Corn Chowder with Chimichurri Sauce

Corn Chowder with Chimichurri Sauce is a very basic and simple corn chowder livened up with a zesty Chimichurri Sauce. The silken tofu adds a rich and creamy texture while beefing up the protein and limiting unwanted fats.  It is satisfying as a stand-alone meal but we love this soup served with my hearty Green Machine Muffins.

Corn Chowder with Chimichurri Sauce

Corn Chowder with Chimichurri Sauce

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This is a very basic and simple corn chowder livened up with a zesty Chimichurri Sauce.
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Cook Time 25 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican
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Ingredients
  

For Chowder:

  • 3 cans corn , leave 2 undrained
  • 2 yellow or gold potatoes , cubed
  • 3 stalks celery , chopped
  • 1 bunch leeks , separated (see below), white and light green parts chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • black pepper , to taste
  • low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 brick silken tofu , undrained

For Chimichurri Sauce

  • 1 bunch parsley leaves , stems removed
  • 1 bunch cilantro , stems removed
  • 1 jalapeno , chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon crushed red pepper , to taste
  • 1 leek , reserved from above, white and light green parts chopped
  • salt , to taste

Other Optional Toppings

  • Shredded white cheddar cheese
  • chives
  • Sliced avocado
  • Cherry tomato halves

Instructions
 

  • Place veggies (including 2 cans of corn with liquid and 1 can drained) in a large pot. Sprinkle with spices. Add enough veggie broth just to barely cover the top of the ingredients. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender.
  • Take off stovetop and remove bay leaves. Add silken tofu. Using an immersion blender (or countertop blender), blend to desired texture (I like leaving just a little bit of chunkiness).
  • While soup is cooking, add sauce ingredients to a food processor and pulse until herbs are finely chopped but not fully smooth.
  • To serve, ladle soup into bowl and drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons of chimichurri sauce.
  • Top with shredded cheddar and/or chives if desired.
  • Serve with my hearty Green Machine Muffins.
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