Old-Fashioned Ham and Potato Chowder

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This simple, old-fashioned ham and potato chowder is a comforting meal on a chilly night. This is a tried and true family favorite recipe and we have certainly enjoyed it over the years.

My kids gobble the first serving of this soup up and typically ask for seconds!  That’s how I know this recipe is a keeper. 

This is also a great way to use up leftover holiday ham… the holidays will be here before we know it! So, be sure to bookmark this one or Pin it for later! Please share this recipe with your family and friends!

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Old-Fashioned Ham and Potato Chowder

Recipe by Marcelle at A Little Fish in the Kitchen Course: Lunch, DinnerCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This old-fashioned soup will warm your soul on a cold winter’s day! It’s also a delicious way to use up any leftover holiday ham!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter

  • 3 medium Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces

  • 2 cups smoked ham, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1/2 yellow onion, coarsely chopped

  • 2 medium stalks of celery, rinsed and coarsely chopped

  • 1-1/4 cup matchstick carrots or 2 medium carrots peeled and diced

  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 6 cups chicken broth or 6 cups water with appropriate amount of chicken flavored bouillion.

  • 1/2 cup half and half or heavy cream

  • crumbled bacon bits or chopped fresh Italian parsley for garnish, if desired


  • In a Dutch oven, heat the olive oil or butter. Add in the potatoes, onions, celery, carrots and ham and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring often to coat with the oil.
  • Add in the cornstarch and coat the vegetable mixture well. Next, add in the broth or water with the bouillion cubes. Stir well and cover the pot.
  • Bring the pot to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium. Cover the pot and allow the soup to simmer for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  • Add in the half and half or cream and bring the pot back just to a boil. Finally, remove from the heat.
  • Enjoy!

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  • Recipe from A Little Fish in the Kitchen blog at www.alittlefishinthekitchen.com. All content is owned by Marcelle G. Bolton. Please contact the author for permission to republish. 


  1. Oh my, Marcelle, this makes me think of my mother… she made something similar and I haven’t had it in ages!

  2. Mmmm, chowder. Love hearty dishes like this, particularly at this time of the year. I sometimes make something quite similar, but with sausage instead of ham. Definitely need to try using ham! 🙂

  3. This is fabulous! And I love white pepper. I use it more often than black. I just love the flavor and aroma. Great recipe!

  4. That looks soul comforting and tasty!

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