Easy Sausage Chowder Recipe

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"This super soup, flavored with fresh basil, makes a hearty summer lunch," says Suzanne Ververka of White Cloud, Michigan.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 pound fully cooked smoked sausage, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 4 cups diced potatoes
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 254 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 855mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein


  1. In a soup kettle or Dutch oven over medium heat, brown the sausage and onion. Slowly add the potatoes, water, parsley, basil, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add remaining ingredients; cook 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 12 servings (about 3 quarts).
Originally published as Easy Sausage Chowder in Taste of Home June/July 1998, p53

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Reviewed Dec. 2, 2015

"This tastes soooooo good and it is so simple to make, a wonderful soup. I have used whatever smoked sausage I have on hand."

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"I substituted 2- 1# pkgs of frozen corn. Thawed them first , drained them then added them to the pot. It is goooood. I also added a couple shakes of garlic powder, a stock of celery and a large diced carrot."

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"A tasty change of pace from our usual corn chowder. Will be making this again!"

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2014

"This is delicious and hearty. I added a bit of minced garlic to the broth for a bit more zip. I served it with a fresh loaf of crusty bread. will make this again."

Reviewed Jun. 21, 2012

"Simple and delicious. You can't get better than that. Even my picky 7 year old scraped her bowl."

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