Corn and Shrimp Chowder


4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped (1/2 cup)
1 medium stalk celery, coarsely chopped (1/2 cup)
6 small red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups frozen corn
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
32 oz chicken broth (4 cups)
1/4 cup quick-mixing flour
2 cups half-and-half
12 oz frozen uncooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and tail shells removed (do not thaw)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • 1 In 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium-high heat 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until crisp. Stir in onion, celery, potatoes, frozen corn and thyme. Cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until onion and celery are softened.
  • 2 With wire whisk, beat in broth and flour. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender and soup is slightly thickened.
  • 3 Stir in half-and-half, shrimp, salt and pepper. Cover; cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until shrimp are pink.

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