Potato-Leek Chowder

Potato-Leek Chowder


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups finely chopped leek (about 4 leeks)
  • 5 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups (2-inch) cubed peeled Yukon gold or red potato
  • 3 cups (2-inch) chopped cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 3 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled (drained)


  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leek; cook 15 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently (do not brown). Set aside.

  2. Combine broth, potato, and cauliflower in pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until potato is tender. Cool 10 minutes; stir in milk. Place one-third of potato mixture in a blender; process until smooth. Pour pureed potato mixture into a large bowl. Repeat procedure twice with remaining potato mixture.

  3. Return pureed potato mixture to pan; stir in leek, pepper, salt, and corn. Cook over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon just before serving.

    "After a week of especially cold weather, I craved some thick and hearty soup but was short on time. Adding cauliflower is a great way to lightly thicken the soup. For extra zip, add a little shredded sharp cheddar cheese before serving." -Julie Blum, Mollusk, VA
  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 2/3 cups chowder and about 2 tablespoons bacon)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 227
Caloriesfromfat per serving: 31%
Fat per serving: 7.7g
Saturated fat per serving: 1.5g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 2.6g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 1g
Protein per serving: 9.1g
Carbohydrate per serving: 39g
Fiber per serving: 5.4g
Cholesterol per serving: 4mg
Iron per serving: 2.3mg
Sodium per serving: 629mg
Calcium per serving: 90mg

Good to Know

Choose sweet potatoes, which are a great source of beta-carotene, disease-fighting antioxidants and vitamin A. They're also full of fiber, which will keep you feeling full longer than white potatoes. Adding cauliflower is a great way to lightly thicken the soup without adding fattening cream.