The finished gluten-free corn chowder. Photo:CC-stu_spivak
Soups make wonderful lunches and double as light dinners. They’re also a great way to introduce almost any meal. This recipe calls for the soup to be partially blended which creates a creamy texture while still maintaining a rustic quality.

You could easily blend the entire pot with a hand-held blender or in batches depending on the size of your blender or food processor. Whatever your preference, never bring your soup to a boil; nothing ruins the flavor quicker. Whether served warm in the winter or chilled in the summertime, make it a point to stock up on corn to try this is an always-tasty, go-to chowder.

Ingredients:
3-4 large ears of corn
5 cups milk
2 large Russet potatoes, diced
1 medium onions, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
5 slices bacon, chopped
1 ½ tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Directions:
Remove kernels from ears and set aside, reserving the cobs.

Cook bacon in a large soup or stock pot over medium heat until they begin to crisp, stirring occasionally, about 10-12 minutes. Leave bacon in pot along with about 2 tablespoons of fat. Add onion and celery and cook until tender and slightly browned, stirring occasionally for an additional 10-12 minutes.

Add milk, potatoes and cobs to the pot. Gently simmer while covered until potatoes become tender, 12-15 minutes. Remove and discard cobs and add kernels to the soup along with salt and pepper.

Simmer 5-7 minutes longer until kernels soften slightly. Remove from heat and separate about half the solids from the soup and puree in a blender until smooth. Return to soup and add butter. Heat over low until butter is melted and incorporated.

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