Vegetarian Corn Chowder Recipe

4 minutes
January 23, 2023
Andi GleesonJump to Recipe

Thanks so much to Garden Lites® for generously sponsoring today’s recipe. Your whole family will love this hearty, easy Vegetarian Corn Chowder for dinner, and it pairs perfectly with their Superfood Veggie Cakes!

Your whole family will love this Vegetarian Corn Chowder! It's an easy dinner recipe just right for busy nights.

It’s soup season, right? That’s what the Internet tells me, but it is so dang hot in San Francisco this time of year! I’m hoping it feels like Fall where you are because then I know you will be excited to try this Vegetarian Corn Chowder recipe. This rich, creamy soup is quite easy to make, and it has added protein thanks to cottage cheese, milk, and shredded cheese.

Wait, did you just turn up your nose when I said cottage cheese? I saw that, but don’t worry. You won’t even know it’s in the soup! It adds almost 30 grams of protein to the recipe plus richness without a lot of fat, so I promise you’ll be happy it’s in there.

Vegetarian Corn Chowder is a rich, creamy dinner recipe that comes together in a hurry!

Besides corn, this soup is kind of lacking in the vegetable department. That’s where the side dish comes in. Check out these Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes! I flippin’ love these little things, and I know you will too. You buy them in the freezer section at the grocery store and can pop them in the microwave or oven when you’re ready for a quick, wholesome snack or side dish. All of their products have vegetables as one of the first three ingredients, so they are an easy and delicious way to eat more veggies!

Wholesome and delicious Garden Lites veggie cakes pair perfectly with this easy Vegetarian Corn Chowder recipe!

One thing I love about the veggie cakes, besides that they taste really great, is that they are gluten free. Eating soup has been a lot less fun since I had to give up wheat because I am a major dunker. The main reason I liked to eat soup was to dunk bread in it, but now I can’t! These savory veggie cakes are a perfect substitute for bread to enjoy with your soups and stews, and they are way better for you!

Garden Lites veggie cakes are perfect for dunking into this Vegetarian Corn Chowder recipe!

This corn chowder is quick and easy to prepare, but there is one extra step that does add a little extra work and dishes: Blending. To get the rich texture seen here, you need to blend the soup before serving. You can do the blending with a stick blender in the pot, but I must warn you to be very careful if you take this route. The soup is hot, and my stick blender usually causes a lot of splatter. I don’t want you to get burned or cause a kitchen disaster and blame me!

The easiest route is to pour the soup into a standard blender to puree. If you make the soup ahead of time, you can store it in the refrigerator before blending. Then, you can pour it into the blender while it’s cold, pulse a few times until it’s smooth, and pour it into a pot to heat. That way you aren’t transferring hot soup around multiple times between the pot, blender, and serving bowls. If you do choose to blend it while it’s hot, just please be careful :)

Before I get to the recipe, I have one other thing to tell you: Garden Lites offers more than veggie cakes! They also have chocolate muffins, blueberry oat muffins, and soon will release waffles. Each of their products is loaded with vegetable goodness, which I love. It’s hard to get my kids to eat enough vegetables, and I forget to get enough in my own diet. These delicious, wholesome treats are going to be regulars in my freezer!

Look for @GardenLites muffins and savory items in your grocery freezer section. They are loaded with veggies and taste great too! #HookedOnVeggies

To find Garden Lites in your area, click here to check their store locator. Also visit them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or Instagram for inspiration and offers. I hope you enjoy their products as much as we do :)

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Vegetarian Corn Chowder is a rich, creamy dinner recipe that comes together in a hurry!

Vegetarian Corn Chowder

Your whole family will love this Vegetarian Corn Chowder! It’s an easy dinner recipe just right for busy nights.

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x





  1. Melt butter in a medium dutch oven or stock pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, and cook until soft and translucent (about 5 minutes). Stir in garlic, and cook a minute longer.
  2. Pour in broth, Cajun seasoning, and corn. Bring to a low boil.
  3. Very carefully pour or ladle broth mixture into a blender. Add milk, cottage cheese, and shredded cheese. Pulse until your desired smoothness is achieved.
  4. Pour blended soup back into pot, and bring back to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer, stirring often, at least five minutes to ensure cheese is melted and soup is heated thoroughly. Season with salt and hot sauce to taste.
  5. Serve with Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes! (You can bake them according to package directions in your oven or toaster oven while you make your soup.)


  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
Garden Lites is so delicious everyone is Hooked On Veggies! #HookedOnVeggies

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Garden Lites. The opinions and text are all mine.


Andi Gleeson


7 years ago

Do you have a nutritional breakdown of your products before I purchase a case?

7 years ago

Do you have the nutrition information for this soup? Calories, carbs, etc?

Sharon @ What The Fork
7 years ago

Wish I could cozy up to a big bowl of this soup right now!

Megan @ With Salt and Wit
8 years ago

Me and this soup will be having a date soon!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Ooh, romantic. Don’t forget the wine :)

cathy @ noble pig
8 years ago

Corn chowder is a weakness of mine, can’t wait to try your version.

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thanks, Cathy!! :)

8 years ago

I love this soup! Can’t wait to warm up to this!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thank you, Krista! It will definitely be good as the weather cools down.

Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy
8 years ago

I seriously can’t wait to try this soup and those veggie cakes! I love how healthy they both are! Pinned!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thanks so much, Jen!! I think you’ll like them both. Those veggie cakes are so good!!

Jessica | The Novice Chef
8 years ago

With the weather cooling down, corn chowder is always one of my go tos!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

:) Glad you like it, Jessica!

Holly N @ Spend With Pennies
8 years ago

This looks so amazing Andi! Love the soup and the yummy veggie cakes!!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thank you so much, Holly!!

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