Sunday, 19 February 2012

Quorn Bacon & Sweetcorn Chowder


Today I have tried another soup from the remaining handful of recipes, this time a chowder style using Quorn smokey bacon strips. I actually really did enjoy it too!

This is a pretty simple soup to make and full of flavour, the smoky bacon strips work really well in it and from start to finish it only takes about half an hour to prepare. To start cut about 4 bacon rashers into thin strips, I used the frozen ones and defrosted them for a minute or so in the microwave, you then fry these off in a tblsp of oil until lightly browned. Chuck in a finely sliced small onion (I used a red onion) and sweat for a couple of minutes until the onion is softened.

Next add one medium potato chopped into 1-2 cm cubes and ml vegetable stock, bring up to the boil and simmer for 5-6 minutes. Next mix 2 tsp cornflour with 2 tblsp milk (taken from the 350ml total you need for the recipe) to form a paste and add this to the pan along with the rest of the milk. The recipe calls for semi-skimmed but I used skimmed and it worked fine.

Now, simmer for another 6 or so minutes - until the potato is tender, then add 175g frozen sweetcorn and stir through until this has warmed. Sprinkle in a handful of chopped parsley and it is ready to serve.

This is what it looked like served up:

You can see this is quite a creamy looking soup and I guess if you used whole or semi-skimmed milk you would get a creamier result, I have stuck with skimmed as it's what we have in the house and in any event will bring down the points total per portion. This recipe makes 4 normal size portions.

The propoints total per portion is 6 broken down as follows: quorn bacon (1), oil (1), sweetcorn (2), potato (1), milk (1). This is of course based on using skimmed milk and the total would need to be adjusted if you choose to use semi or whole milk instead.

This is a very tasty soup and the smoky bacon flavour works really well with the sweetness of the corn and the creamy texture, it is a lovely idea on a cold afternoon and I actually found it quite filling - probably due to the potato. This is definitely my favourite soup from the Quorn book so far.

I would make this again and we give it an 8/10 - definitely one to try!