Smoked haddock and Italian pancetta (or just homely British bacon) are the main ingredients of this tasty chowder. You want this soup to be very chunky, so mash the potatoes slightly and for extra creamy texture and thickness, use double cream or crème fraîche. Both the fish and pancetta are rich in flavour, so mixing in some onion and vegetable stock makes this dish tasty until the very last drop of soup.
This hearty soup is great to serve on a colder day, as it is very filling and can be prepared in just 30 minutes. Crusty bread is a great accompaniment to this meal, and the best thing is that you can vary this chowder recipe very easily. You could use chicken, or make a seafood chowder soup using prawns and clams.
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- 1tbsp oil
- 100g (4oz) pancetta, cubed, or bacon lardons
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 300ml (½pt) chicken or vegetable stock
- 350g (12oz) smoked haddock, skinned and cut into chunks
- 1 potato (around 225g/8oz), peeled and diced
- 300ml (½pt) double cream or crème fraîche
- 250g (9oz) frozen sweetcorn, thawed
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add pancetta or lardons and fry until lightly browned. Remove from pan, set aside drain on kitchen towel.
Add the onion to the pan and cook until browned, stirring. Return the pancetta to the pan with the stock, haddock and potato. Bring to the boil then simmer for 10 minutes. Add the cream and sweetcorn and simmer for 5 minutes. To serve, season and serve with crusty bread.