Potato Corn & Bacon Chowder
I absolutely love soup! My husband can attest to the fact that I make soup about 2-3 times a week. I’m not sure how much he loves it, but he never complains ;) This soup is one I’ve made before and keep coming back to. It’s chunky, creamy and topped with crisp pieces of bacon. Let’s be honest, everything is better with bacon!
What I really love about this soup is how quick and easy it is to make. You only need a handful of ingredients and just over 30 minutes. Not bad, right?!
The one thing that makes this soup extra delicious (aside from the bacon) is the chopped leek. I know a lot of people aren’t familiar with leeks, or if they are they really hate cleaning them, but I absolutely love cooking with them! I’ve found the easiest way to get the dirt out of the ends is to cut the really green part off, and then quarter the leek down to the root (without going through it). Then fan out the leek and wash it root side up. All of that dirt will get rinsed out and then you can just chop it up as-is.
Along with the leek you’ll want to toss in some chopped onion and minced garlic. Saute them in a bit of butter until they’re nice and tender, then add some flour and pour in the chicken broth & milk. Whisk, whisk, whisk and turn the heat up to a simmer. Add the chopped potatoes (I usually do about 1/4″ chunks) and corn (fresh or frozen) and season.
Turn the heat down and let it simmer for about 25 minutes, then remove the pot from the heat and stir in some grated cheddar cheese and crisp crumbled bacon. You can sprinkle in some minced parsley, but that’s totally optional.
- 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp. butter
- ½ of a yellow onion, diced
- 1 leek, rinsed well and diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 c. whole milk or half & half
- 4 c. or (1) 32 oz. box chicken broth
- 3 russet potatoes, rinsed, peeled (optional) and cubed into ¼"-1/2" chunks
- 2 c. fresh (or frozen) corn
- 1 tsp. kosher salt + a pinch for sweating
- ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper, or less, depending on personal taste
- 3 slices of thick-cut bacon, cooked until crisp and diced
- ½ c. medium-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 tsp. minced parsley (optional)
- Set a large stock pot or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add butter and melt. When the butter has melted add the onion and leek. Add a pinch of salt to help the onion and leek sweat and cook for 4-5 minutes until tender and transparent. Add garlic and corn and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
- Sprinkle in flour and whisk. Slowly add chicken broth and then milk. Turn heat up to medium-high, then add potatoes. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne. Simmer for 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Once the potatoes are tender and the soup has thickened, remove from the heat. Add in cheddar cheese (and parsley) and stir until incorporated. Spoon into individual bowls and top with crisp bacon pieces. Serve immediately.
Recipe source: Life Made Simple
The pictures for this recipe have been updated, however the recipe is still the same with the addition of parsley, which is optional.