This made from scratch Cheesy Ham and Potato Chowder is thick and creamy and the perfect way to breathe new life into your leftover ham. Bacon, carrots, onion, and potato make this one hearty and delicious soup!
Use Leftover Ham
Do you make a ham for the holidays and tend to have leftovers? Well, this soup along with Easy Ham and Cheese Quiche are great for using up bits and pieces of leftover Easter or Christmas ham. Serve with some Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins and you’ve turned a little bit of leftovers into another filling meal.
Lots Of Bacon Flavor
This Cheesy Ham and Potato Chowder has lots of fantastic flavor and it all starts with bacon. Hard to go wrong when you start with bacon. 🙂
The bacon grease gets used to cook some onions and carrots. I love the extra flavor the bacon grease adds and you know we southerners don’t like to put anything to waste! 🙂
Thick Rich Texture
Flour is used as the thickening agent for this recipe. It is added to the sauteed onions and carrots, creating a roux. The flour helps thicken the milk to a degree that it has a really rich texture. For even more thickness and richness, you could add a half cup of heavy cream or half-and-half in place of half a cup of the milk.
Flour, milk, and water are added plus Better Than Bouillon for flavor, along with garlic powder and white pepper. Some diced russet potatoes are added and simmered until soft.
The ham and cheese gets added just before serving. The cheddar cheese is what really makes this soup as delicious as it is. It’s hard to resist cheesy goodness. Plus it helps give the soup a really thick and hearty consistency.
Quick and Easy Soup Recipe
All said and done, you can have this Cheesy Ham and Potato Chowder on the table in under 30 minutes.
Which Potatoes Hold Up Best In Soup?
Yukon Gold Potatoes and Red Potatoes hold up really well in soup and work great for this recipe. I typicaly use russett potatoes because they are what I am most likely to have on hand but they don’t hold up quite as well. You really can’t go wrong with any of them.
More Chowder Recipes To Try
- Cajun Shrimp and Corn Chowder
- Curried Chicken Chowder
- Crock Pot Cheesy Ham and Corn Chowder
- Turkey Corn Chowder
- Corn and Crawfish Chowder
- Southwestern Shrimp Chowder
Be sure to try these slow cooker version of ham chowder.
Watch the short video below to see how easy this recipe is to make.
- 4 slices thick cut bacon, diced
- 1 medium yellow or sweet onion, diced
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons better than bouillon
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 cups diced ham
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Cook diced bacon in a Dutch oven until crispy. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Leave about 3 tablespoons bacon grease in the Dutch oven.
- Add onion and carrots to bacon grease and cook over medium heat until soft.
- Sprinkle flour over onions and carrots. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
- Gradually stir in milk and water. Add Better Than Bouillon, black pepper, white pepper, garlic powder and potatoes and bring to a simmer.
- Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are soft.
- Turn heat to low and stir in ham and cheese until cheese is melted. Sprinkle bacon on top. Serve.
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Originally published March 29, 2017