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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hearty Corn Chowder

Yes, I'm making soup again. Yes, I know it's summer, but it's also corn season and all the local farms are bursting with fresh corn on the cob. AND fresh corn from the cob and little chunks of red potatoes make a fabulously flavorful chowder. 

Personally, I love soup no matter what the season, even during this brutal heat wave! However, I did make it late at night so not to heat up the kitchen.

This hearty delicious soup is easy and quick to make and contains no dairy or added thickeners. The potatoes become creamy as they cook and the corn releases it's own starch giving the soup the consistency of a thick chowder.

I'm usually not a big corn lover, but there is something about fresh corn on the cob from the local farms that calls my name. I do love eating the crunchy kernels raw right off the cob, and I do love adding the fresh sweet uncooked kernels to soup and salads.

I buy my corn at a local farm that grows Non GMO corn- believe me that's hard to find, so I'm taking advantage of it. I may even freeze some ears for the fall.

It's a hard to tell from the photo, but the soup also has chunks of red peppers and sautéed onions. 

If you are not a summer soup lover, why not pin the recipe right now to make in the fall ( yes, you could use frozen corn)

OtherRecipes for Fresh Corn : 

My favorite way to eat corn is cut raw off the cob and add it to a salad. My Tomato and Corn summer salad is delicious.

You could also add fresh corn to my easy Egg Drop soup  or 
my Asian Quinoa Slaw Salad when fresh corn is in season

Another popular corn recipe is my Pot luck Corn and Bean Bake

Author: Judee Algazi
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


4 ears of fresh ( non- gmo) corn on the cob ( about 3 cups of corn) 
5 cups of vegetable broth
2 cups of water or corn broth 
2 Tablespoons olive oil 
1 and 1/4 cups chopped onion
1 large red potato, chopped
1 cup of chopped red pepper
Fresh cracked pepper to taste

How to make corn broth
After you cut the corn off the cob, place the cobs in a saucepan and cover with water ( just to the top of the corn) Bring to a boil and then allow to simmer covered for about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to sit for another 10 minutes covered before using. Strain and use. 

Directions for the chowder

Using a large knife, cut the corn kernels off the uncooked corn cob and set aside. Heat the oil in a large soup pan. Add the onion and sauté until the onion begins to soften. Add the potatoes, red pepper, corn and continue to saute and stir for about 5 minutes, coating all the veggies. 
Add the 2 cups of corn broth and 4 cups of vegetable broth ( or 6 cups of vegetable broth)  to the sautéed vegetables and allow to cook uncovered for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are very soft and crumbly. Cover and simmer for about 5-10 more minutes. ( If the liquid cooked down- add 1 cup of additional broth or water) 

My Notes : 

  • When I want a thinner soup, I add more broth or water especially the next day.
  • I love the idea of making my own corn broth from the cobs, but it does require a little more time. Make your broth the day before or just use all vegetable broth in the recipe if you are in a hurry. 

I Will Be Linking this recipe to my Blog Carnival List 

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  1. This soup was sooooo delicious!!! I love the taste of fresh summer corn and the soup was filling and hearty. Loved the chunks of potato in it as well. Can't wait to make again!!!

  2. This looks great, Judee! I've never made corn broth before but that is such a great idea, I am pinning this recipe to make when corn is in season here :)

    1. The stalks have a lot of flavor - it is great to add it into the soup

  3. Hi Judee,
    This corn soup or chowder sure sounds tasty and healthy. I love that your using no GMO local corn. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Pinned & twitted/

    1. Real Food Fridays is one of my favorite blog carnivals because I find so many healthy recipes. Thank you for hosting each week.

  4. Corn chowder is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods, but we've had to cut way back on dairy at our house, so almost never get to taste it any more. I am so looking forward to trying your recipe.

    Luckily, I found your site and this chowder recipe through Real Food Fridays #98 – Natural Foods From Nature. Thank you for sharing it there! Next week, I plan to share it as well, as the Recipe of the Day on a Facebook page I curate titled Cooking with Whole Grains & Real Whole Foods. (I know, gluten, plenty of it there, but lots of other good things as well.)

    Taste treat coming up as soon as I can find some fresh organic corn! Thanks again.

    1. Kathryn,
      So lovely of you to comment and introduce yourself. I find a lot of healthy recipes on Real Food Fridays as well. I'll be looking for your recipes. I hope you enjoy this dairy free version when you get a chance to make it.

    2. You are so kind! Well, life intervened in a big way, plus I didn't find any nice organic corn on the cob at the Farmer's Market this week, but corn season is young yet. This recipe is today's feature on Cooking with Whole Grains & Real Whole Foods, and I'm still drooling over it.

  5. I like you love soup any time and corn makes such an appropriate summer ingredient for a summer soup. Love the red bell pepper in yours.

    1. Hi Sam,
      So nice to meet you and your blog! I enjoyed reading about your wonderful adventure in Provence that you posted this week. Your photos are beautiful and the fabulous home you rented makes me want to do the same. Thanks for your comment.

  6. Thanks for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party. It has been pinned to our party board and tweeted. Glad to have you as a regular contributor to the party.

    1. Elaine,
      Thank you for your comment. I love Healthy Living LInk Party because I discover so many blogs and bloggers who share healthy recipes. I just started following you on Google +.. Looking forward to your shares!

  7. Your Corn Chowder looks fabulous, we would just love it. Hope you are having a fantastic day and we are so excited that you shared your post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Thanks so much and Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. I have fond memories of corn chowder as a kid. Thanks for sharing your recipe at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

  9. Corn chowder is the best. I am pinning this!! Great post!! I have a link up on my blog if you'd like to share a post!

  10. I love corn chowder, especially as the weather cools. Making it with fresh corn has to be the best!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  11. I was typing a comment and it disappeared before I completed it. I was saying how I love corn and soups, even in the summer and this one looks worthy of being made even in the heat.

  12. I am delighted that you shared your healthy, creamy and delicious Hearty Corn Chowder recipe with us on the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I appreciate it and I can't wait to try your recipe. I'm pinning and sharing.

  13. Thanks so much for linking up with #heymomma!! I am making this recipe this week! :)

  14. This looks like an awesome recipe, thanks for linking it up at this weeks Merry Mondays!

  15. Who can resist these healthy, delicious ingredients. This will soothe my creamy cravings! I can't wait to make this at home. Thank you so much for sharing your Hearty Corn Chowder with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing.

  16. This completely reminds me of my husbands grandmothers recipe, which I have not made in a LONG time! Feeling some new inspiration! Thank you! I am so glad you linked up with us over at Country Fair Blog Party! I'd love to see what else you are up to on our next link up on Sept 1st!
    Jan @ Tip Garden


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