Smoky Corn Chowder

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: corn, corn chowder, cream soup, sausage
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Calories: 303kcal
Author: Mark Bittman
This chowder is a chunky blend of corn, potatoes, vegetables and kielbasa, inspired by Mark Bittman's version.
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  • 6 ears corn husk and silk removed
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound smoky kielbasa sausage or other smoked sausage, sliced into half moons
  • 1 celery stalk diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 medium white potatoes diced
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4-5 sprigs of thyme tied together with kitchen string
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika optional


  • Use a sharp knife (or if you have one of those handy corn-stripping gadgets - use it) to slice kernels off the cob. Transfer kernels to a bowl and set aside.
  • Place corn cobs in a large pot and cover with 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil over high heat and reduce heat to medium low. Cover pot and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove the corn cobs and discard. 
  • While the corn is simmering,  in a large dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat. Add sausage and cook until browned and fragrant.  Add celery, onion, potatoes and thyme bundle. Cook for about 5 minutes until onion and celery soften a bit.  
  • Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and sausage and stir until the flour becomes pasty. Cook for about 1 minute, then add about 1 cup of the hot corn broth to the vegetable mixture and stir, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Continue to add the broth in 1 cup increments, stirring after each addition.  Stir in the salt, pepper and reserved corn kernels.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Stir in the cream and paprika.  Serve.


Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 942mg | Potassium: 162mg | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.8mg