Corn Chowder with Potatoes

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Corn Chowder was one of my favorite soups when I was little. I love the creaminess and also the sweet taste of corn in the soup. Funnily, it’s a very popular soup in Taiwan! You can order it (玉米濃湯) in lots of restaurants and even in a lot of fast food chains, so I would choose that as a side often times. It’s kind of funny to think about because it’s actually less common here in the states than it is in Taiwan. Anyway, this is a gluten free version of corn chowder, that is easy to make at home and doesn’t require you to dump flour in it.

About Corn

Did you know that Corn is technically not a vegetable? It’s actually a grain! What’s even more interesting is it’s more a fruit than it is a vegetable! This is why it is not one of the foods you can eat on the Paleo diet. However, if you’re not on a paleo diet, and just trying to eat healthy, you may still want to consider eating Corn as it can be pretty healthy:

  • Corn can lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels
  • Great for skin – Contains Vitamin C and Lycopene which increases production of collagen
  • Rich in Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B5
  • High in Fiber
  • And more!

What is corn chowder?

Corn chowder is a chowder soup prepared with corn as a main ingredient. It’s commonly made with corn, onion, celery, butter, and cream. You can find different variations of course – sometimes with milk, chicken, fish, seafood, bacon, and potatoes.

This version of corn chowder is made with milk, bacon, onions, and potatoes!

How to thicken corn chowder?

There are multiple ways to thicken corn chowder. One common way is to use flour. However, I prefer to use cornstarch (you can also use potato starch). This recipe will show you how to thicken corn chowder with cornstarch!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 can cream corn (14.75 oz)
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 3 slices bacon, uncooked and chopped
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and chopped (Optional)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp scallions chopped (Optional)

Instructions

In a large pot, melt butter on medium heat. Add chopped uncooked bacon pieces and stir.

Add diced onions and saute until soft and translucent.

Add potatoes, frozen corn, broth, and bay leaf, and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for 15 mins.

Add 2 cups of milk and 1 can of sweet style corn.

Simmer until soup thickens, about 10 mins. Season with salt and pepper.

Remove Bay Leaf.

Optionally, add scallion and chopped cooked bacon and serve!

Corn Chowder with Potatoes
Corn Chowder with Potatoes
Corn Chowder with Potatoes

Corn Chowder with Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 can cream corn (14.75 oz)
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 3 slices bacon, uncooked and chopped
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and chopped (Optional)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp scallions chopped (Optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, melt butter on medium heat. Add chopped uncooked bacon pieces and stir.
  2. Add diced onions and saute until soft and translucent.
  3. Add potatoes, frozen corn, broth, and bay leaf, and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 mins.
  5. Add 2 cups of milk and 1 can of sweet style corn.
  6. Simmer until soup thickens, about 10 mins. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Remove Bay Leaf.
  8. Optionally, add scallion and chopped cooked bacon and serve!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 630mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g

The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands for more precise nutrition information.

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Corn Chowder with Potatoes

5 comments

  1. A chowder with both potatoes and corn sounds so good! And that info about corn being a fruit is so interesting.

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