It was just one of those cold, snowy days where a big batch of soup just sounded perfect. Not just any soup though. It had to be a hearty soup; something similar to a potato soup. When I stumbled across Ina Garten's recipe for Cheddar Corn Chowder, my search for the perfect soup was over. This turned out to be just what we needed to warm us up on that snowy afternoon. I bet it will do the trick for you too!
CHEDDAR CORN CHOWDER
5 ounces Jennie-O Extra Lean TURKEY bacon, chopped
2 tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
4 tablespoons "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" Light
3 cups chopped yellow onions (2 large onions)
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
12 cups FAT FREE/ REDUCED SODIUM chicken broth
6 cups medium-diced white boiling potatoes, unpeeled (2 pounds)
1 pound bag frozen corn kernels
2 cups FAT FREE half-and-half
In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, cook the bacon and olive oil until the bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onions and butter; cook for 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent.
Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and turmeric and cook for 3 minutes. Add the chicken broth and potatoes, bring to a boil, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Add the corn to the soup, then add the half-and-half and cheddar. Cook for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is melted. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Serve hot with a garnish of bacon (and maybe a pinch of reduced-fat or fat free shredded cheddar).
This soup turned out to be filling, flavorful and delicious. A great choice if you are craving a creamy-based, chowder-y soup. By making some simple changes to a few ingredients, we are able to cut the calories per serving by more than 50%! Here is the nutritional breakdown based on dividing the recipe into 10 servings:
BEFORE: 641 calories; 35g fat; 58g carbohydrate; 28g protein
AFTER: 238.17 calories; 6.82g fat; 31.19g carbohydrate; 14.81g protein; 3.43g fiber
SAVINGS: 402.83 calories; 28.18g fat; 26.81g carbohydrate