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Under 30 Minutes

Corn Chowder with Zucchini and Orzo

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  • Servings: 4
Corn Chowder with Zucchini and Orzo

Source: Everyday Food, July/August July/August 2012


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced medium
  • Reserved cooked orzo
  • 1 bunch scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cups corn kernels (from 4 ears), cobs reserved


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high. Add zucchini and saute until crisp-tender, 4 minutes. Stir in orzo and heat until warmed through. Transfer to a bowl and toss with scallion greens; season with salt and pepper.

  2. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in saucepan over medium-high. Add scallion whites and saute until tender, 3 minutes. Add corn and cook until tender, 3 minutes. Add 3 cups water and corncobs and bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer and cook until chowder thickens slightly, about 8 minutes. Discard cobs and season with salt and pepper. In batches, fill a blender halfway with chowder and puree (use caution when blending hot liquids). Serve chowder topped with zucchini mixture.

Reviews (1)

  • MirToniR 20 Sep, 2014

    Really enjoyed this recipe! Used a hand emulsifier to puree the chowder instead of a blender. Loved the creaminess and taste but the recipe could use some seasoning and/or spice. Will need to experiment next time.

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