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.

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15 Min
30 Min
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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


  • 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).

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About Potato and Ham Chowder

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

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