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I have several recipes for corn chowders in my recipe box. Corn chowder is my favorite soup, I think, and this is my easiest recipe for it. If your basil is growing like weeds right now, you can use a big huge handful of it in this, and it will be so good.

Some chowders call for bacon, some caramelize the corn, some call for cream — those are all good, but this one is the quickest, and its simplicity is not necessarily a bad thing: The taste is fresh and sweet, not very complicated or very savory, and sometimes that's just what you want.

Easy Corn Chowder

2 T. butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, diced 1/3"
2 c. milk
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
2 c. corn kernels (fresh corn is wonderful here, but frozen [I like frozen white corn] works just fine, too)
Large handful of chopped fresh basil (if you don't have fresh basil, just skip this)

Melt butter and saute onion over medium heat until golden, about 8 minutes. Add potatoes and saute for a couple of minutes. Add milk, salt, and pepper, and simmer — don't boil, or the milk will separate — for about 15 minutes, until potatoes are soft-ish. Add corn and basil, return to a simmer, and serve. Yummy golden dinner.


Looks yummy, easy & pretty too...I will have to try it, thanks.

thanks for the recipe. it looks simple and yummy!

Looks and sounds wonderful!

Looks delicious! I have basil on hand and some potatoes rolling around in my pantry. I think you've just picked out my dinner for tonight!

I have 4 fresh corns waiting for me tonight. I am defnitely making your chowder for supper!

Thank you!

Ginger&Pickle says: September 09, 2008 at 08:20 AM

Yummy, sunshiny and warm! Perfect for this time of year when the skies are filled with big fluffy autumn clouds!

I can't wait to try this. It looks delish.

We don't do soup often, but I do love chowder. Thanks for the recipe!

Yum! I have all those ingredients on hand - I think we'll add it to our lunch menu this week - thanks!

I know what I'm having for dinner tonight!!

I am making this tonight. I can't say that I've ever had chowder like this. But it sounds fantastic and I have lots of basil to spare.


Looks like you have inspired everyone to have corn chowder for din din tonight, including me. Thanks :)

I'm on the same wavelength -- I just made some corn chowder last night!

that looks so yummy. can't wait to try this!

It is cool and rainy here in New Jersey. I had all the ingredients on hand so I made this chowder for my lunch. It was delicious.
Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely make it again.

Sometimes the simplest is the best. Good corn is hard to beat.

wow cravings are setting in- I bought bannanas today (I only like bananas in bread!) Hmmmm chowder...

P.S. I pre-ordered Stitched in Time today! Can't wait!

yum, I know what I'm having for dinner, thanks!

Ooh, very similar to one I make far too often in the winter. I add a bit of curry powder with the onion and saute in olive oil. A bit more savory but oh my...with some fresh crusty bread there is nothing better.

Sounds perfect and I have all the ingredients at hand. Might be dinner tonight.

Thanks for the recipe! I've gotta try this one.

I am SO making this. Thanks for the (easy) recipe!

I love corn chowder too, but I've never used basil in it. I'm going to try that. Thanks.

not to seem utterly dim but what do 't' and 'c's stand for in the measurements? I'm used to tsp and tblsp and oz or lb or g or kg but can't work out t and c. Maybe teaspoons and cups? I think I have a vintage American cup measure so hoping that will work! t.x

I now know what I am having for dinner after a long day away from home. My brain is fried and I was thinking spaghetti, easy...but I've got lots of basil begging to be thrown into a lovely pot of corn chowder. Thanks for the inspiration!

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