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This lighter version of Corn Chowder yields a creamy, rich-tasting soup without all the calories. You won’t miss the cheese and bacon in this one!
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- 3 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 in pieces, divided
- 3 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 celery ribs, chopped
- 2 medium to large carrots, peeled and chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 1/3 cups reduced fat milk
- 2 cups corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
- Dried or fresh parsley (for garnish)
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- In small pot, put two of the potatoes in enough cold water to cover them. Liberally salt the water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender (about 8-10 minutes). Drain in a colander.
- While potatoes are cooking, heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion, celery, and carrots and saute for about 4-5 minutes, until soft. Season with a dash of salt and pepper (maybe 1/4 teaspoon of each) while they cook. Stir in the garlic during the last minute of cook time.
- Add 1 2/3 cups broth, remaining potato, and Italian seasoning to the veggie mixture. Cover; bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook, partially covered, until potato is tender, about 8-10 minutes.
- To the cooked, drained potatoes, add 2 tablespoons butter, 1/3 cup chicken broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and mash well. Add this mashed potato mixture to the soup. Stir to combine.
- Place milk and 1 cup corn kernels in a blender and cover. Blend until well combined, about 25-30 seconds. Add this mixture and remaining 1 cup of corn kernels to the soup. Stir until well combined.
- Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed. Cook gently over low heat until warmed through. Add a little dried or finely minced fresh parsley for garnish, if desired.
Freezer Meal Instructions:
Fully cook the soup, cool, and freeze.
Thaw in the refrigerator and then warm at a low temperature on the stovetop.