Roasted Tomato-Corn Chowder with Cilantro Pesto

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

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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