Corn Soup is a perfect blend of summer herbs and vegetables. The fresh from the garden (or field) sweet corn is complemented by a vegetable medley like no other. Fresh leeks, potatoes, basil, chives, and juicy tomatoes, are pureed and topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt to perfectly round out this dish.
If you are like me, you love sweet corn. If you don’t love sweet corn we need to re-evaluate this friendship. I try not to mess with a good thing, and corn on the cob is one of my all-time favorites. However, I did mess with it this one time. I am here to tell you that corn on the cob lovers will love this soup too. The cornerstone ingredient in this soup is corn. The remaining ingredients on the list are some of my all-time favorite summer flavors. Who am I kidding? Let’s just say all-time favorites, period.
Since we grow our own garden, we typically have most of this ready for picking. I just love that I can pluck these items out of my garden and have dinner ready in a few short minutes. Most of the work in this soup is in the chopping, the rest is in the waiting. Almost everything is chopped up and thrown into a pot for boiling. The corn kernels are cut from the ear before cooking. Here’s a tip that I learned while making this. Fresh corn kernels, cut from the ear, travel farther and faster than the cooked version. Put the large end of the ear inside of a large bowl with tall walls. Cut the corn at a slight angle and everything falls down. Any other method and you’ll need a few extra ears of corn and a strong vacuum.
This recipe calls for Leeks as well. I haven’t spent much time cooking with leeks, but I really like them. They are similar to a very mild onion. They give the soup a sort of tangy flavor.
Tips Tricks and Variations
Can this Corn Soup Recipe be dairy free?
Yes, the Greek yogurt is a nice touch but not absolutely necessary. Additionally, you could swap the butter out for some olive oil or coconut oil.
Can this Corn Soup be Vegetarian?
Yes, you will need to use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
Can you adjust the texture of this Corn Soup Recipe?
Yes, the longer you use the emulsifier, the thinner your soup will be. I like mine with a little texture to it so I left it a little thick. If you want a thinner base, you can emulsify a little longer, or even use a cheesecloth and strain out the bigger pieces.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup chives, snipped
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 medium lime
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 cups water
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 5 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 2 cups Yukon gold potatoes, cubed
- 2 large leeks, halved, and sliced (white parts only)
- 6 large ears of corn, kernels removed
- ½ cup basil, chopped
- Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add corn kernels, leeks, potatoes, celery, thyme, and garlic.
- Cook about 5-7 minutes, or until vegetables start to soften, stir occasionally.
- Add chicken broth, water, salt, and cayenne and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until vegetables are very tender, about 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and puree soup in the pot with an immersion blender until almost smooth.
- Divide soup evenly into bowls.
- Add one squeeze of a fresh lime and garnish each bowl with 2 tablespoons yogurt, 3 tablespoons tomato, 1 tablespoon chives and 1 tablespoon basil.
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Tools used in making Corn Soup
Immersion Blender: I love to make soups, and having a good emulsifier handy is a great asset. Here one that I love!
sounds great but having major trouble printing out to try. can you give a site url where the whole recipe can be copied?
This looks great! Can you pour the soup into a regular blender if you don’t have an immersion one?
This was really good, the cayenne added just the right amount of zest. My husband had seconds, which he doesn’t do often.
This was fabulous! Easy to put together and really hits the spot any day of the week. Thank you for this great dish. PS. I did use canned corn.
Can you use canned corn?
Yes Mary Ann, you can!
How much canned corn or frozen would you use?
How much canned or frozen dwould you use?
One large ear of corn equals about 3/4 cup of kernels.
Week-ends are soup days for us as seniors. This corn soup is a pleasant change from all the tomato based soups I have been making. One big change I make is NOT using the emulsifier. We love the ‘crunch’ of the corn kernels as they are. Adding some shredded cheddar cheese also makes it meatier for us. Thank you for the recipe