The weather in the Midwest has been wonderful this June. It is warm and sunny and allows us all to spend most of our time outdoors. However, this means that I do not have a lot of time (or desire) to cook, and I certainly do not want to be heating up my kitchen. The Instant Pot® is great for this time of year, because you can make summery soups quickly, while keeping your A/C bill under control. This recipe for Corn and Potato Chowder is one of my favorite soups to make in the summer. Loaded with vegetables and potatoes, it is light yet filling. I usually serve it with a crusty loaf of bread for the prefect summer dinner.
I typically use frozen sweet corn for the recipe, but this time of year, I love to use fresh corn on the cob instead. Use whatever you have on hand. I also use two methods to thicken the soup. First, I puree two cups of soup in the blender and then return it to the pot. Then, I finish with a cornstarch and cream slurry. This lends a thick, velvety texture to the finished soup. The Instant Pot® helps to make this summery chowder in minutes, and this soup keeps well for a few days, so make enough to have on hand for lunches or leftovers.
Corn and Potato Chowder in an Instant Pot® Pressure Cooker
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large russet or Yukon gold potatoes, diced
2 cups fresh or frozen corn
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 teaspoon fresh)
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
3 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup half and half
1. Set the Instant Pot® to saute and heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften. Add in potatoes, corn, seasoning, and stock.
2. Set the Instant Pot® to manual - high pressure for 5 minutes. Make sure the valve is in the sealing position. When finished, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick pressure release by moving the valve to the venting position.
3. Optional: place two cups of soup into a blender and puree until smooth. Return to the pot.
4. Stir together the cornstarch and cream. Whisk into the soup and set the pot to saute. Allow to cook for 3 minutes, to thicken fully. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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