Corn Chowder

Potatoes and bacon make this chowder soup recipe hearty enough to be considered a main dish. Especially delicious when prepared with fresh ears of corn.



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Servings: 6
Yield: 5 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 30 mins
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Ingredients
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    6   
    ears of fresh corn or 3 cups frozen whole kernel corn
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    1/2  cup 
    chopped onion (1 medium)
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    1/2  cup 
    chopped green sweet pepper
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    1   tablespoon 
    cooking oil
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    1  14  ounce can 
    chicken broth
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    1   cup 
    cubed, peeled potato (1 medium)
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    2   tablespoons 
    all-purpose flour
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    salt
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    black pepper
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    1 1/2  cups 
    milk
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    3   slices 
    bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, and crumbled or 2 tablespoons cooked bacon pieces
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    2   tablespoons 
    snipped fresh parsley (optional)

Directions
1.
If using fresh corn, use a sharp knife to cut the kernels off the cobs (you should have about 3 cups corn). Set corn aside.
2.
In a large saucepan cook onion and sweet pepper in hot oil until onion is tender but not brown. Stir in chicken broth, potato, and corn. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
3.
In a small bowl combine flour, salt, and pepper. Stir milk into flour mixture; add to corn mixture in saucepan. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Add bacon; heat through. If desired, garnish each serving with parsley.
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Makes 6 servings (5 1/2 cups)
Variation
  • Corn and Crab Chowder: Prepare as above, except omit bacon. In Step 3, after cooking for 1 minute, stir in one 6- or 6-1/2-ounce can crabmeat, drained, flaked, and cartilage removed. Heat through.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 192, Fat, total (g) 7, chol. (mg) 9, sat. fat (g) 2, carb. (g) 29, Monosaturated fat (g) 3, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2, fiber (g) 3, sugar (g) 8, pro. (g) 8, vit. A (IU) 340, vit. C (mg) 19, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 3, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (g) 56, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0, sodium (mg) 572, Potassium (mg) 515, calcium (mg) 81, iron (mg) 1, Starch () 2, Fat () 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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