Creamy Ham Potato and Corn Chowder

08.21.2018

Creamy Ham Potato and Corn Chowder is another delicious soup to add to the recipe rotation! You really can never have enough too many soup recipes, especially when they are this creamy and loaded with goodness! You get a rich soup loaded with lots of potatoes, sweet corn and pieces of salty ham and bacon.

Ham Potato and Corn Chower

Corn Chowder with Ham and Potatoes

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 eww. But when you are a kid – awesome!

I don’t know how my mom choked that down. I know it was more economical when you have 6 kids, 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 the kids.

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 green onions or chives and they are a the perfect 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).

Creamy Ham Potato Corn Chowder ingredients

Ingredients for This Recipe

  • Cooked ham and bacon
  • Butter
  • Veggies – yellow onion, carrots, celery, red potatoes, corn
  • Low sodium chicken broth
  • Dried herbs – oregano, thyme, bay leaf 3/4 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1 bay leave
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Sour cream or heavy cream

Scroll below for printable recipe.

Creamy Ham Potato Corn Chowder sauteing veggies

How to Make this Chowder

  • 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).

Creamy Ham Potato Corn Chowder adding potatoes broth herbs

  • Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium, cover with lid and allow to cook, stirring occasionally until potatoes are nearly tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Cook the bacon while the soup is simmering.

Creamy Ham Potato Corn Chowder sauteing bacon in skillet

  • Add ham and corn to soup and cook until potatoes are tender, about 5 minutes longer.

Creamy Ham Potato Corn Chowder adding ham corn

  • Meanwhile, 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.

Creamy Ham Potato Corn Chowder making roux

  • Remove from heat, stir in sour cream or cream. Pour and stir milk mixture into soup mixture (once potatoes are tender).

Creamy Ham Potato Corn Chowder adding milk mixture to soup in pot

  • Serve warm topped with bacon and green onions or chives.

Creamy Ham Potato Corn Chowder finished soup in pot

A Great Use for Left Over Ham

This soup is completely satisfying and it is one you will want to make time and time again. Plus 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. It will be a fall and winter staple for you, it’s just too good!

Ham Potato and Corn Chower

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Creamy Ham Potato and Corn Chowder

4.88 from 50 votes

A rich and creamy potato soup with sweet corn and salty pieces of ham and bacon. Practically guaranteed to be a new favorite! Makes about 11 cups.

Servings: 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 2 cups fresh corn (or frozen)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or heavy cream (I've tried and like both versions)
  • Chopped green onions or chives, for serving

Instructions

  1. 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*. 

  2. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium, cover with lid and allow to cook, stirring occasionally until potatoes are nearly tender, about 15 minutes. 
  3. Add in ham and corn and cook until potatoes are tender, about 5 minutes longer.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt remaining 4 Tbsp butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook mixture, stirring constantly, 1 1/2 minutes. 

  5. 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. 
  6. Remove from heat, stir in sour cream or cream. Pour and stir milk mixture into soup mixture (once potatoes are tender). Serve warm topped with bacon and chives.

Recipe Notes

  • When seasoning slightly under-season with salt as the ham and bacon will add more saltiness to soup.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Ham Potato and Corn Chowder
Amount Per Serving
Calories 546 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 844mg 35%
Potassium 1359mg 39%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 14g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 85.7%
Vitamin C 34.5%
Calcium 21%
Iron 14.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chowder
Calories: 546 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

165 comments

  • Emily Doglio: How much is in a serving? January 19, 2019 at 3:48pm Reply

  • Kelli: This might be my new favorite recipe! I first found this when trying to figure out what to do with leftover Xmas ham, but now I’m buying ham just to make this delicious soup!

    I have followed the recipe to a T each time, and every time it come out amazing! This has been added to our regular rotation. Thank you for this amazing recipe!! January 16, 2019 at 12:42pm Reply

  • Robin Fujii: My son is crazy about this kind of soup on a cold winters night and he says this is absolutely the best. He had 3 servings of it. Thank you for a wonderful recipe.
    Robin Fujii January 11, 2019 at 5:25pm Reply

  • Angela grant: This is the Best soup! Love it! My husband can’t eat onions so I leave them out,but still so good. January 10, 2019 at 7:12am Reply

  • Julie: So, so, SO delicious!! We used leftover ham from the spiral ham we made for Christmas, and used Greek yogurt in place of sour cream or heavy cream. Delicious soup, and the bacon on top is a must! Great recipe, thank you for sharing! January 5, 2019 at 6:53pm Reply

  • Linda: This is absolutely awesome. The addition of oregano and thyme really adds depth to the chowder. This will be my new chowder recipe from now on. December 28, 2018 at 3:56pm Reply

  • Liz: This came out great so rich and creamy December 27, 2018 at 3:21pm Reply

  • devar gleed: How can I incorporate a spiral sliced ham bone? December 27, 2018 at 2:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You could probably just simmer it along with this soup. December 27, 2018 at 8:15pm Reply

    • Sandra Hubley: If you have lots of ham, slice thinly and make rustic grilled ham & provolone panini or similar, to serve alongside soup otherwise chop ham finely and add to soup. January 1, 2019 at 12:31pm Reply

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