Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
I don't remember where this recipe came from but we really enjoy a hot bowl of this filling chowder on cold days. It is real easy to put together, filling and yummy! Not to mention a great way to use up leftover ham!
- 10 slices bacon
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 3 cups milk
- 1 1⁄2 cups chicken broth
- 2 1⁄2 cups cubed potatoes
- 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cups cubed cooked ham
- pepper, to taste
- In a Dutch oven cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.
- Remove to paper towels to drain.
- In the drippings saute onion until tender.
- Stir in flour until blended.
- Gradually add milk and broth-bring to a boil.
- Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
- Add the potatoes, corn and pepper.
- Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Add cheese and ham; heat until cheese is melted.
- Stir in bacon.
- Normally I don't use the bacon or chicken broth because I make a broth from the ham bone that I am using. And only about a half can of the corn. I also add a cup of diced carrots.
Who was it that said that eternity is two people and a ham? I've made great inroads on that New year's ham, but still had some left and came across this recipe. I did not use the bacon, sauteed the onions in a bit of butter, did not use the corn (Mr Grumpy is opposed to corn), added additional potatoes, some finely chopped celery and sliced carrots to compensate. Used less cheese, but used sharp cheddar. This as a very delicious soup on a cold day. Half the recipe left just a few spoonfuls in the pot, but we like large portions of soup.
Far and away the very best ham chowder I have ever had!! I added extra potatoes to help extend the recipe a bit, and we thinned it down a little but other than that it was perfect. Will become a go to meal for us. My 22 year old daughter asked for Ham Chowder for her birthday dinner "like you used to make when I was little". Don't have that recipe anymore, but have found a fantastic replacement!! This is a keeper, a very delicious keeper.
OK, I rarely follow a recipe. And I did, with this one. Until the very end. I have an in-home daycare, and all hell broke loose at pick up time. I forgot to add the cheese and DH served the chowder. Loose the cheese, it is so not needed! We loved it without it!!!