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Summer Vegetable Chowder with Parmesan Croutons

  • Prep 1 hr 10 min
  • Total 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 6

Fresh zucchini, corn, tomatoes and basil are the stars of this quick and easy chowder, but the crunchy Parmesan-crusted croutons served alongside are real scene-stealers. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

Chowder

8
slices bacon, chopped
1
medium onion, chopped
1/4
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
5
cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from two 32-oz cartons)
2
medium Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
2
bags (10 oz each) Cascadian Farm™ frozen organic sweet corn
2
medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise, then into 1/4-inch slices crosswise
2
medium tomatoes, chopped
1
cup heavy whipping cream
1/3
cup julienned fresh basil leaves

Croutons

12
(1/2-inch) slices ciabatta bread
1/4
cup butter, melted
3/4
cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat 5-quart Dutch oven over medium heat. Add bacon; cook 10 to 13 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it begins to brown. Add onion; cook about 6 minutes or until softened. Sprinkle with flour; cook and stir 1 minute.
  • 2
    Stir in broth, potatoes, salt and pepper; heat to simmering. Reduce heat to medium; cook 10 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are just tender. Stir in frozen corn, zucchini, tomatoes, whipping cream and basil; cook 10 to 14 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, set oven control to Broil. Arrange ciabatta slices on ungreased large cookie sheet; brush both sides with melted butter. Broil with tops 6 inches from heat 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until lightly toasted. Sprinkle rounded tablespoon of Parmesan cheese on top of each slice. Broil 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned. Remove and place on rack to cool.
  • 4
    Ladle chowder into bowls; serve with croutons.

Expert Tips

  • Additional julienned basil makes a nice garnish for this chowder.
  • To save time, you can garnish with store-bought salad croutons.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
600
Calories from Fat
290
% Daily Value
Total Fat
32g
49%
Saturated Fat
18g
91%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
95mg
32%
Sodium
1590mg
66%
Potassium
830mg
24%
Total Carbohydrate
59g
20%
Dietary Fiber
5g
22%
Sugars
9g
Protein
19g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%
35%
Vitamin C
25%
25%
Calcium
25%
25%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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