As long as the temperature is under 60 degrees, I’m all about soup. Especially soup like this, which could quite possibly knock your socks off.
Once again, I’m posting a copycat recipe from a great little cafe/deli in Clear Lake, Iowa: Starboard Market. Whenever I happen to be going south on I-35 through Iowa, I have to stop at this place. They have one of those rare menus that make ordering difficult -because everything looks so good.
One of their standout menu items is cheesy cornbread soup. This soup is almost worth the 140-mile drive down to Clear Lake. But I thought it would be more practical to try to recreate it at home.
It took some Internet sleuthing and a few kitchen trials, but I believe this recipe comes pretty close to the kind I had at Starboard Market.
Please note: There is actual cornbread mix in this recipe. Don’t use cornmeal or it won’t turn out. Using the cornbread mix causes the soup to thicken to a nice consistency.
If you make a lot of soups, an immersion blender will make your life easier.
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Cheesy Cornbread Soup Recipe
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 min
Total Time: 20 min
I recommend using shredded cheddar, pepper jack, smoked gouda, or Mexican-blend cheese for this recipe. Also, to save money, use bouillon or Better Than Bouillon instead of purchasing a can of chicken broth.
1 tablespoon butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 14.75 ounce can cream style corn
1 1/2 cups milk (I used 2 percent)
1 can chicken broth
3/4 cup grated cheese (see notes above)
1/3 cup cornbread mix
Garlic powder, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute onions in butter until they begin to soften - about three minutes or so. Add corn, milk, and chicken broth. Heat to a simmer and cook for a couple of minutes. Using an immersion blender, blend all ingredients together until the soup is pureed. Alternatively, you can allow the soup to cool for a bit, transfer to a blender, and puree until smooth.
Once soup is pureed, add cheese, cornbread mix, and spices. Heat until cheese melts and soup thickens a bit. Serve with extra shredded cheese, pickled jalapeños, bacon bits, or other desired toppings.