Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Sausage Chowder—a colorful and flavorful summer chowder with garlic, smoked sausage, parmesan cheese, corn, potatoes, green beans and carrots. Your whole family will love this soup!
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Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Sausage Chowder
Is it time for soup yet? No? Well this is chowder, so does that count? This summer chowder is so colorful and flavorful, you’re really going to love it. I loved the purple, red and yellow potatoes, the yellow corn, the green beans and the orange carrots. Plus I loved how there was no sauteing or browning. It took just a few minutes to get started.
Here are a few notes about the ingredients I used:
Potatoes: I found a bag of mini colorful potatoes at Walmart. They were in a mesh bag that had red, purple and yellow potatoes. If you can’t find these potatoes then just use a pound of red potatoes and cut them into chunks. I love the color that the potatoes add to the chowder.
Sausage: I used Hillshire Farms Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage that I purchased from Smith’s (Kroger). You can also use regular smoked sausage.
Baby Carrots: For sake of easy I just threw in half a bag of baby carrots. But you can peel and cut large carrots if you prefer.
Corn: I just threw in a cup of frozen corn. But if you have a can of corn just drain it and throw the corn in.
Green Beans: I used low sodium canned green beans. You can use fresh green beans too. Just wash, trim and slice them in half. Then add them in at the same time as the corn. Let them just sit on top of the corn. They’ll cook and get fairly soft.
Half and half: Half and half is just half cream and half whole milk. You can also use milk, cream or even evaporated milk.
Parmesan Cheese: I used pre-grated parmesan cheese that I buy in a big bag from Costco. You can also grate it yourself or use the stuff from the green can.
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What Slow Cooker Did You Use?
To make Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Sausage Chowder I used my Ninja Auto-iQ 6 Quart Slow Cooker.* My favorite feature of this slow cooker is that it has a stove top function. This is perfect for sauteing or browning before you slow cook. This slow cooker has four manual cooking functions: slow cook, stove top sear/Saute, steam, and bake.
A colorful and flavorful summer chowder with garlic, smoked sausage, parmesan cheese, corn, potatoes, green beans and carrots. Your whole family will love this soup!
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 pound mini colorful potatoes (see note)
- 1 (12 oz) package of smoked sausage, sliced thinly (I used smoked chicken sausage)
- 1 rib of celery, diced
- 1 cup diced onion
- 8 oz baby carrots (or you can cut 3–4 large carrots)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup frozen corn or 1 can of corn, drained
- 1 (14 oz) can green beans, drained
- ⅔ cup half and half (you can also use milk or cream)
- 4 Tbsp cornstarch
- ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Add broth, potatoes, sausage, celery, onion, carrots, garlic powder, parsley, thyme, pepper, salt and corn to the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until potatoes and carrots are tender.
- Stir in the green beans. In a small bowl stir together the half and half and the cornstarch together until very smooth. Stir a few tablespoons of hot soup into the mixture. This will help prevent curdling. Then add the mixture into the slow cooker. Turn the slow cooker to high. In a few minutes your soup will thicken a bit.
- Add in the parmesan cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve the chowder and enjoy!
Potatoes: I found a bag of mini colorful potatoes at Walmart. They were in a mesh bag that had red, purple and yellow potatoes. If you can’t find these potatoes then just use a pound of red potatoes and cut them into chunks. I like the color that the potatoes add to the chowder.
- Category: Soup
- Method: Slow Cooker
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