Corn and Potato Chowder
I don’t know about you, but whenever I see rain in the forecast I secretly hope for one of those good, dark rainy days that makes it totally ok to get in your sweats, lounge around, eat bowls of hot soup and do nothing for hours. That is, of course, if you have no reason to be anywhere but your couch. When you realize you have a doctor’s appointment or a birthday party or you’re out of all kinds of food and have to run to the grocery store – well, that’s not the kind of day I’m talking about here.
I’m talking about waking up on a Sunday morning, a day with no plans, and looking out the window to see ominous clouds crowding into your normally bright and shiny blue sky. Even my kids know what those kind of days mean, as a matter of fact, they call those days “cozy”. Yes, I’ve successfully brainwashed my kids to talk and think like me over the years (I highly recommend it).
We had one of those “cozy” days a couple of Sundays ago. It was the day after my daughter’s 6th birthday party, my husband had unfortunately come down with a case of bronchitis and I was particularly feeling a tad bit spent. A lazy rainy day was exactly what we all needed.
I made this cozy Corn and Potato Chowder on that rainy day, and it hit the spot perfectly. It’s a hearty recipe for soup because of the starchy potatoes and corn, but since there is no added cream, it’s light enough to have you feeling good and wanting a second bowl. You can easily bulk it even more by adding a little shredded rotisserie chicken for anyone who needs a little extra protein or nourishment. I love the flavor of cubanelle peppers in this soup, but if you can’t find them or don’t have them on hand, feel free to use green or red bell pepper or even a poblano pepper for some kick instead.
Corn and Potato Chowder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 celery stalks, chopped (with leaves)
- 2 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cubanelle peppers, chopped (may sub red or green bell pepper)
- 3 russet potatoes, small diced
- 1 lb frozen corn kernels
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large soup pot over medium heat , heat oil and add celery, onion, garlic, peppers and a pinch salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes until fragrant. Add potatoes and continue to cook for about 5 minutes to let the potatoes start to soften. Add corn, oregano and stock. Bring to a slow boil, then down to a simmer. Cook for about 25 minutes, until potatoes are cooked through. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust.
- Over low heat, carefully insert an immersion blender (hand blender) into your soup pot. Pulse several times to make soup appear creamy, while leaving most of the vegetables whole.
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This looks so good, Aggie!
Oh, how I love those lazy Sundays when sweatpants and soup rule the day. This looks so comforting, Aggie!
I used to love those lazy, rainy days too Aggie but now living here in the PNW, you have to keep moving or you would have 200+ lazy, rainy days a year lol!
Sounds perfect! A great make ahead recipe too- for those busy days when you know you just want to have something to reheat when you get home!!
I love those ‘cozy’ days! And I am with you about getting your kids to think like you…makes things much easier haha! This soup looks great for our next cozy day!
I am all about this soup!!! I LIVE for cozy days! It’s called November through April here in Michigan. 😉 xoxo
ha ha ha…that made me laugh. Yes, you probably have plenty more cozy days than me 🙂
Soups on!! I thought I’m the only one making soup mid-March. This looks so comforting, Aggie 🙂
Oh I make soup year round! Just made a huge pot of minestrone yesterday 🙂
This looks wonderful. Today is one of those dark, rainy days and I wish I could stay in my pajamas! Stupid work meeting.
Funny, today turned out to be one of those days too. Lucky I made a big pot of minestrone yesterday…still had to run out a few times though so not so “cozy”. 🙂
This looks like the perfect snuggle on the couch and eat kind of meal…. Especially for a rainy day like today! 🙂
Aggie, this sounds so good. I love the combo of potatoes and corn. Your photography is awesome, too!
Great looking recipe. I live on the Chesapeake Bay so no shortage of any of the fresh ingredients. Look forward to trying it.
When mine were young we used to wish for thunder and lightning storms when the weather turned. If we were really lucky the power would go out! 🙂 I totally understand.
I love how light and healthy your chowder is. Typically this type of soup would be cream and/or cheese laden. I would love to try this one.
I feel the same way about snow in the forecast and this soup would be perfect for a day of lounging 🙂
This soup sounds just amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Aggie this looks so good! I’m with you whenever I see rain I’m ready to make a big pot of soup!
I agree–lazy, rainy days are the best when you have nothing to do! A good bowl of soup makes it so much better too. This soup looks so comforting.
I couldn’t agree more. Anytime there is foul weather it makes me want to put on a girly movie and call it a day 🙂
People think I’m weird, but the unrelenting sunshine of our years in Hawaii made me really appreciate a nice rainy soup kind of day.
This soup looks delicious and I like how you blend a few pulses for creaminess without making a smooth puree.
I get that! I love my FL sunshine, but there’s something about a dark and dreary day that I just love 🙂 I’m sure I would feel different if it was like that most days though, lol.
I love the natural creaminess a few pulses from the blender give soups. Have a great weekend Kirsten!
This was amazing and really easy. I used fire roasted peppers (jar) in place of the regular peppers. Really added a little kick 🙂 Loving your site!
Hi Miranda! Love the fire roasted pepper swap! I’m glad came back and told me (us)! I appreciate a good kick 🙂
Thanks for your kind words – have a great weekend!
Upon seeing the picture of your lovely looking chowder, I immediately thought of relaxing in my reading nook with a hearty bowl of this and a good book. I think I might just do that. Thanks for sharing this.
That sounds so nice!!! 🙂
Those are my favorite kinds of days!! And this soup sounds like something I would inhale!
I love the simplicity of this recipe. It sounds so tasty :).