Slow Cooker Summer Chowder

Serves: 8

This chowder is literally summer in a bowl, and has the extra-added convenience of letting the slow cooker do most of the work. Adding the zucchini at the end keeps it crisp-tender.

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4 cups vegetable stock
2 cups corn (fresh or frozen)
2 cups potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 red onion, diced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup sour cream
8 slices bacon
3 or 4 small zucchini, halved and sliced
3 tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped


1. Set your slow cooker on low and add the vegetable stock, corn, potatoes, carrot, celery, onion, salt and thyme. Cook on low setting for 7 - 8 hours. Once cooked, stir in the sour cream and blend the soup with an immersion blender. No need to turn off the slow cooker or remove the soup, just blend it right in the pot, with the immersion blender.
2, Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Chop the bacon and cook until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat from the pan. Return the pan to medium heat and add the zucchini. Cook, stirring occasionally for 7 - 8 minutes, until beginning to soften. Stir the zucchini into the soup in the slow cooker.
3. Serve the soup topped with fresh chopped tomato, basil and bacon.

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