Pimento Corn Soup

Pimento Corn Soup

Pimento Corn Soup is a quick and easy, mouthwatering soup featuring fresh corn, onions and diced pimentos. Fresh corn is in season and is at its best in the summertime so now is the time to make this delicious soup! At other times of the year frozen corn may be used in this recipe to produce a quality product.

Corn Tips

When selecting fresh corn, be sure to look for fresh green husks, dry silks and even rows of plump kernels. When you pop a kernel with your fingernail, if it is watery, then the corn is immature. Thick and starchy milk in the kernels indicates the corn is old.

It’s best to keep corn refrigerated, unwashed and in the shuck until you are ready to prepare it. The number of ears you’ll need for each recipe will vary with the size of the corn. An average ear of corn usually yields 1/2 – 2/3 cup of cut corn.


Here’s a tip for cutting corn off the cob that makes it easy to catch the corn kernels – place the ear of corn on the hole in a Bundt pan. Hold the ear of corn with one hand and slice off the kernels with a knife held in the other hand. The cut kernels will fall into the Bundt pan, making them easy to control. You won’t have corn all over your countertops!

Pimento Corn Soup Recipe

Pimento Corn Soup
Yields 4
A quick and easy, mouthwatering soup featuring fresh corn off the cob, onions and diced pimento.
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup diced onion
  2. 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  3. 2 cups fresh corn cut from cob (4-5 ears)
  4. 2 cups chicken broth
  5. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  6. 5 oz. evaporated milk, undiluted
  7. 1 4-oz. jar diced pimento
  8. Paprika (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook onion in butter in a large saucepan 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add corn; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in chicken broth and pepper.
  4. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in milk; cook until thoroughly heated. (Do not boil.)
  6. Add pimento; stir well.
  7. Ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle with paprika, if desired.
Notes
  1. Top Pimento Corn Soup with grated cheese, crumbled bacon, oyster crackers or whatever meets your fancy!
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 Pimento Corn Soup pairs well with a nice tossed salad for a delicious meatless meal!

Parting Comments

Although corn is available year round in most markets, the best and least expensive corn is available during the summer months and locally grown is the best!

Corn has a medium glycemic index, contains 5-6 grams protein per cup and about 74 calories per ear. Corn contains antioxidants, fiber and manganese, an essential mineral.

Corn is widely cultivated throughout the world with the USA producing 40% of the world’s harvest.

Americans consume corn in many diverse ways from corn tortillas to corn chips to corn-on-the-cob!  Thanks to the native Americans for introducing the colonists to corn or maize!

Cook some corn soon during its prime season!

Remember to Savor the Flavor of fresh corn!

Janet

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Curried New Potato and Pea Soup

Soup is Comfort Food

Since the cold weather has finally arrived here it seems like hot soup and hot bread are currently in my thoughts. Curried New Potato and Pea Soup is a quick and easy soup that can be made in an hour or less. Soup is comfort food this time of year so pull out the soup pot and let’s get cooking! 

Curried New Potato and Pea Soup

Curried New Potato and Pea Soup is spiced with curry and garam masala, both flavors that I like and that are great flavor intensifiers for those of us who have lost some sense of taste related to aging or other causes. In case garam masala is difficult to find in your area I’m including a recipe for this aromatic Indian spice mix that you can mix up yourself.

I’ve adapted this recipe for Curried New Potato and Pea Soup, which originally appeared in Cuisine at Home magazine, to eliminate the sugar, which I don’t believe the recipe needs at all. 


To begin, potatoes, onion and garlic are sauteed in a large saucepan over medium heat. One advantage to using new potatoes is that peeling them is not required!

The spices and flour are stirred in and cooked for 30 seconds as heat often brings out the flavors of the spices. Chicken stock and milk are added and the soup is simmered until the potatoes are tender.

The peas are added towards the end of the cooking process so they don’t become mushy. The soup may be garnished with yogurt and cilantro or sour cream and parsley. 

Here’s the printable recipe for you:

Curried New Potato and Pea Soup
Serves 4
An aromatic blend of potatoes, onions, garlic and peas with spices - curry powder and garam masala.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups new potatoes, diced
  2. 1/2 cup onion, diced
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 2 tablespoons butter
  5. 1 tablespoon flour
  6. 1 tablespoon curry powder
  7. 1/2 - 1 teaspoon garam masala
  8. Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  9. 2 cups chicken broth (1 14.5 oz. can)
  10. 1 cup whole milk
  11. 1 cup frozen peas (or canned may be used)
  12. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Sweat potatoes, onion and garlic in butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in flour and spices; saute for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the chicken broth and milk.
  4. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in the peas and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  6. Garnish each serving with a dollop of yogurt or sour cream and chopped cilantro or parsley.
Adapted from Cuisine at Home
Adapted from Cuisine at Home
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Garam Masala 

Garam masala is a mixture of Indian spices which are quite aromatic. It is used frequently in Indian cooking. Of course there are many different versions of garam masala, but the following recipe works well for me. Store what you don’t use in the soup recipe in an airtight container. (I store mine in a Mason jar!)

Garam Masala
An aromatic mixture of Indian spices.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  2. 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  3. 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  5. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  6. 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  7. 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Mix all the spices in a bowl. Place mix in an airtight container, and store in a cool, dry place.
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Now we just need some crusty bread and maybe a salad to go with our soup!

Try this soup soon – it’ll warm your innards!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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