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!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir chicken broth, carrots, chicken bouillon, bay leaves, sea salt, pepper, thyme, marjoram, and garlic powder together in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook for 10 minutes. Add potatoes and onion; cook for 10 minutes more. Add celery; cook until all vegetables are fork tender, about 10 minutes more.

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  • Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and whisk flour into butter until smooth. Return saucepan to medium heat; gradually add milk to butter mixture, whisking constantly, and cook until mixture thickens, 6 to 7 minutes.

  • Stir milk mixture into vegetable mixture; add corn, Cheddar cheese, and ham, reduce heat to low, and simmer until ham is heated through and cheese melts, 10 to 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Start the white sauce right after adding celery to the other vegetables; this will cut 10 minutes off the original cooking time.

Tips

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.

Nutrition Facts

408.3 calories; 19.3 g protein; 29.5 g carbohydrates; 75.7 mg cholesterol; 2034.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (19)

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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2016
This was delicious! Of course I made some changes: First, I doubled the recipe and... *I sauteed all the veggies together in olive oil and when tender removed from heat *Substituted half of the milk with heavy cream *Used 2 tsp "Better than Boullion" chicken stock dissolved in 2c. boiling water instead of the water and granules and chicken stock *Only added 1c. cheddar cheese for the doubled recipe *Omitted the marjoram, thyme, and salt *It was super delicious!! Will make again and again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/12/2019
I followed the recipe as written but family wasn t overly enthusiastic about it. I liked it but I think the problem may have been that I used leftover ham which had a cinnamon flavored glaze on it. Cinnamon was not a good addition to this chowder. May try it again with a plain ham steak in future. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2016
This was delicious! Of course I made some changes: First, I doubled the recipe and... *I sauteed all the veggies together in olive oil and when tender removed from heat *Substituted half of the milk with heavy cream *Used 2 tsp "Better than Boullion" chicken stock dissolved in 2c. boiling water instead of the water and granules and chicken stock *Only added 1c. cheddar cheese for the doubled recipe *Omitted the marjoram, thyme, and salt *It was super delicious!! Will make again and again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2016
This was delicious! Of course I made some changes: First, I doubled the recipe and... *I sauteed all the veggies together in olive oil and when tender removed from heat *Substituted half of the milk with heavy cream *Used 2 tsp "Better than Boullion" chicken stock dissolved in 2c. boiling water instead of the water and granules and chicken stock *Only added 1c. cheddar cheese for the doubled recipe *Omitted the marjoram, thyme, and salt *It was super delicious!! Will make again and again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2016
Delicious!!! The taste is great I did add about another 1/2 cup of milk because it was a little too thick for me. I also added another cup of diced ham just because I had leftovers from Christmas dinner and I thought it could use a little more. I will definitly make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2016
I made it exactly as recipe is written. We loved it and I will make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2015
The family really liked it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2018
Made it exactly as directed and the family loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2018
This is delicious. I made it as directed except for leaving out the bay leaves. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2019
Oh my goodness it was so good! Variations I made: I didn't have the celery I added a half a can of regular corn and 1/2 cup sour cream. I also used fresh thyme instead of ground (makes all the difference to me). 10/10 will make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2020
I was looking for something to make to use up the leftover ham and corn from Christmas dinner and this fit the bill nicely. It's simple and tasty! I didn't have any chicken bouillon celery marjoram or even creamed corn (I just tossed in about a 1/3 cup of half and half to make it a little creamy). I doubled the recipe and realized I only had about a cup of cheddar cheese... so monterey jack was a good stand-in. I don't have a dutch oven so I just whipped it up in my stock pot. I really appreciate a "base" recipe and this one proves versatile enough to switch up the players. I'm looking forward to trying it again with whatever else I have leftover in my fridge!:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2020
ok, 1st time I made it, exactly as the receipes called. We loved it, felt it was a little thin, but the taste was great. But then I started to play ... and now it is the most requested dish from my family. Changes? 1. double the carrots and celery and potatoes 2. heavy cream instead of milk 3. Ham is always home baked with a lot of cloves 3. Most important (in addition to the creamed corn) - I add 3-4 ears of fresh corn right off the cob. When cooking the vegatables/potatoes - I include the corn cobs for even more corn flavor. Sometimes I will need to add additional stock - I play it by ear Read More
Rating: 3 stars
12/12/2019
I followed the recipe as written but family wasn t overly enthusiastic about it. I liked it but I think the problem may have been that I used leftover ham which had a cinnamon flavored glaze on it. Cinnamon was not a good addition to this chowder. May try it again with a plain ham steak in future. Read More