Ham and Potato Corn Chowder

Ham and Potato Corn Chowder
Despite the fact that it is spring we had snow here for Easter so the first thing that I did with my leftover ham was to make a comforting and creamy ham and potato corn chowder! I wanted this chowder to be full of vegetables so I started out with onions, carrots and celery before adding some garlic, thyme and flour as a thickener. For the liquids I used a tasty ham broth and milk rather than cream to keep things a little lighter. The ham, potatoes and corn filled the soup out and as I often do, I added some white miso paste for even more flavour and a touch of umami. Not only is this ham and potato chowder really easy to make but it takes less than 30 minutes so it's perfect for any night of the week and if you make a large batch then the leftovers are even better for lunch the next day! Here's to hoping that it starts warming up soon but until then I have some ham and potato corn chowder to get me through these chilly early spring days!

Ham and Potato Corn Chowder
So nice and warm and comforting!

Ham and Potato Corn Chowder

Ham and Potato Corn Chowder
Add bacon and cheddar if you wish! (The bacon is not really optional in my opinion!)

Ham and Potato Corn Chowder
Fry the ham first for some extra flavour and crispiness!

Ham and Potato Corn Chowder
Ham and Potato Corn Chowder

Ham and Potato Corn Chowder

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 6 (2 cup servings)

A lighter, creamy and tasty ham and potato corn chowder that is pure comfort in a bowl!

  • 3 tablespoons oil or butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour (or rice flour for gluten free)
  • 2 cups ham broth or chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, diced small and optionally peeled
  • 8 ounces ham, diced
  • 1 cup corn
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat, add the onions, carrots and celery and cook until tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Mix in the garlic, thyme and flour and cook until the flour is lightly browned, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Slowly stir in the broth, deglazing the pan as you go, add the milk and potatoes, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Add the ham and corn, cook until heated and season with salt and pepper.

Option: Start by cooking 4 strips of bacon, crumbling and setting aside before using the bacon grease to cook the veggies instead of the oil and then use the crumbled bacon as garnish.
Option: Omit the carrots and celery.
Option: Replace the potato with cauliflower.
Option: Fry the ham until slightly crispy on the outside before adding it to the soup.
Option: Add 1-2 tablespoons white miso paste by taking some of the hot broth and mixing it into the miso in a bowl and then mixing it back into the chowder as you remove it from the heat. (The miso adds a nice umami flavour!) Note: miso is salty so you will not need to season with as much salt.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 320, Fat 13g (Saturated 3g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 29mg, Sodium 509mg, Carbs 38g (Fiber 4g, Sugars 8g), Protein 13g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam


marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

This hearty soup looks wonderful!!!

Julie @ Table for Two said...

Yum!! Love everything in this soup. Pure comfort!

Jenny said...

Lovely chowder Kevin! One of my favorites!!!

Pam said...

Awesome flavors in this chowder - it looks tasty Kevin!

Vanessa D. said...

I'll be pinning this recipe. Feeding two adult sized boys I cook hams whenever they are on sale, but if I don't actually "serve" the leftovers nothing happens to them. It's nice to see another option besides bean or split pea soup for leftover ham.

Maria said...

Great recipe for using up the Easter ham!

Heather Christo said...

This seriously looks just delicious Kevin!

Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom said...

Kevin, love this! what a delicious and beautiful way to use up that leftover ham!!! and we have lots!! love this!

Anonymous said...

Kevin, what kind of milk dud you use?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, meant what kind of milk did you use? Whole, 1%?

Gaby @ What's Gaby Cooking said...

This looks like a yummy chowder, definitely my idea of comfort food!!!

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: I used 2% milk.

Mary @chattavore said...

I still have just a littttttle bit of ham left in my freezer from Thanksgiving. Looks like it might need to go into this soup...

Christi Gillette said...

You did it again Kevin! Used up some of the leftover Easter Ham. I used Sweet Potatoes instead of regular since that is what I had and I sautéed some bacon instead of the oil at first. Added in cauliflower too as you mentioned as an Add in. Put dried thyme in as I didn't have much fresh in the yard yet. Absolutely YUMMY!

Kevin Lynch said...

Christi Gillette: I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Cary Hill said...

Kevin, I made this chowder last night and it was delicious. I made it as listed except I used 2% milk, left out the cream but added the bacon garnish as I am also a bacon lover. Thank you again for a wonderful recipe!

Kevin Lynch said...

Cary Hill: I'm glad you enjoyed it! The bacon is a must for me as well! :)

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

Hi Kevin, I saw the recipe yesterday morning and had everything on hand. So I made the soup for lunch and we loved it. I'll for sure cook it again. Thank you for the great recipe!

Kevin Lynch said...

Julia - Vintage with Laces: I'm glad you liked it!

Nicole @ Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge said...

I want to run out and do this recipe right now. This look so delicious.

Maureen said...

Lovely chowder. This is absolutely comforting! I might add some bacon to pair with the ham when I try this.

Mary Akkeron said...

just made this soup.this is my first chowder. hesitant to use ham in anything other bean soup.i am now a convert!! followed directions except I used 1T butter and 2T oil. I thought the amount of thyme was initially too strong. but at the end of cooking it had really mellowed. this soup did warrant a lot of stirring!! perhaps my pot or stove..don't know. but you don't want it to stick.
this is very yummy!! probably my last batch of soup as it starting to warm up.
thank you!!

Kevin Lynch said...

Mary Akkeron: I'm glad you liked it!

Kathy said...

Oh my goodness! This chowder is incredible!!! I make a lot of soups and this will become a family favorite. Thank you!

Kevin Lynch said...

Kathy: I'm glad you like it!

Rose Santmier said...

I have everything handy in the cupboard for this making it tonight. Thanks.

Kelly Knautz said...

Did you use fresh or dried thyme?

Kevin Lynch said...

Kelly Knautz: You can use fresh or dried. I use fresh when possible.

Amanda Adduono said...

Tried your recipe...my family loved it!

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