Corn, Potato and Onion Chowder

Fresh corn on the cob gives this hearty soup a delicate sweet flavour. If you plan to purée the soup for a smooth texture, don't worry about dicing and chopping the vegetables too finely.

Serves: 04/06/12
Ready In: 40 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


3 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch (1 cm) pieces

2 Ontario Onions, finely chopped (about 3 cups/750 mL)

1 jalapeno pepper, cored, seeded and finely diced

4 cups (1 L) sodium-reduced chicken broth

5 cups (1.25 L) Ontario Corn kernels (about 4 cobs)

3 Ontario Potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-in (1cm) cubes (about 3 cups/750 mL)

1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) chopped fresh thyme

1 Ontario Tomato, seeded and finely diced

1/4 cup (50 mL) sour cream (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

In large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towel-lined plate. Pour off all but 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the bacon fat. Add onions and jalapeno pepper to pan; cook, stirring, until onions are very tender, about 5 minutes. Add broth, corn, potatoes and thyme; bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. For smooth texture if desired, purée with immersion blender or in food processor. Garnish each serving with bacon, tomato and sour cream (if using).