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Homestyle Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder

Loreto April 6, 2020

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Homestyle Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder. Talk about hearty comfort in a bowl. This soup has so much flavor and texture! Every spoonful will offer nothing but a sheer delight to your taste buds and a luxurious warmth to your stomach!

Song of the day: “Take the Long Way Home” by Supertramp.

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Homestyle Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder. This soup is packed with roasted butternut squash flavor, enticed by earthy mushrooms, rich cauliflower, and a beautifully grilled herb corn. Add in melt in your mouth potatoes and a velvety smokey cheddar, and the end result is a winner in all aspects that your family will totally enjoy together!

 

 

Homebound……………………..

I don’t think any of us would have thought that we would be isolated and consequently having social distancing with loads of anxiety about our future. Some of us even separated from our loved ones. It would have been two weeks before Nicoletta would have been home. I would have cleaned the house top to bottom, have some surprises that I had completed in the house for Nicoletta and we would be planning our first breakfast out!

That is not happening and I don’t know when she will be back home. I miss her so much and even call her name when I go into our bedroom at night! It is tough but I have to stay strong and always have a few minutes a few times a day to visualize me picking up Nicoletta from the airport.

Coping…………………………

How do I cope with all these emotions and feelings? I turn them around and put that energy into creativity and getting things done. Getting into the music room at least once a day is a must.  One thing for sure is I  try not to watch too much news and most of all, my go-to is cooking. I love to cook healthy, delicious, substantial, economic dishes! This Homestyle Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder is exactly that and I am so happy to have you share some time in the kitchen with me. Showing  you just how easy it is to make a soup that is purely divine!

It would have been better sharing this recipe with Nicoletta by my side, if you think about it really in the virtual world we are side by side working diligently to bring you these great recipes, with all the passion that we have!

Time to get cooking………………………….

Let’s gather up the ingredients we need and get this soup on the stove simmering. This is what you will need:

  • 1 butternut squash, halved, and seeds scooped out
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 small cipollini onions
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1/2 onion 
  • 3 cobs of corn
  • 3 carrots
  • a variety of mushrooms (cremini, shiitake, oyster)
  • cauliflower 
  • cabbage
  • potato
  • vegetable broth
  • half & half cream
  • apple-wood smoked cheddar cheese
  • sea salt, cracked black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, red chili flakes

Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder-ingredients

First things first…………

There are a few things we need to do before we put this chowder together:

  • Firstly we have to roast the squash. Just drizzle some olive oil on the insides, season with salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder. Place a clove of garlic and a cipollini onion into the pit of the squash. Turn over onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Into a nice hot oven it goes till fork tender.
  • Secondly, we need to clean the corn and boil it up.
  • Thirdly we need to prep the carrots, mushrooms, celery, onion,  zucchini by washing, peeling the ones that need peeling, and dicing them all up.
  • Fourthly, saute all the veggies in a large pot with olive oil, garlic, and seasoning.
  • Lastly, grate up some of that smoked cheddar.

Grilling time………………………..

Just to get some of that charred flavor, I am going to grill the corn and cut the onion into 1/4 inch rounds, toss in seasoning and olive oil and herb, and onto the grill they go!

Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder-butternut squash in the pot

Multi-tasking……………………..

This soup requires some multi-tasking. In one pot we have the pulp of the squash, garlic, charred grilled onion and a nice dollop of butter. In another pot, there are all those lovely veggies that we are sauteing to bring out the best flavor in them. A little seasoning and we are close to getting this soup finished. I wish you could smell all the aromas that are going through the kitchen. It has my stomach growling and my mouth watering. Is it lunchtime yet?? Lol.

Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder-adding corn

A little roux goes a long way…………………….

This type of soup demands a thicker rich velvety broth and a great way to achieve that is to make a roux. How do you do that, you ask. I am so glad you are asking. It is easy: in the pot with the squash and grilled onion, I put that dollop of butter. This is going to combine with some flour that we are going to dust into the pot. It is going to form a paste and we want to toast that for a bit so we don’t get a raw flour taste in the broth.

In goes the broth………….

This is the time we put the vegetable broth in and blend all the ingredients together with a hand blender. You are going to start to see the broth thicken and in goes our half and half cream. This looks so creamy and delicious, I have to taste it for seasoning. Wow, that is some creamy hearty soup. I take the veggies from the other pot and toss them into that creamy broth and now you are beginning to see just how hearty and comforting this Homestyle Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder is!

Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder-adding cheese    

Final touches…………………………

Okay, we are on the last leg of this soup and all that is left is to put in the corn that we shucked after is cooled from the grill. I can’t wait to taste all these flavors and textures. This is going to be so good! Oh, one more thing, let’s not forget that shredded smoked cheddar. This is going to take this Homestyle Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder from uber delicious to over the top on the flavor town train to foodie heaven!

Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder-feature  

Time to ladle this masterpiece…………………..

Look at how chunky this soup is. The only question is do we eat it with a fork or a spoon? I say a spoon because I want the whole total texture and flavor experience and honestly don’t want any of that creamy goodness to go to waste!

Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder-in the bowl with spoon  

Time to dive in…………………………..

I have to say that I love al the texture and chunkiness of this soup. The way the creamy broth just enhances every spoonful. The sweet and smokiness of the grilled onion, corn, and that applewood smoked cheddar add such a lovely balance to the whole thing and those potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, and zucchini just melt in your mouth. This soup is a flavor and texture extravaganza. The richness and the sophisticated blend take you on the most comforting and luscious journey that is such a delight to the senses. This is definitely a must-try soup!

Final thoughts…………………………

It seems to be a difficult time and difficult times call for creative, well-rounded solutions. Cooking offers a great distraction and also brings us together making meals that are substantial, delicious and economical. If you are looking for a lunch or dinner idea then I have just the thing. How about a creamy, chunky, sweet, slightly spicy, smokey blend of flavor and texture? This will absolutely comfort you and delight you in many ways!

Get into the kitchen and let’s play, be joyful, and have some great family fun time creating Homestyle Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder!

Enjoy!

Song of the day: “Take the Long Way Home” by Supertramp.

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Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder-in the bowl

Homestyle Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder

  • Author: Loreto
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Total Time: 45 minute
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Soups
  • Method: stovetop/ roasting/ grilling
  • Cuisine: Canadian

Description

Homestyle Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder. This soup is packed with roasted butternut squash flavor, enticed by earthy mushrooms, rich cauliflower, and a beautifully grilled herb corn. Add in melt-in-your-mouth potatoes and a velvety smokey cheddar, and the end result is a winner in all aspects that your family will totally enjoy together!


Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 small cipollini onions
  • e.v.o. oil
  • 1 stalk celery minced
  • 3 carrots washed peeled and diced
  • 1 medium zucchini diced
  • 3 cobs corn
  • 1/2 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed mushrooms (Crimini, Shiitake, Oyster)
  • A large potato washed and diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion cut into 1/4 inch  thick rounds
  • Sea salt, fresh cracked pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, chili flakes
  • 5 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup of half & half cream
  • 1 cup of shredded applewood smoked cheddar
  • 1 dollop butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • A sprinkling of fresh chopped parsley

Instructions

Squash:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut squash in half, scoop out seeds and lay on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place one garlic and cipollini onion into the bowl of the squash.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, cracked black pepper, onion and garlic powder, paprika, and turn over onto parchment.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until a knife can pierce easily through the skin and center. Take out of oven and cool.

Corn:

  1. While the squash is roasting, take the husks off the corn wash and place into a large pot of boiling water. Cook for 15 minutes. Take out of water and set aside to cool.

Veggie medley:

  1. In a medium cast pot drizzle in some olive oil. Toss in garlic and throw in all the veggies, saute for 15 minutes till they start to soften and caramelize.
  2. In another large cast pot, scoop out insides of squash and throw in grilled onions and a clove of garlic. Add in butter and sprinkle with flour. Let that form a thick paste and let it brown slightly.
  3. Time to add vegetable stock and half  & half cream. With a hand blender blend ingredients until it becomes smooth and creamy.

Grilling:

  1. While the veggies are sauteing, pre-heat grill
  2. Drizzle corn with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, paprika, fresh parsley.
  3. Do the same for the onion rounds.
  4. Place corn on grill and onions on a grilling sheet that was preheating on the grill.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes or until a nice subtle char has happened. Remember to turn over the onions to get them evenly cooked.
  6. Take everything off grill and set aside.
  7. Shuck the corn into a bowl.

Pulling it all together:

  1. Now time to get the sauteed veggies and the grilled corn into the creamy broth.
  2. Stir in the smoked cheddar and let simmer on low low heat for 20 minutes. Make sure to stir frequently so it does not stick to the bottom of the pan and burn.
  3. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.
  4. Ready to serve.

Enjoy!


Notes

  1.  It may be tough to have all the ingredients, however be creative and use what you have.
  2. Cast pots are great to keep even heat for simmering soups, but if you don’t have one use the pots you have or even a slow cooker can be useful.
  3. Most of all have some fun and laughs making this soup. It will make it taste even better!
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24 Comments

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    Reply chefkreso April 6, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Looks absolutely delicious and so flavorful! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 7, 2020 at 8:18 am

      Your very welcome. Whats food if we can’t share our creativity!. I think you are going to love all the ingredients and textures at play here. A real luxurious bowl of comfort and flavor!
      Happy cooking!

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    Reply Gloria April 6, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    I love homemade soup. Especially this time of year. This sounds hearty and delicious. Butternut squash is one of our favourites.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 7, 2020 at 8:20 am

      Thank you Gloria. Yes the butternut squash really added this luxuriousness to the creamy broth and coupled with all the other ingredients made for a bowl of pure heavenly comfort deliciousness!
      Have fun in your kitchen!
      Cheers!

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    Reply Chef Dennis April 7, 2020 at 2:33 am

    Hmmm yum! This Butternut Squash Grilled Corn Chowder looks really scrumptious and comforting to eat! A bowl of this will make my day. I will definitely try this at home.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 7, 2020 at 8:22 am

      Thanks Chef Dennis.
      You are so right about the scrumptious and comfort of this soup. It is like wrapping your self in a warm fuzzy blanket, and having your stomach satisfactorily say mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
      Have a great cooking day!
      Cheers!

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    Reply Amy April 7, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Wow, this looks so tasty! Perfect to wrap up in a blanket and enjoy a bowl on a chilly afternoon. 🙂 Butternut squash is so yummy, and a great addition to any soup!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 8, 2020 at 8:34 am

      Thank you Amy and you painted a perfect picture in words of a cozy meal including this luxuriously creaamy soup!
      Cheers!

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    Reply Anna April 8, 2020 at 7:47 am

    One of my favourite comfort foods, right here! It’s just like a hug in a bowl and perfect for lunch or lighter dinner! Looks incredibly creamy and delicious!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 8, 2020 at 8:37 am

      Thank you so kind your words. Your right it is a hug in a bowl. makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, not to mention my tastebud feeling very fulfilled! lol.
      Have a great week!
      Cheers

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    Reply Denise April 9, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    This is making my mouth water, it sounds so delicious! I am saving this to try very soon.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 11, 2020 at 7:51 am

      Thank you Denise! I know creamy chowders like this just have a way of getting the stomach to growl, hence the mouth watering. I was very please with the levels of flavor and texture, and adding in that grilled char backdrop was very nice. I can’t wait for you to try this!
      Happy soup making!
      Cheers

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    Reply Tammy April 10, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Truly comforting! I love corn and butternut squash…I sure could go for a bowl of this right now 😀 Looks absolutely delicious!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 11, 2020 at 7:53 am

      Thanks Tammy, I think corn is an essential element in a chowder. Grill it and get some seasoning and herbs on it and it brings this chowder to the next level! That butternut squash was just the smooth rich velvety that the creamy base needed to make this an outrageously great chowder!
      Happy Saturday to you!

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    Reply Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer April 10, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    I swear you were thinking of me when you posted this 🙂 It’s almost the middle of April and I woke up to snow, (SNOW!) on the ground! It was 70 yesterday and now it’s snowing! This soup is exactly what I need to warm up! It looks so luscious and creamy!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 11, 2020 at 7:56 am

      Hi Lori so glad to help with your dilemma. It was exactly what we needed to as we were in the same boat warm in the day and snow at night waking up every morning to a fresh blanket of that white stuff. Frankly I am a bit tired of it but have the right to remain silent for fear of falling to the dark side, LOL. Time to get that soup pot out and create this wonderful heart felt chowder!
      Cheers! Here’s to better warm sunny days!

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    Reply Ben Myhre April 10, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe. I love all of the ingredients and this soup is pretty dang filling. This soup is easy to make and has a lot of flavor.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 11, 2020 at 7:58 am

      Hi Ben you are so welcome. That is the beauty of food, it can be creative and such a blessing to share with others. You are right about filling, this will surely fill the emptiness of any stomach and leave you with a warmth that will melt and fear or anxiety!
      Thanks for checking this chowder out. Have a great day!

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    Reply Danielle April 11, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Now that is pure comfort in a bowl. I love chowders. They really make me feel warm and comfortable. Definitely giving this recipe a try!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 15, 2020 at 7:47 am

      Thank you Danielle, I love this kind of comfort food. It has so much to offer to your taste buds and that rich creamy broth just makes you feel well taken care of. Thanks for wanting to give this a try!
      Cheers!

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    Reply Veronika April 12, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    There is nothing better than a bowl with homemade soup! Looks absolutely delicious! Will safe the recipe to try it soon!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 15, 2020 at 7:39 am

      Thank you Veronika. It makes us so happy when people try our recipes. You are right about a warm bowl of soup wrapped in your hands. Totally comforting and relaxing. Two much needed things right now!
      Happy chowder making!

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    Reply Jo April 13, 2020 at 4:46 am

    Ooo love the corn chowder with butternut squash! It sure looks so amazing! Full of flavors and deliciousness overload

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 15, 2020 at 7:38 am

      Thanks Jo, love that deliciousness overload,lol. Well put it totally describes this chowder in a nut shell. The butternut squash has such an amazing flavor and texture. perfect for leading the other troops of this dish to success!
      Cheers!

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