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Bake-Off® Contest 42, 2006
Austin, Texas

Roasted Tomato-Corn Chowder with Cilantro Pesto

Homemade tomato-corn chowder with a swirl of cilantro pesto--sure to be your new favorite soup.

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  • prep time 15 min
  • total time 30 min
  • ingredients 15
  • servings 4
 

Ingredients

Chowder

2
tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1
cup chopped white onions (2 medium)
1/4
cup chopped poblano chile (about 1/2 chile)
1/2
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4
teaspoon salt
1 1/2
cups Cascadian Farm® frozen organic sweet corn
1
can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen® organic fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
1 3/4
cups Progresso® reduced-sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
1/2
cup half-and-half

Pesto

1
cup firmly packed fresh cilantro
2
tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2
tablespoons salted roasted hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1/8
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2
tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

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  • 1 In 3-quart saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and chile; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in frozen corn, tomatoes and broth. Heat to boiling over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in small food processor bowl, place all pesto ingredients except oil. Cover; process with on-and-off pulses 2 or 3 times to mix. With food processor running, slowly drizzle 2 tablespoons oil into mixture, processing about 30 seconds or until well blended. Set pesto aside.
  • 3 In blender or with immersion blender, blend chowder (in 2 batches, if necessary) about 30 to 60 seconds or until almost smooth. Stir in half-and-half. Heat just until warm.
  • 4 Ladle chowder into individual bowls. Top each with 1 heaping tablespoon pesto to be swirled in before eating.
  • 1 In 3-quart saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and chile; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in frozen corn, tomatoes and broth. Heat to boiling over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in small food processor bowl, place all pesto ingredients except oil. Cover; process with on-and-off pulses 2 or 3 times to mix. With food processor running, slowly drizzle 2 tablespoons oil into mixture, processing about 30 seconds or until well blended. Set pesto aside.
  • 3 In blender or with immersion blender, blend chowder (in 2 batches, if necessary) about 30 to 60 seconds or until almost smooth. Stir in half-and-half. Heat just until warm.
  • 4 Ladle chowder into individual bowls. Top each with 1 heaping tablespoon pesto to be swirled in before eating.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Purchase fresh cilantro that is bright green with no signs of spoilage--it should be very fragrant. Use a sharp knife to chop just before using.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
320
(
Calories from Fat
190),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
21g
21%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
790mg
790%;
Total Carbohydrate
24g
24%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
8g
8%
),
Protein
9g
9%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%;
Vitamin C
40%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.