Skinny Sausage and Corn Chowder

This chowder filled with sausage, corn and potatoes is so satisfying, you won’t even know it’s light!

Skinny Sausage and Corn Chowder with just a bit of white cheddar!

I just survived the great arctic freeze.  For the first time ever, I was happy I had that extra layer of fat (compliments of all those Christmas cookies) or I would’ve suffered an untimely frozen demise.  I must have had some sort of premonition as I was shoveling those extra cookies during the holidays, that someday I would be fighting for my survival!

Skinn Sausage and Corn Chowder

Ok, ok, so I am being overly dramatic and trying desperately to rationalize my gluttony.  I can’t escape the fact that I ate one too many cookies.  Despite my extra girth, I have been freezing my tail off!  So…. it’s time to get skinny!  I’m starting with this soup!  I love chowder, but it can be a little heavy at times.  I kept this chowder “skinny” by using evaporated milk and only stirring in a handful of white cheddar cheese to make this chowder taste creamy and luscious!  It feels rich and sinful but without the extra calories!

Skinny Sausage and Corn Chowder www.lemonsforlulj.comThis time of year soup is such a super food, it warms you up during those cold days and keeps you full and satisfied!  Just because it’s time to shed that extra layer, doesn’t mean I have to deprive myself from good food!


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Skinny Sausage and Corn Chowder
  • 1 lb pound bulk pork sausage
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • salt
  • pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon Rosemary
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded, hash browned potatoes (frozen)
  • 12 oz frozen corn
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar (I used Cracker Barrel)
  1. In a large stockpot brown sausage, breaking up large pieces as it cooks. Stir in garlic and onions. Cook until sausage is no longer pink. Drain. Return pot to heat and sprinkle sausage with flour. Add salt, pepper, Thyme, and Rosemary. Stir over heat for one minute. Add chicken broth, potatoes and corn. Bring soup to a boil. Cover and heat on low for 15 minutes. Stir in evaporated milk and shredded cheese. Stir until cheese has melted. Serve immediately.


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23 Responses

  1. I love your rationalization-I think it was a premonition you had! Glad it’s starting to warm up. I love the flavor combo in this soup-good for the soul! :) Pinned!

    • Thanks Lisa. I’ve been told by my husband that this soup needs to be made weekly!

  2. Laughed out loud when I read the Christmas cookie comment! Also, this chowder looks so tasty. Love the evaporated milk trick too!

  3. I am so drawn to soup recipes this week after all the cold weather we have been having! I like that it is a lighter version….

    • Thanks Deb! I’m so tired of the cold. I need spring!

  4. Soup is my favourite food for this time of year, and yours looks wonderful!

  5. thegunnysack

    There’s nothing like soup in the winter! I went to my sister’s house for lunch yesterday and she made two different soups. Of course, I had to try some of both!

  6. I love chowders! I’ve never used evaporated milk in a soup but I use it in macaroni and cheese. Will have to give it a try in soup! Pinned. Have a great weekend, Tanya! Hope the weather is warming up for you. :)

  7. Love this and that it’s skinnied up! I need to get skinnied up now!

  8. Anything with sausage is a winner for me, Tanya….especially soup! Glad you were able to survive the arctic freeze….thanks to the extra pregnancy weight (and/or Christmas treats) I was too!! :)

  9. cookingwithcurls

    You always crack me up Tanya. :) I knew there was a reason for holiday goodies, warmth in winter!! 😉 Thanks so much for sharing your yummy recipe with us at Best of the Weekend. :)

  10. Teresa

    Just wanted to tell you, tried this last night and it was AMAZING!! On a chilly night, this really hit the spot!! Will definitely put this in the “keeper” file!! Thanks for sharing!


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