I’ve never really attempted to make soups before because I always thought they were too difficult to make. But surprisingly enough, they’re actually quite simple. This recipe was particularly easy and included all of my favorite things: broccoli, potato, corn, and of course, bacon. It was very flavorful and I just loved the bread bowl that soaked up all of the chowder goodness!

Broccoli Chowder with Corn and Bacon (adapted from Martha Stewart):

Yields 2 servings

  • 2 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 red potatoes, diced
  • 1/2 head broccoli (about 1/2 pound), cut into bite-size florets, stalks peeled and thinly sliced (I used baby broccoli instead)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

In a large pot, cook bacon over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 8-10 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

Increase heat to medium. Cook onion, stirring, until it begins to soften, about 6-8 minutes.

Add flour; cook, stirring constantly for about 30 seconds.

Add broth and potato; bring to a boil.

Reduce to a simmer; cook until potato is tender, about 10 minutes.

Add broccoli, corn, thyme, and milk.

Cook until broccoli is tender, about 8-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve topped with bacon.