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Creamy, Comforting & Easy Corn Chowder Vegan

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This Corn Chowder Vegan recipe is so creamy and comforting. It’s so flavourful and comes together in one pot in less than 30 minutes!

This vegan version of corn chowder is so creamy and comforting you won’t even be able to tell it’s dairy free! Corn chowder soup is the ultimate comfort food and it’s like a warm hug on a cold day. Creamy soup lovers will not be able to get enough of this! 

Is corn chowder gluten free?

This version of corn chowder is 100% gluten free! Some chowders are thickened with flour, so be sure to check the ingredients if you aren’t making it yourself.

Corn Chowder in bowl

What is corn chowder made of?

Although it can vary from recipe to recipe, corn chowder is traditionally made of corn, potatoes, red bell pepper, heavy cream, butter, onions, chicken broth, and smoked bacon. Because corn chowder contains cream, butter, chicken broth, and bacon it is not typically vegan or dairy free. Many people wonder how to get soup thick and creamy without dairy products. This plant-based corn chowder is so creamy you won’t even miss the dairy!

There are two secrets to getting this vegan soup deliciously creamy and thick:

  1. Use soaked and blended cashews to add a beautiful creaminess. Blended cashews are a wonderful substitute for heavy cream in dairy-free recipes like this one. They have a mild flavor, and a creamy texture. Soaking the cashews for at least 10 minutes in boiling water helps significantly with the texture. If they aren’t soaked, the texture can be grainy. Using a high-powered blender also helps make the cashews as smooth and creamy as possible. 
  2. Blend 2 cups of the soup to thicken without the use of flour or cornstarchBlending soup is a great way to help thicken it without flour. The starch in potatoes helps thicken the soup as well. 
Easy Corn Chowder Vegan on spoon

What vegetables are used in corn chowder?

In this version, we used red bell pepper, but carrots or celery also make a great addition to this vegan chowder. 

What goes with corn chowder?

Corn chowder is a thick creamy soup with a subtle smoke flavor. It goes great with:

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Corn Chowder Vegan

This vegan version of corn chowder is so creamy and comforting. It's so flavourful and comes together in one pot in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Soup, Soups
Cuisine: American
Keyword: corn chowder, dairy free corn chowder, dairy free creamy soup, gluten free corn chowder, gluten free vegan soup, vegan corn chowder, vegan creamy soup, vegan potato and corn soup
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 4 medium sized yukon gold potatoes, cubed (I leave the peels on, but they can be peeled if you prefer)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cups frozen or fresh corn
  • 5 cups "chickenless" broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cover cashews in boiling water and set aside to soak.
  • In a large pot on medium heat, add the olive oil, and onion. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the red bell pepper, and garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Next, pour in the vegetable broth, corn, potatoes, and smoked paprika. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.
  • Strain water off the cashews. Add the cashews, nutritional yeast and 2 cups of the cooked soup to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add the creamy mixture back into your soup and stir to combine.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, serve and enjoy!

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Notes

This vegan version of corn chowder is so creamy and comforting you won’t even be able to tell it’s dairy free! Corn chowder soup is the ultimate comfort food and it’s like a warm hug on a cold day. Creamy soup lovers will not be able to get enough of this! 
Is corn chowder gluten free?
This version of corn chowder is 100% gluten free! Some chowders are thickened with flour, so be sure to check the ingredients if you aren’t making it yourself.
What is corn chowder made of?
Although it can vary from recipe to recipe, corn chowder is traditionally made of corn, potatoes, red bell pepper, heavy cream, butter, onions, chicken broth, and smoked bacon. Because corn chowder contains cream, butter, chicken broth and bacon it is not typically vegan or dairy free. 
Many people wonder how to get soup thick and creamy without dairy products. This plant-based corn chowder is so creamy you won’t even miss the dairy!
There are two secrets to getting this soup deliciously creamy and thick:
  1. Use soaked and blended cashews to add a beautiful creaminess. Blended cashews are a wonderful substitute for heavy cream in dairy-free recipes like this one. They have a mild flavour, and a creamy texture. Soaking the cashews for at least 10 minutes in boiling water helps significantly with the texture. If they aren’t soaked, the texture can be grainy. Using a high powered blender also helps make the cashews as smooth and creamy as possible. 
  2. Blend 2 cups of the soup to thicken without the use of flour or cornstarch. Blending soup is a great way to help thicken it without flour. The starch in potatoes helps thicken the soup as well. 
What vegetables are used in corn chowder?
In this version we used a red bell pepper, but carrots or celery also make a great addition to this vegan chowder. 
What goes with corn chowder?
Corn chowder is a thick creamy soup with a subtle smoke flavour. It goes great with:
  • Vegan grilled cheese
  • Vegan smoked sausage 
  • Crusty bread or fresh bread
  • Dinner rolls
  • Vegan Caesar salad 
 
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