Creamy Bacon-Corn Chowder

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Excerpted with permission from The All-New Fresh Food Fast.
This chowder is comfort food at its finest, offering a sweet and savory contrast thanks respectively to the corn and bacon. Frozen and canned corn allow you to make this soup year-round, but you can also use fresh corn when it’s in season. Char the corn in a skillet or on the grill if you have time to add another layer of flavor.
Hands-on: 15 min. • Total: 15 min. • Serves 4
4 center-cut bacon slices
3⁄4 cup pre-chopped yellow onion
1 1⁄2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 garlic cloves)
3 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1⁄2 cups frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
1 1⁄2 cups frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
1 (14.5-ounce) can cream-style corn
1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
1⁄8 teaspoon kosher salt
Chopped fresh thyme or flat-leaf parsley (optional)

Step 1

Cook the bacon in a Dutch oven over medium-high until crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain the bacon on a plate lined with paper towels, reserving the drippings in the Dutch oven. Add the onion and garlic to the Dutch oven, and cook, stirring often, until slightly softened, about 3 minutes.

Step 2

Whisk together the milk and flour; add to the mixture in the Dutch oven, and bring to a boil over high, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to medium. Stir in the corn kernels, hash browns, cream-style corn, pepper, and salt, and cook until the vegetables are tender and the soup is thickened, about 3 minutes. Crumble the bacon, and sprinkle over the soup. Sprinkle with the parsley, if desired.
(serving size: 1 1⁄4 cups): CALORIES 320; FAT 9g (sat 5g, unsat 2g); PROTEIN 13g; CARB 50g; FIBER 4g; SUGARS 18g (added sugars 0g); SODIUM 608mg; CALC 22% DV; POTASSIUM 16% DV

Step 3

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