Mar 10

20-Minute Cheesy Corn Chowder

20-Minute Corn Chowder Recipe

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.

This post brought to you by Giant Eagle. All opinions are 100% mine.

by Tara | 1 comment

  • Cindy

    I love soup! I am very anxious to give this recipe a try. I think it sounds really good! I will purchase the ingredients when I go to the grocery this week. Thanks for the recipe. Cindy

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