Cheesy Ham Chowder

Cheesy Ham and Vegetable Chowder - This chowder is easy to make, creamy, cheesy, and loaded with veggies. It is comfort food at it's finest

Cheesy Ham and Vegetable Chowder is creamy, cheesy, and loaded with veggies. It is comfort food at it's finest. From #chowder #soup #vegetable #ham #cheese
Soooo how is the new year going for you? I hope it is good. But, if it isn't, it is clearly getting better because I am bringing you the recipe for what might be the best chowder on the planet!

OK, OK, I might be exaggerating it just a tad. It is hard to place anything above my Crab Chowder. But this Cheesy Ham and Vegetable Chowder runs a verrrrrrrry close second. Like we are splitting hairs here, that is how close!

I try people, I really do try to stay on the healthy train this time of year. We all loaded up on rich, calorie-loaded foods last month, I know. But, it is also damn cold outside, and my body is screaming for warm, creamy, tummy-hugging, soul-warming comfort food! And when my body screams she usually gets what she wants! I am easy like that.

I can tell you that I had zero complaints from the peanut gallery on this one. In fact, Miss Picky Pants saw it on the menu at the beginning of the week and kept asking me when I was going to make it. Arrggg it was like taking a road trip with a toddler. Are we there yet....are we there yet....are we there yet?

I need to start hiding that list. There is a stovetop white mac and cheese on there that she is hounding me about now!

But, once this was done, and in our faces? Oh ya, then I was asking myself what took me so long! If it hadn't been so hot I think I would have grabbed the pot and slurped it from there!!

I mean, what is there not to like?

Loaded with veggies 
Juicy chunks of ham 

Ya ummmm, it all works for me!

And, if we want to go there, I did lighten it up a bit by subbing out some of the half and half for stock and regular 2% milk.

So I feel better, how about you?

The fam could have really cared less, none of them are about the new year resolution dealio. They just want tasty food in their faces, and this filled that bill for them 100%

Jessi and Kevin actually rock, paper, scissored to see who got to take the leftovers to work for lunch the next day!

Kevin won, so about an hour later I found menus on the fridge for the next few weeks. All of them had Cheesy Ham and Vegetable Chowder written on them.

Hhmmm I wonder who could have done that? 

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Cheesy Ham and Vegetable Chowder

This chowder is easy to make, creamy, cheesy, and loaded with veggies. It is comfort food at it's finest
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 40 mins


  • 4 tablespoons butter 
  • 1 large onion, chopped 
  • 3 carrots, diced 
  • 2 stalks celery, diced 
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped 
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock 
  • 2 cups milk 
  • 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and cubed 
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh broccoli, chopped 
  • 1 pound ham steak (or leftover ham), chopped 
  • Freshly grated nutmeg 
  • Kosher salt 
  • Fresh cracked black pepper 
  • 1 cup half and half 
  • 2 cups sharp yellow cheddar cheese, shredded 
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Melt the butter in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the chicken stock and the milk, then add the potatoes bay leaves and nutmeg, then season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until thickened, about 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in broccoli, and ham, and cook 5 minutes longer or until broccoli is tender, and ham is warmed through.
  3. Discard the bay leaves. Add the half and half and remove from heat.Slowly add the cheese to the soup and whisk until melted. Add more chicken stock (or water) if the soup is too thick
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  1. This so looks great with all those veggies! Thanks for sharing!

  2. oh my goodness, I love ALL chowders and this looks so amazing! Love the loads of veggies!

    1. Wow! Sure will try tomorrow as its weekend and I used to cook for my family every week. You gave me new recipe to cherish my family! Thanks dude for sharing.

  3. This sounds so good right now, especially with this cold weather! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Oh yes Alison! A big bowl of this on a cold day, makes everything better :)

  4. Wow what a great recipe! it's been cold here in California so making this for the family will be fabulous.

  5. YUM! Looks good!

    Alix |

  6. This looks delicious! There is nothing quite as good as a hearty soup on a cold evening. By the way, I love your photos!

  7. Mmm, this looks tasty! Definitely saving to Pinterest to try it myself!

  8. There is. I thing like a good warm soup on a cold winter day! This looks amazing! I'm going to pin it right now so I can add it to the menu next week!

    1. Oh yes, there is nothing better than a big bowl of soup on a winter day! I am so glad you like the recipe, I hope you enjoy it!!

  9. I never had a chowder before. Had not heard of the word even. But it looks so good! and so perfect for this super cold weather!

  10. I love your recipe. I am a vegetarian and look for quality recipes on regular basis. Once find them, I make sure you try them and enjoy them. And soup is one of my favorite foods. Thanks for sharing.

  11. My new year has been very cold but this chowder is perfect!

  12. I never had a chowder before! I love soups and I really love your recipe. I will make it soon.

  13. There's nothing I love more than chowder! It's SO cold here in Massachusetts and I could totally go for a bowl of this right now!

  14. Cooking is an art. Thank you for your great recipes.

  15. I am a vegetarian so I am going to attempt making Cheesy Ham and Vegetable Chowder without the ham. What can I use? Any tips?

    1. I would just omit the ham and then use vegetable stock in place of chicken stock :)

  16. This soup just looks so good! I've been making a lot of soups lately.

  17. Oh I need a big bowl of this! This looks delicious and I love all the veggies.

  18. That’s a nice, warm and hearty meal. Sounds tasty!

  19. I must try this recipie on my own!