Cheesy Ham and Corn Chowder combines classic ham and cheese, with hearty potatoes and sweet corn into a warm and creamy chowder that is perfect for cold days.
Cheesy Ham and Corn Chowder
Cheesy Ham and Corn Chowder is a classic combination of salty ham and gooey cheese, mixed together in a soup along with veggies and potatoes. It is one of my easiest soup recipes. Simple and to the point.
It’s a great use for leftover ham. I’ll even make a ham for dinner on a weeknight, so we can use the leftovers in this recipe. So be sure to make extra ham on holidays and ham night!
What’s the Difference Between Soup and Chowder?
Soups can be a hot or cold dish that generally incorporates a significant amount of liquid or broth. Soups also contain different vegetables and sometimes even meat.
Unlike stews, soups have the meat, veggies, and other ingredients chopped into bite-sized pieces, or even pureed. Stews have chunky pieces.
Chowder is a type of thick and creamy soup. It usually includes potatoes and cream or a roux, which is a thick creamy mixture of butter, flour, and milk or cream.
This ham and corn chowder recipe contains potatoes like a traditional chowder, as well as a roux.
What to Serve with Cheesy Ham and Corn Chowder
This chowder is packed with meat, potatoes, and veggies, and is very filling. I usually serve it with a fresh green salad and a piece of warm crusty bread.
It’s also delicious with these Cheddar Bay Biscuits or a grilled cheese sandwich.
More Warm Soup Recipes You’ll Love
- Split Pea Soup – creamy peas cooked with salty ham and fresh herbs for a healthy and delicious soup.
- Cheeseburger Soup – our whole family’s favorite soup! Cheesy and delicious!
- Chicken Tortilla Chowder – a ridiculously easy soup that comes together in 30 minutes!
- Homemade Vegetable Soup – healthy soup packed with veggies in a zesty tomato broth.
- Cheesy Potato Soup – a warm comforting classic with gooey cheese and soft potatoes.
Cheesy Ham and Corn Chowder
- 2 cups potatoes peeled and cubed
- ½ cup carrots peeled and chopped
- ½ cup celery chopped
- ½ cup onion chopped
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 8 oz cheddar shredded
- 1 can whole kernel corn (15 ounces) drained
- 1½ cup cooked diced ham
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large sauce pan over medium-high heat, add potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and chicken broth. Stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer 8-10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove from heat. Set aside.
- Melt butter in a separate medium sauce pan over low heat. Blend in flour. Let the mixture heat for about a minute.
- Slowly pour milk into butter mixture, about a quarter-cup at a time, stirring constantly. Continue cooking and stirring until mixture thickens.
- Sprinkle in cheese, and stir until melted.
- Pour cheese sauce into vegetable broth that was set aside earlier.
- Return broth and cheese mixture to low heat. Add corn and ham. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until heated through.
- Serve warm with a nice crusty bread.
- Top your chowder with a dollop of sour cream, crispy crumbled bacon, and some chives to make it extra pretty and more flavorful.
- For more pork flavor, boil the vegetables with a ham bone or ham hock. Remove before adding the cheese sauce.
- What kind of potatoes? I typically use Russets or Idahos because they are softer and non-waxy (like reds and golds).
- Storage: Cover and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days. Reheat in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave.
- Freezer Directions: Prepare according to recipe directions. Allow soup to come to room temperature before transferring to a freezer bag or dish. When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Once thawed, transfer to a large pot and heat over the stove until heated through and ready to serve.
UPDATE INFO: This post was originally published in September 2014. It has been updated with new pictures, video, and detailed cooking tips and republished in January 2020.
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