I was given 2 hams for Thanksgiving. These were not used at our feast at my sister's house (she hosted yay!), so here I am with a huge amount of ham and what to do with it? Make Creamy Cauliflower, Potato, and Cheesy Ham Chowder of course!
The chowder also includes onion and garlic, chicken broth, and heavy cream. I used cheddar in the soup, and parmesan shavings to top the soup are great to add as well. Cheese and more cheese is a fabulous thing. 🙂 This really was absolutely delicious and was accompanied by a light salad and some ciabatta bread to soak up all the scrumptiousness!
The ham imparted such an amazing flavor to the soup and I'm happy that I have more ham so that I can whip up this soup again!
Benefits of Eating Cauliflower
So turns out this soup is pretty good for you! It includes cauliflower, which is on a list of Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables from the CDC. I just discovered this list of produce ranked by nutrient density. These are supposed to be some of the best foods you can eat to help prevent chronic disease. Cauliflower is #24!
Cauliflower is a great source of fiber and vitamins, including the B-vitamins, C, and K. It also contains cancer fighting antioxidants. I'm going to work on incorporating more cauliflower into my diet after learning this!
You will absolutely love this soup! And you may also enjoy these soups as well!
Creamy Cauliflower, Potato, and Cheesy Ham Chowder
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 4 Thai chilis minced (leave out if you prefer a non spicy version)
- 1 large potato peeled and cut into small pieces
- ¼-1/2 lb diced ham
- 1 head small cauliflower cut into small pieces
- 32 oz chicken broth you may have some left over
- ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup shredded cheddar
- parmesan cheese shavings as soup garnish (optional)
- cayenne pepper to sprinkle on top (optional)
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Heat up your olive oil in a large sauce pan on med - med high heat. Add your onion, garlic, and Thai chilis (if using) saute until softened, around 3-5 minutes.
- Add the ham, and stir fry for around 3 minutes. Then add the cauliflower and potato and give it a stir.
- Add enough chicken broth to cover the mixture and then bring to the boil. Cover, then lower to a simmer and simmer for around 15 minutes, or until the potato and cauliflower are tender.
- Turn the heat down to low. Stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and heavy whipping cream. Add salt and pepper to taste.