sweetcorn chowder with smoked red pepper and crispy bacon

sweetcorn chowder with smoked red pepper and crispy bacon

I love chowders. They are creamy thick soups with lots of chunky bits.  They have potato in them, and they hit the comfort food nail right on the head.

I was inspired to make this soup for all of the above reasons and because I love playing around with the smoked red bell pepper I developed recently.  It gets reconstituted into the liquid you put it in, and imparts a delicious smokey flavour.  I added crunchy bacon pieces to give it nice texture and the saltiness this soup needed to balance out the sweet.

This is what you need to make this soup:

  • 6 rashers of bacon finely chopped
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk finely chopped
  • 1 small leek finely chopped
  • 1 x large potato cut into small cubes
  • small handful of parley finely chopped
  • 4 teaspoons of smoked red pepper (dried and smoked red bell pepper)
  • 4 x sweetcorn with kernels cut off the cob
  • 400ml water
  • 1 Tbs of Nomu chicken fond
  • 250ml milk (I used skim)
  • 1/2 a tsp of chilli (optional) if you want a bit of heat

How to make this soup:

  • fry 4 of the finely chopped bacon rashers until crispy and then set aside
  • heat a knob of butter and a splash of olive oil in a pot and fry the onion, celery and leek until soft (about 8 minutes)
  • add the remaining 2 rashers of bacon and fry
  • add the potato, parsley, 3 of the 4 teaspoons of smoked red pepper, water and stock and cook for 20 minutes
  • when the potatoes are soft add the 250ml of milk and the corn and cook for 10 minutes
  • you can gently smash the soup with a potato masher to thicken it and release the gluten from the potato
  • add the remaining tsp of smoked pepper and salt and pepper to taste (and chilli if you so desire)
  • serve with the crispy bacon sprinkled over the top

Thick, sweet, salty and smokey.

comfort food


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  1. Looks so divine!

  2. Think I may have to try this recipe tonight – sound deeeelicious Sammie! XX

  3. Awesome Laens! You have the goods 🙂 x

  4. I make something Similar but without the potato – this kind of soup is totally delicious 🙂



  5. Thanks BBB, I love the bacon with the sweet corn. 🙂

  6. Wow! This does look like the perfect comfort food. Bacon, smoked peppers, and corn? Delish!

  7. Thanks Cupcakes! 🙂

  8. That looks yummie

  9. Hi Sam, I would love to make this soup for lunch seeing that it looks like Cape Town’s winter has arrived. I have seen on previous posts that the smoked bell pepper is for sale in town and in Stellenbosch. I live in Durbanville so is there another way i can try get that smokey pepper taste?
    Thanks for the great recipes – keep ’em coming.

  10. Hi Dee, unfortunately I do not make this product anymore and so you wont find anything like it. Use smoked paprika instead.
    Best Sam

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