This recipe for corn chowder without cream is everything you’re looking for in a comforting soup, without the extra calories of heavy cream or half and half.
Everyone I have served this corn chowder to has absolutely loved it.
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It’s one of the few soups/chowders that my bachelor son makes. In fact, he told me I should change the ratio of ingredients in the recipe in order to use an entire bag of Trader Joe’s corn. He means business, ha ha!
How to Make a Low Fat, Creamy Chowder
I’m sure your first question is, “how can a chowder be creamy without cream?”
This thick and creamy bowl of deliciousness doesn’t have one drop of cream in it. Truthfully, that’s rare for me, and I’m not saying you couldn’t add some cream, however, you really won’t need to. I based this on my clam chowder recipe which is also rich and creamy, without added cream. A bit of flour and potatoes and one little trick, create the magic that happens in this recipe.
Once you know this technique, you can apply it to many other soups and chowders, it’s fabulous!
How to Thicken a Soup or Chowder Without Adding Cream
- It’s really simple to thicken a chowder or soup without adding any cream or half and half. Just blend a percentage of the soup and add it back in once it’s smooth. Want a thinner soup? Don’t blend too much of the pot. If you’d like a thicker chowder, blend a larger percentage; it’s that simple!
- Another method is to add potatoes (or more potatoes).
- Last, but not least, make a roux, or just add some flour, which is another method I use in this recipe for corn chowder.
Tip: just remember if you’re adding meat, barley or rice, for example, don’t add them until you’ve blended the rest of the ingredients. These hard grains and some ingredients, like meat, won’t purée like vegetables.
Can You Freeze Corn Chowder?
Absolutely yes, corn chowder freezes perfectly, and reheats beautifully. You’ll never know this chowder was frozen.
A Recipe for Corn Chowder without Cream
Recipe created by Christina Conte Makes 5 Servings
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- good quality butter
- extra virgin olive oil
- celery stalks
- all purpose flour
- chicken or vegetable stock
- fresh or frozen corn, preferably organic (leftover works, too)
- Kosher or sea salt
- freshly ground pepper
Make the Base
Heat the butter and oil in a large pot. Add the onion and celery and sauté over medium high heat for about 7 minutes, before adding the flour.
Stir vigorously so that the flour cooks, but doesn’t brown, for about 4 minutes. Begin adding the stock a little at a time, while continuing to stir until all the liquid has been added.
Add the Remaining Ingredients
Next, add the milk and stir well. Add the diced potatoes and 1 teaspoon of salt, and allow to simmer for about 8 minutes, stirring often, before adding the corn.
Simmer for an additional 8 to 10 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked. Now, for the trick which thickens and improves the overall flavor of this chowder.
Blend Some of the Corn Chowder
Remove about a cup or so of the soup and use an immersion blender to puree it. Return it to the pot and stir well. If it’s not thick enough, puree a little more.
Taste, adding salt if necessary and some black pepper. Serve hot.
You could truly adapt this recipe for corn chowder to make any sort of creamy chowder, or you could just add your choice of ingredients to make it your own version. If you do, drop me a line below and let me know what you did and how you liked it!
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Recipe for Corn Chowder without Cream
Super rich and creamy corn chowder without a drop of cream.
- 2 Tbsp good quality butter
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 3 Tbsp all purpose flour
- 3 cups (24 oz) chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 1/2 cups (12 oz) milk
- 2 medium to large potatoes, diced into bite sized pieces
- 2 cups (12 oz) fresh or frozen corn, preferably organic (leftover works)
- Kosher or sea salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Heat the butter and oil in a large pot. Add the onion and celery and sauté over medium high heat for about 7 minutes, before adding the flour.
- Stir vigorously so that the flour cooks, but doesn’t brown, for about 4 minutes. Begin adding the stock a little at a time, while continuing to stir until all the liquid has been added.
- Then add the milk and stir well. Next, add the diced potatoes and 1 teaspoon of salt, and allow to simmer for about 8 minutes, stirring often, before adding the corn.
- Simmer for an additional 8 to 10 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.
- Now for the trick to thicken and improve the overall flavor of this chowder: puree about a cup or so and return to the pot.
- Taste, adding salt if necessary and some black pepper. Serve hot.
Nutrition info is for 5 servings
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1 bowl
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 257Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 577mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 5g
Nutrition information is only estimated.
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Made this Corn Chowdah this morning for this week’s lunches. It tastes amazing. I used a little (2TBS) instant potato to thicken it a bit. Perfect for winter in Maine! It’s super creamy for having no cream in it, I am pleasantly surprised. I might add some sausage to our the next time I make it. This recipe is definitely going in our saved folder.
Very happy to hear it, Norma! Yay!
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What a lovely way to use my frozen corn! The soup really brings out the flavor. Delicious.
I just made this again and now seeing your comment, Jana! So sorry I missed it, but happy to know that you love it, too! Thank you!
My grand girl and I made this soup and it was a huge hit. We added a pound of
fried ground sausage and added 5 slices of cheese. We used fresh milk & cream from our local dairy. Can’t get any better than that!!
So happy you enjoyed it, Diane! Fresh dairy products are fantastic! Lucky you!
I just found this recipe on pinterest and I’m in love! After Thanksgiving I had every ingredigent on hand (exactly 2 potatoes and 3 cups of Veggie stock left..it was meant to be!) It’s soooo good!
Awesome, Jen! It was meant to be; so glad you enjoyed it! Hope you find more of my recipes to try. :)
My wife and I made this and it was just the thing for this chilly evening. I added some Trader Joe’s South African Smoke (smoked paprika) to kick the flavor up a tad. Thank you for posting this yummy recipe.
Fantastic, Randi! That’s a great addition :) Thanks for the review!
Delicious on this chilly fall day in Lancaster County, Pa! Served it with homemade breadsticks. My 4 year old is usually a verrryy sloow eater, but once her soup cooled down it disappeared quickly! Thanks for this yummy recipe!
That’s great to hear, Amber! My daughter’s already complaining about the cold (she’s at Villanova), but I have to remind her that I warned her about leaving California to go to uni on the east coast! haha!