Light Corn Chowder

Light Corn Chowder

I am always looking for good and healthy soup recipes and I found this delicious corn chowder soup on the Better Homes and Garden website. They prepared their soup in a slow cooker, but I prepared mine on the cooktop with my old Le Creuset pot. Other changes I made to the recipe were using nonfat milk, instead of whole milk; reducing the amount of milk from 2 cups to 1 cup; and eliminating the 2 tablespoons of a dry white wine. I used uncured bacon, so there were no additional nitrates other than what is naturally found in celery salt. As always, I tried to use organic ingredients when cost and availability allow. I have to say that I was very pleased my results, a very tasty and light corn chowder!

Light Corn ChowderIngredients:

  • 1 tablespoon organic canola oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped organic carrots (2 medium)
  • ½ cup finely chopped organic celery (1 stalk)
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cups peeled and chopped russet potatoes (2 large potatoes), approx. ½ to ¾-inch cubes
  • 3 cups organic chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¾ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • ⅛ teaspoon paprika
  • 4 cups frozen organic sweet corn
  • 1 cup organic nonfat milk
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme + extra sprigs of thyme for garnish (optional)
  • 4 slices uncured bacon, crispy cooked and crumbled

Directions:

  1. Using a medium-large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add carrots, celery, and onion and sauté for about 5 minutes, until tender. Stir in potatoes, chicken stock, bay leaf, dried thyme and paprika. Lower heat and simmer for 25 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk corn starch and ¼ cup milk, until blended. Set aside.
  3. Add corn and remaining milk. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add corn starch and milk mixture. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in fresh thyme.
  6. Using a potato masher, carefully mash the potatoes, until soup slightly thickens.
  7. Finally, sprinkle with bacon crumbs and garnish with thyme (optional)

Light Corn Chowder

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