first to use corn. Every part of the plant can be used.
  • Before you peel potatoes, scrub them with a vegetable brush under cold water. Remove eyes or sprouts. If you have a lot of potatoes, place them in cold water after peeling to prevent discoloring.
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  • Nutrition 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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    • livingud
      Feb 14, 2021

      This soup is delish! Rich and thick. I often will substitute half and half or heavy cream for part of the milk. It's a very forgiving soup for substitutions. Bbutler....I have frozen it without any problem..

    • nancy
      Feb 5, 2021

      This soup was great. My family loved it

    • No_Time_To_Cook
      Dec 31, 2020

      Yep... everyone was right! This was delicious and absolutely worth making! I am sure I will be making this again whenever I have leftover ham.

    • Thumper1984
      Dec 21, 2020

      Make this soup!! It is absolutely delicious. My husband (not a fan of soup) even asked if I could make it regularly. The flavors and texture were perfect. I normally never use bouillon but did in this recipe and it was fine. This is a real winner.

    • Anne
      Dec 17, 2020

      This recipe was absolutely amazing. I am going to have to double it next time because my husband and two sons almost didn’t leave me any! So flavorful and satisfying. I used chicken broth instead of bouillon and water. It’s definitely going into the rotation! Thank you!

    • Vanessa
      Oct 24, 2020

      The recipe tells you to put 2 cups of ham

    • bhawes
      Oct 22, 2020

      The best soup ever, so very full of flavor and is often requested by my mother, daughter & grandson. I would prepare meals for myself then take half to my 91 year old mother and she so loved this soup that she requested it at least once a month. I ran out of cheese once and It is great even without the cheese. I moved mother in with me when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she eventually got to the point she could no longer chew. I would then blend this soup so she could just swallow and still have the nourishment. Now that she has passed, I always think of her when I make this as this was her favorite. I'm sure that once you make this soup it would be requested by your family and become your favorite too..

    • bbutler
      Oct 11, 2020

      Can this chowder be frozen?

    • 1020MesmanDrive
      Oct 10, 2020

      I have read this recipe over and over again, and no where does it tell me how much ham to use. Mis-print maybe?? Or advertising blocking the ingredient?

    • sdingey
      Sep 20, 2020

      Great taste! Quick & and easy. Next time I"ll use a little less cheese.