Corn Chowder with Zucchini, Scallion & Orzo Topping

This dish is summer in a bowl. 🙂 It tastes like sweet creamed corn with tasty toppings. The pasta in the topping makes this soup a complete meal. The topping also adds a nice contrasting texture. DELICIOUS!!! This recipe was adapted from Everyday Food.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 large zucchini, diced medium
  • 1/4 pound orzo
  • 1 large bunch of scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cups corn kernels (from 4 ears), cobs reserved
  1. Cook orzo in salted, boiling water according to package directions. Drain.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high. Add zucchini and sauté until crisp-tender, 4 minutes. Stir in orzo and heat until warmed through. Remove from heat and toss with scallion greens; season with salt and pepper. IMG_4703
  3. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in saucepan over medium-high. Add scallion whites and sauté until tender, 3 minutes. Add corn and cook until tender, 3 minutes. IMG_4699
  4. Add 3 cups water and corn cobs to the corn and scallion mixture and bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer and cook until chowder thickens slightly, about 8 minutes. Discard cobs and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Puree chowder with a handheld immersion blender. Serve chowder topped with zucchini mixture.


About Josette@thebrookcook

I live in Stony Brook, New York on Long Island. I love garlic and baking. My hobby (and love) is to try new recipes. My favorite recipe resources include The New York Times, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, and Martha Stewart Living. Enjoy!

7 responses to “Corn Chowder with Zucchini, Scallion & Orzo Topping

  1. This looks delicious! I would have never thought to add orzo to a chowder.

  2. nancycrenault

    Sounds good! What do you recommend I use as a substitute for butter?

  3. Pingback: International Food Festival : USA presents Corn Chowder and Corn Muffins by The Brook Cook, Josette | simplyvegetarian777

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