Leftover Ham Recipe Ideas: This Creamy Ham, White Bean & Tortellini Chowder Recipe Satisfies the Soul by Donna John

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Leftover Ham Recipe Ideas: This Creamy Ham, White Bean & Tortellini Chowder Recipe Satisfies the Soul

Don't let the long list of ingredients scare you off from trying this chowder recipe. It's really quick and easy to make – and a great way to use up leftover ham.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

You'll need:

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. 

Variations: 

  • Omit the tortellini and add another can of white beans.
  • Omit the beans and add the entire bag of frozen tortellini.
  • Add cubed red potatoes when you cook the onions, celery and carrots instead of the tortellini.
  • Use leftover chicken instead of ham. 

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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 A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Oh, how delicious. Thanks for the yummy recipe, Donna John !

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