Ever have a recipe fail spectacularly… but still turn out amazing in the end? This vegan quinoa corn chowder is that recipe.
The recipe I started with was supposed to be for a regular quinoa dish – not a soup. When I first pulled it out of the oven, I was totally disappointed to see how much liquid hadn’t been absorbed. I figured it was ruined, but because I didn’t want to waste so much food, I decided that I could get through a bowl or two.
What I expected to taste like undercooked quinoa ended up being a creamy, comforting, delicious bowl of chowder. It packs a huge protein punch with the quinoa and cannellini beans, plus the gorgeous little pops of color from the red bell peppers and golden corn kernels. Add in the fact that the oven does most of the work for you while you sit back and relax, and you’ve got one great dish perfect for even a busy weeknight!
Quinoa Corn Chowder
– 2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk
– 1.5 cups frozen corn kernals
– 1 cup uncooked quinoa
– 1 cup vegetable stock
– 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
– 3/4 cup red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
– 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
– 1 tsp dijon mustard
– 1 14-oz can cannellini beans (navy or great northern beans also work fine!)
– 1/2 tsp sea salt
– fresh ground black pepper
– 3-4 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley (optional)
– 1-3 tbsp extra non-dairy milk (if needed)
Preheat your oven to 400F.
Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer under cold water, swirling and scrubbing with your hand for 1-2 minutes to remove the bitter saponin coating that can make it taste bitter. Drain well and set aside.
Combine 1 cup of non-dairy milk with 3/4 cup of the corn kernels and puree in a blender.
Combine puree and all other ingredients except parsley and extra milk in an 8″ x 12″ casserole dish. Cover with a lid or foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, stir, and then recover and bake for another 20-25 minutes, until the quinoa is cooked through.
Remove from the oven and stir in the parsley. Add the extra milk if the mixture has absorbed too much liquid. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed, and serve.