Potato and Ham Chowder

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Vickie Parks

By
@Northwestgal

I started with my mom's recipe for Ham and Potato Soup, and we've changed it so much over the years that it has transformed into a completely different recipe from my mom's recipe, becoming more of a chowder than a thin soup. And we really like it now. I sometimes top each serving with garlic croutons when I have them, but I usually serve it with Italian rolls or light sandwiches. It goes together quickly, and it's a really delicious chowder that's perfect for those chilly evenings when hot soup is so appetizing and comforting.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
5-6
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

5 slice
bacon, diced
2 Tbsp
unsalted butter
1/2 large
onion, diced
2 clove
garlic, minced (i usually use closer to 1 tablespoon)
15 oz
can corn (white or yellow corn)
2 tsp
dried thyme (or 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
2 Tbsp
all-purpose flour
5 c
2% milk
2 large
potatoes, cubed (i like red potatoes and don't peel them, but you can peel the potatoes, if you prefer)
2 1/2 c
cooked ham, diced
1 1/2 tsp
salt
1 1/2 tsp
black pepper
1 c
shredded mozzarella cheese
garlic croutons for garnish (optional)

Step-By-Step

1Cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towel; set aside.
2Melt butter in a stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, 2-3 minutes or until onions are clear. Stir in corn and thyme, and cook 1-2 minutes.
3Add flour and whisk until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk and cook, whisking constantly, about 1-2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
4Stir in potatoes. Bring to a low boil, and then reduce heat to low and let simmer 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in ham, salt, pepper, cheese, and more milk (if needed to reach desired consistency), and cook 2-3 minutes more or until ham and any added milk are thoroughly heated.
5Serve hot, and garnish servings with crisp bacon pieces and garlic croutons (if using).

About Potato and Ham Chowder

Course/Dish: Chowders
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #potato, #ham, #chowder, #bacon