National Soup Month – Easy Corn Chowder

Corn chowder is one of those old-fashioned dishes that embodies the term, comfort food. Sadly, it’s usually a dish that also embodies the term, time-consuming! But not this version. This corn chowder is so easy to make that your teen will be fixing it for an after school snack – because it’s made in the microwave oven.

First chop about 1/4 cup red bell pepper and set aside. Melt 1 Tbsp butter in a large bowl in the microwave. Add the chopped bell pepper, return to the microwave and cook on high heat for 2 minutes. Stir in 1 Tbsp flour and 1 1/2 tsp instant minced onion. Add 1 1/2 cups frozen, shredded hash brown potatoes, 1 cup frozen corn, 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth, and 3/4 cup milk. (I use 2% evaporated milk for a creamier consistency.)  Stir well. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir. Continue cooking for 7-12 minutes more or until mixture thickens and vegetables are cooked through. Stir in a dash of cayenne pepper. Be careful removing from the microwave oven! The bowl will be very hot.

Microwave Corn Chowder

The amounts above make 2 servings. Double or triple the recipe for 4-6 servings. Serve with crackers on a cold, grey January night! Top with shredded cheese if you like a cheesy corn chowder.

If you have never tried corn chowder before – and you may not have if you are under the age of 45 – your are in for a treat. This version is creamy but not too fatty, and nice and sweet from the corn.

This recipe is actually from my first cookbook – I Want My Dinner Now! – Simple Meals for Busy Cooks. I wrote the book for my sons when they were in high school and college, so all the recipes are easy to prepare, common-sense healthy and budget-friendly.

I Want My Dinner Now!

You can read more about all of our cookbooks in the Healthy Cookbooks section above.

Stay warm – apparently it is cold everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere right now – by making soup!

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Renee Pottle, an author and heart-healthy educator, loves to explore and write about the Mediterranean Diet. She blogs at and

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