Bowl of vegetable chowder

Hearty Vegetable Chowder is oh so yummy.

You may think that I am going soup crazy these days, and you would be right!

I find it the most satisfying of meals in the winter.

What sets this soup apart and makes it special is the added flavor of butternut squash and just a hint of cayenne.  Yes, cayenne!  Adding the spice brightens the flavor of all the other vegetables.

Not only is it a satisfying meal but it is so beautiful to make and serve.

Vegetables for the Chowder

Look at these colors!  Green-to-white leeks, carrots, butternut squash and the parsnip (which is no colorful but is a wonderful addition).

Vegetables and ingredients in the soup pot

Adding the initial ingredients creates a fiesta in a pan!  This palette is vibrant and lively and just makes you smile.  I swear.

Vegetable Chowder in the Crockpot

The fragrance wafting about your kitchen will get your appetite going.

I am always on the lookout for a great and hearty soup.   Once I find a recipe I tweak it here and there to make it my own.

With this soup I made only minor changes such as swapping half and half for normal cream and reducing the water a bit.


Hearty Vegetable Chowder
Makes 6 servings

2   large leeks, cleaned and sliced thin – include the light green and tender part of the stalk as well
1    lb diced butternut squash
½ lb parsnips, peeled and diced
½ lb carrots, sliced
2/3 cup barley
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 box (32 oz.) vegetable broth
2 cups water (or as needed to  barely cover vegetables in initial cooking)
1 can (14.5 oz) petite-cut diced tomatoes
1 tsp fresh thyme chopped (and some sprigs for serving)
1 box (10 oz)frozen corn
1 cup half and half
1/4 cup chopped parsley
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Combine leeks, squash , parsnips, carrots, barley and garlic in slow cooker  Stir in broth, water, tomatoes and thyme. If needed add a little bit more water to just barely cover vegetables. Cover and cook until veggies are just tender.  The recipe suggested cooking on HIGH for 6 hours or on LOW for 8 hours.

I did not have that much time so I started the initial ingredients in my soup pot and brought to heat.  Then I transferred to my preheated slow cooker.  On HIGH it took about 4 hours to tender.  Do not overcook, you don’t want mushy. Even when using the original directions I would check the soup from time to time to avoid overcooking.

Once those veggies are done – stir in corn, half and half, parsley, salt and pepper and cayenne.   Take a taste to make sure the corn is heated through, adjust seasonings and serve with sprigs of rosemary.

Second Bowl of Vegetable Chowder

A completely satisfying meal and oh-so-good for you.

Happy Cooking!

P.S.  Keep all the vegetable scraps and, after rinsing, throw in a pot and make Homemade Delicious and Nutritious Soup Stock for another day. Add a little bit of garlic and any other wilting veggies you have on hand!

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9 Responses to Hearty Vegetable Chowder

  1. joylovefood says:

    This looks so delicious! I love chowders and love all the vegetables in this one! Visiting from Creative Ways Link Party 🙂

  2. What a lovely chowder, the veges look so warm and comforting 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. This is making me hungry my friend. I invite you to share this yumminess at my Thursday hop. I miss having you join in the fun xo

  4. This is way better than anything that would come out of a can!

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