Potato and Ham Chowder

Vickie Parks


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.


★★★★★ 1 vote

15 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 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
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 c
    shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ·
    garlic croutons for garnish (optional)

How to Make Potato and Ham Chowder


  1. Cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towel; set aside.
  2. Melt 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.
  3. Add 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.
  4. Stir 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.
  5. Serve hot, and garnish servings with crisp bacon pieces and garlic croutons (if using).

Printable Recipe Card

About Potato and Ham Chowder

Course/Dish: Chowders
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

Show 3 Comments & Reviews

15 Recipes You Can Make With a Bottle of Italian Dressing

15 Recipes You Can Make With a Bottle of Italian Dressing

We all have that partially used bottle of Italian dressing sitting in the fridge. If you’re staring at it wonder what can I use it for, we’ve got the answer. These 15 recipes all have Italian dressing as an ingredient and they’re not just pasta salad.

13 Flavorful Steak Recipes

13 Flavorful Steak Recipes

There’s nothing like cutting into a perfectly cooked steak. With these tried and true homemade steak recipes that are bursting with flavor and have proven cooking methods, you’re sure to have a winner. Simply add your favorite potato side dish and vegetable for a delicious steak dinner the entire family will love.

16 Recipes That Prove Pineapple and Coconut Are a Match Made in Dessert Heaven

16 Recipes That Prove Pineapple and Coconut Are a Match Made in Dessert Heaven

Nothing like that melt-in-your-mouth flavor combo of pineapple and coconut to get your taste buds salivating! Pies, cakes, trifles, and more, you can get these magical flavors in so many delicious ways. No need to ever limit yourself (or your stomach). Scroll down to see some of our favorite dreamy pineapple and coconut dessert recipes.