Cheesy Ham and Corn Chowder
Chowders always bring to mind a picture of a cozy, kicked-back, winter-time family meal; cuddled up around a roaring fireplace with plenty of warm food, good cheer and loving friends. This one is a Sunday night family favorite - easy on the cook (and the cook's pocketbook), yet sure to bring raves from the hubby and kids. Enjoy!
Start the white sauce right after adding celery to the other vegetables; this will cut 10 minutes off the original cooking time.
For a quicker version, use canned diced potatoes, canned carrots, frozen onions, and eliminate the celery. Combine the broth, potatoes, carrot, onions and seasonings in 5-quart pot; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes. Prepare white sauce while vegetables are cooking. Combine sauce, vegetables, corn, ham and cheese; reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. This will reduce the total recipe time to 40 minutes.