Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bacon Broccoli Corn Chowder

Bacon Broccoli Corn Chowder
It is getting a little cooler around here and the first thing I think of when it gets cold is soup.  It is so versatile and everybody tends to eat it, even my four year old.

The Weight Watchers site has some really great recipes.  I came across a recipe for Canadian Bacon, Broccoli and Corn Chowder and thought we should give it a try.  I know this probably changes the Weight Watchers points, but I had to use bacon instead of Canadian bacon because that is what I had on hand.  

Here is my not as healthy, but still delicious version of Bacon Broccoli Corn Chowder.

Bacon Broccoli Corn Chowder


3-4 Green onions, sliced
3-4 Slices of low-sodium bacon
12-16 oz Bag of frozen broccoli or fresh
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
3 Cups fat free milk
15 oz Can of corn or fresh
1/2 Tsp salt
1/4 Tsp pepper
1/2 Cup reduced fat cheddar cheese

Heat strips of bacon in a large pot.  Once bacon is crispy remove to drain on paper towels.  Also properly dispose of most of the bacon grease, leaving about a tablespoon.  

Toss green onions into the pot and cook on medium low.  

If using frozen broccoli, thaw in microwave.  Once thawed add to pot and continue to cook until broccoli is tender.

Sprinkle flour over vegetables and cook for an additional minute, stirring continually.  Gradually stir in the milk.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the corn, salt and pepper.  Continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes.

Remove the soup from the heat and add cheddar cheese.  Stir until is is melted and completely combined.  Serve in individual bowls.