When it gets cold outside there is nothing that makes me happier than a hardy winter soup and a piece of crusty bread. The problem is that I usually don’t have the time it takes to make a rich tasting hardy soup.  Needless to say I was on a mission to find a decent recipe. After trying a bunch of them, I decided that I was just going to have to develop a recipe of my own. I present to you Easy Corn and Potato Chowder.

What I love about this family favorite recipe is that there is minimal chopping, most of the ingredients are inexpensive or can often be bought on sale, and it makes a huge portion that could easily feed a family of four for two nights in a row. And on top of that? It takes very minimal time to prepare and cook. So without further ado here’s my recipe, Easy Corn and Potato Chowder.

Easy Corn and Potato Chowder

Easy Corn and Potato Chowder


  • 1 Tbl Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion – chopped
  • 13 oz. smoked sausage cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 lb bag of frozen kernel corn
  • 1 lb bag of frozen hashbrowns or shredded potatoes
  • 5 cups of skim milk (or whatever milk you like)
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Optional: Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Add olive oil to a heated soup pot and then add chopped onions. Cook until clear. Add sausage after cut up to bit size pieces and brown a little. Then add frozen corn, hash browns, milk and garlic powder. Bring to a slow simmer, reduce heat, and cook for 30-40 minutes stirring frequently until thick and creamy. Salt and pepper to taste. Optional: Top each serving with shredded cheddar.

What do you love to eat on cold winter days?

Kelly Kinkaid

Kelly Kinkaid (1006 Posts)

Kelly Kinkaid enjoys writing about such topics as stretching a dollar, personal finance, diet and fitness, and living a life well lived. She spends all of her spare time in her many roles including but not limited to soccer, basketball, swimmer, band, and piano mom, runner and wife. You may contact her via e-mail kellyology(at)gmail(dot)com.

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One Response to Easy Corn and Potato Chowder

  1. Linda says:

    This looks so good. Do the hash browns end up fairly soft and tender?

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