Since I already made the basil chili oil for the watermelon salad I thought about how I could use it in another recipe. I had a ton of corn in my fridge that I needed to use so I decided to make a soup. Since we have been traveling so much I have very little in my fridge or pantry so I did not go to the grocery store for any of the ingredients in this soup. Thats how easy it is. And you can serve this soup cold or hot. If you do serve it cold I recommend that you strain it through a mesh strainer before you serve it to take out all the little bits of corn.
Corn is at its peak right now and it is so sweet that this soup needs no added sugar to make its sweetness come out. On that note, if you are making this in the winter you might need to add a 1/4 teaspoon of sugar to the soup to make it taste more corny (is that a word?).
Once again I used my immersion blender, but if you don’t have one you can use your regular blender. Just be sure and puree in batches so that you do not end up with hot corn soup on your ceiling! Side note-I have a Blendtec and I love it! It is the best money you will spend and they stand behind their products 100% if something breaks or needs to be replaced.
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Sweet Corn Soup with Basil Chili Oil
Makes about 8 servings as a starter course
4 cups corn, cut from the cob (if you do not have fresh corn you can use canned)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 cup red or yellow onion, roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups (1 large box) chicken broth
Basil Chili Oil
2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
pinch of salt
In a large pot, heat oil over medium high heat and add onions and salt. Saute until onions are translucent. Add garlic and cook for about 3 minute or until soft, but not burnt.
Add corn to onions and allow to cook for about 5 minutes.
Add chicken broth to corn mixture and allow to simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
Using an immersion blender puree until the soup is smooth and creamy. If you are using a regular blender puree in batches filling the blender only 1/2 way so that the hot soup does not explode all over the kitchen. You need space in the blender for the heat to escape (I typically put the lid on half way and use a towel to cover the lid so the heat and escape and the towel catches all the splatter).
Basil Chili Oil:
Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Blanch the basil leaves for 30 seconds. Remove leaves and place in a bowl with water and ice. Allow the basil to cool completely and then remove from water and dry on paper towels.
In a blender or mini prep, blend the bail leaves, oil, salt and chili flakes until smooth. You will still have small pieces of basil, but thats ok.
Pour oil into a squirt bottle to make drizzling easier. If you don't have one just use a spoon to drizzle.
You must blanch the basil before you blend its If you skip this step the boil will be grey and very unappetizing.