New England Style Corn Chowder – Recipe

Winter is the perfect time for hearty soups.

This warming
favorite has been taking the chill off New England winters for centuries—and it has plenty of delicious creaminess without a lot of fat. Paired with biscuits or bread, it makes a satisfying complete meal.

1 potato, peeled and diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons unbleached flour
2 cups fresh or frozen corn
3 cups lowfat milk
1 teaspoon salt
˝ teaspoon ground black pepper

1. In a large pot over medium heat, sauté the potato, onion, and green pepper in the butter until the onion is soft, about 6 – 8 minutes.

2. Add the flour and mix well. Then add the corn, milk, salt, and black pepper, stirring thoroughly.

3. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and the chowder has thickened (do not let it boil). Spoon the chowder into a blender and puree into a thick mixture. (Do this in batches, according to how much hot liquid is recommended for your blender.)

Serves 2 – 3.

Adapted from Foods from Mother Earth, by Maura D. Shaw and Sydna Altschuler Byrne. Copyright (c)1994, Maura D. Shaw and Sydna Altschuler Byrne. Reprinted by permission of Sydna Altschuler Byrne and Maura D. Shaw.
Adapted from Foods from Mother Earth, by Maura D. Shaw and Sydna Altschuler Byrne (Shawangunk Press, 1994)


Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson5 years ago


Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson5 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Susan L.
Susan L7 years ago

Substitute a vegan milk such as rice, soy or almond milk, and vegan margarine such as New Balance and you've got a delicious chowder that is also very eco-friendly and kind to cows and calves.

In every bit of milk or butter there's some veal. It's unavoidable, because in all dairy operations the baby male calves are taken away from their mothers shortly after birth, and killed immediately or within a few months, for veal. The mothers grieve for days, calling out constantly for their babies who are torn from them.

Go Vegan

Susanne Dawn P.

Martha, thank you for your "computer file" suggestion. I unfortunately have to print out everything, and it breaks my Heart wasting so much paper {although it's recycled and used on both sides}. My next computer lesson is next week, and I will definately ask how to achieve this. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Very slowly entering the 21st. century!! wink!

Susanne Dawn P.

TY I just adore soups, be it hot or cold, summer or winter! Potato is one of my favs! Although I say that about every vegetable I've eaten in my life!

Martha Koelemay
Martha Koelemay9 years ago

This is one of my family's favorite winter recipes, and I usually double or triple it. I leave out the green pepper because my daughter doesn't eat them, and we like it just fine this way. Tonight I got ready to make the chowder and couldn't find my recipe--I've been going through my cookbooks and loose recipes recently and organizing them, and it seems the more organized I get, the more things I can't find! Looked in my computer files, and I haven't typed it there, so in desperation I turned to Care2, and voila! There it was, and I am very grateful, because I would really, really hate to lose this favorite.

Jennifer D.
Jennifer D9 years ago

Thank you I was looking for a corn chowder recipe with out all the extra stuff and this is perfect!

NORMAN S10 years ago

best ever chowder/
any one would like this.