Monday, February 20, 2012

Corn, Bacon and Potato Chowder

We live on soups during the winter and I tried a new one recently that we loved! To make matters better, it is from Weight Watchers! I found it on a blog of a blog and didn't make note of how many points it is. Sorry- bad blogger!

Isn't it pretty- such great color!

Sweet Corn, Bacon and Potato Chowder

1 medium uncooked yukon gold potato
Cooking Spray (or a little butter!)
1/2 cup uncooked celery, chopped
1/4 cup chopped, uncooked onion
4 pieces corn on the cob, removed from the "cob" or frozen sweet corn precooked in the microwave
1 cup sweet red peppers, diced
4 oz. uncooked Canadian style bacon, diced
2 cups fat free skim milk
1/2 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
1/8 (or more!) t hot pepper sauce (i.e. Tabasco)

Pierce potato in several places with a fork, microwave on high power until tender, turning over once, about 8 minutes. Allow to cool, peel and mash. (I used baby gold potatoes, boiled them, and kept the skins on)

Coat a large saucepan with cooking spray (or butter). Add celery, onion, corn and red pepper. Saute over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.

Stir bacon and milk into saucepan. Stir in mashed potato and mix well. Season with salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Cover and simmer on low for 10 minutes. Make sure it doesn't boil. 

You can add in more vegetables if you'd like- they recommend asparagus or broccoli. Enjoy!

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