September 20, 2010

I {Heart} Soup

Soup. Stew. Chowder. Chili. I love them all. I miss them so much during the summer months.

Soup is my favorite thing to cook. I love the idea of taking 15 minutes to prep my ingredients, put them in a pot, and let them simmer til done. No split second timing required. One pot for the entire meal. I especially adore soups that take the afternoon to cook. A cool and rainy Sunday afternoon. Soup simmering on the stove. Snuggled on my chair knitting while watching a chick flick. Going into the kitchen every so often to give the soup a stir. This is even more enjoyable if I bake bread at the same time. Heaven on earth.

Depending on my mood, I use two different recipes for corn chowder. My favorite is Ina Garten's Cheddar Corn Chowder. I love Ina. Ina's cookbooks make me look like I know what I'm doing in the kitchen (I see a whole other post coming about cooking with The Barefoot Contessa).

If I want my corn chowder in a hurry, I use this recipe.

EASY Corn Chowder

1 16 oz. bag frozen hash browns
1 15 oz. can whole corn, undrained
1 15 oz. can cream style corn
1 1/2 cups milk (your choice, half and half is over the top!)
1 medium onion, chopped
8 slices bacon
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. worcestershire sauce
1/4 t. black pepper

Cook bacon until crisp in a dutch oven or large saucepan, remove to a plate. Drain bacon fat, reserving 1 T. cook chopped onion in reserved bacon fat until translucent.
Add the potatoes, corn, milk, salt, pepper and worcestershire sauce to the dutch oven and simmer over medium-low heat for about 25-30 minutes. Do not bring to a rolling boil. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and reserved bacon, crumbled.


  1. I Heart Soup too! I'd just put a pot of my favourite vegetable soup in the aga to cook slowly when I came online and read your blog. Your corn chowder looks delicious.
    Helen x

  2. Soup... my favourite thing to cook in the autumn too. Yours looks delicious, and I just might give it a go. Thanks for the recipe. And thank you for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment. Much appreciated! ... and now I am off to check whether I just might have the ingredients for a soup in my fridge...

  3. Yummy this looks delicious! As my kiddos' schedules get busier, and I get more distractable, soup is a wonderous thing to have for dinner. You can't beat that comfort and "one-potness"! Knitting while making soup is something I need to try. Thanks for sharing! Peace, Angela

  4. Your soup looks WONDERFUL! lOVE the colours of your fabrics on your previous post too. Thank you for your visit to my blog.

  5. Oh I heart soup too, this one sounds lovely.

  6. Yum! I love soups too! Corn Chowder is one of my favs!

    Thanks for stopping by Goodeness Gracious. Psst... We chose Mom's Favorite ;) Yay!

  7. I have soup on the menu three times this week alone! And thanks for the reminder - next week we'll be slurping up some corn chowder! :)

    ps- Those chocolate dipped pretzels look SO amazing!

  8. This sounds really yummy-- thank you for sharing! If you added some crabmeat and cayenne pepper, it would probably be just like the kickin' crab corn chowder that I get at my local Harris Teeter. SOOOO good!!!


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