Zucchini Corn Chowder


Hey there– OK, I’m ready– to have a new start after Christmas.  Tree down- check!  Decorations boxed up- check check!  Fudge all eaten– double check!  House in order again- mostly checkity check (close enough)!

Here’s a flavorful bowl of soup– warm and filling.  If you want to be a bit more healthy, change out the bacon for olive oil (we just had a bit of bacon leftover in the freezer, calling to be used!).  With a big chunk of study bread, just right for a winter’s evening.

ZUCCHINI  CORN CHOWDER
1 tab. butter
4 strips of bacon, cut to small bits (or substitute 3 tab. olive oil)
1 small yellow onion, chopped fine
2 carrots, but to small bits
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups water
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. dried basil
2 cups corn (fresh, frozen or canned)
2 smallish zucchini, cut to small pieces
1 cup half & half or whole milk
salt & freshly ground pepper
garnish: chopped parsley or grated cheddar

In a soup pot, cook the butter and bacon until the bacon starts to crisp.  Remove the bacon from the pot and set aside, leaving the fat/butter in the pot.

Add in the cut onion and carrots and cook until they are tender (about 5 minutes), stirring now & then.  Add in the garlic and cook 1 minute more.

Pour in the water along with the bay leaf and dried basil and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the corn and zucchini and simmer 5 minutes more until the zucchini is tender.

Take 2 cups of the mixture out of the pot to a blender (or with a stick blender) and puree it to thicken the soup.  Add the puree and half & half to the pot.  Season with salt & pepper to taste. Add the bacon back into the pot.

Bring it back to a simmer jut to heat it all through and serve with a sprinkle of grated cheddar or chopped parsley (or both!).

 

29 thoughts on “Zucchini Corn Chowder

    • HI Lacey– yep a little chilly here and tomorrow we are suppose to have rain!! First time all winter, so everyone is pretty happy. Tonight I have a pot of beef barley soup on the stove for the young adult leadership group from church coming over for some prayer & planning. How about you all– I’ve been hearing about cold & snow all across the south!! yikes! Stay snug!

  1. Rhonda, this sounds perfect for the cold weather we’ve been having this week! Love all the veggies in it and especially the corn! I haven’t had a chance to put away all the Christmas decorations yet, been sick most of the week, but I’ll probably get to it in the next few days. Have a great weekend! Xoxo

      • No worries, Rhonda! I’ve been feeling a little worse every day and this morning I have a Dr’s aptmt. Woke up with terrible head, ears, and throat pain. Appreciate your prayers. We were supposed to leave tomorrow for a staff retreat in north GA, but I don’t see how I’m ever going to make it. We also had to cancel our trip this week to see our daughter & granddaughter (didn’t get to see them over Christmas or New Year’s). Praying I’ll soon feel better since we have major events going on later this month. Xoxo

        • Oh Daisy– I’m so sorry! It makes me sad that you didn’t get to see the your kids! Pray you rebound and feel better soon, soon. What did the doctor say?? Is it the big flu going around?? take care friend– books and tea! hugs from here.

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