Low-Fat Cheddar Chowder

Low-Fat Cheddar Chowder

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 222.2
  • Total Fat: 8.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 22.6 mg
  • Sodium: 881.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 18.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 17.9 g

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Introduction

This version only has 225 calories per serving! This version only has 225 calories per serving!
Number of Servings: 6

Ingredients

    2 cups boiling water
    2 cups 1% milk
    2 cups diced potatoes
    1/2 cup chopped cauliflower
    1/2 cup diced celery
    1/4 cup chopped onions
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp pepper
    1/4 cup low-calorie margarine
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    2 cups shredded low-fat cheddar
    1 cup cubed lean ham

Directions

Heat water in a large pot.
Add the potatoes, cauliflower, celery, onion, salt and pepper to boiling water.
Cover and cook over med-high heat for 10 minutes. Do not drain!
In a medium-sized sauce pan, melt margarine then add flour. Slowly add milk while whisking mixture.
Allow the sauce to thicken, then add to the veggie mixture.
Slowly stir in the cheddar until melted, add ham cubes and stir.
Do not bring soup back to boil.
You can serve immediately if you like, I like to transfer the soup to my slow cooker and leave it on low heat until ready to eat.

Number of Servings: 6

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user EMMJAE.

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    So good and so wonderful to be eating so few calories! I didn't add ham and used broccoli instead of cauliflower. I served this to my family today and everyone loved it. Thanks for such a great recipe! - 11/1/08

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I didn't have cauliflower so I subbed broccoli instead and added corn instead of ham. Delicious! - 2/1/11

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Good - next time I will double the cauliflower to stretch it out a bit, and maybe some garlic. Was great with a roll and a salad. - 1/7/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Simple, easy recipe, with every day ingredients. I actually used chopped, frozen onions, celery, & green peppers, along with potatoes, chopped bacon instead of ham, and the other ingredients. Very tasty! Wish I had some cauliflower available - would have been a nice touch. Love it though! - 8/18/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I read the comments about adding the parmesean cheese so that is what I did and it was delish... - 1/7/11

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Very very good! I just added on teaspoon of cornstarch to the margarine-flour-milk mixture to make it thicker and used broccoli. Turned out really nice! - 2/8/10

    Reply from EMMJAE (2/22/10)
    Thanks everyone for all the nice comments on my recipe :) I'm making it tonight and am glad to see lots of other liked it!


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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I have made this probably 10 times now! I love it!!! Each time I make it though I play around with it by adding more cauliflower, adding broccoli, omitting the potatoes, chopping things big, chopping things small...every time it tastes just a little bit different but always GREAT. - 7/21/11

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    yummy - 4/19/08

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Just made this, yummy! As a vegetarian, I left out the ham and it was delicious. - 4/17/08

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Yummy! I added 1cp. corn, more onions, added parm. cheese, and decreased the cheddar by 1/2 cp. Added a clove of garlic and red pepper flakes. Very good on a cold day. I will try this with other veggie combos too. - 4/14/08

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Made it tonight and LOVED it!! Instead of ham, I added chicken breast. - 11/13/07

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  • Incredible!
    Just as good as it looks! I might try playing around with some different spices the next time I make. - 5/11/20

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  • Incredible!
    This was really tasty! - 3/25/20

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  • Great! - 1/10/20

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  • This is delicious. - 11/9/19

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  • Incredible!
    I love this low fat cheddar chowder recipe! Yummy - 10/14/19

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  • Great idea - 10/7/18

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  • thanks - 9/23/18

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  • Incredible!
    This was so good made this weekend. It the spot with the cool weather and the rain. - 4/15/18

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  • This was great and easy for just 225 calories! It was also a large serving to fill me up. - 4/2/18

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  • going to try this - 1/29/17

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  • Incredible!
    Loved this recipe, definitely will make again maybe with broccoli instead as others have mentioned. - 4/7/16

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  • Incredible!
    I also used broccoli instead of cauliflower and added minced garlic to the veggies, then added mustard powder when I added the milk. Even using fat free milk this still was rich, creamy and really a 'comfort food' dinner! - 2/26/11

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  • Very Good
    Made as entered forst time. Will try with broccoli next time - 2/25/11

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  • Incredible!
    This was fabulous! Added some dried mustard to the white sauce and swapped the onion for leeks as that was what I had. Successful with my picky eaters although it only did them 4 servings not 6. If 6 would need a bread roll or similar. - 2/24/11

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  • Very Good
    Made this last night, simple and delicious! Was a bit thicker than I expected so will thin it out a little by maybe adding a little more water. I only changed the milk by making it w/skim. Daughter said lacked seasoning; will try w/garlic as several suggested. - 2/8/11

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  • Incredible!
    Very, very tasty just as is! I let the milk mixture thicken on low, whisking frequently, for about 15 minutes. Will try again with less potato and more cauliflower. - 2/3/11

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  • Incredible!
    LOVED IT.... FOUND IT HARD NOT TO EAT THE WHOLE THING BY MYSELF. - 2/3/11

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  • Incredible!
    This recipe was indeed wonderful! I added some broccoli, but otherwise followed the ingredients to the T. Just the perfect thing during this winter storm! YUM! - 2/3/11

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  • Incredible!
    I tried this recipe yesterday (home because of a snow day). Everyone in the family loved it. I will be making it again for Super Bowl at a friends house Sunday.!! - 2/3/11

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  • Very Good
    A good recipe to use up all the leftover veggies in the fridge!! I used broccoli & left out the ham since I'm watching my sodium. - 2/3/11

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  • Yummy, one for the whole family. - 2/3/11

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  • I usually don't like/eat chowder, but wanted to use up our cauliflower and SURPRISE!!! It was DELICIOUS!!! Thanks! - 2/2/11

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  • Incredible!
    My family loved this!!! - 2/1/11

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  • This sounds like a fabulous winter chowder - can't wait to try it! - 2/1/11

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  • Getting cauliflower in my winter CSA box today. Will definitely try this out this week!! - 2/1/11

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  • This sounds perfect for winter! Im adding it to my list of recipes to try! - 2/1/11

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  • I'm excited to try this!! - 2/1/11

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  • sounds awesome. I cant wait to try it - 2/1/11

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  • has anyone tried making this without the salt? I'm on a low sodium diet... - 2/1/11

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  • This is a must try . . . thanks for sharing. Can't wait to try it. We are soup crazy in this cold snowy winter!! - 2/1/11

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  • Very tasty. - 2/1/11

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  • O.K.
    it was OK - 1/14/09

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  • Incredible!
    This is FABULOUS! I made it last night and can't wait to have some for lunch today. - 1/12/09

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  • Incredible!
    Wow! This is fantastic! We used soy milk and Quorn tenders instead of ham, and it turned out great! We will definitely be making this again! - 8/13/08

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  • Incredible!
    This was excellent! It was so tasty I couldn't believe that it could be so low in calories. I made it exactly to recipe and I really can't think of anyway to improve it..maybe just double it next time so that we actually have leftovers! - 4/23/08

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This sounds good. I hope to make it soon. - 4/17/08

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  • Incredible!
    We love this. I've made it several times and also made it for my in-laws. They loved it, too and wanted the recipe. I have made it without the ham. I've also made it with a low fat sausage. - 4/16/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    sounds good - 4/15/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds yum - 4/15/08

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  • Very Good
    yummy - 4/14/08

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  • Good
    tasty - 4/14/08

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  • Very Good
    yummy!!! - 4/14/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    this sounds so doable! cant wait to try! also this would be great in the winter, to fight off that chill! - 4/14/08

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  • We loved it! I didnt have anymore cauliflower and the store was out so I used broccoli instead. Turnrd out great. - 4/14/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I will try this. - 4/14/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I wll fix this one - 4/14/08

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  • Great use for ingredients I had on hand....dinner tonight! - 4/14/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounda wonderful. I will make it. - 4/14/08

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  • Very Good
    delicious! - 4/14/08

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  • Sounds good. - 4/14/08

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  • Incredible!
    This was absolutely delicious. My whole family loved it. I do think it needed a little bit of seasoning though. I added some parsley. Next time I will probably add some other herbs, maybe some dill or thyme or something. I also think it would be great with broccoli and corn. - 3/19/08

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  • This was delicious. My hubby amde it for me and it was ready to go when I got home from work. Almost all the ingredients were already in the house so it was extremely convenient. He says its a sinch to make and thought we could also use turkey instead of ham sometime. I sent it to friends to try. - 1/10/08

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  • Incredible!
    Even my husband loved this chowder! This will be one of my winter comfort foods!!! - 11/21/07

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  • Incredible!
    This is simply the best!!! I've made cheese soups before and this one rocks because it really is like chowder! - 11/18/07

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  • Incredible!
    This is da'bomb! SO YUMMY!!! I made it for my daycare kids and they loved it! I'll be sending the recipe home with them!! - 11/12/07

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  • Incredible!
    Great recipe, I took the advice of other people and added a bit of grated parmesean and I loved it!! Would definitely make again :) - 11/12/07

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  • This soup is great. I went the vegetarian route and added a cup of corn. I also added my cheese to the milk mixture before addind to veggies. YUMMO! - 11/10/07

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  • Incredible!
    I bet with this recipe you can use chicken. - 11/7/07

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  • Incredible!
    sounds incredibly goodd! I added this to one of my cookbooks & will definitely cook it - for myself and for company! - 11/6/07

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  • Very Good
    i loved it. Next time, though, to please my family, I'm adding a teaspon of cayenne pepper. - 11/6/07

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  • Very Good
    Like several others, I added garlic and parmesan...tasty and filling. - 11/6/07

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  • Fantastic!! I too added Parm cheese and a clove of garlic. So good and creamy. - 11/6/07

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  • I LOVE cheddar cheese! I'm going to try it, but will probably try to cut the sodium & fat content some more ... maybe Mrs. Dash for seasoning ... ham & cheese already has plenty of salt. - 11/6/07

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  • Incredible!
    I didn't have any onion so I added a garlic clove - it was REALLY REALLY GOOD and perfect for a crisp day. - 5/16/07

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  • 5 stars! My husband was asking for seconds. - 5/11/07

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  • Incredible!
    This makes more than enough for our family and I love the leftovers for lunch. - 3/22/07

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  • Very Good
    Hubby and I loved it, the grandson only so, so. Not bad on calories for a cream soup. - 3/18/07

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  • Incredible!
    I loved it, hubby liked it, but kids only so-so. I'd make it again. And it made for great leftovers for the days aftewards. - 3/18/07

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  • Incredible!
    This is wonderful and so filling. I make a triple batch so I can have plenty of leftovers. The family loves it too and it's a great way to get veggies in the kids! - 3/14/07

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  • Incredible!
    Great, creamy, filling recipe. I added some parmesean for a sharper taste, and used a hand blender before adding the cheese to make it really thick. Yum! - 3/12/07

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