Recipe: Creamy Potato Chowder
Made by Carolyn Vachani, MSN, RN, AOCN
The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: January 29, 2009
7 slices bacon (1/2 a standard package)
1 large onion, diced
2-3 garlic cloves
salt & pepper
2 celery stalks, diced
4 carrots, diced<br /> 5 large potatoes or 7-8 small ones diced in about ½ inch cubes (Russet or other baking variety), skin on or off, your choice
32 ounces chicken stock
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp dried parsley
1 cup milk (whatever type you have on hand, 2% used to calculate nutritional value)
½ cup all purpose flour
12 oz. can evaporated milk
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
- In pan, cook bacon until crispy. Remove with slotted spoon and reserve for later.
- Add diced onion to bacon drippings and cook until it becomes translucent, 6-7 minutes.
- Add garlic (chopped or with garlic press) and cook another 30 seconds. Add pinch of salt and pepper.
- Add the diced celery and carrots and cook another 5 minutes.
- Transfer everything from the pan to crock pot.
- diced potatoes
- 32 oz chicken stock
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
- Whisk together flour and milk.
- Pour this mixture into crock pot along with the can of evaporated milk and stir.
- Cook another hour.
- At the end add the cheese and reserved bacon and stir to incorporate.
- When reheating, you can add milk to thin if needed.
- Too chunky for a sore throat? Mash the veggies with a potato masher before serving.
- Still tastes bland to you? Add more seasoning or spice it up with some red pepper flakes.
- Don't have a crock pot? Instead of transferring to the crock pot, put everything into a dutch oven or big soup pot and simmer about 3 hours. Add the milks, flour and cheese at the end the same way.
Nutrition FactsPer 8 ounce serving
- Calories: 580
- Total Fat 17g (saturated 9g, Trans fat 0g)
- Cholesterol 54mg
- Sodium 700mg
- Total carbohydrates 86g
- Dietary fiber: 9g
- Sugars: 10g
- Protein: 25g
- This dish is high in Vitamin A (148% RDA), Vitamin C (112%), Calcium (41%) and Iron (22%).
Remember! While you are undergoing cancer therapy is no time to be on a diet!