Corn Soup with Fresh Herbs (2022)

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With only a few simple ingredients, this corn soup has an intense corn flavor that tastes just like summer.

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With just a few simple ingredients – fresh corn on the cob, chicken broth, shallots, butter, and herbs – this corn soup has an intense corn flavor that tastes just like summer. It’s delicious as is but also easily adapted: substitute your favorite herbs, top it with fresh chopped tomatoes or red bell peppers, or swirl in some heavy cream to make it richer.

What You’ll Need To Make Summer Corn Soup

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Step-by-Step Instructions

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To begin, remove the husks and silks from the corn and set one ear of corn aside. Use a knife to cut the kernels off of the remaining 5 cobs, then break the scraped cobs in half. Set aside.

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Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat and add the shallots.

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Cook, stirring often, until soft and translucent, 8-10 minutes.

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Add the chicken stock, corn kernels, broken cobs, whole ear of corn, salt, and pepper to the pot.

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Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook uncovered for 10 minutes.

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Remove the whole ear of corn and set aside to cool. Cook the soup for 10 minutes more, then remove the broken cobs from the pot and discard.

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Use a handheld immersion blender to purée the soup until very smooth. Be patient; it takes a while.

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Place a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl and pass the soup through, using a back of a ladle to push the soup through in circular motions. Discard the fibers and bits of kernels in the sieve.

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Return the strained soup to a clean pot. It should have a creamy consistency. If it’s too thick, thin it with water or chicken stock; if it’s too thin, cook over medium heat until thickened.

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Use a knife to cut the cooked kernels off of the cooled whole cob, then add the kernels to the soup along with the herbs. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper (if necessary, you can add a bit of sugar to bring out the corn’s natural sweetness).

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Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with tiny sprigs of fresh basil and thyme, if desired.

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Summer Corn Soup with Fresh Herbs

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By Jennifer Segal

With only a few simple ingredients, this corn soup has an intense corn flavor that tastes just like summer.

Servings: 4

Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 heaping cup chopped shallots
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth, best quality
  • 6 ears fresh corn (white or yellow are both fine, but yellow makes for a prettier soup)
  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil, for garnish
  • 1½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Remove the husks and silks from the corn. Set one ear of corn aside. Use a knife to cut the kernels off of the remaining 5 cobs, then break the scraped cobs in half. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring often, until soft and translucent, 8-10 minutes. Add the chicken stock, corn kernels, broken cobs, whole ear of corn, salt and pepper to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook uncovered for 10 minutes. Remove the whole ear of corn and set aside to cool. Cook the soup for 10 minutes more, then remove the broken cobs from the pot and discard.
  3. Off the heat, use a hand held immersion blender to purée the soup until very smooth. It will take a few minutes. (Alternatively, let the soup cool slightly and purée it in batches in a blender. Be sure to crack the lid or remove the center cap to allow steam to escape and cover with a dishtowel so it won't splatter.) Place a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl and pass the soup through, using a back of a ladle to push the soup through in circular motions. Discard the fibers and bits of kernels in the sieve. Return the strained soup to a clean pot. It should have a creamy consistency. If it's too thick, thin it with water or chicken stock; if it's too thin, cook over medium heat until thickened.
  4. Use a knife to cut the cooked kernels off of the cooled whole cob, then add the kernels to the soup along with the herbs. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper (if necessary, you can add a bit of sugar to bring out the corn's natural sweetness). Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with tiny sprigs of fresh basil and thyme, if desired. Serve hot or cold.
  5. Note: If you have a high-powered blender, like a Vitamix, you may be able to skip the step of straining the soup.
  6. Note: Be sure to get fresh-picked corn and cook it as soon as possible. As soon as it is picked, corn starts converting sugar to starch which reduces sweetness. If you're not going to cook it right away, store it in the refrigerator as it slows down the conversion process.
  7. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The soup can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost the soup in the refrigerator for 12 hours and then reheat it on the stovetop over medium heat until hot.

Pair with

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 370
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 51g
  • Sugar: 17g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 15g
  • Sodium: 722mg
  • Cholesterol: 31mg

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Comments

  • Can this soup be frozen? I love corn and want to serve it this fall for a family party.

    • — Judy on September 7, 2022
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    • Yes, it freezes nicely. See the bottom of the instructions for freezer-friendly instructions. 🙂

      • — Jenn on September 8, 2022
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  • Bonjour Jenn,
    Another winning recipe. This was SO GOOD. Right now it is the best season in Quebec for fresh sweet corn and will add this to my “end-of-summer” recipes.
    We were 2 and almost finish the whole batch:)
    Martine

    • — Martine on September 4, 2022
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  • What an easy and super tasty soup this was… it DOES taste like summer, and we enjoyed every bite. I love how you often have a unique “twist” or technique to make the recipes work so well… this time it was putting both the sheared cobs and another whole cob in to release their flavors… well done! I initially thought that there was too much of the squished kernels removed after straining, but I was wrong. The consistency was just right, smooth and creamy without using cream, and it made 4 medium-sized bowls for us. Perfect! I wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you!

    • — Julie on August 27, 2022
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  • Wow! This is summertime at it’s best. If I owned a cafe I would have this as the soup special all summer long. Have to say, some bacon on top may be the move next time but it truly is so elegant and packed with flavor. Jenn has done it again!

    • — Julie on August 25, 2022
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  • Absolutely delicious! Just be careful not to add too much thyme.

    • — Merlee on August 25, 2022
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