Comfort food:This corn and chicken chowder is perf for Storm Diana

Winter is here and there is one type of food that makes us particularly happy at the moment, the humble bowl of soup.

Filling, healthy, cheap to make, they are the perfect meal when it's freezing outside.

Full of vegetables, high in protein, this hearty soup can also make for a delicious lunch the next day. Give it a go!


  • 100g butter 
  • 1 small carrot, finely diced 
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced 
  • 1 small onion, finely diced 
  • 4 potatoes, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 500ml whole milk
  • 70g flour 
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 400g cooked chicken, shredded 
  • 900ml chicken stock
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg 
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, melt half the butter. Add the onions and sauté until translucent. Add the carrots, celery and garlic and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the potatoes and chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.

2. While the soup is simmering, melt the remaining butter in a medium sauce pan. Whisk in the flour and cook until golden, about 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and continue to stir until the sauce thickens. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

3. Pour the sauce into the pot with the vegetables. Add the corn and the chicken and cook for a further 5 minutes. Serve with fresh thyme.