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!

Geralyn Walters
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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.

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 calories; 24.6 g total fat; 76 mg cholesterol; 2034 mg sodium. 29.5 g carbohydrates; 19.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (14)

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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
11/08/2018
I was torn about giving it 4 stars because the flavor was great!! But... it wasn't thick enough to be a chowder more of a creamy soup. Next time I will add more corn and make it a lot thicker Read More
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
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
(7)
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: 3 stars
11/07/2018
I was torn about giving it 4 stars because the flavor was great!! But... it wasn't thick enough to be a chowder more of a creamy soup. Next time I will add more corn and make it a lot thicker 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