Creamy Corn Chowder

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This creamy corn chowder is a great use for the rest of your favorite summer sweet corn!

Best corn chowder ever

I might, finally, be ready to open up the cans of pumpkin stashed in my pantry. I was pushing it off and pushing it off, but now, as the leaves start to fall off our trees and my body subconsciously yearns for chunky sweaters and horror movies, I can’t stop thinking of turning all the things into pumpkin.


I blame the internet and the food bloggers who started making pumpkin pies in August.

Perfect corn chowder

But I’m not saying goodbye to summer without one last recipe that uses it’s fabulous bounty. This creamy corn chowder is made with the rest of that summer sweet corn, peppers and fleshy avocados. As much as I hate to say goodbye to my favorite produce, I have to say I’m a little excited to welcome in the superstars of Autumn, like squashes, pumpkins and crisp apples.

fresh corn

I think this soup is the perfect transition for me. It doesn’t scream summer like my strawberry ice cream but it’s not 100% fall like my whole wheat pumpkin bread. It’s right in the middle. It’s made with summer ingredients but is best served warm, which makes it a great dinner table addition for those crispy fall evenings. It’s the best of both worlds, I think.

Creamy end of summer corn chowder

And there’s bacon. And avocado. So, duh.

Creamy Corn Chowder

luscious chunky soup


Serves about 6.
Prep time: 10 – 12 minutes
Cook time: About 15 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 1/2 cups fresh corn (or about 6 ears)
  • 2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • Crispy french bread for garnish
  • Shredded parmesan for garnish


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Add a dash of salt. Remove the husks and the hair from the corn. Rinse off each ear to remove any remaining hairs. Add the corn, cover and cook for about 3 – 5 minutes, or until corn is cooked. Remove from heat and let sit in water for an additional 2 – 4 minutes. Let cool completely and then slice corn kernels off the cob with a knife, discarding the cobs.
  2. Melt the butter in a dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the shallots and cook about 3 minutes, or until softened. Add the pepper and cook another 4 – 5 minutes, or until softened. Add 5 cups of corn and chicken broth. Mix in the rosemary, thyme and salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Let simmer for about 10 minutes or until tender.
  3. Pour the soup into a large blender and blend until pureed. Return the soup to the dutch oven. Mix in remaining corn, 3 slices of chopped bacon and heavy cream. Stir to combine. Heat another 5 minutes, or until warmed.
  4. Pour into 6 bowls and garnish with remaining chopped bacon, avocado pieces, crispy bread and parmesan cheese. Add some pepper to garnish.

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories: 243.5
Fat: 13 grams
Carbohydrates: 24.6 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Protein: 6.6 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 6

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  1. Posted by Amy @Very Culinary on
    Thursday, September 11th, 2014
    I can never get enough of summer corn - this soup is a great use for it!
  2. Thursday, September 11th, 2014
    Corn chowder is one of my all-time favs - I never thought to add avocado! Great idea!
  3. Posted by Crystal Barrett on
    Thursday, September 11th, 2014
    I use to not like soups or chowder (gasp). But here lately I've been begging for cooler weather so I can make things like this! Good thing I don't have to wait! Thank you for sharing! I can't wait to get to try this!
  4. Thursday, September 11th, 2014
    I'm somewhere stuck between summer and fall right now as far as food goes. I think I will have to give this corn chowder a try! Looks so comforting :)
  5. Posted by Marjory @ Dinner-Mom on
    Thursday, September 11th, 2014
    This looks fabulous--perfect any time of year in my book!
  6. Posted by christine on
    Thursday, September 11th, 2014
    mmmmmm. you're right, it's a great transition meal from summer into fall. I love corn chowder and this one looks great!
  7. Friday, September 12th, 2014
    We are still eating lots of sweet corn! Love this corn chowder. Perfect way to transition to fall!
  8. Friday, September 12th, 2014
    I love fresh summer corn. This is perfect!
  9. Monday, September 15th, 2014
    You added bacon to corn chowder, so now I love you. This corn chowder looks amazing. Great way to use up all the summer corn I'm hoarding in my freezer. Yup.. I'm a hoarder.
  10. Posted by Elizabeth @ Food Ramblings on
    Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
    Corn chowder brings back such great memories from childhood for me-- thats for sharing the recie!
  11. Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
    I don't know how I missed this when you first posted it. Corn chowder is one of my favorites and this looks so good! Too bad there's no god corn available anymore. :(
  12. Thursday, October 9th, 2014
    This looks delicious and beautiful pictures....I love a good corn chowder!