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"In the summer, we get great corn from Chino Farms [in Rancho Santa Fe, California]; it's really delicious," says Wolfgang Puck. He uses both creamy grated corn and sautéed kernels to make this satisfying soup, which he serves with a chile-spiked cream. "My young son Oliver loves the sweetness of the corn soup," Puck continues. "But I don't give him any jalapeño crema." More Recipes from Wolfgang Puck

August 2007


Credit: Maura McEvoy

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45 mins
1 hr 30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Set a box grater in a wide, shallow bowl and coarsely grate 6 ears of corn; you should have 2 cups of grated corn. Cut the kernels from the remaining 4 ears; you should have 2 cups of kernels.

  • In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the bacon, celery, onion and yellow pepper, cover and cook over low heat, stirring a few times, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the grated corn, the milk and 1 cup of the heavy cream and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to moderately low and simmer, stirring often, until the soup is thickened, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and the cayenne pepper and keep warm.

  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Add the corn kernels to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat, stirring a few times, until they are lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Season with salt. Stir the cooked corn kernels into the soup and keep warm.

  • In a blender, whip the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream to soft peaks, about 20 seconds. Add the sour cream, jalapeño, chopped cilantro and lemon juice and blend until thick. Season with salt and white pepper.

  • Ladle the soup into bowls, top with spoonfuls of jalapeño crema and cilantro leaves and serve at once.

Make Ahead

The soup can be refrigerated overnight; reheat gently. the jalapeño crema can be refrigerated for 4 hours.

Suggested Pairing

This lusciously sweet corn soup gets smokiness from the bacon, making it an almost ideal match for a full-bodied California Chardonnay with a hint of smoky oak in its aroma. Napa Valley's warm weather often results in voluptuous whites.