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Harvest Corn Chowder

Our area is known for growing some of the best tasting corn in the country.  It is readily available all summer and folks drive a great distance to get it fresh at the roadside markets.  Those little stands will soon be closing for the season...but in the meanwhile I continue to be a regular customer. As the days turn cooler, a hearty corn chowder may be just what you need on your menu.

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 pound smoked farmer sausage, chopped  (or four slices bacon, chopped and fried crisp)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3-4 cups fresh potatoes, cut into small chunks
  • 4 ears corn, kernels cut from the cob (or 4 cups frozen whole kernel corn)
  • 1 medium-sized zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups whole milk (or use half milk and half cream)
  • 1/3 cup chopped  flat-leaf parsley
  1. Heat oil in heavy soup pot over medium heat.  Add onion, pepper and pieces of smoked sausage.  Cook until onion and pepper are soft.
  2. Add chicken broth, potatoes, corn, zucchini and thyme.  Simmer until potatoes are tender.
  3. Combine flour, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper.  Add 1/2 cup milk and whisk until smooth. Blend in remaining milk.
  4. Add milk mixture to soup pot.
  5. Cook while stirring until mixture thickens and comes to a boil.
  6. Add chopped parsley. Stir.
  7. Remove from heat and serve.



  1. Reminds me of our local chicken corn soup thats so popular in my area of Lancaster,Pa. Looks very good and soup is a really great all around meal to have in the Fall and Winter. Richard

  2. It looks delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe. :)

  3. That looks really good, Judy .. I have all the ingredients, I think it will be what we'll have for lunch today !

  4. Delicious. Enjoying a bowl in sunny Manitoba

  5. This is to die for....I just made my soup...and added some summer savory and omitted the milk this time. But it is so good, and thick. Thanks Judy

    1. We just ate our soup too ... and you are right, Marg .. sooo good .. I didn't have a Zucchini so I added some green beans. I did add the milk (I used half and half) We loved it. It makes a big pot full and I froze some for a future day when I want to be spoiled and just get a quick meal out of the freezer !

  6. This looks good, I am making it now! Very quick and easy.. thank you.

  7. One of my favourites, a comfort food in our home, and sometimes, after I did almost what you've done, I'd add a can of clams and broth! You've presented this so beautifully. What ia that dinnerware pattern? Lovely lovely.


    1. They were from a Martha Stewart line of dishes and I have had them for a long pattern name on the bottom. But I am now supplementing the dinnerware set with pieces called 'Cream Lace' by Skye McGhie (fine porcelain)...which looks almost identical.

  8. Looks so good - with a nice loaf of hot bread - yum!

  9. Just devoured this for supper. Absolutely delicious! The cayenne really added that nice little extra that was needed. Thanks for sharing


  10. Just devoured this chowder. So tasty and flavourful! The cayenne added that little extra. Thanks for sharing!


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