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Easy Vegan Corn Chowder

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This plant-based corn chowder is creamy and delicious, super easy to make and is made with coconut milk and so is dairy-free. Saute your vegetables in vegetable broth, and you’ve got an oil-free quick and delicious vegan corn chowder.Corn chowder in white bowl with spoon dishing out a portion

Dear readers, forgive me, please. You see, I’m taking all the short-cuts today. Between work and family obligations, I’m done today. Done. Yet, I still need to get something on the table this chilly autumn night.

For some other delicious plant-based soups, try my:

Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

African Peanut Stew

Veggie Lentil Soup

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Creamy Vegetable Pasta Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Rosemary and Thyme

Read for some other easy vegan canned food recipes 

Tips and tricks for stress-free, easy Vegan Corn Chowder:

It’s okay to take a few shortcuts when you are home cooking! If you are not a plant-based eater, it’s easy enough to find a nice nutritious soup at your local deli or grocery store to just grab on the way home from work and serve to your family. It’s pretty impossible as a vegan though! The recipe for this corn chowder is almost as easy as it gets!

  • Start with prechopped vegetables if you can find them. I used prechopped onions and celery and frozen corn. I think it would be really tasty with fire-roasted corn if you can find it.
ingredients for corn chowder
As you can see, I took a few shortcuts with the ingredients.
  • I don’t peel the potatoes. Just give them a good scrub and dice.
  • I also use pre-washed baby carrots. I realize some people are purists and choose to use the whole carrot. That’s great if you have time. With my baby carrot method, there is no washing or peeling. Just line about 10 up and start slicing from one side to the other.baby carrots lined up and being sliced with diced potatoes in the backgrond

Oil-Free

  • I try to avoid processed oil when I can. Just line a non-stick pan with veggie broth and saute the vegetables, adding in more broth if necessary so that your pan doesn’t burn.
  • Coconut milk does include fat but this is considered a whole-food fat and is accepted by whole-food plant-based no-oil (WFPBNO) experts. I’ve tested with both the lite coconut milk and the full-fat coconut milk. I think this particular soup tastes best with the lower fat coconut milk. If you want to cut the fat further, sub in your favorite non-sweetened plant milk and add in about a Tablespoon of corn starch. It will still be flavorful, but not as rich and creamy.

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Blending the Corn Chowder

After the vegetables have softened, the seasonings and liquid added, it’s time to blend up the corn chowder to make it extra thick and creamy. Remember though that you will still want it a little chunky, so don’t over-blend. There are two methods – either use a standard blender or a hand-held immersion blender (affiliate link).

If you use a standard blender, blend one cup at a time and only blend about three-quarters of the soup. Remember to leave a few chunks for texture.

corn chowder in white bowl
Remember to leave a few chunks of vegetables for the best texture in the creamy, hearty soup.

A hand-held immersion blender (affiliate link) is the best choice so that you can see and control the texture of your soup. Just blend in the pan until just right!immersion blender in corn chowder pan

This soup makes five to six hearty servings and is perfect for meal prep. I top with a little paprika and chives.

corn chowder in five meal prep bowls
This recipe makes five generous servings and is perfect for meal prep.

The Recipe for Easy Vegan Corn Chowder:

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Corn chowder in white bowl with spoon dishing out a portion

Easy Corn Chowder, Vegan

This easy vegan corn chowder uses onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, frozen corn, veggie broth, and lite coconut milk. Feel free to use all the shortcuts available in your grocers' produce department and have this corn chowder on your table with minimal effort.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy corn chowder, vegan corn chowder
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 137kcal
Author: Cindy Rainey

Ingredients

  • 1 32 ounce container vegetable broth divided
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 cup carrots sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes diced
  • 16 ounces corn frozen
  • 1 13.5 ounces lite coconut milk canned
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • more salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4-1/3 cup nutritional yeast, optional for a cheesy flavor

Instructions

  • Cut all the vegetables (with the exception of the bagged frozen corn). Feel free to use shortcuts such as vegetables pre-cut from your grocer's produce department. See note.
  • Line the bottom of a saute pan with about 1 cup of vegetable broth.
  • Saute onions, celery, and carrots for about 5 minutes or until they have just begun to soften. Watch your pan carefully so that it doesn't burn. Add in more broth if necessary.
  • Add in the rest of the broth along with the potatoes and frozen corn. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes until all vegetables have softened.
  • Stir in the lite coconut milk, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Either work in batches and blend a cup at a time in a blender just until it's barely blended (You'll want to leave it a little chunky) Or use an immersion blender.
  • Simmer for another 15 minutes uncovered.
  • Optional: For a cheesy flavor, stir in nutritional yeast while the soup is simmering.

Notes

  1. For ease of preparation, I use baby carrots. I line up about 10 baby carrots and slice through all to get 1/2 a cup.
  2. Top with paprika, chives, or parsley.
  3. For a cheesy taste, sprinkle a little nutritional yeast on top or vegan shredded cheese of choice. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 426mg | Potassium: 609mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3961IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 3mg
By on November 16th, 2019

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7 thoughts on “Easy Vegan Corn Chowder”

    • Hmmm I’ve never had it last long enough to freeze. I don’t know why it wouldn’t. Let me know if you ended up freezing it and if it worked.

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