Serves 4 (just multiply the quantities for more people and the recipe works well)


1 large knob of butter

1 onion, chopped

1 large potato, cubed

1 large can sweetcorn, drained

pinch chilli powder (or as much as you like for taste)

salt and white pepper

200ml milk

300ml vegetable stock

1 spring onion, finely chopped



  1. Cook the onion gently in the butter until it softens. You need to do it on a low heat so it doesn’t brown.
  2. Add the potato and coat in the butter and onion. Cook for a few minutes. You’ll need to stir because the potato can stick.
  3. Add the sweetcorn and cook for another few minutes, still stirring.
  4. Add the chilli and some white pepper.
  5. Pour in the milk and vegetable stock. Mix well and bring to the boil.
  6. Simmer on a low heat with the lid on until the potato is cooked.
  7. Take just over half of the soup and whiz in the liquidiser or with the hand blender until smooth.
  8. Pour this back into the pan with the un-blitzed soup and stir well. This is what thickens the soup to create a chowder.
  9. Season with salt and more pepper if it is needed. Chowder should be quite thick but if it is too thick you can add a little water to thin it down.
  10. Serve with a sprinkling of finely chopped spring onion on the top and warm crusty bread.


Try it sprinkled with pieces of crisp smokey bacon or chunks of fried chorizo for extra flavour.