Nonnie's Ham Chowder Recipe -
Nonnie's Ham Chowder Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Nonnie's Ham Chowder

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"My grandmother (Nonnie) used to make this chowder using leftover veggies from the week and a piece of ham on the bone. It's incredibly creamy and the thyme and pepper make it such a savory dish. I use a piece of boneless ham steak, but I find that if I don't use ham on the bone, I need to add some salt to get the flavor right. Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. Place the potatoes into a large pot; cover with salted water. Bring to a simmer and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain, remove from pan, and reserve.
  2. Melt butter in the saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion in butter until soft, but not brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour, bouillon, pepper, and thyme. Slowly whisk in the milk. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened to soup consistency.
  3. Stir in the frozen vegetables, cooked potatoes, and ham. Simmer chowder until hot, about 10 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 10, 2010

This was excellent. I only used white onion because Vidalia are not in season now, I didn't have the chicken bouillon so used about 1/2 of the 3 cups milk and 1-1/2 cups chicken broth. I also sauteed a little celery along with the onion.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 21, 2011

I had to triple the recipe to get about 4 quarts for my family. Original would not have been enough. I added sour cream, salt, and more pepper. Even with those extras it's a little bland and I need a substitute for the flour. I don't like the flour aftertaste. If I use again, I will be modifying more. Just too bland.


22 Ratings

Oct 28, 2009

Ive made this recipe before. Its great folks and don't change a thing except maybe your seasoning preference. Serve with some steaming hot rolls with real butter (butter is more healthy) and you have a cold weathers night winner.

Jan 27, 2011

I wish I could give this 4.5 stars. While it was very good, I feel like something essential was missing. I added some celery that I cooked with the onion and also some garlic. I think next time I make this, I'll take the suggestion of another reviewer and stir in some cheese at the end. Thanks for the recipe, Kristin. My husband really loved this and I loved how simple it was to prepare.

Jan 12, 2011

Very tasty! I made a half a batch for lunch for my husband and I as I was looking to use up leftovers, not create more. But I sure wish I'd made a whole batch because now I want some for dinner too. I made it mostly as stated except added some celery and garlic with the onion, a little extra milk (about 1/8 cup), and about 1/2 cup of water when I put the ham and veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, & carrots) in as I like my soup just a bit thinner. I also stirred in 2 handfulls of shredded cheddar cheese at the end. Toasted up a little sourdough for the dipping, Mmmm good!

Dec 04, 2009

I changed it just a little for my husband who had a tumor removed from his stomach and is on a liquid diet for a least two weeks, I cooked the potatoes and then pureed them with the milk I did not use the flour since the puree thickened it. and I did not add the vegetables

Aug 13, 2013

Ive made this monthly, and its always great as directed, or with mods.. I usually make it with powdered milk, a bit more butter, and pepper, and I follow the directions on my chicken base.. Ive used canned ham, baked ham, smoked ham, and left over boiled ham from ham n beans. It all works good. Ive used sage instead of thyme and its great too. I always add garlic.. Its a great ham chowder. We love it.

Apr 25, 2011

I made this chowder following the recipe exactly. I used leftover ham from Easter, half a bag of frozen carrots and a can of corn, and served it with a loaf of homemade bread and butter. Both my husband and I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to have more! I wouldn't change a thing!


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  • Calories
  • 230 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 25.9 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 36 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 9.5 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 3.7 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 11.3 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 616 mg
  • 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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