Creamy Tortellini, Ham & White Bean Chowder Recipe Satisfies the Soul by Donna John

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Creamy Tortellini, Ham & White Bean Chowder Recipe Satisfies the Soul

Don't let the long list of ingredients scare you off from trying this ham and bean chowder recipe. This creamy chowder recipe is really quick and easy to make – and a great way to use up leftover ham from the holidays or a big family meal. 

This tasty chowder recipe has ham, creamy beans, vegetables and cheese tortellini in a flavorful, creamy broth. You could omit the tortellini and add another can of white beans, or omit the beans and add the entire bag of frozen tortellini. Cubed red potato would be a great addition to the celery and onions instead of using tortellini. Don't have leftover ham? Use chicken or turkey instead. So many options with this tortellini chowder!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 - 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 box (48 ounces) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups cubed ham
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 of a 1-pound bag frozen cheese tortellini 
  • 2 cups half and half

Here's how to make it:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot. Add the onion, carrots and celery and cook about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 more minute. Sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes. 
  2. Add all but 1/2 a cup of the chicken broth to the pot. Stir the cornstarch into the 1/2 cup of broth and add to pot (this prevents lumps). Add beans, ham, mustard, bay leaves, bouillon and herbs/spices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook about 20 minutes. 
  3. Add tortellini and cook about 3 minutes, or until al dente. Add half-and-half and warm through. Taste and adjust seasonings. 

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Olive Oil $5 & Up
Chicken Broth $2 & Up
Cornstarch $2 & Up
Cannelli Beans $1 & Up
Dijon Mustard $2 & Up
Dried Parsley $2 & Up
Dried Oregano $3 & Up
Dried Thyme $3 & Up
Ground Cumin $2 & Up

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Donna John
Yum!! I have a ton of leftover ham. Think this will be in my soup bowl sometime this week. :-)
Elisa Schmitz
Oh, how delicious. Thanks for the yummy recipe, Donna John !
Savory delicious recipe. 😋

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