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Instant Pot Creamy Corn Chowder Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

This creamy corn chowder is my go-to comfort food. It's packed with veggies and seasoned just right. The instant pot makes it a breeze to whip up. Pure, hearty goodness in a bowl!

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Oh, this corn chowder I'm about to share? Let me tell you, it's comfort in a bowl. Imagine spooning into a creamy, hearty soup brimming with sweet corn, chunky potatoes, and tender carrots. It's got a little thyme, a sprinkle of paprika, and a ripple of heavy cream to tie it all together. Makes your mouth water already, doesn't it? It's an all-time favorite in my kitchen, and I have a feeling you'll love it just as much!

Ingredients for Creamy Corn Chowder

  • Frozen corn: Adds sweetness and texture, providing the base flavor and heartiness to the chowder.
  • Onion: Adds depth and savory flavor to the chowder, enhancing the overall taste profile of the dish.
  • Garlic: Infuses a rich and aromatic flavor, elevating the taste of the chowder to a comforting level.
  • Chicken or vegetable broth: Forms the flavorful liquid base of the chowder, enhancing the overall taste and richness of the dish.
  • Potatoes: Add creaminess and thickness to the chowder, creating a hearty and satisfying texture in every bite.
  • Carrots: Provide a subtle sweetness and a pop of color, adding a delightful contrast to the chowder.
  • Thyme: Infuses a warm and earthy flavor, complementing the sweetness of the corn and adding depth to the chowder.
  • Paprika: Adds a smoky and slightly spicy flavor, enhancing the overall taste profile of the chowder.
  • Heavy cream: Adds richness and creaminess, creating a velvety texture and luxurious mouthfeel to the chowder.
  • Fresh parsley: Adds a fresh and herbaceous flavor, brightening up the chowder and providing a lovely finishing touch.

Essential Tools for Making This Chowder

  • Instant Pot: Speeds up cooking process, infuses flavors quickly, and ensures even cooking of ingredients.
  • Immersion blender: Easily purees soup to desired consistency without the need to transfer hot liquid to a blender.

Serves: 6 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups frozen corn
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup diced potatoes
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and cook the onion and garlic until softened.
  2. Add the corn, broth, potatoes, carrots, thyme, paprika, salt, and pepper to the Instant Pot.
  3. Close the lid, set the Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 5 minutes.
  4. Quick release the pressure, then stir in the heavy cream.
  5. Serve hot, garnished with chopped parsley.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 280 kcal | Carbohydrates: 35 g | Protein: 5 g | Total Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 9 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 50 mg | Sodium: 700 mg | Dietary Fiber: 5 g | Sugar: 8 g | Calcium: 80 mg | Potassium: 400 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 800 µg | Vitamin C: 10 mg

Preparing and Storing Creamy Corn Chowder

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the corn chowder as directed, but do not add the heavy cream.
  • Let the chowder cool completely before refrigerating in an airtight container.
  • When ready to serve, reheat the chowder on the stove, then stir in the heavy cream.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cool the corn chowder completely before freezing.
  • Transfer the chowder to a freezer-safe container, leaving some space for expansion.
  • Thaw the chowder overnight in the refrigerator before reheating on the stove.

One interesting tip about this instant pot creamy corn chowder recipe is that you can enhance the flavor by adding a splash of white wine when sautéing the onions and garlic. It adds a subtle depth to the dish that will surprise your taste buds. Enjoy!

Common Questions About Making Instant Pot Corn Chowder

FAQ:
Can I use fresh corn instead of frozen corn?
Yes, you can use fresh corn instead of frozen corn. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Can I substitute the heavy cream with a lighter alternative?
Yes, you can use half-and-half or milk instead of heavy cream for a lighter option.
How can I make this recipe vegetarian?
To make this recipe vegetarian, simply use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
Can I add other vegetables to this chowder?
Absolutely! Feel free to add in other vegetables like bell peppers, celery, or even zucchini for extra flavor and texture.
Is it possible to make this recipe ahead of time?
Yes, you can make this corn chowder ahead of time and reheat it when ready to serve. Just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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