I usually don't make a lot of soups using milk but there are some soups where including milk at the last stage of cooking gives it a smooth finish. I made this recipe for the first time this past weekend and I have been having it for lunches. I will definitely make this recipe again. I like the texture of the soup, the flavours and also find it filling. This is a kind of recipe that you could mix and match vegetables depending on what you had in your fridge. For example, I used sweet potato but you could use white potato instead. I used evaporated skim milk instead of regular skim or soya milk. I didn't chop up the frozen tomatoes, they broke up during the cooking process. Enjoy!
CORN AND VEGETABLE CHOWDER
1 tbsp olive or canola oil
1 large onion, chopped
2-3 stalks celery, chopped
3-4 carrots, chopped
2 tbsp flour
6 -7 cups of bouillon
1 large sweet potato, chopped
4 cups of frozen niblets corn
1 ½ cups frozen peas
3-4 frozen or fresh tomatoes
1 bay leaf
½ tsp dried basil or thyme
1 ½ cups milk or evaporated milk
salt and pepper to taste
3-4 tsp fresh dill (if available) or 1/2 tsp dry
1. Heat the oil in a large stock pot and sauté the onions, carrots and celery on medium heat for about 6 to 8 minutes. If the vegetables are sticking add a little bit of water. Stir in the flour and cook for about a minute.
2. Add the bouillon liquid, sweet potato, corn, peas, tomatoes, bay leaf and basil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about half an hour or so until the vegetables are tender.
3. Remove about 3 cups of vegetables from the pot and coarsely puree in a blender. Return the puree to the soup pot. Another option is to use a hand held blender right in the soup pot and puree directly.
4. Add the milk and simmer for another 5 minutes. Add the fresh dill.
Adapted from the Meal Lean i Yumm cookbook