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A corn chowder with bacon made in your pressure cooker. In less than 30-minutes you can transform simple ingredients into a hearty soup everyone will love!
As I wrote today’s post, I couldn’t help but notice all those beautiful Fall leaves that have blanketed our backyard. I know I should rake them up, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. After living in Florida for almost a decade, I had forgotten how lovely Fall can be on some days.
With the season in full effect, we couldn’t wait any longer to share our Instant Pot corn chowder with bacon recipe. It’s perfect for days like today when temperatures aren’t freezing but still cool enough to appreciate a warm bowl of soup.
As par for the course, this dish is simple to prepare and hits the spot every time. It’s loaded with potatoes, corn, bacon, and onions. Furthermore, the delicate hints of black pepper and thyme make it a meal you won’t regret. For those calorie conscious eaters or families pressed for time, I’ve included some tips below to cut down on both situations. Kim and I hope you enjoy today’s offering. How about we get started?
How to Make Instant Pot Corn Chowder with Bacon:
- First, dice up your onions and potatoes, and do any other prep work you need to complete before getting started. Now, turn your pressure cooker to Saute and add the onions to the pot. Saute the onions for 3-5 minutes or until they soften a little. Once the onions are ready, add the minced garlic and saute everything for another 30-seconds. Turn off your Instant Pot or cooker.
- Next, add the bacon, diced potatoes, frozen corn, chicken or vegetable broth, thyme. salt, and pepper to your cooker. At this point, set the valve to Sealing and set your Instant Pot to Manual/High Pressure for 5-minutes. Let the corn chowder with bacon cook and once the timer goes off open the valve and perform a quick release. Be careful, because the steam is hot!
- After that, in small mixing bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the half and half and flour. Be sure to breakdown all the flour, don’t leave any clumps. Set it aside and go back to your pressure cooking device.
Chowder Instructions Continued:
- Then, remove the lid to your Instant Pot. You might need to release the pressure valve again, but maybe not. Turn the cooker onto the Saute function once more and slowly stir in the half and half mixture. As the corn chowder with bacon heats, it will thicken. Allow it to saute until it reaches your desired thickness, then turn off the pressure cooker.
- Last, portion out the soup as needed and top each bowl with a garnish of your choice. You can store any leftovers in a sealed container in your fridge for up to 3-days.
Corn Chowder with Bacon Tips:
- To save time in the kitchen and keep this recipe close to the 30-minute mark, buy precooked bacon and microwave it for about 60-90 seconds on high. Give it a quick chop and you’re good to go. Also, to avoid time-consuming knife work, use jarred, minced garlic instead of fresh garlic.
- Additionally, you can substitute the 4-tablespoons of flour for 2 or 3-tablespoons of corn starch. Doing so, will remove a small amount of gluten from the soup.
- If you’re serious about reducing the calories in this dish, simply substitute 2% milk for the half and half. Or, if you want to make the chowder vegetarian, just omit the bacon.
Instant Pot Corn Chowder with Bacon
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 6 Slices Bacon (pre-cooked, diced)
- 4 Cloves Garlic (minced, 3-4 Tblsp.)
- 1 Medium White Onion (diced,1-cup)
- 4 Large Yellow or Gold Potatoes (cut into 1-in. cubes)
- 12 Ounces Frozen Corn (1 bag)
- 4 Cups Vegetable Broth (or Chicken Broth)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme (2-3 sprigs fresh)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 Cup Half and Half
- 4 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
- First, turn Instant Pot to saute and add the onions. Saute for 3-5 minutes until they soften. Add the garlic and saute another 30 seconds. Turn off the Instant Pot.
- Next, add the bacon, potatoes, corn, broth, thyme, salt and pepper. Set the valve to sealing, and use the manual/pressure cook button to set the Instant Pot to high pressure for 5 minutes. After the timer goes off, open the valve to complete a quick release of the pressure.
- Then, in a small bowl or large, glass measuring cup, mix the half and half and flour. Whisk until well-combined. Set aside.
- After that, remove the lid from the Instant Pot, and turn on the saute function. Slowly add the half and half/flour mixture while stirring. As the chowder heats and begins to boil, it will thicken. This usually takes about 5 minutes.
- Last, garnish with anything you desire and serve. We topped our chowder with diced green onions.