Simple Corn Chowder Recipe
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Simple Corn Chowder Recipe

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On cool fall days, this thick creamy chowder hits the spot as an appetizer or light lunch. —Nancy Johnson, Connersville, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 cups fresh or frozen corn, divided
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 171 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 61mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch.


  1. Coat a large saucepan with cooking spray. Add onion; cook and stir over medium heat for 4 minutes or until tender. Add 4 cups corn; cook and stir until corn is softened, about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until corn is tender. Cool slightly.
  2. In a blender, process soup in batches until smooth; return all to the pan. Add the red pepper, rosemary, thyme, pepper, cayenne and remaining corn and broth; cook and stir for 10 minutes or until the corn is tender. Yield: 6 servings (about 1-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Corn Chowder in Taste of Home October/November 1998, p17

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JohnRascal2 User ID: 8492879 255354
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2016

"My first try: Blah! However, my second try, frying bacon to cook the onion in the grease, adding potatoes and sour cream - YUM."

moogie207 User ID: 1226306 202831
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2014

"I have been wanting to try this for a long time. Yesterday I did and tested it on my neighbors , one that doesn't usually like corn chowder as it's to sweet, but this was a hit all the way. I omitted the rosemay and increased the thyme. For the last 2 cups of corn I used a package of Birdseye Steamfresh Southwestern Corn, which has onion, red and green peppers in it. I used one can of broth with 4 cups of corn and used one can with the last addition of corn as it was more than 2 cups in package. This will be on my soup rotation for the fall and winter."

cvee User ID: 7297814 22588
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2013

"This chowder is excellent. I did modify a bit. I used drained canned corn and reduced the chicken broth to one 14 oz can (about 2 cups), and omitted the rosemary and tyme. I also added a teaspoon of chicken soup base to get the flavor without the added liquid."

horsepal User ID: 7191470 24228
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2013

"I don't care for corn but my husband wanted some corn chowder and I can't stand to buy the store bought so I searched out a healthy simple corn chowder recipe and came upon this one. He loved it and the biggest surprise is so did I, the person who hates cooked corn. I made it with fresh corn and it's gratifying to know all the ingredients going into our food are the best quality we can get."

elocin2012 User ID: 5807159 60928
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"Not good at all. Tastes like potpourri soup. Did not like the seasoning and it needs milk or cream""

Rhea10 User ID: 6081207 24226
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"My husband eats anything, and after 3 bites he pushed his bowl away and wouldn't eat anymore. This was not a favorite at my house--not even for me. It had a weird taste and the texture was off...perhaps I did something wrong in the cooking process, though. Sorry :("

evamcp User ID: 4349637 68743
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011

"Easy and good! The recipe is perfectly clear about the 4 cups of corn + 2 cups of broth & then adding the rest after you process it in the blender. (I used an immersion blender, worked great). If you want it chunkier, then don't process it so much. I love it because it is a healthier version of corn chowder, without all the potatoes & dairy."

Debinga User ID: 5894508 53142
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"This chowder is amazing. The favors are so good together. I sauteed my onions in a pat of butter and added heavy whipping cream at the end just to make it a little more creamy. Delicious and easy."

k3miller User ID: 6174945 50898
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"It tasted like mush corn."

cafeheaven2 User ID: 4340441 24516
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

"The ease of preparation, and deliciousness of chowder makes it a true winner, and one that I'll definitely be repeating especially during the upcoming cold months. I'm going to have to ignore any less than positive reviews, and just rationalize it by saying that some people just have different tastes. But for this family's tastes, this recipe was spot on. Thank you Nancy, we truly enjoyed this!"

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