Corn Chowder with Bacon and Basil

Corn Chowder with Bacon and Basil

I know what you’re thinking – it’s 100 degrees outside and this crazy girl in Miami is making soup? What can I say? I love a good corn chowder and a good chowder starts with good corn. Sure, frozen corn works in the winter, but fresh corn is best and the best corn of the season is just starting to show up.

Corn Chowder with Bacon and Basil

Since I’ve been hitting the strawberries and Nutella pretty hard lately, I wanted to keep this light. I was not kidding about my pants being too snug lately. So instead of cream and flour, I thickened the soup with skim evaporated milk and potatoes. To keep it tasty, I added some crisp and crumbled pepper bacon and ribbons of fresh basil. It’s hearty enough to be called a chowder, but light enough for summer. A happy little summer soup.

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22 Comments

  1. I’m right there with you. When it’s hot out, for some reason I crave soup too. I usually stay away from chowders because they’re heavy, but I love your use of evaporated skim milk! I am totally going to try this! Thanks. :)

  2. Sometimes you just need your fix. Corn’s awesome with tarragon too!

  3. Melissa this looks delish… and you know, I love soup in the summer. I’ll have to try it…

    I too have been hitting the nutella lately, only with a spoon…

    Vie

  4. You and me both with the snug fitting pants! Thanks for a delish looking, lighter version of the classic. BTW, soup is good any time of year!

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  6. I love corn chowder! And with bacon – thank you!
    Best,
    Colleen

  7. A beautiful soup. One of my favorites. Great way to take advantage of sweet summer corn.

  8. Yum! I love corn chowder – aven in the summer – and I love that you used evaporated milk instead of cream.

  9. You may be a crazy girl in Miami, but I will soon be a crazy girl in California making this soup soon! Beautiful photos and recipe!

  10. I love soup. You’re Corn Chowder with Bacon and Basil looks so good. It has all things that I want in a soup. I want to cook it but the not all recipe is available in our place.

  11. Yeah, when you live in the south and it’s a hundred degrees for weeks on end, you stay inside and cook whatever you crave. Corn chowder with fresh corn is absolutely one of my favorites. I never thought about adding fresh basil. I’ll have to try it.

  12. I’m not a hot soup on a hot day kind of girl, so I’ll keep this one in my back pocket for late August. Sounds perfect for the cool nights we get then.

  13. Just serve this on the patio with some beers and it will be plenty summery! Yum!

  14. Good excuse to make summer soup- love the idea of putting basil!

  15. Corn! Soup! Chowder! Perfect! Thank you! This is an awesome recipe, I will try it this weekend and slurp my soup ever so loudly.

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  17. Gorgeous! Corn is amazing in Ontario right now; I’m going to try this out tonight.

  18. I’ve made this twice already! Yum, I love it.

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