Creamy Ham Potato and Corn Chowder


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Another delicious soup to add to the recipe rotation! I really can never have enough soup recipes, especially when they are this creamy and loaded with goodness!

Growing up we ate a lot of potato soup. My mom would make it either with ham (when we had a left over roast) or with hot dogs. I know ew (this is where Jimmy Fallon steps in – EYW! I love those skits), but when you are a kid – awesome! I just don’t know how my mom chocked that down. I know it was more economical, but as an adult I’d just rather have the plan potato vs tossing in chunks of hot dogs. But thanks Mom for thinking of your children :).

Lately I’m really loving chowders (and they always make me want to say chowda!), so I added in more than just the ham. This also has bacon, corn and chives and they are a completely amazing addition. Can you ever go wrong with adding bacon? I’ll take some on my breakfast cereal please (only kidding , but I’ll definitely take it as a side to my cereal any day of the week).

This soup is completely satisfying and it is one you will want to make time and time again. I know it makes my old favorite traditional potato soup look boring so I think this one is going to be made quite a bit more often, it’s definitely my new favorite potato soup recipe. Besides it gives me another excuse to buy a ham roast (not that you need to use ham roast, I just think it’s the highest quality type of ham vs buying one that has been processed with added fillers and it’s shaped into whatever portion they choose. If ham roast is what you are using for this recipe, I wouldn’t recommend adding the brown sugary glaze – you wont want sweetness in the soup. The fresh corn adds plenty). We got 4 meals out of one ham roast, and every time I buy them and that happens I’m wondering why wait until the holidays to buy them.

I made this soup twice this week because I loved it so much. I had my mom over the second time I made it and she couldn’t stop saying how delicious it was. My mom is actually a picky eater and a tough critic so that says something.

Enjoy yet another soup recipe everyone! I’m sure they’re will be plenty more to come since I’m soup obsessed.

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Creamy Ham Potato and Corn Chowder

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: About 6 servings

Creamy Ham Potato and Corn Chowder


  • 2 cups cooked ham, diced into small cubes (I used left over ham roast, ham steak works too)
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 5 1/2 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced (3/4 cup)
  • 2 celery stalks, diced (3/4 cup)
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 5 medium red potatoes (1 3/4 lb), diced into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 3/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or heavy cream (I've tried and like both versions)
  • Chives for topping


  • In a large pot, melt 1 1/2 Tbsp butter over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery and saute until tender, about 4 minutes. Add chicken broth, potatoes, oregano, thyme, and bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste (slightly under-season with salt as the ham and bacon will add more saltiness to soup). Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium, cover with lid and allow to cook until potatoes are very tender, about 17 - 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce to warm heat, stir in ham and corn.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt remaining 4 Tbsp butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook mixture, stirring constantly, 1 1/2 minutes. While whisking, slowly add in milk, and whisk vigorously to smooth lumps, season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture to a boil and allow to thicken, whisking constantly. Remove from heat, stir in sour cream or cream. Pour and stir milk mixture into soup mixture. Serve warm topped with bacon and chives.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy, inspired by Damn Delicious

Creamy Ham Potato and Corn Chowder | Cooking Classy


  • Kate brophy: Hey jaclyn that looks delish!! Just wondering would that be a starter or main dish thanks!! Xoxo September 1, 2014 at 11:39am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think a light dinner salad is always a good pairing for a hearty soup like so. I hope you love this Kate! September 1, 2014 at 5:15pm Reply

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen: Yeah for soup season! I love chowders and I was making a corn chowder this week too! It’s so delicious with the late harvest corn we have right now! I’m drooling over your photos. September 1, 2014 at 12:49pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I don’t even eat meat, ham, etc. but this looks like some amazing soup & pinned!

    You can make creamy things like soups and chowders look like a million bucks whereas when I shoot them, they looks like a mushy mess most of the time :) Your photography always amazes me! September 1, 2014 at 3:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for the compliment Averie and thanks so much for pinning! Your photography always amazes me too :)! September 1, 2014 at 5:09pm Reply

  • Melanie @ Carmel Moments: That looks amazing! We love soups at our house.
    Pinned! September 1, 2014 at 4:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for pinning Melanie! September 1, 2014 at 5:20pm Reply

  • Cathy Perez: Such a classic soup, makes me all warm inside, Pinned! September 1, 2014 at 8:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for pinning Cathy! September 2, 2014 at 12:38am Reply

  • Medeja: Looks beautiful and flavorful! Yummy! September 2, 2014 at 4:04am Reply

  • Jen @ Baked by an Introvert: I am looking forward to cooler weather so I can enjoy a “large” bowl of your chowder. The is definitely getting pinned! September 2, 2014 at 10:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for pinning Jen! September 2, 2014 at 8:16pm Reply

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction: Another delicious looking soup that I need to add to our menu! September 2, 2014 at 11:59am Reply

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.: This soup looks so hearty and comforting! I want a big bowl! September 2, 2014 at 11:06pm Reply

  • Ham, Potato and Corn Chowder | A Lovely Living: […] on my meal planning schedule more often than not. If you love chowders, you’ll want to give this recipe a try. I don’t do creamy soups nearly as often, but when I came across this one it looked too […] September 10, 2014 at 5:48am Reply

  • Mindy: Thanks so much for the Chowder recipe! It turned out delicious! I’m adding it to my arsenal of recipe cards in my Recipe Box, for tried & truly SUPER recipes. September 16, 2014 at 4:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it enough to add it to your recipe box Mindy! Thanks for your review! September 16, 2014 at 8:40pm Reply

  • Lindsey Coffield: Oh my goodness! I’m so glad that fall is upon us! Soup is a favorite comfort food of mine. I’m doing this recipe for dinner tonight, and accompanying it with a fresh, crusty bread. I’m so excited to try this! October 2, 2014 at 12:41am Reply

  • Brandi: Im making this tonight and I cant wait I will tell you how it turns out October 2, 2014 at 9:46am Reply

  • Carrie Overman: I’m sitting here eating my third bowl of this. SO fantastic! I usually follow the recipe exactly the first time I make something, but this time I got a little crazy and added a tiny bit of nutmeg and cayenne, and subbed sausage for ham. Holy moly! It’s my new favorite potato soup! Love your blog. :) November 11, 2014 at 8:53pm Reply

  • Barb: Wow! This is so delicious! I didn’t even get around to adding the bacon, and it was still THAT good. My husband said it’s the best potato soup he’s ever eaten. Thanks so much for the recipe!! December 7, 2014 at 12:17pm Reply

  • Gary Beardsley: I had made this today using the sour cream, it was Excellent… My wife says that it is Definately a Keeper. Thank You for Sharing it. December 20, 2014 at 3:11pm Reply

  • Amy Harvey: I made this for dinner tonight and my whole family LOVED it!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, we definitely will be making it again! December 27, 2014 at 8:36pm Reply

  • Caroline: This was excellent. I used the sour cream, and it was delish. Very deceptive dish that doesn’t come together until every ingredient is put in. I always taste as I go along, and it wasn’t till the bacon and chives went in at the end that the flavor bowled me over! The whole is DEFINITELY more than the sum of its parts. January 2, 2015 at 8:02pm Reply

  • Caroline: Made this tonight – it was delish! Simple ingredients, the whole is more than the sum of its parts. I taste as I go along, and honestly, it’s not until the final addition of chives and bacon that takes it from OK to sublime. January 2, 2015 at 9:32pm Reply

  • Sam: Thank you for the delicious chowder recipe!! I made it for dinner tonight and the whole family loved it! Definitely adding this to our menu staples! Thanks again! January 4, 2015 at 7:11pm Reply

  • Heather: Thanks for sharing! I’m making tomorrow. Do you peel the potatoes first! January 6, 2015 at 9:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You don’t peel them first, unless you don’t like potato peels than you could. Hope you love it! January 7, 2015 at 5:26pm Reply

  • christina: Can this be made a day or two ahead of time, then eaten? Or, can I make and then freeze if that’s possible?
    Or is this a soup that should be made the same day it is going to be consumed?

    Thank you January 31, 2015 at 8:16am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I would just make it a day or two ahead and rewarm. I don’t think it would freeze really well. I hope you love it! February 5, 2015 at 6:38pm Reply

      • christina: First off let me just say I made this soup and it was fantastic! I made it the night before put in refrigerator and we had the next night. A small amount was left so I froze that portion. The next day, my daughter took back with her on a 5 hour drive. She reheated that night. She said it still tasted as good. She said there was slight separation but that was it. Thank you again for the recipe and responding to my question. February 5, 2015 at 9:13pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Christina! Thanks for your feedback! February 5, 2015 at 9:22pm Reply

  • Jennifer Hoctel: Thanks for the great recipe. It was easy to make and super delicious!
    I did use skim milk but to keep thickness I added a touch of white gravy from a packet–worked great–will for sure make this again for my family February 1, 2015 at 1:51pm Reply

  • Candace: The most important question: what wine goes with this? February 22, 2015 at 1:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t drink wine so I actually have no idea :). February 23, 2015 at 7:09pm Reply

  • JJ: A white wine goes well with this. May 27, 2015 at 9:22am Reply

  • Rosa: made this the other night with leftover ham and it was delicious. All the right flavours and did not add the cream or sour cream and it was still very tasty. Will use this recipe as my fave ham and corn chowder. Thank you. July 30, 2015 at 5:27pm Reply

  • Emily: I found this recipe on Pinterest and made it for dinner tonight. This one is definitely a keeper! I wouldn’t change a thing! October 13, 2015 at 4:39pm Reply

  • Zofia: I just made this soup and it was PERFECT! Loved it. Wondering how well ill freeze? October 31, 2015 at 6:33pm Reply

  • Tonya: Made this tonight for dinner and it was sooooooo good! It will def be going into my fall/winter rotation. I followed the directions exactly except for the bay leaf just bc I didn’t have one. I used heavy whipping cream instead of sour cream. Delicious! December 9, 2015 at 3:45pm Reply

  • erica: A pinterest gem!
    Day after Christmas and i have a ton of ham leftover.
    I did make some modifications because I have no interest in going to the grocery store today but I have no doubt it will be awesome because I used your soup base. December 26, 2015 at 1:43pm Reply

  • Natalie: Question, could I make this in the morning and just leave it on the stove (off) with a lid and re-heat when I get home? I get home late so I never have time to make dinner. Trying to find any short cuts I can. Or do you have this recipe in a crockpot version? Thank you. :-) December 27, 2015 at 10:12am Reply

  • Stacy: YUM! Made this exactly as you wrote. ..used the heavy cream and it was DELICIOUS! My whole family lover it! January 2, 2016 at 5:37pm Reply

  • Kathy: I browned the bacon in the pot first and then drained off the fat. I used some of the bacon fat to sauté the onion, carrots and celery. Was delicious! Family loved it April 19, 2016 at 5:17pm Reply

  • Susan David: This chowda is the best I have ever made and am having friends over after church this Sunday to enjoy also. It really is awesome and hot weather or not it hits the spot with everyone. Its not very healthy but if I indulge I would rather it be this soup than any other! Thanks Jacyln July 14, 2016 at 6:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Susan! July 15, 2016 at 6:00pm Reply

  • Shannon Precourt: My husband requests this chowder any time I ask him if he has any dinner requests for the week! Everyone loves it and I always make extra for leftovers! Thanks for this! October 17, 2016 at 2:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you like it Shannon! October 18, 2016 at 10:50am Reply

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