Mar 10

20-Minute Cheesy Corn Chowder

20-Minute Corn Chowder Recipe

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Chances are you're probably already familiar with Knorr Sides -- I know we often use them as a quick and easy side dish. But it honestly never occurred to me that they might make a really fantastic meal starter.

Knorr recently approached me and asked me to give one of their simple main dish recipes a try to prove that you can easily transform any Knorr Side into a delicious main dish with just a handful of fresh ingredients. I figured I had nothing to lose, so I chose to make their Cheddar & Corn Chowder.

Easy Corn Chowder Starter

This corn chowder recipe starts with Knorr Cheddar Broccoli Rice Sides and gets a flavorful boost from the addition of diced ham, fresh red bell pepper and chopped cilantro, along with a few canned staples.

Corn Chowder Recipe

Top it off with some crumbled fresco cheese and a sprinkling of chopped cilantro for a satisfying, stick-to-your-ribs hot soup, and all it takes is 10 minutes of prep and 10 minutes of cook time to have it on the table!

20-Minute Cheesy Corn Chowder

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 6 servings

20-Minute Cheesy Corn Chowder


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 1 package Knorr® Rice Sides™ - Cheddar Broccoli
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (8.75 oz.) can cream-style corn, undrained
  • 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilies, undrained (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • crumbled queso fresco cheese


  1. Bring all ingredients except cilantro and queso fresco to a boil in a large saucepot, stirring every so often.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve garnished with cilantro and queso fresco.

I love that in addition to being such a time saver, this corn chowder recipe is also very budget-friendly. Make it even more economical by keeping your eyes peeled for the 10 for $10 sales that I often see at Giant Eagle! It's a great time to stock up on your favorite varieties to use as side dishes or as meal starters.

By the way, if you're interested in trying more main dish recipes using Knorr Sides, be sure to download this free recipe book, courtesy of Knorr and Giant Eagle!

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