Guiltless Smoked Corn Chowder

Serve matched with 2009 Pinot Grigio (or a crisp white like a no-oak Chardonnay)

This is one of Mrs. Vino’s go-to dishes.  It’s basically a pantry/freezer meal–I always have most of these ingredients in the pantry freezer.  It’s very easy to make.  It’s filling and it’s healthy.  What more can you ask.

6 slices of turkey bacon, cut into small pieces (I always keep turkey bacon in the freezer in 3-6 strip packages.  Just defrost in the microwave)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ t. paprika. Mrs. Vino likes smoked paprika—if you can find a pipe small enough (just kidding!!)
¼ t. crushed red pepper flakes (or more to taste—but not too much more)
2 10-ounce bags frozen corn
4 C. low fat, low sodium chicken broth
Kosher salt and black pepper
4 green onions, trimmed and sliced
¼ bunch flat leaf parsley leaves, chopped
Olive oil cooking spray, or your olive oil mister

Mist the bottom of a heavy skillet or pot with your olive oil mister (that’s Mr. Mister to you). Add the chopped bacon and cook over medium heat until browned—in Mrs. Vino’s kitchen, it’s about 7-8 minutes. Transfer the cooked bacon to a small bowl and set aside. Mist the bottom of your skillet or pot again. Add the chopped onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft—5-7 minutes. The goal is to soften the onion, not brown it, so use medium heat. Add the garlic, paprika and red pepper flakes and sauté for another 2 minutes. Stir in the corn (nope, you don’t even need to defrost it—how easy is that??) and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, just barely bubbling for 15 minutes. Add half the soup to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour the blended soup back into the pot. Add the cooked bacon and chopped parsley and stir. The blending is what gives the great, thick, creamy, yummy chowder consistency. If you don’t want to get out your blender, you can use your immersion (stick) blender to smooth it out a bit.

Put into serving bowls and top with a sprinkle of sliced green onions. Serve with toasty warm artisan bread! It’s a soup. It’s a vegetable. It’s a great meal!!!

NOTE:  Vegetarians, leave out the bacon and use Veggie broth (recipe on this site) instead of chicken and it is still absolutely delicious.


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