Corn Soup with Basil and Leeks

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The Pasta Man is a young lawyer from Washington, DC. He cooks a lot of pasta and other things, too. He blogs at www.thepastamanblog.com.

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I guess my mind is on the perfectly sweet and delicious corn and basil I keep finding at the farmer’s market, because here’s another crazy delicious recipe taking advantage of this spring bounty.

Taking my lead from Serious Eats, here’s a way to whip up a corny, corny soup with lots of deep, rich, and complex flavor in under 30 minutes using your pressure cooker. (I suppose if you didn’t have a pressure cooker you could cook this for about four times as long, for similar results.) If you’ve never had corn soup (I hadn’t), you’re in for a treat: it’s like the essence of corn and so creamy without adding any extra cream. Plus, it’s vegan if you use vegetable broth. I take this to the next level by topping it all with crispy chorizo – in my case, soy chorizo, so that’s vegan, too. What a world!

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Pressure Cooker Corn Soup with Basil and Leeks

Ingredients

  • 2 tbl butter
  • 2 small leeks, dark green parts discarded, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 4 ears of corn, husk and silk removed, cobs broken in half crosswise and reserved
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 sprigs basil
  • 3.5 cups chicken or veggie broth
  • Minced fresh chives, for serving
  • Crispy chorizo, for serving

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Instructions

  1. Melt butter over medium heat in a pressure cooker. Add leeks and a big pinch of salt. Blend the garlic in the Magic Bullet and add to the leeks. Cook, stirring, until softened, about four minutes.
  2. Add corn with cobs, bay leaf, basil sprig, and enough broth to barely cover the corn.
  3. Seal pressure cooker and bring to high pressure. Cook for 15 minutes. Release pressure using quick-release method and uncover.
  4. Fish out the corn cobs, bay leaf, and basil sprigs. Discard them.
  5. Working in batches, transfer remaining mixture to the Magic Bullet. Blend, adding broth as necessary to get a nice consistency. Taste for salt.
  6. Serve, passing chives and chorizo.

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