Potato-Leek Chowder

"After a week of especially cold weather, I craved some thick and hearty soup but was short on time. Adding cauliflower is a great way to lightly thicken the soup. For extra zip, add a little shredded sharp cheddar cheese before serving." -Julie Blum, Mollusk, VA

Yield:

6 servings (serving size: 1 2/3 cups chowder and about 2 tablespoons bacon)

Recipe from

Nutritional Information

Calories 227
Caloriesfromfat 31 %
Fat 7.7 g
Satfat 1.5 g
Monofat 2.6 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 9.1 g
Carbohydrate 39 g
Fiber 5.4 g
Cholesterol 4 mg
Iron 2.3 mg
Sodium 629 mg
Calcium 90 mg

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups finely chopped leek (about 4 leeks)
5 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
3 cups (2-inch) cubed peeled Yukon gold or red potato
3 cups (2-inch) chopped cauliflower florets
1 cup fat-free milk
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
3 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled (drained)

Preparation

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leek; cook 15 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently (do not brown). Set aside.

Combine broth, potato, and cauliflower in pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until potato is tender. Cool 10 minutes; stir in milk. Place one-third of potato mixture in a blender; process until smooth. Pour pureed potato mixture into a large bowl. Repeat procedure twice with remaining potato mixture.

Return pureed potato mixture to pan; stir in leek, pepper, salt, and corn. Cook over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon just before serving.

Note:

Julie Blum, Mollusk, VA,

September 2005