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!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
6 servings


  • 2 (15 ounce) cans chicken broth

  • ½ cup sliced carrots

  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules

  • 3 bay leaves

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground thyme

  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 cup peeled and diced potatoes

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • ½ cup sliced celery

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups milk

  • 1 (15 ounce) can cream-style corn

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup diced cooked ham


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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 (per serving)

408 Calories
25g Fat
30g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 408
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 2034mg 88%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 19mg 95%
Calcium 369mg 28%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 515mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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