1 large red bell pepper, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 cup carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and thinly sliced (use just one if you like less heat)
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
A few dashes fresh black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups vegetable broth or water
3 cups fresh corn (from about 5 ears of corn)
2 medium-size russet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch chunks
1 bay leaf
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup plain soy milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Fresh, sweet corn, especially in the summer when it’s in season, has such a pure taste I sometimes like to just eat it raw. Potatoes give this soup a creamy, hearty body and the jalapeños give it just a little kick.
1In stockpot sauté the onions, bell peppers, carrots, and jalapeños in the olive oil over medium heat until the onions are translucent, about 7 minutes.
2Add rosemary, thyme, black pepper, and salt; sauté 1 minute more. Add the broth, corn, potatoes, bay leaf, and cayenne. Cover and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Uncover and simmer 10 minutes more to let the liquid reduce a bit.
3Remove the bay leaf and puree half the chowder either using a handheld blender or by transferring half the chowder to a blender, pureeing till smooth and adding back to soup.
4Add the lime juice to taste, and the soy milk and maple syrup, and simmer 5 more minutes.
5Let sit for at least 10 minutes and serve. Tastes even better the next day.