Weight Watcher’s Corn chowder is a great way to use up all that fresh corn during the Summertime!
Have you had the corn chowder at Panera yet? I’m not sure if it’s new or an item on their menu they bring back every so often but it is delicious! Have it with their Southwestern salad and you’ve got a really yummy and healthy meal. The corn chowder inspired me to make my own lighter version, since most chowders have a ton of heavy cream or some kind of cheese in it. This chowder is thickened with flour and I used some low fat milk to make it really rich and creamy. Corn is one of my favorite Summertime vegetables and if you have any of that smoked corn leftover from an earlier post that would be even better. Any kind of corn would be fine whether it’s canned, frozen, or right off the cob.
Coming back from vacation is tough because you have to adjust to the different time zones again. I used to be able to stay up until 10:30 at night and lately I’ve been going to bed at around 9. Then go figure, I got a cold. Maybe that is why I’ve been really tired lately? This soup will feel really nice on my throat. I would write a post about how weird it is to make a soup or chowder in the Summertime but it isn’t weird. This soup just takes 20 minutes to make. Make it outside on one of those induction ovens if you don’t want to heat up your house.
- 8 ears fresh sweet yellow corn, husked and silks removed and kernels cut from cob
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1 medium yellow onion chopped (1½ cups)
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 5 cups of veggie broth
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into ½-inch pieces
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until onion has softened and just starting to brown around edges, about 8 - 10 minutes. Add in the flour and garlic and cook 1½ minutes. While whisking, slowly pour in 5 veggie stock(broth). Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, then stir in corn kernels and potatoes. Add in thyme and bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a light boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
- Remove bay leave then transfer 2½ cups of the chowder to a blender and blend until smooth. Stir the mixture back into the pot then stir in milk.
Smart Points: 5