Few things are more comforting than a warm bowl of soup on a chilly evening. And when it comes to soup season, one recipe that stands out is the classic New England Corn Chowder. Bursting with flavors and packed with fresh vegetables and sweet corn, this chowder is the perfect way to extend the taste of summer just a little longer. Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to make!
The Essence of Chowder
In the heart of New England, chowder is a beloved tradition. Whether it’s loaded with seafood or brimming with veggies, the one thing you can always count on is that it’s deliciously creamy. And when it comes to corn chowder, the star ingredient is, of course, corn itself! This soup is a celebration of the vibrant flavors of fresh corn, making it the perfect choice this time of year.
A Symphony of Flavors
Our corn chowder recipe features the perfect combination of ingredients. Start with smoky bacon, because let’s face it, bacon and corn are a match made in heaven. Add in diced potatoes for a satisfying heartiness, all bathed in a creamy yet not-too-thick base. And to elevate the flavors even further, we incorporate the richness of butter, the refreshing crunch of celery, and the sweetness and color of red bell peppers. It’s a symphony of flavors that will leave you wanting more.
The Magic Hour
When it comes to making a pot of this delectable chowder, it only takes an hour of your time. And the best part? You’ll have enough to enjoy throughout the entire week! For an extra protein boost, consider adding some shredded Juicy Baked Chicken Breast to your chowder.
Ingredients that Make a Difference
To bring this corn chowder to life, you’ll need the following key ingredients:
- Corn: Fresh corn is the star of the show, though frozen corn works just as well.
- Chicken broth: Opt for low-sodium chicken broth to infuse the soup with depth.
- Applewood smoked bacon: The sweet and smoky profile of Applewood bacon is highly recommended, but any bacon will do.
- Heavy cream: Mixed with the broth, it creates a creamy base without overwhelming.
- Butter: A touch of butter adds richness and enhances the overall flavor.
- Celery: The addition of celery provides a unique texture and taste.
- Red bell peppers: These peppers bring sweetness and a vibrant pop of color.
- Russet potatoes: Slice them into small cubes to balance the other ingredients.
- Yellow onion: Subtly astringent, yellow onion adds depth to the chowder.
- Garlic: Because garlic makes everything better, including this soup.
- Dried thyme: Earthy and minty, dried thyme enhances the flavors.
- Bay leaf: With its captivating aroma, a bay leaf elevates any soup.
Curious about how to bring this corn chowder to life? Here’s a quick rundown:
- In a pot, cook the bacon until crispy. Set aside, leaving the rendered fat in the pot.
- Sauté the onions, garlic, celery, and red bell peppers in the bacon fat until tender.
- Add the corn and potatoes, cooking for a few minutes to enhance their flavors.
- Pour in the chicken broth, followed by the heavy cream, butter, thyme, and bay leaf.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook until the potatoes are tender and the flavors meld together.
- Serve your corn chowder piping hot, garnished with the crispy bacon bits.
To fully enjoy your corn chowder experience, consider serving it with oyster crackers, a classic choice. For a more substantial meal, pair the chowder with a side of roasted root vegetables, drop biscuits, garlic bread, or buttery Parker House rolls.
Your New England Soup Journey
If you’re craving even more soups and chowders, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few other recipes you’re sure to love:
- New England Fish Chowder
- Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Kale
- Classic French Onion Soup
- Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup
- Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
So, gather your ingredients, get ready for a culinary adventure, and let’s dive into the world of New England corn chowder. It’s time to savor the flavors of this timeless favorite!
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