Summer Squash & Corn Chowder Soup

It’s cold.  Bone chilling cold. Break out the fuzzy slippers cause it’s time to get comfortable and warm!
I love a good corn chowder soup.  It’s comfort food all the way. Creamy, chunky, warm and hearty!

What I don’t like is all the calories.  This soup is super low calorie and healthy.  Instead of potatoes, we have summer squash.  My husband never even noticed.  No joke.  He totally loved this. 
It was so light and healthy, I couldn’t help but add some cheese and bacon to top it off.  It brought an already delicious soup to a whole new level.  If you feel like leaving the cheese and bacon off, you can knock about 40 calories per bowl.  Nice.
We ate this soup with some fantastic cuban quesadillas.  This hearty, filling meal came in about 500 calories.  There are a ton of leftovers too!  Can’t wait for lunch tomorrow!
Summer Squash and Corn Chowder Recipe
Cooking Light, Aug 2010

4 slices applewood smoked bacon
1 1/2 cups onion
1/2 cup celery
2 pounds yellow summer squash
2 pounds frozen corn, thawed and divided
4 cups milk, 1%, divided
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (2 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
Tabasco sauce, chipotle flavored (optional but good!)

Cook bacon in a pan until crisp.  Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 tablespoon bacon drippings in pan.  Crumble bacon and set aside.  Add onions, celery and squash to drippings in pan, saute about 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Reserve 2 cups of corn. Set aside.  Place remaining thawed corn and 2 cups of milk into a blender, process until smooth.  Add remaining milk, thyme, salt and pepper to blender. Process until smooth.  Add pureed mixture and reserved whole corn to onion mixture.  Heat on medium until thoroughly heated, stirring constantly.  Top each bowl with small amount of bacon, onions and cheese.  I also put about 4 – 5 drops of chipotle Tabasco in it. It was subtle but was delicious!

Total calories = 1980 calories
10 servings = 198 calories per bowl
**157 calories per bowl without cheese and bacon


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Krystal

we got 3 feet of snow yesterday. I have squash on my counter. . .this will be coming up soon! I love soup!

-Krystal @ recipesofacheapskate.blogspot.com

Merut

I don’t think I’ve ever had corn chowder, but it looks (and sounds) delicious. The flavor didn’t change when you used squash instead of potato? Interesting. I may have to give this a try!