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Potato-Leek Chowder

Potato-Leek Chowder Recipe


  • 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)


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.

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.

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
Calories from fat: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
Carbohydrates 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.

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