Summer Corn & Zucchini Chowder
This hearty chowder draws on two of summertime’s favorite garden harvests. If you like, substitute yellow straight-neck or green-striped Costata Romanesco squash for the zucchini.
Servings Prep Time
4servings 15minutes
Cook Time
15minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 15minutes
Cook Time
15minutes
Ingredients
  • 1tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Zucchinithinly sliced
  • 2 green onionsthinly sliced
  • 1teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • kosher salt
  • black pepperfreshly ground
  • 1/2pound sliced bacondiced
  • 1 yellow oniondiced
  • 2cloves garlicminced
  • 6ears ears cornkernels reserved, cobs reserved
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 1/2cups Water
  • 4 red potatoescut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 1cup heavy cream
  • 1cup whole milk
  • 1/4teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3tablespoons fresh chivesminced
Instructions
  1. Select Sauté on the Instant Pot and warm the oil. Add the zucchini, green onions, and thyme  and cook, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini are tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the zucchini to a bowl.
  3. Switch to Sauté More, add the bacon, and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 5
  4. minutes. Transfer the bacon to a plate. Spoon out all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the pot and discard.
  5. Add the onion to the pot and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the corncobs, bay, thyme, and water. 
  7. Lock the lid in place and turn the valve to Sealing. Press the Keep Warm/Cancel button to reset the program, then press the Manual/Pressure Cook button and set the cook time for 10 minutes at high pressure. 
  8. Turn the valve to Venting to manually release the steam, then carefully remove the lid. Discard the corncobs.
  9. Add the potatoes, corn kernels, and half of the bacon and season with salt and pepper.
  10. Lock the lid in place and turn the valve to Sealing. Press the Keep Warm/Cancel button to reset the program, then press the Manual/Pressure Cook button and set the cook time for 4 minutes at high pressure. 
  11. Turn the valve to Venting to manually release the steam, then carefully remove the lid. Press
  12. the Keep Warm/Cancel button to reset the program, then select Sauté, stir in the cream, milk, cayenne, and zucchini, and heat until hot. 
  13. Ladle into individual bowls, garnish with the chives and remaining bacon, season with salt and pepper, and serve.