Ina Garten’s favorite winter soup is a perfect idea for a hearty lunch or dinner

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Ina Garten has a favorite winter soup recipe that uses an easy hack when a main ingredient is out of season. the barefoot countess star loves making cheddar corn chowder, but substitutes frozen corn when she can’t use fresh corn.

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Ina Garten shared her love of making soup for entertaining Sunday lunch

Garten’s Cheddar Corn Chowder recipe was featured in his book The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. “The most healing food I know is soup,” she wrote. Garten shared how she likes to make a stock pot of chicken stock and use it in a number of soup recipes.

She also loves serving a Sunday lunch rather than having an involved Saturday night dinner. “So let’s talk about Sunday lunch, my favorite meal for entertaining,” she wrote. “Everyone has finished their Sunday chores and Sunday night is still ahead, so thoughts of work are far away.”

Soup is one of her go-to dishes for a Sunday lunch, which she accompanies with a large salad. “The soup is also easy on the cook,” noted Garten. “Most of my soups start with sautéed onions to give the broth a smooth, rich flavor, then you can add anything you like, including your leftovers from last night’s dinner.”

She shared that while homemade broth tastes best in soup recipes, “if you’re in a hurry, use a good canned broth.” The chapter included an assortment of the “most popular soup recipes” from its Barefoot Contessa store.

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Ina Garten’s hearty cheddar corn chowder was popular at her store Barefoot Contessa

In her cookbook, Garten shared a simple trick for her Cheddar Corn Chowder when fresh corn isn’t available — frozen corn does the trick, too. “This hearty soup tastes more like a stew,” she wrote. “Fresh corn is sweetest in August and September, but since I love this soup all winter, I’ve been known to cheat and use frozen corn.”

She added, “The flavor isn’t exactly the same, but it’s still a great lunch. This is one of the most popular soups we make in the store. »

Garten showed how to make his Cheddar Corn Chowder on an episode of barefoot countess. She started by cooking chopped bacon in a pot over medium-high heat, then scooping it out with a slotted spoon to use later as a soup topping.

Garten reduced the heat and added the onions and butter, cooking the mixture for 10 minutes. She mixed the flour, salt, pepper and turmeric, then cooked everything for 3 minutes. Garten added unpeeled diced potatoes and chicken broth, brought it to a boil, then simmered the soup for 15 minutes.

the barefoot countess star blanched fresh corn kernels for three minutes in boiling salted water, drained and added the corn to the soup. If you are using frozen corn, you can add it directly to the soup.

Garten added half and half grated sharp cheddar cheese and cooked the soup for 5 minutes. She served each bowl of soup with a garnish of bacon.

The full recipe is available on the Food Network website.

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Garten’s Cheddar Corn Chowder earned a 5-star rating on the Food Network website. “Delicious flavor and easy to make. I can always rely on Ina’s recipes,” shared one commenter. Another wrote, “Amazing! Perfect flavors. Made with fresh corn so good!”

One commenter shared, “Absolutely wonderful flavors in a one pot meal that the whole household loved.”

Another person said, “Best corn chowder ever.”

Many reviewers loved the recipe, but recommended using only 8 cups of chicken broth rather than the 12 cups needed to make a thicker soup.

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