Creamy Corn Chowder with Basil

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 6 servings


This quick Creamy Corn Chowder with Basil will be a favorite and includes a bit of red bell pepper and fresh rosemary as well as the basil in the title. Your family will love it.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 pkgs. (16 oz. each) loose-pack frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed, divided (about 6 cups)
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 MAGGI Chicken Flavor Bouillon Cubes
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil


HEAT oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Add 4 cups corn; cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add water and bouillon; cook, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes or until corn is very soft.

PLACE corn mixture in blender or food processor; blend until smooth. Return to saucepan. Stir in remaining corn, evaporated milk, bell pepper and rosemary. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 10 minutes or until chowder is thick and bell pepper is tender. Season with salt and ground black pepper, if desired. Garnish with basil.

Great Chowder

by J. Joyce , Schwenksville, PA on Feb. 2009

Love soups made with Carnation Evaporated Milk as they taste so rich and are creamier. This is one of my fav soups!


by A. Amanda , Ottawa, KANSAS on Jul. 2007

Very very good soup! A big hit

Creamy Corn Chowder w/basil

by R. Rona , PEMBROKE PINES, FL on Jun. 2006

My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe and I will make it many times in the future. Not using cream was a plus. Less fat and calories. Basil added much to the flavor. Great recipe.

Creamy and Tasty

by K. Kathy , MCKINNEY, TX on Apr. 2005

I added a little evaporated milk in this recipe and it made it even more creamy....Yum!

Creamy Corn Chowder with Basil

by N. Noreen , BURLINGTON, MA on Feb. 2005

This chowder is so nice and creamy. It is nice to have on a cold night. It is so easy to make.

Just made this wonderful soup

by S. SIRI , DOYLESTOWN, PA on Jan. 2005

I just made this soup but I used homemade chicken broth instead of water. I then omited the Maggi and it was great.

EZ Corn Chowder

by t. tray , SAN JOSE, CA on Jan. 2005

this corn chowder was so easy to make. Just dice a few onions and open a package of frozen corn- and there you have it! great for quick meal. i serve it with fresh french bread from the store deli, and voila- a complete meal!

Potato Corn Chowder

by M. Marti , IOWA CITY, IA on Nov. 2004

For a variation, I peeled and chopped 3 large yukon gold potatoes,and added them before I added the milk. Boil for 10-12 min then add the milk and follow the rest of the recipe.

The best!

by T. Tina , The Jersey Shore on Nov. 2002

This is the best Corn Chowder. It's easy to make and my family loved it. It also makes a great presentation and would make a great 1st course at any dinner party.

Comfort food!

by J. Jennifer , Shauck,OH on Jul. 2002

Great taste, great texture, easy to make. Reheats well for lunch at work, too!