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Corn Soup with Fresh Tomatoes

John Derian's dining table can always handle one more guest. So can his menu: He sticks to easy recipes, such as corn-and-tomato soup, which can feed a big group.

  • Servings: 12
  • Yield: Makes 8 cups
Corn Soup with Fresh Tomatoes

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2009


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 2 medium onions, diced (2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 10 cups fresh corn kernels (from 8 large or 10 to 12 medium ears corn)
  • 4 to 5 cups water
  • 3 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch dice (3 cups)
  • 1/4 cup shredded fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling


  1. Melt butter in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onions, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in corn and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.

  2. Working in batches, pulse mixture in a food processor or blender until chunky (for a finer consistency, strain half of the mixture through a coarse sieve after pulsing). Thin with up to 1 cup water if desired. Reheat soup before serving. Toss together tomatoes, basil, and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish soup with tomato mixture, and drizzle with oil.

Reviews (2)

  • annap 6 Sep, 2012

    Good basic soup. I used dried thyme instead of fresh and it turned out fine. I estimated measurements, but probably added more salt and pepper per my preference. I also added some chicken broth before blending - it seemed like something was missing. The tomato mixture was a fun addition, although we liked the soup better without it. Will make again, minus the tomatoes.

  • sewthankful 23 Aug, 2010

    This soup was so easy. It was good as indicated, but I also added some chicken bouillon to give it a more substantial base. Yum! I think next time I'll experiment by adding some potatoes and substituting dill for the basil, just for variety.

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