Yield: 9 servings


  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and bacon and cook, stirring frequently, until onion has softened and just starting to brown around edges, about 8 – 10 minutes. Add in the flour and garlic and cook 1 1/2 minutes. While whisking, slowly pour in 5 cups water. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, then stir in corn kernels and potatoes. Add in thyme and bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a light boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. If the soup isn’t the thickness you like take part of your chowder and blend in blender and put back into the chowder to thicken more. (I prefer leaving the corn whole)
  3. Remove bay leave stir in half and half . Sprinkle each serving with chives and optional cheddar.