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Posted on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 : 8 a.m.

Corn 'n' pepper soup is an antidote to winter's chill

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

Perfect for a cold winter day (or evening), this thick, slightly spicy soup is an ideal antidote to winter's chill. It's bright and colorful, warm and comforting.

It's also easy to make, and can be prepared from start to finish in 15 minutes. Does it get any better?

Oh, yes it does. The soup also tastes great!

Corn 'n' Pepper Soup

1 tablespoon oil
1/3 cup finely diced red onion
1/4 cup finely diced yellow pepper
1/4 cup finely diced orange pepper
1/4 cup finely diced red pepper
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
generous pinch freshly ground black pepper
generous pinch red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon taco seasoning
1 15-ounce can creamed corn
1/4 cup light beer or water
1 ounce shredded Pepper Jack cheese

In a small saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, peppers, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes; saute 2-3 minutes, until vegetables are softening. Add taco seasoning, corn, and beer; bring just to a boil, then lower heat to medium-low. Stir in cheese until melted, then serve hot.

Makes 2 servings.

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Wed, Feb 27, 2013 : 3:02 p.m.

The recipe looks pretty tasty and, with the bell peppers, has a good amount of vitamin C. However, the sodium level per serving is quite high, approximately 1500 mg. That's the recommended level of daily sodium intake for a majority of the population, just in that one serving of soup.