Cheesy Ham Chowder

Cheesy Ham Chowder offers a delectable fusion of smoky ham chunks and vibrant vegetables immersed in a creamy melted cheese base, all crowned with crispy bacon.

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– 5 strips bacon (cut into bite-sized pieces ) – ▢1/2 large onion (diced ) – ▢1 cup carrots (diced ) – ▢3 tablespoons all-purpose flour – ▢3 cups whole milk – ▢1 1/2 cups water – ▢2 1/2 cups potatoes (diced ) – ▢1 can whole kernel corn – ▢2 teaspoons chicken bouillon – ▢1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper – ▢3 cups shredded cheddar cheese – ▢2 cups fully cooked ham slices (cut into small pieces )

Step 1

Heat a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add bacon and cook for 5 to 8 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Remove the bacon from the pot and place it on a plate lined with paper towels to drain the excess oil.

Step 2

In the same pot, add onions and carrots. Stir constantly and cook the vegetables until the onions are slightly browned and translucent. Add flour and keep stirring until well blended. Pour in milk and water, and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook and stir the soup for 2 to 3 minutes until it thickens and forms a smooth consistency.

Step 3

Add potatoes, corn, chicken bouillon, and white pepper. Reduce the heat to low and let the soup simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender, leaving it uncovered while cooking.

Step 4

Melt the cheese and add ham. Give the soup a good stir, and top it with crisp bacon. Serve immediately with freshly chopped parsley or green onion if desired.


Bee Yinn Low is a cookbook author and a recipe developer specializing in easy, quick and delicious home cooking. Her work has earned her numerous accolades, including TV appearances, live cooking demos, radio interviews, and press mentions in the United States and Asia.