My family loves soup. Particularly nice thick creamy soup, hearty and delicious.
But over the summer, it’s a little to hot, rich, and thick when you’re already sweaty.
Over the past couple of weeks though our evenings have cooled off quite a bit. It’s been unseasonably chilly, even for Ohio.
Perfect for this lighter, less heavy, but very delicious summer chowder.
It’s made with fresh corn, perfect for this time of year, and uses milk instead of cream to lighten it up and give it a nice creamy, not-to-thick, texture.
This recipe makes a big batch… as most of my recipes do… I’m feeding boys here… so cut in half if you’re only cooking for a couple of people.
Here’s what you’ll need
10 Ears of Corn- cooked and off the cob (you can cook it however you prefer, I like to do mine on the grill)
12- oz of Bacon
1/4- Cup Flour
3- Tbsp Olive Oil (or you can reserve some bacon grease)
3- Cups Milk (I use 2%)
4- Cups Chicken broth
8- Medium size Potatoes chopped ( I use thin-skinned potatoes and leave the skins on, or you can skin them first)
1-2 tsp Salt (to taste)
1/4 – 1/2 -tsp pepper (to taste)
1/2- Large Onion Chopped
First you want to get your bacon cooking. For this recipe I like to chop the bacon into small pieces first and then cook them so I get nice crispy bacon bits. Alternately you can cook the bacon and crumble it… whichever you prefer.
Once your bacon is cooked leave it to cool and drain.
In a nice big soup pot warm up your olive oil. Add in your chopped onion and cook it over medium until transparent. Now add in your flour. Mix it until it forms a paste. Keep mixing it over medium heat until it starts bubbling a little. Now add in your chicken broth a cup at a time. Mix thoroughly after each addition so that your flour mixture stirs in, you don’t want dumplings.
Now add the potatoes and bring everything to a boil.
Cover and let simmer until the potatoes are just fork tender ( about 10- 15 minutes)
Now add in your corn, milk, salt and pepper, and bacon.
Keep simmering for another 10 minutes or so until everything is nice and warm and the potatoes are soft.
Serve it up with some nice fresh bread and a summery salad and you have yourself an amazing dinner! Enjoy!
Need a couple more soup ideas? Check these out!
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