Gwen's Original Corn Chowder

I guess we're all a little soup crazy right now, what with the freezing weather. This certainly isn't a low-calorie recipe, but it sure is filling and delicious. You don't need to wait until the Super Bowl to serve this soup either, although that's how it came to be posted. A few years ago, Cathy at Noble Pig had a Sam's Club Super Bowl recipe contest. The photos of the winning recipes were amazing and I saved this particular soup recipe as it looked delicious. It was entered by Gwen from Good To Be MeAnd yes, it really is fantastic. I mean...bacon, corn, cheese, potatoes, onion....Wow! And so thick your spoon will stand up in it. A hearty meal to be sure.

Gwen's Original Corn Chowder
From Gwen at Good To Be Me

3/4 cup butter
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup flour
1-1/2 teaspoons salt 
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
3 large potatoes, cooked, peeled and cubed 
1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 large package frozen corn, thawed
4-1/2 cups milk
1 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup sour cream

In a soup pot melt butter and add the onion and garlic; sauté onion until it is clear.  Whisk in flour, salt and pepper.  Whisk for a while until smooth and then, while stirring, gradually add milk and chicken broth.  Add in potatoes, bacon, corn and parsley flakes.
Continue to heat over medium to low heat, stirring frequently until chowder has thickened, about 20 minutes.  Then cover and cook over a low heat for an additional 10 or 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked. Stir frequently so the bottom doesn't burn. Remove from heat.  Whisk in grated cheese and sour cream, stir until cheese has melted.  Serve in hollowed out bread bowls.


  1. Looks wonderful Barbara. We are even cold here in Northern Florida. Hope you had a great New Years trip.

  2. Happy New Year Barbara! This soup looks a like stick to your ribs, stomach warming bowl of delight. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Looks wonderful! Love bread bowl soups!

  4. I was kind of skimming over your post thinking that corn chowder didn't sound all that exciting to me - and then I got to the photo! Yikes! Must have some now!

  5. Hi Barbara!

    Yes I suppose many of us are going "soupy" these days. Funny thing is, just today I spotted this Pepperidge Farm Tuscan Boule bread that is partially baked and you finish it at home. I'm sure it's been out there forever, but it's the first time I saw it here. Anyway, I bought it, considering the terrible bread baker I am. When I showed it to Marion and told her I had plans to hollow it out and fill it will soup, she laughed. I guess there weren't many bread bowl recipes back in the 30s, lol..I think this chowder would be the perfect way to bring Marion into the 21st century!

    Thank you so much for sharing Barbara. As you say, "bacon, corn, cheese, potatoes, onion....Wow!"

  6. I am going to make a creamy soup for the lunch too. I wish I could taste your chowder...looks so soothing, hearty and delicious!

  7. Very original indeed and so comforting!



  8. Soup sounds very appealing after the cool weather we've had over here Barbara. Chowders are always my favorite and I love your presentation.

  9. What a delight! This sounds fabulous, Barbara. I'll have to give it a try when things quiet down around here. Hugs and blessings...Mary

  10. with this blast of cold, you can't have too many soup options. you're right---what's not to love about corn,bacon, onions, and cheddar---such a winning combination.

    Wishing you a wonderful, healthful and delicious new year!

  11. Oh I only how I wish I could have a large vat of this!
    My bones are so cold and soup, good soup is the only cure.
    Love this Barbara!

  12. If I didn't have a pot of winter vegetable soup on the stove I would make this right now! And I love soup served in a bread bowl. Can't wait to try this, Barbara.

  13. Barbara this looks divine! (and how funny that your daughter reacted like I did to those lanterns! Greenies united!)

  14. Three sticks of butter and a pound of bacon? LOL! Please tell me this serves 30 people. I won't make it, but if you invited me over and served it, I would eat it all, soup and bread bowl. OMG, it looks divine!

  15. That looks like something that would really warm up your soul!

  16. Too bad the Knight has already started dinner. That sounds AMAZING.

  17. Welcome back from the islands, Barbara! What a gorgeous looking soup, it makes me hungry just looking at it! I think I have just enough corn in the freezer to make 1/2 a batch... but no bread to put it in!

  18. i LOVE chowder, but only the corn version. new england can keep its clams. :) plus, bread bowls make soup even better!



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