Soup Please!

Cold weather means time for hot soup! Soup is good for us even when we don't have a cold. And nothing beats a good homemade soup.

I would like to share my favorite - a recipe from my absolute favorite TV chef, Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa).

Ina's Cheddar Corn Chowder is filling. This recipe will make 10 to 12 generous servings. I served this once on Super Bowl Sunday instead of the same old chili recipe and it scored big time!

Ina's Cheddar Corn Chowder
(serves 10-12)

What's In There?
  • 8 ounces bacon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • soup
  • 6 cups yellow onions diced
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 12 cups chicken stock
  • 6 cups medium diced white potatoes (unpeeled)
  • 10 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 2 cups Half and Half
  • 1/2 lb sharp white cheddar cheese

-- Cook bacon in the olive oil over medium high heat until bacon is crisp. Remove bacon and reserve. Reduce heat to medium.

-- Add onions and butter. Cook 10 min. Until onions are translucent.

-- Stir in flour,salt and turmeric. Cook 3 minutes.

-- Add stock and potatoes. Bring to a boil and then simmer uncovered until potatoes are tender.

-- Add corn to soup, then half and half and cheddar. Cook 5 more minutes.

-- Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot and garnish with bacon.


About the Author...
Pat Persaud
Pat Persaud received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Morningside College, in Sioux City, Iowa, and majored in English, with an emphasis on British Literature.
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