It’s been wintry outside and I’m feeling a little under the weather so I had to whip up some good ol’ comfort food. There is nothing better than a big warm bowl of soup and a slice of homemade bread…okay maybe except cinnamon rolls. Anyway, I threw this together and put it in the crock pot before I took the boys to their very first swim class! Tear! I can’t believe I finally have kids old enough to do that kind of stuff. Anyway, it really hit the spot to come home all wet and drippy and slurp down this delicious stuff. Mom, shield your eyes! (she hates corn).
Corn Chowder with Parmesan Cheese (original picture and recipe from For The Love of Cooking)
- 3-4 pieces of bacon
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 celery stalk, diced
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1/4 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves only (or 1 tsp dried thyme)
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 Idaho potatoes, peeled and diced
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 2 cups of milk
- 3 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen corn
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese, shredded
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Cook the bacon over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. Once cooked, remove and drain grease on a paper towel, crumble and set aside. Add chopped onions, celery, carrots, red bell pepper, and thyme to the pan and saute for 8-9 minutes or until soft; add garlic and cook for 45 seconds stirring frequently. Add stock, bay leaf, potatoes, corn, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. In a separate bowl, ladle hot soup slowly into the 2 cups of milk until it becomes warm; once it’s warm pour slowly into the hot soup. Note: Never pour cold milk into hot soup – it will curdle. Cook until potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes. If you like a chunky soup leave as is, but if you like a smoother soup, use your immersion blender (don’t forget to remove your bay leaf first). Mix in the Parmesan cheese and parsley just before serving. Garnish with bacon crumbles.
The Mr.: Not his favorite soup, but had 2 helpings.
Me: Pretty good…but I wish I had taken the time to put it in the blender. It probably tastes better with a creamier texture.
The Wild One: Ate it over bread
Tornado: Ate it! And it went shockingly fast through his digestive tract…if you know what I’m sayin.’