Sweet Corn Chowder

Summer calls for lighter meals, and this chowder delivers with a healthier take on a classic. The soup is thickened by pureeing part of[ it in a blender, eliminating the need for flour or cream. Fresh sage and a hint of chile pepper flakes give it a subtle, smoky flavor. We suggest using grilled or roasted corn but thawed frozen kernels will work well in a pinch.]

Total Time:
15 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 2 cups cooked corn kernels (from 2 large ears)
  • 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, diced 3/8 inch thick
  • 6 fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • Generous pinch of chile pepper flakes, plus more for garnishing
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more as needed
  • 3 cups vegetable stock or corn broth
Directions

Heat the oil in a 4-quart pot until shimmering. Add the onion and saute until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the corn, potatoes, sage and chile pepper flakes; saute for 1 minute. Season with salt. Stir in the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 5 minutes.

Carefully pour half the mixture into a blender and puree until smooth-remember the soup is hot, so be careful. Stir the pureed mixture back into the pot with the remaining soup. Taste the soup and add more salt, if desired. Ladle into bowls, garnish with a few chile flakes and serve hot.

Easy Upgrade: Crispy fried sage leaves add elegance to this soup with little effort. Heat 2 to 3 tablespoons of grapeseed oil in an 8-inch nonstick skillet. Add the leaves a few at a time. They'll shrink and crisp up in a few seconds. Use a fork to lift them out of the pan, and let them drain on a paper-towel-lined plate for 1 minute. Use immediately to garnish the soup.

Blending Hot Liquids: When blending hot liquids, remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid; that prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times, then process on high speed until smooth.


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