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Hearty Quinoa & Corn Chowder

 Hearty Quinoa & Corn Chowder
My grandmother lived in the Appalachian Mountains and always served straight-from-the-garden corn and beans. I updated her dish with quinoa and herbs. — Kari Napier, Louisville, Kentucky
14 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + standing Cook: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium sweet red peppers
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 6 medium ears sweet corn, kernels removed (about 4 cups) or 2 packages (10 ounces) frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Broil peppers 4 in. from the heat until skins blister, about 5
  • minutes. With tongs, rotate peppers a quarter turn. Broil and rotate
  • until all sides are blistered and blackened. Immediately place
  • peppers in a large bowl; cover and let stand for 20 minutes.
  • Peel off and discard charred skin. Remove stems and seeds. Finely
  • chop peppers.

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Hearty Quinoa & Corn Chowder (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook and stir quinoa over medium-high
  • heat for 3-5 minutes or until lightly toasted; remove from the pan.
  • In the same pan, heat butter and oil over medium-high heat. Add
  • onion; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Stir in flour until blended. Gradually whisk in stock and cream.
  • Add the corn, beans, roasted peppers and quinoa; bring to a boil,
  • stirring frequently. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20
  • minutes or until quinoa is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in
  • the remaining ingredients. Yield: 14 servings (3/4 cup each).
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 264 calories, 16 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 49 mg cholesterol, 485 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein.