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Sun-dried Tomato & Corn Chowder

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Ingredients: yields 5 1/2 cups

Blender:

  • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked 2+ hours
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 2 cups organic corn kernels
  • 1 cup chopped Sun-dried Tomatoes, rehydrated

Food Processor:

  • 2 cups organic corn kernels
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chives
  • 2 cups water (as needed)
Preparation:
  1. After soaking the cashews, drain and rinse them.
  2. Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a small bowl and cover with hot water.  Allow they to rehydrate while you get the rest of the recipe going.  Drain the water from the sun-dried tomatoes when ready to add them.  They should be soft.
  3. In the blender combine the cashews, water, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, onion and garlic powder, black pepper, salt and cayenne.  Blend until creamy and you don’t notice any gritty feeling.
  4. Add 2 cups of corn and the sun-dried tomatoes.  Blend until smooth and then pour into the food processor that is fitted with the “S” blade.
  5. Add the additional 2 cups of corn, dill, chives and water.  Process until broken down but leave chunks for texture.
  6. Eat right away or store in the fridge for 3-5 days.  You can warm the soup by placing it in the dehydrator at 145 degrees for 30 minutes or until the right temp is reached.  It also helps to heat the serving dish before adding the soup.

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This soup turned out gorgeous.  Forget eating, I could just sit and stare at it. hehe  Ever have moments like that with food?   This soup would be perfect any time of the year.  Eat chilled during the summer months or warm it up a tad for those chillier days.  As you can see from the recipe above, I used both the blender and food processor.  I am normally am not one to dirty extra dishes but I wanted to create two different textures, one smooth and one chunky.  Mouth-feel of a dish is almost as important as it’s flavor, how it looks and even how healthy it is for you.

One very important thing that I want share with you before I let you go is… CORN, always, always buy organic, non GMO corn.  If the corn you have locally isn’t clearly labeled as such, don’t be afraid to call the manufacturer and ask them.  In fact, I encourage you to do so.  This will help to create a strong awareness that we, the consumers care about where our food comes from and how it is grown.  For this recipe, I used a great quality brand of frozen corn, but if you have access to fresh, that is always the best.

You can also make this soup without the soaked cashews but I don’t recommend it.  It will still taste good but the cashews add a smooth and creamy base, much like a creamed soup would be when using dairy.  Enjoy!

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11 thoughts on “Sun-dried Tomato & Corn Chowder

  1. Jennifer Norvill says:

    great..have my own corn and sundried tomatoes….so will put this on the menu…thanks..

  2. BJ Kochendorfer says:

    This looks yummy…can’t wait to try it! :)

  3. Lynda says:

    I made this a few days ago. It is delicious. I think it will be easier next time because I was cautious about making a mistake on this first try.

    I could eat this everyday. It is hearty and filling. I did process the last step a little too much so I don’t really have much in the way of chunks of corn left. But that doesn’t take away from the taste.

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Lynda… I am just thrilled that you gave the recipe a try. :) Once you understand a recipe and try it as is… you can always tailor it to your tastebuds in future. Thank you for sharing Lynda and have a great evening, amie sue

  4. Meta Pope says:

    I love your sun-dried tomatoes and corn chowder. I love its spicy flavor. What other vegetables would you suggest to substitute for corn yet still keep the recipe as it is? I would like to try other vegetables yet keep the great taste and flavor. Thank you so much for all the help and advice you give us. It’s much appreciated.

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Meta,

      Gosh, you could use almost any veggie. Diced zucchini would add a nice texture, like corn. Small broccoli florets, even cauliflower that has been first dehydrated to a softer stage in texture would be wonderful. Thank you for sharing and have a blessed day, amie sue

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