I love making soups! I think a soup is really the culinary equivalent of a hug, and over the years I have tried out dozens of soup recipes. This one is a winner–creamy, slightly smoky, filling but not heavy, and kid-friendly! There are other corn chowders that are heavier and have lots of cheddar cheese–and I love that too, but this is more of an “anytime” soup. Try this on a chilly evening or even for a casual dinner party, served with a nice salad and crusty bread.
I think I first ate this dish when I was about 16 or so. My now mother-in-law would make this heartwarming, savory, stick-to-your-ribs dish pretty often for her husband and three hungry sons, and I was always happy to be around when it was served, or for the leftovers, which heat up perfectly in the microwave. Now that I cook it myself, I use ground turkey instead of beef and made a couple of other tiny changes, but it really is Di’s Shepherd’s Pie. The creamy mashed potatoes layered on top of seasoned and lightly caramelized onions, ground turkey and corn, with some creamy cheese to bring it all together…it’s comfort on a plate. Now that I have two growing boys of my own, it makes me laugh when they ask for it once a week.