Spicy Chorizo Corn Chowder

spicy chorizo corn chowder
This recipe was in a recent of Shape magazine and looked too good not to try. I subbed a chipotle chicken sausage for the chorizo and halved the corn for mine but really loved it! I love making something like this early in the week so I have yummy leftovers for lunch later on.

1 med poblano pepper
1 T olive oil
1 link chorizo, diced (used chipotle chicken sausage)
1 med onion, diced
1 celery rib, diced
1 1-lb bag frozen corn, defrosted (used 10oz bag)
1/2 t ground allspice
1 bay leaf
1 med tomato, diced
1 large potato, peeled and diced
1 t chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 12-oz can FF evaporated milk
1 c low sodium chicken stock
2 T chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper

1. If you have a gas range, place poblano pepper directly on a burner grate over a medium flame. Turn with tongs until skin is blistered on all sides, wrap in foil, and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes until cool enough to handle. Scrape off the ski with your fingers, then seed, dice, and set aside. Alternatively, cute pepper in half lengthwise, remove seeds and stem, place skin-side up on a broiler pan, and heat on high until completely charred; rap in foil and proceed as above.
2. Heat oil in a large heavy-bottom pot over medium. Add chorizo and cook for 5 minutes or until browned and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a bowl or plate and set aside.
3. Add onion and celery to pot and cook for 5 minutes or until soft, making sure to scrape up and mix in any brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
4. Meanwhile, put corn in a food processor and pulse 4 times or until half the kernels are chopped.
5. Add corn, allspice, and bay leaf to onion and celery mixture. cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Add tomato and potato and cook for 3 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Add thyme, evaporated milk, and stock; mix to combine. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender. Mix in additional stock or water if soup seems too thick.
6. Stir in chorizo and poblano pepper; cook until heated through. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Add parsley and salt and pepper to taste; divide among four bowls and serve immediately.

serves 4. 366 calories, 11g fat, 53 carbs, 17g protein, 5g fiber, 281mg calcium, 2 mg iron, 371mg sodium