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Creamy Summer Corn & Potato Chowder

creamy summer corn & potato chowder - super creamy with no cream!

This tasty summer corn & potato chowder is one of my most requested recipes.

It’s so creamy with a wonderful texture from the sweet summer corn. And it’s incredibly healthy to boot – the secret is no cream added. How is that possible, you ask?

I add reduced-fat milk and…silken tofu.

creamy summer corn & potato chowder - super creamy with no cream!

It sounds strange, I hear you. I am not someone who ever eats tofu and the only reason I buy it is to put in my soups. Because there’s no real flavor, it simply adds a creamy texture and turns soups into something luscious without all the fat and calories (not to mention the protein if offers)! You could certainly replace the tofu with heavy cream or half-n-half if you’re just too wary to go for it – it will be delicious either way!

You might also be wondering how this chowder will work with canned or frozen corn. I haven’t tried it but I’m sure it would work just fine. It will always be better with fresh summer corn taken right off the cob but when that’s not an option, you just have to go with what you’ve got. And this corn chowder is so delicious that you’ll want to make it year-round!

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Creamy Summer Corn & Potato Chowder

Although this recipe is written for a Vitamix, you can easily cook this in a stockpot and just use a hand blender to blend the ingredients once hot.

Sometimes I like to have a lot of corn and just a little soup (like in the photos) so I will increase the corn to six ears fresh corn instead of four. Go with whatever you’re in the mood for!

  • 1 T olive oil
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • kernels from 4 ears fresh corn (divided)
  • 1 large russet potato (cut into small bite-sized cubes)
  • 2 cups chicken stock or broth
  • ½ cup reduced-fat milk (I’ve used almond milk with success)
  • 1/3 cup silken tofu
  • 1 t kosher salt (or to taste, this soup needs a lot of seasoning!)
  • ½ t freshly ground pepper
  • chopped parsley (for garnish)
  1. Preheat large saute pan over medium heat. Add onion, saute about four minutes or until soft. Add half of corn kernels, potato and stock, bring to a boil then simmer until potatoes are soft (about 15 minutes).
  2. Add milk, tofu and cooked potato mixture to Vitamix (or stockpot, saucepan, etc. then just use a hand blender once hot). Start on Variable 1, quickly go to 10, then to high. Blend for 2-3 minutes until soup is very hot. Add remaining corn to soup and stir. Carefully taste soup and add kosher salt to taste. Serve in heated bowls (I just heat mine in the microwave) and garnish with chopped parsley.
 
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Tuesday 1st of December 2015

[…] it. I’ve used tofu in place of cream in my Creamy Tomato Soup with Gorgonzola Croutons, my Creamy Summer Corn & Potato Chowder and even my Roasted Butternut Squash Soup – and not one person has ever guessed the […]

Kirsten

Wednesday 12th of August 2015

Kristy, As someone with a Vitamix nearly old enough to start high school thanks for Vitamix-Style directions! I usually freeze whatever corn we don't eat *on* the cob for enjoyment during the winter, but just yesterday I canned some corn salsa since I felt I'd put up plenty. Thank you for giving me ideas for the next armful of ears we get--since I cannot resist buying corn in the summertime, and here in Ohio I practically trip over farm wagons selling corn.

Kristy Bernardo

Friday 14th of August 2015

So glad you can use them, Kirsten! xxx

heather

Wednesday 12th of August 2015

love love love the tofu trick

Kristy Bernardo

Tuesday 18th of August 2015

thanks heather!

Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life

Tuesday 11th of August 2015

Corn chowder is one of my favorite soups ever! And its even better with local summer corn. This year I need to get on the ball and freeze some so I can enjoy this soup into the winter as well! Looking forward to trying your recipe!

Kristy Bernardo

Wednesday 12th of August 2015

Fresh summer corn can't be beat! Hope you enjoy, Michelle!

lauren

Tuesday 19th of August 2014

Would this soup still be good if you left out the blender step and left it with the onions, potatoes, and corn chunky?

the wicked noodle

Tuesday 19th of August 2014

Hi lauren, I'm not sure about that. Just not sure that the broth would taste very good without the flavorings of the onions and potatoes. You could always try using a potato masher to mash up the potatoes a bit then add the corn. I say give it a try! Who knows, maybe it'll be even better :)

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