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
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).

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About Potato and Ham Chowder

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

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