In this healthy vegetable chowder recipe, heavy cream is replaced with milk and flour-thickened vegetable broth and we keep sodium amounts reasonable with lower-sodium broth. By making your own creamy vegetarian chowder, you'll save up to 300 calories, 20 grams of saturated fat and 500 milligrams of sodium per serving compared to many store-bought or restaurant chowders.

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Source: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook


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  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring frequently, until softened and beginning to brown, 3 to 6 minutes. Sprinkle flour, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt over the vegetables and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Add vegetable broth and milk; bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly.

  • Stir in sweet potatoes and peppers and bring just to a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 12 to 15 minutes.

  • Add black beans and cook, stirring frequently, until heated through, 2 to 4 minutes. Serve topped with cilantro and pepitas, and garnished with lime wedges, if desired.


To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days, slowly reheat over medium-low or microwave on Medium power.

Nutrition Facts

307.3 calories; protein 11.2g 22% DV; carbohydrates 43.4g 14% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 10g 40% DV; sugars 7g; fat 10g 15% DV; saturated fat 1.8g 9% DV; cholesterol 4.1mg 1% DV; vitamin a iu 7609IU 152% DV; vitamin c 35.1mg 59% DV; folate 60.5mcg 15% DV; calcium 153.9mg 15% DV; iron 3.3mg 19% DV; magnesium 90.6mg 32% DV; potassium 703.8mg 20% DV; sodium 310.3mg 12% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 28% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
Delicious and Satisfying I love this recipe with the milk it gives it a heartier chowder-like consistency. I also throw in a can of diced fire roasted tomatoes and whatever else I might have hanging out in the pantry. (Corn is yummy in this too.) Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Needs more spice for my family Maybe it's soup without the milk but I made it both ways and it was much better without the milk. I added a can of fire roasted tomatoes with the beans and it was excellent. Pros: Quick and easy Cons: Milk Read More
Rating: 3 stars
True title Forget the milk. I made it both ways and it was much better without it. I also added a can of fire roasted tomatoes with the beans. Pros: Quick and tasty Cons: Milk didn't add anything Read More