Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Roasted Red Pepper Corn Chowder

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I am really trying to waste less food. I heard a staggering statistic last week. Every day we waste enough food to fill the Rose Bowl. What to do with the red pepper in the fridge that was almost at the end of it's shelf life? How about a soup? I love the flavor of roasted red peppers, especially in soup.

The original recipe called for 2 cups of roasted red peppers and 2 cans of creamed corn. I really don't like creamed corn, so I chose to just use the frozen corn. The texture of this soup was more of a broth and less of a cream soup. The red pepper gives this soup a wonderful rich flavor.





Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Chowder
Inspired by the New England Soup Factory Cookbook

6 Tbsp. salted butter
2 cups diced onions
1/2 cup diced celery
1 cup diced carrots
3 cloves of garlic, minced
4 to 5 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled & cut into 1/2" cubes
6 cups chicken stock or broth
2 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground bay leaves
3 lbs. frozen or fresh corn kernels
2 Tbsp. cornstarch dissolved in 4 Tbsp. cold water
2 cups light cream
1 roasted red pepper, pureed until smooth
2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
Kosher salt & black ground pepper to taste

In a stockpot melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Sauté for 5 to 7 minutes. Add the potatoes and sauté for 5 minutes more. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the potatoes soften but don't lose their shape, about 10 minutes. Add the coriander, bay leaves, and corn. Bring back to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.. Add the creamed corn and the cornstarch water mixture. Return to a boil and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the cream, red peppers, cilantro, Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper. Bring the soup to a slow simmer for 2 minutes.
Makes 10 to 12 servings

I am linking this to Tasty Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday , Tuesday's at the Table,
Souper Sunday's at Kahakai Kitchen and Let's Do Brunch at My Sweet and Savory.

15 comments:

  1. Looks excellent! My kids love corn chowder, I'll have to make this very soon! Looks rich and perfect for the cold days we're having!

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  2. I'm with you - I hate wasting food! What a yummy save for the red peppers!

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  3. The red pepper looks like it works beautifully in this soup. Looks so comforting and delicious.

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  4. What an original soup recipe; sounds and looks so good.
    Rita

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  5. I love corn chowder, this looks delicious. :)

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  6. Oh, I'm saving this, it looks wonderful!! Thanks!

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  7. Julie, this really sounds delicious. We are chowder fans and love the addition of another recipe to our files. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  8. Love this! It has some of my favorite flavors. You should come link it with Crock Pot Wednesday:)

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  9. I'm going to pace myself and see if I can hang to even one red pepper for your yummy corn chowder. I snarf them with ranch...one of my favorite things. I can't imagine having an old one, and I buy Costco 6 packs each week so I can eat one a day!!!

    This soup looks so delicious and easy. The red pepper gives it a really pretty zing. Thanks for all you share. You know I love what you do, always experimenting and trying so many new recipes. I come calling when I want to try a new dish...or soup!

    PS, the truffles look amazing, maybe in the next life...glad you're back!

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  10. I know what you mean about wasting food. I go on tangents where I'm determined to use up everything in the house before it spoils. I love the color of this soup. Considering it's snowing in Seattle and I have red peppers in the frig, I think I'll give this recipe a whirl.

    Kristi

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  11. Good for you for not wasting. ;-) Your chowder looks delicious--I love corn chowders. Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays.

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  12. Homemade roasted red peppers are to-die-for. :) I have the same cookbook but haven't made anything from it yet... this looks right up my alley, though! :)

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  13. Hey Julie, I want a bowl of this soup, right now. We are highlighting this on Let's Do Brunch, tomorrow. Thanks for linking it up.

    I love corn and potatoes and bell peppers in any form. What a great soup.

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