Real Simple Recipe: Smoky Corn Chowder


I first had this delicious corn chowder at a friend's house. It was so good I had her copy the recipe for me, and then I made it for Jordan. Now he requests it all the time.

This is an easy, simple corn chowder with only 11 ingredients. And the best part is that you can cook it all in 1 pot!


1/2 lb bacon
1 large sweet onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
20 oz frozen corn
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup half-and-half
salt & pepper
4 scallions, thinly sliced (optional)
crusty bread (optional)

> Cook bacon in a large saucepan or Dutch oven until crisp. Transfer to a plate when done.

>Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings and return the pan to medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, 5-7 minutes. Cooking the onion in the bacon fat is delicious and good for you. (Yeah, it's not good for you, but that's what I tell myself.)
>Add the garlic, paprika, red pepper, and stir. Cook for 2 minutes.

>Stir in the frozen corn, chicken broth, and half-and-half. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. 

>Transfer half the soup to a blender and puree until smooth. Return to the pot and stir in 1/2 teaspoon each salt & pepper. 

>Top with scallions (if using) and crumbled bacon. The bacon is honestly what makes this soup, so don't leave it out! Serve with bread. So good! 

LeAnna said...

Your food photography is superb, friend! This sounds really good. I think I'll try it with a can of coconut milk (I'm doing minimal dairy while nursing little man, booo) later this week when it gets chilly.

Anonymous said...

YUMMMM!!!! I've never made a chowder at home - I'm going to have to try this! Thanks for linking up with Jess and I!

Jessica Miller said...

Hi!! OK, this looks amazing!!! I can't wait to try, especially with the addition of bacon! :) Thanks for linking up!

Ashley @TheCreamToMyCoffee said...

Anything with bacon and half-and-half is a winner for me. This looks delicious. I love Real Simple recipes!

Jamie said...

Oh my, corn is one of my biggest weaknesses, so this is right up my alley! Pinning this!!

Jessica said...

I'm usually not one for chowder, but this looks pretty good! Also, I loooove corn!