Smoked Ham and Gouda Corn Chowder

Six years ago, right about this time of year I was pregnant with my oldest. WOW does time fly!

It was a rough first pregnancy, I wouldn't wish it on anyone. The first and second trimesters were spent doubled over the toilet sick as a dog. I wasn't able to eat anything. My Dr. wouldn't do anything to help. Said I just needed to let it pass.... "Most women start to feel better after 12 weeks".... Well 12 weeks turned into 14, then 20, then 24...

My husband would get so frustrated scared that the baby and I weren't getting what we needed because I couldn't eat. My 115 lb body lost 10 lbs in the first month. Yeah Dr. That's got to be good right?! Lets just say I've switched OB's... and when I went through the weight loss and dehydration from being sick so much with my other babies I got the help I needed. (*There are things you can do too kick "morning" sickness in the butt...*) 

On a side note, why do they call it morning sickness? It's clearly not that at all! It's puke your brains out your having a baby sickness allllll freaking day long!

One day in an attempt to get me to eat and get me out of the house, Hubs borrowed his bosses Porsche took me for a ride (which made me more sick haha) then we stopped at a restaurant called The Foot Hills in Warner, NH. I ordered a sandwich (which I didn't eat) and a bowl of smoked gouda corn chowder. It was the first thing I had actually eaten and enjoyed in months! First thing the next day I drug my butt to the store picked up the makings for a chowder and recreated it.

I went on a chowder binge!

I swear it was the only thing I ate for most of my pregnancy... or until I gained my appetite back.I have forever ruined corn chowder for my husband. He ate so much of it during those weeks and months I don't think he will voluntarily consume a bowl today.

6 years later here I am with 3 kids (funny how mother nature makes you forget the bad stuff, and you keep popping babies out despite the hell you had gone through with the last!)

My life saving corn chowder.....

Smoked Ham and Gouda Corn Chowder


4 tbs of butter
4 tbs of flour
1 medium onion diced
4 cups of chicken stock
2 cups of corn ( I cut mine right off the cob, you can also use frozen) 
1 carrot peeled and sliced thin
2 medium potatoes cubed ( I use red skin, I'm lazy... I don't like to peal) 
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 cup of diced or shredded smoked ham
1 cup of shredded smoked gouda cheese
2 cups of whole milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional garnish: sliced scallions, parsley, or crispy fried ham crumbled


In a large heavy bottomed pot ( I use my dutch oven) add butter and onion. Saute over medium heat until onions are translucent. Sprinkle flour over the top and with a whisk, mix until a paste has formed. 

Slowly whisk in your chicken stock. Bring to a boil and continue whisking until their are no flour lumps.  

Add in corn, carrot, potato, and garlic. Bring back up to a boil, reduce heat to medium/low. Allow to simmer until the vegetables are tender.

Once the vegetables are tender, mix in your ham, and milk. Bring back up to a boil.

Once it has returned to a boil reduce heat to low. Mix in your smoked gouda cheese. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes on low. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.  




  1. I love corn chowder! So sorry to hear your pregnancy was so rough! Strange to think something could be so rough or painful and we do it all over again so willingly.

    1. I know, it's crazy how quickly you forget how awful it can be! They are obviously worth it!

  2. I am so ready for fall and to eat bowls of this :) I love all the smoky flavors with the cream sauce, yum!

  3. I cannot wait to try this!

  4. Ugh, I'm so sorry you were so sick during your pregnancy! I can't imagine how painful and grueling that must have been. At least now you can look back and smile because you have a gorgeous kid AND a newfound love for chowder :) this looks AWESOME. Anything with gouda in it has my seal of approval; I love the stuff! Totally making this :)

    1. Thanks Hayley! I love gouda as well.... it's my favorite cheese.

  5. I'm pregnant with my first and still waiting for the nausea to pass. I'm definitely craving your chowder now.

  6. Corn chowder is a life saving soup:) I love the gouda/smoked ham combo Carrie:)

  7. Oh yuck, morning sickness. How horrible! And to have a bad Dr. with your first, you just kinda go along. Boo! But this chowder....kind of a good result of a bad thing. Because I want it!

  8. a chowder binge sounds like a great way to cure morning sickness! haha i would totally go on a chowder binge without being prego cause i love chowder!! great looking soup!!

  9. Making this for dinner tonight. It's been on my menu list for a LONG time and I'm just now getting around to making it. I pulled up your site to review the recipe and couldn't help but laugh at at your story. I'm 10 weeks pregnant (with number four. That thing you said about forgetting!? :P) and this actually sounds super yummy despite the constant lack of appetite and nausea. Can't wait to whip this up tonight!! :)