Corn Chowder


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Everyone loves soup in the winter.  This year I have been trying out a few new soups.  Corn Chowder has been on my list for awhile.  I have never had it, so I was excited to try it!  I don’t often do meat free meals, but I am thinking of trying to do them more often.  This is a really good one!  Ok, so I added bacon as a garnish, but that is the only meat.  And that is purely optional!  I also used chicken stock, but if you wanted to make it completely vegetarian you can use vegetable stock.

I used frozen corn for this, and it was really good.  But, I can’t wait until next summer to freeze fresh corn to use in it.  If you have some fresh corn in the freezer, this is the recipe to break it out for! The original recipe called for heavy cream.  I tried to lighten it up a little with the fat free evaporated milk.  Evaporated milk works really well to lighted up creamed soups and creamy pasta dishes, but not sacrifice on flavor.


Corn Chowder
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2 Tbls butter
1 Tbls olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 sprigs fresh thyme
1/4 cup flour
6 cups chicken stock
1 can fat free evaporated milk
1/2 cup half and half
2 small potatoes, peeled and diced
4-5 cups corn
Salt and Pepper to taste
Bacon, crumbled (optional)
Parsley (optional)

In a large pot, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and thyme and saute until soft, about 8 minutes.  Add flour, and stir until is is completely mixed in.  Pour in chicken stock and bring to a boil.  Add milk, half and half, and the potatoes.  Bring to to a rolling boil for at least 10 minutes.  The potatoes should start to break down to help thicken the soup.   Stir in corn.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cook for 10 – 15 minutes, until the corn is soft.

Serve soup garnished with parsley and crumbled bacon.




  1. Sounds delicious and full of flavor! love the use the evaporated milk :)

  2. Yum! Corn chowder is one of my favorites! But you sold me with the crumbled bacon!! :)

  3. Chowder is great for this time of year. My husband would love this too. It looks so comforting and delicious!

  4. This looks wonderful. I love corn chowder, especially with bacon!

  5. That FN recipe was one of the first I mastered after my husband and I got married. Although I usually add in shredded chicken too because my husband just won’t accept a meal without meat:). I like that you used fat free evaporated milk. I will have to try that the next time I make corn chowder. And beautiful pictures too!

  6. Corn chowder has been on my list for too long as well. I need to bump it up on my list of things to make after seeing this!

  7. I love what you did with this recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  8. I am absolutely in love with chowders – they’re new to me and since coming to the US, I’ve decimated many a chowder stock 😉 Looks fantastic and creamy! :)

  9. It’s not that cold here, oh wait it might be cold tonight. This soup makes me want cold weather!

  10. No bacon for me, but I would love this corn chowder! I made one with roasted corn and roasted peas and couldn’t get enough! 😀

  11. Oh yum! Your pics are beautiful!

  12. DELISH! Corn chowder is one of my favorites!! It reminds me a little of creamy corn, which I could eat by the gallon LOL

  13. This sounds yummy! I’ve wanted to try a corn chowder for a couple months now. This recipe looks fantastic, definitely going with the bacon topping!

  14. Oh, my husband would love this Erin! he loves corn chowder but since I’m not a big fan, the only way he gets it is in the chunky soup cans lol. Now I’ll have to be nice and make this for him. :-)

  15. Oh I love chowders! This sounds like a winner to me =)

  16. Love Chowder and this looks creamy and yummy!! I definitely will opt for the bacon. YUM! :)

  17. Erin this looks so good! My husband was just asking me to make chowder, so I will be giving this a try soon!

  18. I haven’t made corn chowder in so long. Thanks for reminding me that I should! Your version looks delicious…

  19. I’ve never tried evaporated milk in a soup before – thanks for the great tip! This soup looks delicious. I love the idea of freezing corn in the summer to use during the winter. That would make the soup even better!

  20. Oh, I love corn chowder…and I may not be able to wait till July to try it with fresh corn. Great tip about the evaporated milk…my mom has a wonderful wild rice soup that calls for it instead of cream…so yummy.

  21. Great idea with the evaporated milk. It looks delicious!

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  23. I think this is a soup my husband would really enjoy seeing as corn is one of the only veggies he likes, especially with that bacon on top!

  24. I love a good bowl of corn chowder!! This looks great and I love that you lightened it up a bit…makes room for more bacon on top :)

  25. Great recipe. I also use evaporated milk in my corn chowder. There have been a lot of changes over here and your photography is amazing! I’ve missed visiting you. I need to catch up and see how you guys are adjusting to Colorado. Have a great day :)

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