An easy soup from Food Network star Trish Magwood. "Elena Embrioni, my vital recipe tester and contributor, makes wonderful soups — hearty and full of flavour. Like me, she doesn't typically write her recipes down. This corn chowder started with a soup of hers I love in her Southern Accent cookbook — a Cajun-style soup. After many variations, we added creamed corn and put tomatoes in at the end. The result is a cosy comfort meal in a bowl."
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp curry powder
8 baby new potatoes, quartered (or 2 medium yukon golds, peeled and cut into chunks)
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels
1 sweet red pepper, diced
1/2 jalapeño or red chili pepper, finely diced*
1/2 cup white wine
1 can (10 oz.) creamed corn
3-1/2 cups chicken stock
6 small tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup 35% cream
Chives, for garnish
* If you don't have a jalapeño or red chili, you can use 1 chipotle from the can, chopped — a great way to use up a pantry staple and add some smoky flavour.
Step 1: In a large heavy soup pot, melt butter with oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes. Add curry powder and sauté another minute. Stir in potatoes, salt and pepper; sauté another minute. Stir in corn kernels and cook until corn is lightly brown, about 5 minutes.
Step 2: Stir in red pepper and jalapeño; sauté for another 2 minutes. Stir in wine and let evaporate. Add creamed corn and chicken stock, reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes.
Step 3: Remove from heat. Remove 2/3 of the mixture and set aside. Using a hand blender, purée remaining soup in the pot. Return reserved soup to the pot.
Step 4: Return to medium-high heat and add tomatoes and cream. Cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve garnished with chives.
See more recipes from Trish Magwood.