Pumpkin Corn Chowder Recipe

This creamy, satisfying soup has everything we need to warm us up on a chilly autumn night. Chowders have been a favorite New England one-pot supper for hundreds of years, but this is a chowder with a difference: here, beta-carotene-rich pumpkin and sweet potato replace the usual white potato, combining with corn, onion, and cream (vegans may substitute soy or rice milk, or nut butter) to make a wonderful bowl of real, deep nourishment.

Served with a salad and some cornbread or biscuits, Pumpkin Corn Chowder makes the perfect fall supper. Itís easy to make, too!


3 tablespoons butter or olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup well-scrubbed sweet potato, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
6 cups vegetable broth
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup corn, frozen or cut from the cob
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoons crumbled dried sage
1/2 cup light cream or half-and-half (vegans may substitute soy or rice milk or 2 tablespoons nut butter)
salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste

1. Heat butter or olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and sweet potato. Saute, stirring to coat the vegetables with the butter, until onion is translucent, just a few minutes.

2. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, 30 minutes, until sweet potato is tender.

3. Add pumpkin puree, corn, and herbs. Bring back to a boil, then reduce heat again and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Stir in cream and remove soup from the heat.

4. Puree half the soup in a blender and return it to the pot, stirring well to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 6.

Inspired by Witch In the Kitchen, by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001).

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Edvanir L.
Edvanir L.2 years ago

It should be awesome if we have some tips on how to make our own pumpkin puree. I'm gonna try it anyway, because I thing this is a great recipe. Thank you for sharing.

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Sounds good.Thanks for sharing

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey3 years ago

This looks really good. I saved it. I never thought I would be collecting recipes from Care2. I do so at other food sites.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson3 years ago


Robert O.
Robert O.3 years ago

Thanks Cait.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Bon L.
Bon L.4 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Susanne Dawn P.

I apologize so very much! THANK YOU TO Cait Johnson.

Susanne Dawn P.

Annie, TY again. I just cannot wait for October for pumpkin. I would have never even though of this if it were not for you! I think I may make this tomorrow evening, as I'm having my new neighbor over with her daughter.