Two Peas and Their Pod

Corn Chowder

First of all, thanks to everyone for your well wishes on our new baby! If you missed the announcement, you can catch up on our little pea here. We are all doing well and are smitten by our little baby boy.

Utah’s farmers markets are still going strong. We went to the market over the weekend and picked up a bunch of fresh produce to make a few meals. We used our fresh sweet corn to make a big pot of Corn Chowder. It is the perfect recipe to transition into fall. We were able to use fresh summer produce to make a comforting corn chowder.

This soup is loaded with vegetables-onion, celery, carrot, red pepper, Yukon Gold potatoes, poblano pepper, and of course sweet corn. We removed the corn kernels from the fresh ears of sweet corn, but didn’t discard the empty cobs.We placed the cobs in the pot with the rest of the vegetables and let the soup simmer away. The cobs added a little extra flavor. If you can’t find fresh sweet corn, you can use frozen corn or canned corn. The chowder will still be tasty:)

The chowder is creamy, thick, and filling. We made homemade buttermilk biscuits to go with the chowder. They were the perfect addition to this comforting and delicious meal. Josh topped his bowl off with shredded cheddar cheese, which made the chowder even more creamy and rich. If you are looking for a hearty fall meal, give this easy Corn Chowder a try.

Corn Chowder

Yield: Serves 6


2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 red pepper, seeds removed and diced
3 tablespoons minced poblano pepper
2 Yukon Gold potatoes, washed and diced
2 cups vegetable broth
3 ears sweet corn, kernels removed-save the empty cobs to put back in the pot (or 2 cups frozen or canned corn)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 1/2 cups skim milk
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Shredded cheddar cheese-optional, for serving


1. In a large soup pot, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the celery, carrot, red pepper, poblano pepper, and potatoes. Add the vegetable broth and empty cobs of corn, if using, and cook until vegetables are tender. This will take about 10 minutes.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and milk. Pour mixture into the soup pot. Stir. Add in the corn kernels, thyme, salt, and pepper. Let the soup simmer for 20-30 minutes on the stove.

3. Remove empty cobs of corn, if using, and ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with cheddar cheese, if desired.

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108 Responses to “Corn Chowder”

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  1. Amy at Baking and Mistaking — September 28, 2011 @ 4:05 am

    Guess you’ve been cooking in advance – looks great, but not as cute as your new one!
    Congrats again!

  2. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — September 28, 2011 @ 5:45 am

    Oh, my! It looks delicious, and I have just added it, complete with the biscuits, to my October menu plan.

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 28, 2011 @ 6:27 am

    This sounds lovely! I haven’t tried this kind of chowder before. Yum!

  4. Erica — September 28, 2011 @ 6:32 am

    Glad y’all are doing well! This looks so good. This whole no dairy thing is making me sad- I need chowder in my life!!

  5. Jessica @ How Sweet — September 28, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    I wish our farmers markets were still going strong! I just told my mom yesterday I was craving some corn on the cob and I’m really hoping I can find a few good ears today. Love this chowder – it looks delicious.

  6. Erika - The Teenage Taste — September 28, 2011 @ 7:18 am

    Corn is one of my favorite kinds of chowders. This looks so creamy and thick – love it! :-)

  7. Vick Bensinger — September 28, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    Ccongratulations on your baby boy that’s so wonderful! I hope everyone is doing well and that you had an easy delivery.

    I’m not sure how you managed to get this beautiful soup made but it sounds great. I like that you used skim milk vs whole or heavy cream. I look forward to trying this. Congrat’s again!

  8. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 28, 2011 @ 7:26 am

    I’m so impressed that your blog post is up despite just having a baby! Congrats again:-)

  9. Tinkerbelle (@Lillyheart999) — September 28, 2011 @ 7:26 am

    just come across your blog and i love it!

  10. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — September 28, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    Your chowder looks amazing and I sure hope this was a pre-written post and pre-blogged about meal and you had made this all in advance b/c if you are blogging like this post delivery…you are superwoman! :)

  11. Blog is the New Black — September 28, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    Corn chowder- ultimate comfort food!

  12. Heather (Heather's Dish) — September 28, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    i can’t wait for the temps to fall here again, i’m going to be making soup every.single.night…and this is going to be soup #1!

  13. Lysa Sonner — September 28, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    Welcome to the world, Baby Boy Pea and congratulations to the proud parents!

    Looking forward to trying this recipe. Some rain expected here this weekend and the chowder will be perfect!

  14. Urban Wife — September 28, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    I can’t wait for temps to fall here so that I can make this chowder! YUMMY.

  15. Lauren from Lauren's Latest — September 28, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    I love the simplicity of this meal! Congratulations again! Love your name choice too!

  16. Kristen — September 28, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    I love corn chowder! This looks like a perfect “welcome fall” recipe!

  17. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — September 28, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    I can’t wait for a nice cool, fall day to make this!

  18. Ashley — September 28, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

  19. jennknee — September 28, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    This looks sooo yummy! I love corn chowder…I can definitely make this in my little tiny bachelorette mini kitchen!

  20. Emily — September 28, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    It’s so nice to see a chowder recipe that’s not made with heavy cream! Fall has hit in the NW – can’t wait to try this!

  21. Stephanie — September 28, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    Looks so yummy! I haven’t been reading your blog long enough to notice if you respond to comments sometimes but I am wondering if this would freeze well? I know that things with potatoes sometimes don’t.

    Congrats again on your little guy.

  22. Linda — September 28, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    How did I miss the news?? I was sure I had checked in yesterday….anyway, I am so happy that things went well and you have a new little man around the house. Take care of youself and spoil the little fella all to pieces. Linda

  23. Marla — September 28, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    This is the ultimate comfort soup! I hope you guys are doing awesome :) xo

  24. susan — September 28, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    corn chowder is one of my favorite soups!

  25. Andrea @ Vegvacious — September 28, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    Congratulations on the arrival of your adorable little man! I have to tell you that I’m impressed to see a post up here today! I love corn chowder and was planning to make some in the near future – thanks for a fantastic sounding recipe!

  26. Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — September 28, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    I love this soup! It looks so tasty and comforting. Hope you’re doing well!

  27. Brooke @ Food Woolf — September 28, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

    Congratulations on the birth of Caleb! So exciting!

    Are you blogging from the hospital? My word! What commitment to your blog!

  28. Wow that looks so thick and creamy and to boot it’s healthy for you! Once the weather cools and I am in need of comfort food, I am making this! Thanks for the recipe!

  29. Paula @ Dishing the Divine — September 28, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

    I bet you’re like me and can’t wait until you can feed Caleb all kinds of yummy foods that you make! :) I wonder if he’ll be a picky eater or just be grateful that his parents are among the best foodies on the net? :)

  30. Nancy@acommunaltable — September 28, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

    Congratulations again on your new darling boy!! This chowder looks delicious and you are right.. the perfect way to transition from summer to fall!

  31. Joanne — September 28, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

    Making corn stock out of leftover corn cobs is definitely one of the best things I learned last year from the blogosphere. This chowder looks so good! Glad to hear you and the baby are doing well.

  32. Georgia Pellegrini — September 28, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

    Looks so comforting! Enjoy the new baby and the family!

  33. CouponClippingCook — September 29, 2011 @ 12:13 am

    This sounds and looks so good. Love the idea of letting the chowder cook with the cut ears of corn too. Congratulations on your adorable little one!

  34. chinmayie @ love food eat — September 29, 2011 @ 5:16 am

    WOW! You just had a baby and you are cooking and blogging already! you are amazing :)

  35. Emily — September 29, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    Do we use raw potatoes and ears of corn?

  36. Deborah — September 29, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    What a perfect fall meal!

  37. gailllc — September 29, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    bought corn at the farmer’s market a few weeks ago, roasted it, cut it off the cob (and scraped those cobs to nothing!), and froze it for just such a recipe as this — thanks! Love the super low fat content!

    @Averie: superwoman either way — to think ahead, or to make this.

    I hope it was the think ahead part — rest, new mama, rest!

  38. Sharon — September 29, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    Looks wonderful!! Congrats on your little pea he is adorable!!!

  39. Janelle — September 29, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    Thanks for this recipe. This is a healthier version than my current one–and looks just as tasty!

    And, congrats on your beautiful baby boy!

  40. Saira — September 29, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    I recently made Chicken Corn soup from my website …. But this one looks delicious … will surely try it out … !!! Thanks for sharing :-)

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