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Cheddar Corn Chowder {Recipe}

Posted by  ·  March 13, 2012  ·  Last Updated: March 13, 2012

One of my favorite cooks is Ina Garten. Her recipes are always a hit! You can’t go wrong with any of her Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks.

If you are looking for a soup that will please and feed a crowd give this Cheddar Corn Chowder a try.

Cheddar Corn Chowder Recipe

adapted from Barefoot Contessa

8 ounces bacon, chopped
2 Tablespoons olive oil
6 cups chopped yellow onions (4 large onions)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
12 cups chicken stock
6 cups medium-diced white boiling potatoes, peeled (2 pounds)
10 cups corn kernels, (3 pounds frozen)
2 cups half-and-half
8 ounces grated cheddar cheese

In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, cook the bacon and olive oil until the bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon and save for garnish. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onions and butter to the bacon fat, cook for about 10 minutes until the onions are tender and translucent.

Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and turmeric and cook for 3 minutes. Add in chicken stock and potatoes, bring to a boil, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Add the corn to the soup. Next add the half-and-half and cheddar. Cook for 5 more minutes (do not boil just heat or the half and half will separate) , until the cheese is melted. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Pour into bowls and top with bacon.

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  1. cathy
    Monday, July 31st, 2017
    Do you think this soup can be frozen?
    • Cindy
      Friday, August 11th, 2017
      Hi Cathy, I think it would freeze.
  2. Cynthia
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    This certainly sounds yummy. Will have to give it a try. I LOVE corn chowder and it can be so versatile. Thanks for sharing this.
  3. Alisa
    Saturday, October 27th, 2012
    Just made this for dinner tonight after a chilly day at a football game.
    So delicious! Did add some chopped carrots and celery with the onion
    to up the veggies.
  4. cecelia
    Thursday, October 25th, 2012
    I love this recipe! one of my faves!. I add keilbasa to it to make a meal for my hubby.
  5. Emily
    Thursday, October 18th, 2012
    I loved this recipe. I tweaked it a little though. I only used 3 cups of onions, added a cup of chopped sweet peppers, and used Vermont white cheddar cheese. Amazing!
  6. Lisa Jo
    Sunday, April 29th, 2012
    Found this through Pinterest! Made it for dinner with family looking for seconds and thirds. I'll be a follower looking for more great ideas.
    Thanks for your ideas!
  7. Marleen Stel
    Sunday, March 18th, 2012
    I love your website, it is so fun to wake up and what new thing you have come up with. I am truly a fan because I now don't have to think about what to make for dinner all the time. Your recipes are absolutely delicious.

    Thank you

    Marleen Stel
  8. Lori
    Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
    You... are... AWESOME. I feel like you're in my head. Earlier this week I bought some corn because I've been wanting to make some corn chowder. I opened my reader, pulled up your blog and POOF- my inner desires to find a good recipe were fulfilled.

    We'll be having this Friday night for dinner thankyouverrymuch.
  9. Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
    Cindy, This recipe looks so good. I am going to have to try it. We like thick soups in our house and this one looks like it would fit that description. Thanks for sharing. Denise
  10. colleen
    Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
    I used to like Ina Garten unril she snubbed that poor little boy who had terminal cancer asked that his wish from the MAKE A WISH Foundation was to have a chance to cook with her because while getting his chemo he would watch Ina's show with his mom. She snubbed him 3 TIMES!! After the family went on the today show about it and she was getting bad press she called them to set up a time but they said no thank you we're going to Disney instead.
  11. Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
    This looks yummy! I love soups and particularly chowders, can't wait to try it!