We bought a ham a few days ago — Not just any ham, a giant hunk of ham, so you can probably guess what my dilemma will be for the next few days right? Lots of ham leftovers. (How is that a dilemma right? That’s what Terry would say) So for the next few recipes I have lined up, yup you guessed it! It will be featuring this giant hunk of ham.


Now that the weather is cooler I am noticing that I am starting to go into a hibernation mode. I am loving the one pot, one bowl comfort foods that I can easily eat while tucked into my blanket while watching tv, so as I was thinking of ways to use this ‘giant hunk of ham’ to create one bowl meals and one of the things I came up with was a corn chowder. It’s kind of my way of saying goodbye to summer one last time and hello to autumn.


Ham & Corn Chowder Soup


Every year nearing the end of summer I go to the farms to buy a butt load of corn and cut them off the cob and freeze it! It’s cheap, it’s easy and the corn taste fantastically sweet for winter meals. Win-win. Since I had the fresh corn on hand, I used it but frozen corn or even canned corned can be used as well.


Depending on what type of pot you use for create this (non-stick/stainless steel) you will notice that the potatoes and onions may stick to the bottom of the pan — which is what happened to me. Don’t worry! This is a good thing! These burnt stuck on bits will be ‘de-glazed’ off to give the soup even more flavour! After you are done browning and cooking the potatoes/onion/ham trio, use the liquid from the milk and/or stock and the bits on the bottom should soften up from the moisture and the heat. Scrape these flavourful bits off and it will melt into the soup as another layer of nuttiness flavour.


Ham & Corn Chowder Soup Ingredients


Note: For this recipe, I used 1 cup of milk (been binging on the junk lately, so I’m watching the waistline) and 1 cup of chicken stock (or water). To make the soup even creamier, you can use 1 cup of cream instead of milk.


Optional: Toppings on soups are fun! … and they make me feel fancy. Here are a few ideas as soup toppers that you can use as well because sometimes it’s nice to
feel fancy!

  • Bacon
  • Green onions or chives
  • Fried onions bits
  • Grated cheese
  • Flavoured oils (garlic, basil, truffle etc)
  • Roasted seeds (peppitas, sunflower etc)
  • Handful of crushed chips — yep chips. mmm salty and crispy.
  • Saltine crackers crushed
  • Crispy tortilla strips
  • Popcorn
  • Pickles

..the sky’s the limit really 🙂 Experiment and have some fun with it.


Ham & Corn Chowder Soup


I swear, leftovers are the bane of my existence. When I acquire a ‘huge chunk’ of anything — and it happens a lot more than you think thanks to Terry’s obsession with smoking pork shoulders on the bbq– I never know what to do with it. My go-to’s are usually: nachos! fried rice! stir fry the crap out of it with some kind of veg! What do you guys do for leftovers? I would *love* to hear what you do with your leftovers!

A hearty ham & corn chowder soup with chunks of creamy potatoes


Oh! Almost forgot, has anyone ever used Yummly before? I just started using it because, oh you know, I love food porn 😛 and I also have put up buttons if you ever want to save these recipes in your Yummly collections it’d be easy peasy to do it. In the future I’ll be posting all my recipes there as well so it’s all in one place and easy to get to as well 🙂
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Hearty Ham & Corn Chowder Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

This hearty corn chowder is simple, and makes use of any types of leftovers we have. Perfect one pot, one bowl meal for the cozy cold seasons

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Pups with Chopsticks
  • 1 cup of ham
  • 1 1/2 cup of corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 medium potatoes (diced)
  • 2 small onions (diced)
  • 1 cup of milk (or cream)
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • bacon (as a garnish) (optional)
  1. Peel the potatoes

  2. Dice the potatoes, onions and ham to roughly the same size

  3. Heat up a bit of oil and butter in a large pot. (The oil helps melt the butter at a slower rate without burning the butter from the heat)

  4. Add in the potatoes, onions and ham and cook it until the potatoes are slightly soft. This will take approximately 15 mins. (Don't worry if the potatoes stick to the bottom of the pan, We will use the burnt bits as flavour bits during the de-glazing step next)

  5. Once the potatoes are soft, add in the mik and chicken stock to soften (de-glaze) the burnt bits stuck on the bottom of the pan. This is where a lot of the nutty flavour will come from 🙂

  6. Add in the cream of corn and mix it all together

  7. Simmer for another 15 mins until the potatoes are cooked and the liquid has reduced so it's nice and thick for a hearty soup

  8. Cozy up to a bowl and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This is a very versatile soup so substitution is encouraged!
No cream? use milk!
No stock? use water!
No ham? Use turkey, chicken, pork!
You get the idea 🙂



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4 thoughts on “Ham & Corn Chowder Soup”

    1. Hi Alyssa!

      Yea whenever I go out, I find that the salt in foods are over done and you miss tasting the true flavours of the dish itself. Don’t get me wrong, I love salt! haha but if our ingredients have a lot of salt to begin with, I didn’t think we needed to add more. Yea I’m in the same boat as you, I love creamy hearty things for the winter, it makes it extra cozy doesn’t it? 🙂

  1. I like your another bright idea of the Hearty Ham & Corn Chowder Soup. I normally order the fish chowder soup from outside restaurant. During this X’mas holidays,, I still have a chunk of smoke turkey meat leftover, My husband and I usually fry up both sides of turkey meat …. Now I can turn with it to cook into a wonderful soup.

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