Friday, June 11, 2010

Corn and Kielbasa Chowder

Dairy-free chowder? Yes! There's no cow's milk, half-and-half or cream in my version of this Rachael Ray recipe. Granted, it's probably not quite as rich, but it's still mighty good!

Double the recipe and put the extra in the freezer. Just make sure you thaw the soup completely (preferably overnight in the refrigerator) before reheating, otherwise the potato will turn to mush.

Corn and Kielbasa Chowder

8 oz. kielbasa, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
2 onions, finely chopped
1 tbsp. olive oil
One 14.5-oz. can MSPI-friendly chicken broth
1 large baking potato (about 12 oz.), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup rice milk
One 1-lb. bag frozen corn, thawed
Salt and pepper

Heat a pot over medium-high heat. Add the kielbasa and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Add the onions and oil to the pan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 6 minutes. Add the broth and potato and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer until the potato is tender, about 10 minutes. Add the rice milk and corn and cook, stirring, until heated through.

Using a blender or food processor, puree 1 cup chowder until smooth. Stir the puree back into the chowder along with the browned kielbasa and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Tip: Want a thicker chowder? Puree an extra cup.


Anonymous said...

What brand of Kielbasa do your use? Because the only one I know of (Hillshire Farms) has soy, and even says so on the label.

Andrea said...

Yes, Hillshire Farm has soy in it. I used a local brand that I found at my store. It's been so long though, that I can't remember what it was called. Sorry!