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

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We bought a ham a few days ago – a giant hunk of ham. Oh boy, I am going to have a lot of leftovers.


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 and 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! 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, add in the milk 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 and Corn Chowder Soup


Note: For this recipe, I used 1 cup of milk 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 πŸ™‚ Experiment and have some fun with it.


Ham and Corn Chowder Soup


I always have leftovers, so I’m curious to hear and learn what do you guys do with it? So far my easy go to recipes with leftovers are: fried noodles, nachos and weird soups with stuff when I need to clean up the fridge but I’d love more ideas! πŸ™‚



Soup Time!

Hearty Ham & Corn Chowder


Ham and Corn Chowder Soup

  • Author: Joyce | Pups with Chopsticks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Category: Soup
  • Cuisine: American


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


  • 1 cup of ham
  • 1 1/2 cups of corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 can of low sodium cream of corn
  • 2 medium potatoes (diced)
  • 2 small onions (diced)
  • 1 cup of milk (or cream)
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • bacon (as a optional garnish)


  1. Scrub the potatoes to get them clean and free of dirt
  2. Peel the potatoes
  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 fromΒ πŸ™‚
  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!


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 ideaΒ πŸ™‚


  • Serving Size: 1 Serving
  • Calories: 316 kcal
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Sodium: 338 mg
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42 g
  • Protein: 10 g

Keywords: corn chowder recipe easy, corn, chowder, corn chowder



4 thoughts on “Ham and 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? πŸ™‚

  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.

    1. Yes! πŸ™‚ and you don’t need to add any salt because the ham is already salty! πŸ™‚

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