Canadian Bacon, Broccoli, and Corn Chowder

5
Total Time
32 min
Prep
10 min
Cook
22 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Corn has long been grown and revered by Native Americans.

Ingredients

canola oil

1 tsp

uncooked scallion(s)

12 medium, sliced (white and light green portions only) or 2 bunches

uncooked Canadian bacon

3 oz, diced

uncooked broccoli

4 cup(s), fresh small florets, chopped

all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp

low-fat milk

3 cup(s)

frozen corn kernels

2 cup(s), or fresh

table salt

½ tsp

Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Mexican style blend shredded cheese

½ cup(s), extra sharp variety

black pepper

tsp, freshly ground, or to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a nonstick Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the scallions and bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the scallions are softened and the bacon is cooked, about 7 minutes. Add the broccoli. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is slightly softened, 3–5 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the flour is lightly browned, 1–2 minutes. Gradually stir in the milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture bubbles and thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Stir in the corn and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 3 minutes.
  3. Remove the soup from the heat. Add the cheese and pepper and stir until the cheese melts. Yields 1 1/3 cups per serving.

Notes

Today fresh corn on the cob is not only available locally in the summer months, but thanks to improved transportation, you can find fresh corn from May on, shipped from Florida and sold at a very reasonable price in supermarkets.To remove the kernels from the cobs, stand the cobs upright on a cutting board and with a sharp knife, working from top to bottom, scrape away the kernels. One ear of fresh corn yields about 1/2 cup kernels. For this recipe you will need about four ears. When fresh corn is not available, use frozen.

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