Through the Holidays, we eat a lot of ham! It seems like you have it for family dinner, church parties, and just because it tastes so good! After a while you find yourself looking for new ways to use the leftovers and that’s why we make ham & cheese chowder!
This time of year, soup is one of our go-to meals. My husband makes the best soups and they are perfect comfort food. Not to mention, a great way to use your leftover ham!
- 10 strips bacon, diced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 to 4 cloves garlic,minced
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 small package frozen corn
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup half and half
- 3 cups cubed potatoes
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 cups ham, cubed
- In a heavy stew pot, cook the bacon over a medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon bits from the pan and place on plate covered with paper towels to soak up the grease.
- In the drippings, saute onion until tender it will take about 5 minutes. In the last minute, add the garlic and celery. Stir in the flour until blended.
- Gradually add the milk and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir constantly for 2 minutes or until thickened.
- Add the potatoes, corn, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered, for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
- Add the cheese, ham, and bacon; continue to cook until the cheese is melted and well combined.