Corn, bell peppers, and green beans give this hearty soup its fresh, summery flavor; make a batch now, then freeze for up to 6 months.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a Dutch oven or 5-quart pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, bell peppers, and thyme; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

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  • Add milk, potatoes, and 5 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, covered, until potatoes are almost tender, about 8 minutes.

  • Stir in corn, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Simmer until corn is tender, about 3 minutes.

  • With a slotted spoon, transfer 3 cups of the solids to a blender; puree until smooth. Return to pot; add green beans. Bring to a simmer; cook until beans are tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Season again with salt; serve with hot pepper sauce, if desired.

Cook's Notes

If you plan to freeze the soup, cook the green beans for a few minutes less than called for in step 4; this will help them retain their crunch after the soup is reheated. Cool chowder completely before transferring to airtight containers. Leave 1 inch of space at the top.

Reviews (11)

84 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 23
  • 2 star values: 17
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: Unrated
01/12/2012
Has anyone tried making this with lactose-free milk? or some type of milk alternative?
Rating: Unrated
03/13/2009
Great recipe! I made it with cauliflower instead of potato to keep the carbs down. I also added 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder to add a little extra flavor. I made it to freeze and I think the next time I will add the green beans after it has cooled a little and cook them when I defrost. I under cooked them by half the time, but they still seemed to cook all the way through as it cooled.
Rating: Unrated
12/09/2008
My boyfriend and I both loved this soup. Definitely a nice 'comfort soup'! I may try a cube of chicken bouillon next time just for fun. Or perhaps some turkey bacon for my man. ( I'm a veggie). Diana, I don't own a slow cooker so I'm not sure if you could use one.
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Rating: Unrated
12/09/2008
My boyfriend and I both loved this soup. Definitely a nice 'comfort soup'! I may try a cube of chicken bouillon next time just for fun. Or perhaps some turkey bacon for my man. ( I'm a veggie). Diana, I don't own a slow cooker so I'm not sure if you could use one.
Rating: Unrated
12/09/2008
My boyfriend and I both loved this soup. Definitely a nice 'comfort soup'! I may try a cube of chicken bouillon next time just for fun. Or perhaps some turkey bacon for my man. ( I'm a veggie). Diana, I don't own a slow cooker so I'm not sure if you could use one.
Rating: Unrated
12/09/2008
My boyfriend and I both loved this soup. Definitely a nice 'comfort soup'! I may try a cube of chicken bouillon next time just for fun. Or perhaps some turkey bacon for my man. ( I'm a veggie). Diana, I don't own a slow cooker so I'm not sure if you could use one.
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Rating: Unrated
12/09/2008
My boyfriend and I both loved this soup. Definitely a nice 'comfort soup'! I may try a cube of chicken bouillon next time just for fun. Or perhaps some turkey bacon for my man. ( I'm a veggie). Diana, I don't own a slow cooker so I'm not sure if you could use one.
Rating: Unrated
11/09/2008
Could this soup be cooked in slow cooker???? What do you think
Rating: Unrated
10/26/2008
I really liked this soup. I disagree with geeyouknit. I didn't need any extra salt. It does make a lot, but it was very good out of the freezer.
Rating: Unrated
08/17/2008
The recipe alone doesn't yield a lot of flavor. I added a lot of kosher salt and some chicken boullion for depth. Massive amount of soup. Next time, I'll cut the recipe in half.
Rating: Unrated
07/28/2008
This takes a little while, but it's worth it. Lots of favor w/o the fat. Freezed and reheated very well.