Easy Potato & Corn Chowder {in Under 1 Hour}

Posted On: February 25, 2016
Last updated: January 4th, 2024

This creamy, hearty chowder will warm bellies and please your time saving tendencies.  You can make this delicious thick and chunky vegetarian soup in less than an hour.  Talk about an easy meal option.  This chowder also has a hint of smoked paprika for a great look and extra good flavor.  Serve it up with a side salad or toast and you’ve got a satisfying and delicious meal.

Easy 1 Hour Potato & Corn Chowder in bowls and dutch oven

1 Hour Chowder

Soup is well known by home cooks to be a tedious cooking process; from all the chopping to waiting and simmering.  A lot of fantastic soups take quite a bit of time to cook to be truly ready to be ladled out, but not this one.  Hence the bonus of this particular chowder soup.

In this chowder recipe I include a generous 15 minutes to prep the ingredients which involves prepping only 2 main ingredients, potatoes and onion.  A lot of you might not even take 15 minutes to prep, but you know how life happens and we get distracted, especially while cooking.  The rest of the recipe is quite simple and just comes together with ease.

Easy 1 Hour Potato & Corn Chowder servings in bowls

Chowder Chow

Chowder by definition (from Merriam-Webster) is “a thick soup or stew made of seafood or corn with potatoes and onions and milk or tomatoes.”  In this chowder, you’ve got the middle ingredients mentioned; corn, potatoes, onion and milk.  Another characteristic of chowder is that it uses flour to thicken the soup, well for this particular recipe I chose to satisfy gluten-free and vegetarian eaters by thickening the soup with corn starch instead of flour and replaced the more common liquid ingredient in chowder with vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

I also love the addition of smoked paprika in this soup.  I added it one day while playing with this recipe to try to give it a different flavor, a little kick; plus it makes the look even more attractive to hungry eyes.

Easy 1 Hour Potato & Corn Chowder close up in bowls


So, try to make this easy and speedy soup next time you’re craving a creamy chowder and chow down!

Easy Potato & Corn Chowder

This chowder/soup makes about 5.5 cups. Serve as a starter, side dish or entree. This soup does freeze well if you have leftovers.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4 -6
Calories 183 kcal


  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • About 1.5 lbs organic russet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 cups frozen super sweet corn
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • *optional- chopped green onion or chives


  • Heat a large pot or dutch oven on medium to medium low, then add oil, allowing to heat.
  • Once oil heated add onions and cook about 5 mins or until just tender.
  • Add garlic and cook another 2 mins, stirring frequently to avoid burning.
  • Add potatoes, salt, pepper, paprika and broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 mins.
  • Add corn and milk to pot.
  • Add corn starch to small bowl with about a tsp of water, stir with fork quickly to dissolve corn starch and add immediately to pot.
  • Leave pot uncovered, bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer and cook another 15 mins, stirring frequently to avoid sticking or burning milk. Soup should thicken in this time to a thicker, creamier texture.
  • Adjust salt and pepper to liking if need be and serve.


Great served with sprinkled chopped green onion or chives and a dash of smoked paprika for looks, but optional.

Nutrition Disclaimer:

The nutritional information provided is only an estimate based on a third party nutritional plugin. Different online calculators may give different results depending on their own sources. The estimates may also change based on the ingredients you use. If you have dietary restrictions and need to accurately calculate the nutrition of this recipe, Whole Made Living recommends consulting a professional nutritionist.


Calories: 183kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 6gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 467mgPotassium: 373mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 427IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 99mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chowder, Corn, Potato Soup, potatoes, soup
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