Creamy Ham and Potato Chowder


Start your prep work in the afternoon and this slow-cooker chowder will be ready to serve for dinner. Topped with broccoli and shredded cheddar--and full of potatoes, carrots and ham--it's a meal the whole family will enjoy.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
6 servings


  • 12 ounces tiny yellow potatoes, cut into 3/4-inch pieces

  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated fat-free milk (1 1/2 cups)

  • ½ cup diced cooked lean ham

  • 2 medium carrots, coarsely shredded (1 cup)

  • 1 cup broccoli florets, steamed

  • ¼ cup shredded Cheddar cheese (1 ounce)

  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh thyme


  1. In a 4-quart slow cooker, combine potatoes and onion (see Tip). Pour broth over vegetables.

  2. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 3 hours.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine cornstarch, dried thyme and pepper. Whisk in evaporated milk. Stir the cornstarch mixture, ham and carrots into the cooker. Cover and cook for 30 minutes more, stirring the soup occasionally. Serve soup topped with broccoli, cheese and fresh thyme.


Tip: For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

172 Calories
2g Fat
27g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 1/3 cup
Calories 172
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 11g 23%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Vitamin A 3447IU 69%
Vitamin C 29mg 32%
Folate 33mcg 8%
Sodium 566mg 25%
Calcium 229mg 18%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 41mg 10%
Potassium 653mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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