Fresh corn chowder

Posted on: July 2nd, 2009 by admin 1 Comment

Even though there is a frightening amount of corn starch/syrup in almost everything we eat these days. This fresh (try to get organic) corn soup is perfect for North Americans, where corn is in season. This warm soup will also work with frozen corn, for those of you down in the wintery south. It is light, creamy and healthy, and easy on the wallet.


  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced small
  • 2 1/2 c water
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 1/2 c minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp fresh (or dried) thyme
  • 1 medium stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 4 c (approximately 4 to 5 cobs’ worth) fresh sweet corn
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh basil (or more, to taste)
  • 1 c milk, at room temperature (lowfat is OK)

Place the potatoes and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer, cover, and cook until the potatoes are tender. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a pot. Add the onion, thyme, and salt, and cook over a medium-low heat, stirring gently. After about 5 minutes, add the celery. In another 5 minutes add the cooked potatoes with all their liquid, the corn, and a few shakes of pepper and salt. Stir well, cover, and reduce heat. Cook for about 5 minutes more.

Using a blender or food processor, purée about half the solids (about 2 to 3 cups–it doesn’t have to be exact) in some of the soup’s own liquid. Return this to the pot, and let it rest until serving time.

Stir in the basil and milk about 10 minutes before serving time. Don’t actually cook the soup any further; simply heat it very gently until it’s warm enough to eat. Serve immediately.

You can add 1 small chopped red capsicum/bell pepper, at the same time as you add the corn etc. This give a nice little hint of peppery flavor.

Recipe adapted from Donna Hay (No time to cook- I think – I have a lot of her books).

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