Corn Chowder with Zucchini and Orzo

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But I digress. Let’s talk about soup. Yes soup in the middle of this hot, gross summer. For some reason when you call it “chowder” it becomes summer appropriate and sounds more appealing. This corn chowder uses corn freshly cut from the cob and there’s even a mix of zucchini and orzo to top it off. This was one batch of leftovers I didn’t mind eating for a few days in a row.


Serves 4


2 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided (I used Melt)

1 medium zucchini, medium diced

1/4 lb cooked whole wheat orzo

1 bunch scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced

2 cups vegetable stock

1 cup water

Salt and pepper

3 cups corn kernels (from 4 ears), cobs reserved


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high. Add zucchini and saute until crisp-tender, 4 minutes. Stir in orzo and heat until warmed through. Transfer to a bowl and toss with scallions greens; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in the same saucepan over medium-high. Ass scallion whites and saute until tender, 3 minutes. Add corn kernels and cook until tender, 3 minutes. Add vegetable stock, water, and corncobs and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until chowder thickens slightly, about 8 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and discard cobs and season with salt and pepper. In batched, fill a blender halfway with chowder and puree, or use an immersion blender. Serve chowder topped with zucchini mixture.

Source: Adapted slightly from Everyday Food, July/August 2012

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