Comfort Food: Potato & Corn Chowder

By Kate Riley October 22, 2009

You know the old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” ?   Well, in my household, the way to Mr. CG’s heart is through a bowl of very hot homemade soup.  The man likes his soup.  Hot.  Tasty.  And homemade. 

My criteria?  It’s gotta be easy to make.  So here’s my recipe for a good ol’ bowl of home cooked chowda.  Potatoes + Corn + Cream + Butter + Thyme = Yum. 

I made this again last night.  Oh boy is it good. 

Your thighs won’t thank you.  Your stomach will. 


potato chowder

Recipe: Easy Potato & Corn Chowder with Bacon Crumble


2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 inch pat of butter

1 small yellow onion (or 1/2 large yellow onion)

6 cups chicken or vegetable broth

6 medium yellow potatoes

3/4 teaspoon thyme (or sprig of fresh thyme)

1/2 tsp white pepper

Salt to taste

1  1/2 cups frozen corn

2 cups half & half

Dash tabasco or hot sauce (optional)

Crumbled bacon

Sour cream topping (optional)


Heat olive oil and butter in pan.  Dice your onion very fine and soften in butter/oil mixture for 8 – 10 minutes on medium low heat.  Meanwhile peel your yellow potatoes and chop them into small cubes.  Add chicken broth to your softened onions and bring to a boil.  Add potatoes and thyme and cook on medium heat (low boil) for 15 minutes until potatoes are soft. 

cooking potatoes

If you have one of these blender babies, you’re in luck.  I use mine to break up the taters and make them all soft and chowder like.  If you don’t have one, then pour half of your cooked soup into a heat safe blender and give it a good whirl. 

whirly potatoes

If you have neither, that’s fine too.  You’ll just have more chunky chowder.  Cooking your soup a little longer than the recipe will help to soften your taters without the blender option.

Now add your frozen corn and your half & half, white pepper and salt to taste.  Mix it all together.  Let it simmer for another 5 minutes.  If you like spice, give it a dash of hot sauce or tabasco sauce for kick.  Just a dash !   

Mmmm, a hint spicy.   Me likey. 

Add a dollop of sour cream and some bacon crumble and you’ve got yourself a happy home.  And a happy stomach.

potato chowder

Perhaps some unhappy thighs, but who cares.  It’s comfort food.  Enjoy !

I’m linking up with Rhoda’s Recipe Party.  Join us !

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  1. Oh, this looks so delicious! I make this soup too, but see some ingredients in yours I don’t use. I’m going to try yours! I’ve had my dinner and now I want some soup! ;0
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. This may be sacrelige, but do you think the “Fat Free Half and Half” would work?? I want to try this :-)

  3. I just posted a recipe for my corn chowder a couple days ago too! Looks a lot like yours only I make mine in the crockpot. It’s definitely the time of year for soups :)

  4. Now THAT looks mighty tasty. I’ll have to make that soon…well, as soon as I find all my kitchen stuff in the moving boxes. My mom makes a potatoe soup with sour cream and bacon and it’s just DElicious. That recipe is also not kind to the thighs.

  5. OMG that was delicious!!! My husband and I made it for dinner tonight! We did use fat free half and half which made the soup a little thinner, but still really really good! We thought next time we might use a little corn starch to thicken it up. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe!!

  6. YUM YUM YUM-O I will have to try this. Love the White hutch Beautiful. Coarse’ everything you do turns out Beautiful. Stop by and see my blog sometime… ;) it would be nice!

  7. Thanks for the recipe! Was really wondering what to cook for tonight’s dinner. This will be very comforting on this rainy fall day!

  8. Sounds yum…. one of my favorite foods by far. I’m a little intrigued by the use of the hand blender… I always thought chunky chowder is where it’s at… but you may have changed my mind!

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