Ham, Corn and Potato Soup

By Kristen Doyle

Ham, Corn and Potato SoupFor many of us, the weather is finally starting to show some signs of warming up a bit, but until the warm weather of Spring fully emerges again, this Ham, Corn and Potato Chowder is the perfect soup to keep you toasty and warm.

As the sun starts to go down in the evening, a certain chill begins to take over the air and we are reminded, yet again, that winter is not quite done with us.

As much as I’m excited about the signs of spring in the air, I’m also happy that we still have a few more weeks of hearty soup weather.  This Ham, Corn and Potato Chowder is the perfect “take the chill off” dinner. Place it in your slow cooker and let it simmer all day, then come in out of the cold and let this Ham, Corn and Potato Soup warm you up!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ham, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 1 (32-ounce) container chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen corn, cooked per instructions
  • 1 (10-ounce package) frozen broccoli florets, cooked per instructions
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, to garnish

Preparation:

Serves approximately 8

1. Place the diced ham through the potatoes into a large slow cooker. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated. Cover and cook on medium heat for 6 hours. 

2. 15 minutes before serving, place flour and half and half into a bowl with a secure lid. Shake until flour and half and half are well blended.

3. Turn the heat of the slow cooker to high, slowly pour in the half and half/flour mixture, stirring continuously.

4. Add cooked corn and broccoli florets to the slow cooker. Cook covered for 10 additional minutes.

5. Remove bay leaf. Ladle chowder into individual serving bowls and garnish with shredded cheddar cheese.

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