I'm making tonight a laid-back Monday night by chilling in front of the tube with a bowl of homemade soup. I'll be giving an old Winter standby, corn chowder, a facelift with two ingredients that have been very big this decade: leftover bacon, for smokiness, and frozen, shelled edamame, to up the protein ante.
To turn this hearty stew into a weeknight feast, I'm going to serve it with some crusty garlic bread and a mixed green salad. The result is a satisfying meal that takes minutes to make. Interested? Then keep reading for the recipe. 3 slices bacon (4 ounces), cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips Serves 4.
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 red potato (6 ounces), scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
2 cups frozen shelled edamame
1 can (15 ounces) creamed corn
1/2 cup half-and-half
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 slices bacon (4 ounces), cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips