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Corn Chowder

Corn Chowder. Thick and creamy, this hearty corn chowder is loaded with chunks of potato, ham, and tons of flavor! This soup is easy enough to make as a weeknight meal, and best of all can be made with fresh, frozen, or even canned corn, making it perfect all year round!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 235kcal
Author: Serene

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 32 ounces corn frozen or canned (approx 9 ears of corn)
  • 1 lb gold potatoes diced 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 4 cups chicken broth unsalted
  • 1 cup half and half (or milk of preference)
  • 1 lb ham diced into 1/2 inch cubes

Instructions

  • In a large dutch oven or pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the diced onion and cook until softened and translucent. Add the garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the flour to make a thick paste. Allow this to cook for about 1-2 minutes, just to cook the flour.
  • Stir in the salt, pepper, and paprika. Pour in the chicken stock. Stir to combine.
  • Add the diced potatoes. Cook for about 10-15 minutes over medium heat.
  • Add in the corn and continue to cook for another 10 minutes, until corn is heated through and the potatoes are fork tender.
  • Turn off the heat and using an immersion blender blend up the soup to desired consistency. I prefer to leave some chunks of corn and potato in mine. The more you blend the thicker the soup will be. If you don't have an immersion blender, you can remove about half of the soup carefully and blend in a blender or food processor. Then return to the pot.
  • After soup is blended, add in the ham. I prefer giving my ham a quick sear in a separate pan over medium high heat for about 5 minutes before adding to the soup. This is completely optional. If you skip this step, turn the heat back on the soup and let the soup cook longer to make sure the ham is warmed through.
  • Add in the half and half. Stir to combine.
  • Serve soup warm with a garnish of fresh chives, or parsley and a dash of fresh ground pepper.

Notes

  1. If you would prefer to have bacon in the corn chowder instead you can cook the bacon as the first step, remove the crisp bacon bits, leave about 2 tablespoons of the grease and continue with the recipe, using the bacon grease instead of the butter..
  2. To make this soup in the slow cooker: add all ingredients to a slow cooker, MINUS the butter, flour and milk. Cook on low for 6 hours. Blend the soup. If you still want thickness to the soup mix together equal parts flour and water (1 tablespoon each) and whisk into the soup. Cook on low an additional 30 minutes before serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Fiber: 1g