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Cheesy Corn Chowder

This cheesy corn chowder is very creamy and veggie-packed, not to mention delicious and super cozy! Adding gouda, cheddar, or montery jack cheese takes this classic soup recipe to a whole new level.
cheesy corn chowder in a bowl with a baguette
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4.50 from 2 votes


  • 5 strips bacon , roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion , chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk (any %)
  • 2 cups chopped potatoes (about 2 medium potatoes)
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen corn (3-4 ears of corn if using fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary (or ½ teaspoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt , or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper , or to taste
  • 2 cups shredded cheese , such as gouda, cheddar, or monterey jack


  • Place bacon in a heavy bottomed stock pot and set over medium heat. Cook until fat is rendered and bacon is crispy, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel to drain and cool. Remove all but 1-2 tablespoons of bacon grease from the pot.
  • Add the onion to the stock pot and reduce temperature to low. Cook until onions are softened but not browned, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the onion mixture and stir until vegetables are well coated.
  • Add the chicken or vegetable broth to the pot along with the milk. Add potatoes, corn, rosemary, salt and pepper.
  • Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are soft, 15-20 minutes.
  • Add shredded cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  • Stir bacon into soup just before serving, or keep bacon on the side to add as a topping.
  • Store leftover soup in the fridge to enjoy for several days. This soup tastes better as it sits!


Calories: 266kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 1175mg, Potassium: 324mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 601IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 216mg, Iron: 1mg
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