Easy Ham and Corn Chowder

Easy Ham and Corn Chowder

by Bity

Hey there foodies, are you ready for the ultimate comfort food recipe? This Easy Ham and Corn Chowder is the perfect meal to warm your soul and fill your belly with all the good stuff.

Just imagine crispy bacon, savory ham, tender potatoes, and sweet corn all simmering in a creamy, flavorful broth. It’s the kind of dish that brings back memories of cozy nights at home with loved ones, gathered around the dinner table and sharing stories.

And the best part? This chowder is a breeze to make! In just 40 minutes, you can have a pot full of goodness that serves up to 6 people. It’s the perfect meal for busy weeknights or lazy weekends when all you want to do is relax and indulge in some delicious food.

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So, if you’re in need of a little comfort and a lot of flavors, give this Ham and Corn Chowder a try. Your taste buds will thank you, and your heart will be filled with warmth and happiness.

Get Cozy with This Hearty Ham and Corn Chowder Recipe…

Ham and Corn Chowder

Have you ever tried Ham and Corn Chowder? It’s a very creamy soup and hearty soup that’s perfect for those chilly days when all you want is something warm and comforting.

This whole soup recipe is packed with delicious ingredients like tender ham, sweet corn, and diced potatoes, all simmered together in a rich and velvety broth. And let’s not forget about the bacon, onions, and celery that add a smoky and savory flavor to the mix.

What I love about Ham and Corn Chowder is that it’s so easy to make and can be customized to your liking. Want to add more spice? Just throw in some cayenne pepper. Want to make it a bit healthier? Use low-fat milk instead of heavy cream. The possibilities are endless!

Plus, this soup is great for meal prep. Make a big batch on Sunday and you’ll have delicious leftovers for the rest of the week. It’s the perfect lunch or dinner option when you’re short on time but still want something satisfying and tasty.

So why not give Ham and Corn Chowder a try? It’s a great recipe for a classic soup that’s sure to become a new favorite. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

Why This Ham and Potato Corn Chowder Recipe?

Ham and Corn Chowder

Let me tell you why this Ham and Corn Chowder recipe is totally delicious recipe worth trying out.

First off, it’s just the perfect meal to warm you up on those cold and gloomy days. Imagine a creamy and hearty soup filled with tender ham, sweet corn, and potatoes simmered together in a rich and velvety broth. It’s like a warm hug in a bowl!

And the best part? It’s so easy to make! With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, this recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to whip up something delicious without all the fuss.

But what really sets this recipe apart is how customizable it is. Whether you’re looking to add more spice or swap out ingredients to fit your dietary needs, this chowder can be tweaked to your liking. You do you, foodie!

And let’s not forget that this soup is great for meal prep too. Make a big batch on Sunday and you’ll have tasty leftovers for the rest of the week. It’s a win-win situation!

Last but not least, the flavors in this soup are out of this world. The bacon, onions, celery, ham, and sweet corn all come together to create a symphony of tastes that will leave you wanting more.

So what are you waiting for, foodie? Give this Ham and Potato Chowder a try and experience all the deliciousness for yourself!

What do you need to make this ham and potato chowder recipe?

Ham and Corn Chowder

Bacon: Oh bacon, how we love thee! Use any type you like, but thick-cut bacon is a must for maximum flavor and texture. If you’re watching your health, turkey bacon is a great alternative.

Onion and celery: These guys are the unsung heroes of the soup world. They provide the flavor foundation for the chowder, so chop ’em up and let ’em work their magic!

Flour: This is the glue that holds the soup together. Use all-purpose flour or a gluten-free alternative if that’s your thing.

Garlic: Fresh garlic is always the way to go, but if you’re feeling lazy, jarred minced garlic works just fine.

Chicken broth: Homemade or store-bought, it’s up to you. Just make sure to choose low-sodium if you’re watching your salt intake.

Heavy cream: A little cream makes everything better, am I right? But if you’re trying to be healthy, half-and-half or milk can be used instead.

Frozen corn: It’s like a little taste of summer in every bite! If fresh corn or frozen corn isn’t available, canned corn can be used as well.

Smoked ham: The star of the show! Use leftover ham or pick up a ham steak from the store to make this soup extra special.

Russet potatoes: These starchy spuds hold their shape well when cooked, making them perfect for soups. But feel free to use any potato you like!

Italian seasoning: This blend of herbs is like a symphony of flavors in your mouth. Use a store-bought blend or mix up your own.

Cayenne pepper: Add a little kick to your soup with this spicy pepper. Use as much or as little as you like, depending on your taste.

Salt and pepper: Don’t forget to season to taste! And remember, cooking is all about experimenting and having fun, so don’t be afraid to get a little creative with your seasoning!

Steps To Make Ham And Potato Chowder Recipe?

Ham and Corn Chowder

Hey y’all, let’s get cookin’! First up, get your bacon ready (I use my trusty kitchen shears for easy cutting) and toss it in a big ol’ pot over medium-high heat. Cook that piggy perfection until it’s crispy and delicious (should take about 10 minutes).

While that bacon’s sizzlin’, let’s prep the rest of our ingredients – chop up your onion, celery, ham, and potatoes.

Once that bacon is crispy and irresistible, take it out of the pot and set it on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up some of that excess grease. But don’t you dare pour out that bacon fat! Leave it right there in the pot.

Now, throw in that onion and celery and let it sauté in that savory bacon fat for about 5 minutes. Then add in some flour and cook it up for a minute or so, stirring constantly to avoid any lumps.

Once that’s lookin’ good, toss in some garlic, followed by some chicken broth. Give it a good stir to make sure everything’s mixed in and any yummy brown bits on the bottom of the pot are scraped up.

Now it’s time to really amp up the flavor! Add in some cream, corn, ham, potatoes, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, and most of that crispy bacon (save a little for a garnish). Crank up the heat and let it boil for a bit, then reduce it down to a nice, gentle simmer.

Let it all cook together for about 15-20 minutes until those potatoes are tender and the soup has thickened up a bit. Give it a stir every now and then to make sure nothing sticks.

Finally, taste and adjust the seasoning with salt & pepper as needed. Then, serve it up in bowls and garnish it with the rest of that mouth-watering bacon. Don’t forget to store any leftovers properly so you can enjoy them again later!

How to store your leftover Ham and Corn Chowder?

Ham and Corn Chowder

leftover Ham and Potato Corn Chowder? Don’t let any of this scrumptious ham and corn chowder go to waste! If you have leftovers, just pop ’em in an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to 3-4 days. But honestly, who can resist going back for seconds (or thirds)? If you want to keep it for longer, freeze it in a freezer-safe container for up to 2-3 months. Trust me, you’ll be grateful to have this hearty soup waiting for you on a cold and dreary day. To reheat, simply thaw it in the fridge overnight and warm it up on the stove or in the microwave until it’s piping hot. Enjoy every spoonful!

What goes best with corn chowder?

There are so many tasty sides that would pair perfectly with a warm bowl of corn chowder! Here are my top 3 suggestions:

  • Freshly baked bread: There’s nothing like dipping a crusty slice of bread into a creamy bowl of chowder. Try a French baguette or a loaf of sourdough for a classic pairing.
  • Salad: A crisp and refreshing salad is a great way to balance out the richness of the chowder. I love a simple arugula salad with a lemon vinaigrette or a Caesar salad with homemade dressing. Here is a list of the 30 best lettuce salad recipes.
  • Grilled Cheese: Who doesn’t love a gooey grilled cheese sandwich? It’s the perfect comforting side dish for a hearty bowl of chowder. Try using a sharp cheddar or even adding some sliced ham to make it a ham and cheese grilled sandwich. Yum!

More Things To Make With Leftover Ham:

Ham and Corn Chowder

I’d love to share some tasty ideas for your leftover ham! Here are a few mouth-watering suggestions:

  1. Ham and Cheese Omelet – Whip up a delicious omelet by adding some diced ham and shredded cheese to the egg mixture. It’s the perfect breakfast or brunch dish!
  2. Ham and Swiss Sliders – Use your leftover ham to create delicious mini sandwiches by layering sliced ham and Swiss cheese on slider buns. Toast in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  3. Ham and Potato Casserole – Combine diced ham, sliced potatoes, and creamy sauce in a baking dish for a comforting and hearty casserole. Bake in the oven until the potatoes are tender and the top is golden brown.
  4. Ham and Broccoli Quiche – Use your leftover ham to create a savory quiche by mixing diced ham, steamed broccoli, and eggs in a pie crust. Bake until the filling is set and the crust is golden brown.
  5. Ham Fried Rice – Transform your leftover ham into a flavorful fried rice dish by stir-frying diced ham, cooked rice, and vegetables with soy sauce and sesame oil.

There you have it – five delicious ways to use up your leftover and create new and exciting dishes!

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Ham and Corn Chowder
Ham and Corn Chowder

Easy Ham and Corn Chowder

This easy Ham and Corn Chowder recipe is perfect for a cozy and comforting meal on a chilly day. Loaded with bacon, ham, and veggies in a creamy broth, it’s a delicious and satisfying soup that comes together in just a few simple steps.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Main dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 415 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 slices of bacon chopped
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 2 celery sticks diced
  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour 30 g
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 cups of chicken broth or stock 950 mL
  • 1 cup of heavy cream 237 mL
  • 2 cups of frozen corn 300 g
  • 1 pound of smoked ham chopped (454 g)
  • 2 large Russet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 sprinkle of Italian seasoning
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper optional
  • Salt and pepper to your liking

Instructions
 

  • Begin by prepping your bacon. I find that using kitchen shears makes it easier to cut the bacon into small pieces. Add the bacon to a large pot over medium-high heat and cook until it’s crispy, which should take about 10 minutes.
  • While the bacon is cooking, start prepping your onion, celery, ham, and potatoes.
  • Once the bacon is crispy, remove it from the pot and set it aside on a paper towel-lined plate. Leave the bacon fat in the pot.
  • Add the chopped onion and celery to the pot with the bacon fat and sauté for about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the flour and continue stirring nearly constantly for about a minute.
  • Add in the minced garlic, followed by the chicken broth. Stir well to ensure that the flour has dissolved and that any flavorful brown bits from the bottom of the pot are scraped up.
  • Add in the cream, frozen corn, chopped ham, diced potatoes, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper (optional), and most of the crispy bacon (I like to save some for garnishing the bowls later on). Turn up the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat to a rapid simmer.
  • Allow the soup to cook until the potatoes are tender, which should take around 15-20 minutes. Stir every so often, as the soup will get thicker the longer you cook it.
  • Finally, taste the soup and season with salt and pepper as needed. To finish, garnish each bowl with the remaining crispy bacon. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 415kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 21gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 1615mgPotassium: 784mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 611IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 3mg
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ham and corn chowder FAQ:

What Is The Difference Between Soup And Chowder?

The main difference between the two is their consistency and texture. Chowder is generally thicker and heartier than soup, with a creamy base and chunks of ingredients like potatoes and seafood or meat. Soup, on the other hand, is usually lighter and more broth-based, with smaller pieces of vegetables or meat. No matter which one you choose, they’re both delicious and will warm your soul!

Why is my potato soup not thickening?

A. Uh oh, your ham and potato soup isn’t thickening? Here are some reasons why and how to fix it:
1) Did you add enough flour? If not, mix a bit more into some cold water and stir it in.
2) Are you simmering it on low heat? Turn it up a bit and keep stirring.
3) Did you use too much liquid? Add some more flour-water mixture to thicken it up. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. You got this!

Can I add other ingredients to this recipe?

Yes, you can add other ingredients to this recipe such as diced carrots or red bell pepper for added flavor and nutrition.

Notes:

Ingredient Substitution for Easy Ham and Corn Chowder Recipe

  • Bacon: You can use pancetta, ham hock, or smoked sausage as a substitute for bacon.
  • Flour: Cornstarch, potato starch, or arrowroot powder can be used as a substitute for flour.
  • Chicken broth: Vegetable broth or water with bouillon cubes can be used instead of chicken broth.
  • Heavy/whipping cream: You can substitute with half and half or evaporated milk.
  • Corn: Use fresh or canned corn kernels instead of frozen corn.
  • Smoked ham: Cooked and shredded chicken, turkey or sausage can be substituted for ham.
  • Italian seasoning: Use a mix of dried oregano, basil, and fresh thyme.

In conclusion, leftover ham can be transformed into a delicious and comforting dish with this Easy Ham and Corn Chowder recipe. It’s a hearty soup that’s perfect for cold weather or any time you need a comforting meal. With simple ingredients and easy steps, you can make a big pot of chowder that will satisfy your family or guests.

Feel free to customize the recipe to your liking by adding more vegetables or adjusting the seasoning by using a mix of dried oregano, basil, and fresh thyme. Don’t let your leftover ham go to waste – give this recipe a try and enjoy a warm and flavorful bowl of chowder.

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