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Corn Chowder

Corn Chowder is a delicious creamy soup recipe made from scratch that you will fall in love with. This recipe makes a great side dish, but is perfect as the star of your dinner show.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade soup, soup recipes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 452kcal
Author: Lisa Longley


  • 4 slices of thick cut bacon diced into small pieces
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 8 cobs of corn husks and silk removed and kernals cut off (see our note in the post about using frozen corn and read below in the note seciton how use it)
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper


  • In a large stew pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring often.
  • Add the onions, cooking until they are translucent and very soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds, being careful that the garlic doesn't burn.
  • Stir in the flour, coating all the onions and the bacon. Continue cooking about a minute until the flour begins to brown, it will be very thick and gummy.
  • Very gradually, pour in the chicken stock. Pour about two tablespoons at a time (no need to measure, this is just an estimate), whisking it into the flour mixture. There should be no visible liquid between each pour. Continue this way until you use all the liquid, pouring more quickly at the end. This should take no more than about a minute or two.
  • Add the potatoes, corn, thyme, and bay leaves and increase the heat to high and bring to a boil (you are looking for big bubbles at the surface). Then reduce to a simmer (the lowest you can go heat wise and still see bubbles) and continue cooking for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  • Stir in the cream, and let heat through for a minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste. The amount of salt you add will vary depending on your bacon and chicken stock. We added 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper at the end.


If you would like to use frozen corn, you will need 32 ounces. Stir it in after the potatoes are just about cooked through and bring the whole pot back to a simmer. Then add in the heavy cream and season with salt and pepper.


Serving: 1.8cups | Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 694mg | Potassium: 671mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g