Corn and Bacon Soup

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

I'd like to share this corn soup recipe because it uses the corn cooking water to make the stock. In that way, it's a little different from other corn soup recipes on Zaar. I always buy twice as much corn as I need when it's plentiful so I can have some as corn on the cob or as fritters, and use the rest for this soup. The soup can be frozen successfully.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook the corn in simmering water for about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the corn from the water WITH TONGS.
  3. Strip the kernels from the cobs and set the kernels aside.
  4. Chop the stripped cobs into 3 or 4 pieces and put them back into the simmering water.
  5. Continue to simmer them for about an hour to make a good corn stock.
  6. Drain the stock into a bowl through a fine strainer – there is usually some silk left in the water- and reserve it.
  7. Melt the butter in a saucepan.
  8. Add the chopped onions, the garlic and the bacon and soften them over a gentle heat.
  9. Chop the potatoes into½ inch dice and add them to the pan.
  10. Let them take up a little of the butter& onion flavour.
  11. Add the reserved corn stock and the corn kernels (and additional water if necessary).
  12. Cook until the potatoes are soft.
  13. Allow the soup to cool and then blend lightly.
  14. Season to taste, top with parsley and serve.


Most Helpful

I'm reluctant to rate this as we had mixed responses at the dinner table. Half the family loved it, half thought it was ordinary. I think it is the style of soup that is the issue. This is quite a light soup, not a heavy chowder style. I personally really liked it and I thought using the cooking water was a great idea.

Chef @Oz July 29, 2006

hi surfsider - i'm from sydney too! this soup is lovely - i always save my corn cooking water too for stock, but i tend to take the kernels off the cob while they are uncooked; i especially save my cornwater if the cob have been cooking in it - the water is really quite tasty. i found your soup very tasty and comforting, especially during this odd weather we are having now. i've tried the soup blended and not and would say that both ways are good - not a bad thing to have that for variety. thanks for posting something so delicious and simple.

whisks October 01, 2005

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