Cheddar Corn Chowder

Cheddar Corn Chowder


8 ounces bacon, chopped
1/4 cup good olive oil
6 cups chopped yellow onions (4 large onions)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
12 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
6 cups medium-diced white boiling potatoes, unpeeled (2 pounds)
10 cups corn kernels, fresh (10 ears) or frozen (3 pounds)
2 cups half-and-half
1/2 pound sharp white Cheddar cheese, grated


In a large stockpot on medium-high heat, cook the bacon and olive oil until the bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onions and butter to the fat, and cook for 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent.

Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and turmeric and cook for 3 minutes. Add the chicken stock and potatoes, bring to a boil, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. If using fresh corn, cut the kernels off the cobs and blanch the kernels for 3 minutes in boiling salted water. Drain. (If using frozen corn, you can skip this step.) Add the corn to the soup, then add the half-and-half and Cheddar. Cook for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot with a garnish of bacon.

Copyright 1999, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, All Rights Reserved

Recipe courtesy of The Barefoot Contessa.


That sounds delicious! Especially for a cold fall night. It usually cools off here around the end of October. I am going to book mark this for cold weather nights. Thank you @Amethyst!


You’re welcome! Glad you liked it!


It’s Autumn, time to bring out the hearty soups and warming chowders! :drooling_face: :bowl_with_spoon: :two_hearts:

Corn chowder is good, but corn chowder with bacon is in a category all it’s own- I am loving this recipe! :bacon:

Thanks so much for the tasty inspiration, @Amethyst! :heart:


You’re welcome! I’m bringing out the fall recipes!


Sounds delightful and healthy! Thank you doll!


You’re welcome, sweetie! Are things going better for you?