Cheddar Ham Chowder

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Cheddar Ham Chowder is a cheesy, creamy chowder filled with veggies and potatoes. We have this every time I make a ham. Every. Single. Time.

Cheddar Ham Chowder is a thick, creamy soup filled will veggies, potato and ham. Recipe from A Good Life Farm.

When I say that I make this soup every time I make my baked ham, I’m not kidding. My whole family knows that when we have a big ham, that there are two things that are going to happen.

One is my Scalloped Potatoes and Ham. The other is this creamy soup.

Cheddar Ham Chowder is a thick, creamy soup filled will veggies, potato and ham. Recipe from A Good Life Farm.

This soup is quite simple to make, and takes advantage of a package of frozen mixed vegetables to make it even easier.

While the vegetables and potatoes cook, you make a thick, creamy sauce that you melted the cheese in. As soon as the vegetables are cooked, you add in that sauce and diced ham, and just like magic, you have a rich, creamy soup that everyone will love.

Cheddar Ham Chowder is a thick, creamy soup filled will veggies, potato and ham. Recipe from A Good Life Farm.

Cheddar Ham Chowder isn’t just something that I’ll make with leftover ham. We’ll enjoy this thick soup all winter long with some diced ham from the store.

Either way, this soup will warm you up on a cold day. You’ll find out quickly why this is one of our family’s favorite soups.

If you like this soup, you will probably also love my Creamy Italian Style Potato Soup, or this creamy Tomato and Chicken soup from Wholesome Skillet.

Cheddar Ham Chowder is a thick, creamy soup filled will veggies, potato and ham. Recipe from A Good Life Farm.

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Cheddar Ham Chowder

Cheddar Ham Chowder is a thick, creamy soup filled will veggies, potato and ham. Recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread.

This is one of my favorite soups, and is fairly quick to make – making it perfect for a weekday supper. It is a great use for leftover ham during the holidays or any other day.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 3 cups red or yellow potatoes
  • 16 oz frozen mixed vegetables
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups diced cooked ham (leftovers are ideal)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • 2 c grated sharp or extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Extra shredded cheese for topping


  1. To begin, cut up the potatoes into 1 inch pieces.
  2. Toss the potatoes into a Dutch oven along with the frozen mixed veggies.
  3. Add about 4 cups of water – just enough to cover the veggies.
  4. Bring the contents to a boil, reduce the heat and cook on medium heat until the veggies are just done.
  5. While the veggies are cooking, in a small sauce pan, melt the butter.
  6. While it is melting, finely dice a small onion, and dice up about 1 1/2 – 2 cups of your leftover ham.
  7. When the butter is melted, toss in the onion. Let it cook in the butter for a couple minutes, until it is tender.
  8. Stir in the flour. Cook for just a minute.
  9. Whisk in the milk. Cook it over medium heat, stirring continually until it comes to a boil. Reduce the heat as low as it goes.
  10. Stir in the shredded cheddar cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and then pour it into the Dutch oven with the cooked veggies.
  11. Stir in your cooked, diced ham, the salt, pepper and thyme.
  12. Cook for a few more minutes until the ham is heated through. Serve with some extra shredded cheese on top.
  13. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 672Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 148mgSodium: 1694mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 6gSugar: 5gProtein: 41g

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8 thoughts on “Cheddar Ham Chowder”

  1. Do you pour the water off cooked veggies before adding creamy mixture? Drain Veggies? Thanks I have been looking a good ham chowder recipe!

    • I also make a vegetable soup, and add a can of sauerkraut…juice and all, add a little sugar and this makes a wonderful soup….if you can find a soup bone at your meat market, get one, really flavors the soup….my grandmother always added sauerkraut to her veg. soup……delicious…..

  2. Ok so, I need to keep this for next Easter. Since my husband and I are both only child, our family holiday gatherings are very small. And hams are never very small. So thus, more leftovers than we can usually get through. To be fair, I've never been very creative, and have mainly just stuck with ham sandwiches. But now I have this beautiful recipe for next year!
    My recent post Thai Ginger-Lemongrass Shrimp Tacos

  3. Oh yum, it's soup season again! Absolutely wonderful step by step photos with such beautiful clarity too!

    Thanks so much for a delicious comforting soup recipe!



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