February 13, 2015

slow cooker corn and red pepper chowder

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I promised slow cooker recipes and here is another one... although I just realized they are pretty much all soup... so maybe I work on that!?

When I usually come across corn chowder recipes they are cream based, which makes them rich and less healthy than a broth based soup.  This chowder only uses a cup of milk, which can be almond or soy, and the rest is vegetable broth.  It gets it creaminess from the potatoes, which in my book also gives it a wonderful flavor to accompany the corn.  The crunchy onions and red pepper on top makes a nice contrast to the soup and the onions lend themselves to a fresh flavor.  Cilantro would also be a great addition to this soup, spinkled on top... next time, looks like I will "have" to make this again!:)


Servings 4-6
Total Time 4+

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped, save some for garnish
  • 3 medium gold potatoes, diced (about 3 cups)
  • 4 ears of corn, kernels removed, save some for garnish (4 cups frozen sweet corn can also be used)
  • 32 ounces vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon course salt
  • 1 cup milk (soy or almond may be used)
  • 2 green onions, sliced for garnish 




INSTRUCTIONS 

1.  In a slow cooker add the onion, red bell pepper, potatoes, 1 cup corn, broth, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt.
2.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours, until the potatoes are tender.

3.  Turn the slow cooker off and remove the lid. Allow the soup to cool slightly. Using an immersion blender or working in batches with a regular blender, puree the soup. Return it to the slow cooker and turn it back on.

4.  Stir in the remaining 3 cups corn and milk. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for another 20-30 minutes, until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste (you may also find that it needs additional cumin).

5.  Serve topped with corn, red pepper, and sliced green onions.  Enjoy!!!

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