Spicy Sweet Corn & Poblano Soup

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 20m
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"This wonderful soup makes about 8 cups which is enough for 8 first-course servings or 4 entree servings. There are a lot of steps to this recipe but roasting the garlic and roasting the peppers can be done ahead of time. Then it comes together rather quickly. Times do not include roasting the peppers."

Original recipe yields 4-8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (1051.2 g)
  • Calories 1520.5
  • Total Fat - 27.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 41.1 mg
  • Sodium - 1447.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 298.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 44.9 g
  • Sugars - 11.4 g
  • Protein - 32 g
  • Calcium - 138.6 mg
  • Iron - 5.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 166.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 1 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350F.

Step 2

Coat garlic lightly with vegetable oil and wrap in foil. Bake garlic 30 minutes, or until soft.

Step 3

In a dry small heavy skillet toast coriander and cumin seeds over moderately high heat, stirring, until fragrant and several shades darker.

Step 4

In an electric coffee/spice grinder grind seeds to powder.

Step 5

Chop onions and in a 6-quart heavy kettle cook in 2 tablespoons oil over moderate heat, stirring, until softened.

Step 6

Reserve about one third onions in a small bowl.

Step 7

Wearing rubber gloves, slice jalapeño and chop roasted poblanos (abut 1 cup).

Step 8

Remove kernels from ears of corn (about 2 cups), reserving cobs.

Step 9

To onions in kettle add jalapeño and 1 cup corn kernels and cook over moderate heat, stirring, 2 minutes.

Step 10

Add ground spices, 1/2 cup poblanos, and salt and pepper to taste and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Cut reserved corn cobs into thirds and add with broth to corn mixture.

Step 11

Simmer soup, uncovered, 30 minutes.

Step 12

In a small heavy skillet sauté remaining kernels in remaining teaspoon oil over moderately high heat, stirring, just until tender.

Step 13

Discard corn cobs from soup.

Step 14

Squeeze garlic pulp from skins and stir with cream into soup.

Step 15

Pour soup through a sieve into a bowl and in a blender purée solids with just enough liquid to make smooth.

Step 16

Tie long coriander sprigs in a bunch with kitchen string.

Step 17

Transfer purée and remaining liquid to kettle with tied coriander and lime juice and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, just until heated through.

Step 18

Chop roasted bell pepper.

Step 19

To soup add bell pepper, remaining poblanos, reserved onions, and sautéed corn and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until heated through.

Step 20

Discard tied coriander.

Step 21

Serve soup garnished with coriander.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.