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Corn Chowder is a sweet, fresh, hearty soup that is perfect for summer

Last week was a strange week!

It started with the horrible tragedy in Boston and the fire in Texas at the fertilizer plant (both of which are much worse than anything that happened to me last week).  Both of these horrific events really touched me and reminded me again that life is short, precious and often unfair.  Later that week Chicago got a LOT of rain.  I happen to live near the Des Plaines River which flooded and caused damage to many people’s homes and made a lot of streets impassable.  My Thursday was spent using a wet vac to keep my basement dry.  In the end we were lucky that our basement didn’t have major damage. Thursday night we decided after such a strange week we needed to go out to dinner to relax and have a little family time, which was nice, but was proceeded by getting rear ended with my son in the car.  Thankfully everyone was fine, just shaken up!

Like I said, my week was nothing compared to all of those that experienced tragedy in Boston and Texas, but it was a strange week.  So as Friday came to a close I knew we needed a big bowl of comfort.

corn chowder

Corn Chowder

And…that is where this corn chowder comes in.  You might have noticed that I turn to food when I need a little comfort.

I used frozen corn in this chowder since corn on the cob isn’t in season yet but during the summer use fresh corn on the cob to take this soup up a notch.  The soup is tasty without all of the additions but I think it is fun to try different flavors and add things like avocados or cheese or maybe bacon.  I ended up adding flat leaf parsley,  green onion, tomatoes and crushed red pepper flakes.  It was perfect!

Corn Chowder

This corn chowder is also quick to make, only requiring a little chopping, simmering and pureeing.

Corn Chowder

Have fun customizing this soup.  Hopefully it warms you up and provides you a little comfort.

Corn Chowder


Corn Chowder

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Soup, Dinner


Corn Chowder is a sweet, hearty soup that is the perfect comfort food in summer. Garnish with a variety of things like bacon, green onion, cheese, parsley, avocado and/or crushed red pepper.



  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 large Yukon gold potatoes cut in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 116oz package of frozen sweet corn
  • 4 cups chicken broth, low-sodium if possible
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • Green onion, chopped for garnish
  • Flat-leaf parsley, chopped for garnish
  • Red pepper flakes for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Additional garnish ideas include chopped tomatoes, cooked bacon, avocado, curly parsley, cheese.


  1. In a large pot or dutch oven heat the 2 Tbsp. olive oil and add the onion and a dash of salt and pepper. Cover the pot and cook for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the potatoes, corn, chicken broth and half and half and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer for 14-16 minutes (until potatoes are just tender).
  4. Transfer half of the soup to a bowl and puree with an immersion blender until smooth (or put half in a blender). Return pureed soup back to the pot or dutch oven and mix together.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon soup into bowls and garnish with green onion, flat leaf parsley and red pepper flakes if desired.


You could puree the entire pot of soup but I really liked only doing half and having that chunky texture in the soup. Additional garnish ideas include chopped tomatoes, cooked bacon, avocado, curly parsley, cheese.


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Wednesday 8th of May 2013

Sorry to hear about all the rain! My parents live in the area as well, fortunately they live on a bit more higher ground and tend not to have flooding problems. We've had a ton of rain in DC this spring so far- and this soup sounds perfect for the next rainy day! Stay dry!


Monday 13th of May 2013

Thanks Evi! I am hoping that was the only big rain storm this year. Fingers crossed :)

Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

Friday 26th of April 2013

Oh girl! What a week! I am glad you and the little guy are ok! This soup looks very comforting. I hope it helped to fuel you guys up to clean out that basement.

Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon

Friday 26th of April 2013

Love,love,love corn chowder! Looks delicious! I dare say spring has arrived today! Hope things dry out for you soon!


Friday 26th of April 2013

Thanks Lisa! Today should be 60 and sunny in Chicago..I will take it! :)


Wednesday 24th of April 2013

Thank you. Love corn chowder and will this one a try soon as it's cold here.


Thursday 25th of April 2013

You are welcome Liz! It has been cold here too--I am ready for summer. I hope you like this recipe!

Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out

Wednesday 24th of April 2013

Oh no, that was quite a week for you! I've been happy I live on the 6th floor of my building and don't have a house with a basement right now. I looooove corn chowder and can't blame you for turning to this for some comfort!


Wednesday 24th of April 2013

You are lucky to not have a basement!! We have carpeting so that was my biggest fear--was having to tear it all up and replace it. Hoping for sun and dry weather here on out! :)