Recipe by Kimke
This is from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and has become one of our favorite soups. It is WONDERFUL with fresh corn but good with frozen as well. Very easy and well received.
Top Review by KissKiss
I love this recipe and the flavors are great. My only problems with it are those of the other reviewers - it's more soupy than chowder-y and it makes a TON more than you're expecting. It almost didn't fit in my biggest pot. That's a lot of soup! Thanks goodness it tasted so good or I would have been really bummed with all those leftovers.
- 8 ounces bacon, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 6 cups chopped yellow onions (4 large onions)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 12 cups chicken stock
- 6 cups medium-diced white boiling potatoes, unpeeled (2 pounds)
- 10 cups corn kernels (fresh 10 ears or frozen 3 pounds)
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 8 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
Directions See How It's Made
- In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, cook the bacon and olive oil until the bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes.
- Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve.
- Reduce the heat to medium, add the onions and butter to the fat, and cook for 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent.
- Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and turmeric and cook for 3 minutes.
- Add the chicken stock and potatoes, bring to a boil, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
- If using fresh corn, cut the kernels off the cob and blanch them for 3 minutes in boiling salted water.
- (If using frozen corn you can skip this step.) Add the corn to the soup, then add the half-and-half and cheddar.
- Cook for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is melted.
- Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
- Serve hot with a garnish of bacon.