Monday, September 26, 2011

Bacon-Corn Chowder with Shrimp



Like so many of us, my mind immediately turns to soup when the weather drops. It's understandable, what could be better to warm the belly and soul than warm, brothy goodness. There are so many good soups out there, but when I need extra comfort, I tend to prefer stews or chowders, they're thicker, heartier and sometimes a bit meatier.



This chowder was a total hit in our house. The thickness and sweetness of it comes primarily from the corn, but then you get bit chunks of shrimp as well as smoky bacon. It's a wonderful experience to eat, especially with a crusty hunk of bread. Mmmm, it's enough to brighten any chilly fall day.



Bacon-Corn Chowder with Shrimp
Cooking Light July 2011

Ingredients

6 slices center-cut bacon, chopped
1 cup prechopped onion
1/2 cup prechopped celery
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 garlic clove, minced
4 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels, thawed
2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
3/4 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
1/3 cup half-and-half (I use fat-free)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add bacon to pan; saute 4 minutes or until the bacon begins to brown. Remove 2 slices bacon. Drain on paper towels. Add onion and next 3 ingredients (through minced garlic) to pan, and saute for 2 minutes. Add corn, and cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add broth; bring to a boil, and cook for 4 minutes.

2. Place 2 cups of corn mixture in a blender. Remove the center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape), and secure lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in the blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Return pureed corn mixture to pan. Stir in shrimp; cook 2 minutes or until shrimp are done. Stir in half-and-half, pepper, and salt. Crumble reserved bacon over soup.

27 comments:

Erica said...

Loveeeee corn chowder! I agree, cooler weather screams soup

Kim said...

I finally got my husband to eat shrimp! Can you believe it? I think I could definitely get him to eat this. It's a winning combination of ingredients.

Thank you for your comment on my post. I was so sorry to read your comment about your Aunt passing away. I hope one day they can cure breast cancer.

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

This looks like my kind of soup. I love it in the cooler weather too.

Gloria said...

Teresa I love shrimp and this look delicious! gloria

theUngourmet said...

I've been craving chowder the past few days. This looks fantastic...I just love the addition of the shrimp. YUM!

Kristin said...

Yum! I love corn chowder, and the addition of bacon? Um...yes please!

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow looks awesome need to try making a chowder

Debbie said...

This is exactly the type of recipe I have been craving. Don't know what it is lately but I am just so wanting a chowder with shrimp. I found one I want to try that calls for butternut squash and shrimp and now this!!! It looks sooo good!

Barbara Bakes said...

How great that it's delicious and a Cooking Light recipe!

Pam said...

I wish I had a big bowl of this hearty chowder right now - it looks delicious.

The burritos down below look tasty too.

Reeni said...

I am so ready for soup weather! This one is right up my alley - it looks utterly delicious!

Julie said...

My husband would adore this soup...I'll have to send him the recipe..ha!

Cathy said...

My thoughts are turning to soups too, Teresa. Yum, yum this looks delicious.

Chris said...

The temps are dropping for the weekend, even dipping down into the 30's. This will be perfect for the chill.

Barbara said...

I agree, Teresa. Much prefer chowders. What a super combo in yours...bacon and corn are winners right off the bat and then adding shrimp just puts it over the top. It looks as though the pureed corn makes it nice and thick.

mybizzykitchen.com said...

That soup screams me! Can't wait to make it - I finally got around to renewing my Cooking Light magazine - hooray!

The Blonde Duck said...

Bacon. Chowder. Sold.

Amish Stories said...

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Melody said...

What a delicious recipe! I'm so excited for soup weather!

Liz said...

corn chowder with shrimp...divine!

Joanne said...

I LOVE chowder but somehow never make it! It's so stick-to-your-ribs awesome.

Cheryl said...

Beautiful Soup, I just ate canned Clam Chowder yesterday and vowed to make some good soup this week! This would be excellent with those Buffalo Wraps, YUM!

The Blonde Duck said...

Happy Wednesday!

MaryMoh said...

It's getting cold here. I do need a big bowl of your chowder. Love all those shrimps there...mmm. I have been cooking a lot of soup this week to keep warm and help make me smile :D Hope you have a wonderful day. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

Burp and Slurp~! said...

Oooh. It's rainy and chilly today. A bowl of this will totally hit the spot!

Katherine Aucoin said...

You can never go wrong with bacon and shrimp! This looks wonderful!

Susan said...

That looks SO GOOD!!!

Thank You for the recipe!!!

Susan