Light Potato Corn Chowder

Healthy and hearty, this savory potato corn chowder is packed with flavor and loaded with lean turkey sausage. Easy and basic ingredients make this chowder a perfect way to fill up and warm up on those busy weeknights.

Light Potato Corn Chowder
One of my favorite things about this chowder is how basic it really is. The only tiny bit of planning you have to do is to make sure you have a link of lean turkey sausage (also known as kielbasa or polish sausage) and honestly, if you don’t, you could substitute farmers sausage or ham and be good to go.
Light Potato Corn Chowder
 A thick hearty chowder can be such fabulous comfort food but the issue that can arise when making comfort food is that often, it’s super rich and full of fat and excess calories…. Which is not comforting at all! With only 156 calories and 3.5 grams of fat per cup, this chowder is incredibly diet friendly. In Michigan, it’s still very much winter, the high was 18F yesterday, so I am still in full blown winter food mode.
Light Potato Corn Chowder
 I made this on the stove in about 30-40 minutes (that includes all the peeling and dicing and simmering) but I think you would have a lot of success making this in the crockpot as well. If you choose to use a crockpot, I’d allow everything but the fat free half and half to simmer on high for 4 hours, turn it down to low, and then add the half and half and follow the rest of the recipe from there. This chowder is definitely a meal all on its own but would be taken to the next level served with crackers, Whole Grain Cornbread Bites or Healthy Sour Cream Biscuits. Enjoy and stay warm!

Light Potato Corn Chowder

Light Potato Corn Chowder

  • Yield: 11 cups
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 4 cups reduced fat/sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 cups peeled and diced russet potatoes (5-6 small potatoes)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, diced small
  • 1 15ounce can creamed corn
  • 1 cup yellow canned corn
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup fat free half and half
  • 1 link (13 ounces) lean turkey kielbasa (polish sausage) I used Aldi's Fit n Active brand.


  1. In a large soup pot, bring the broth, water, potatoes, and onion to a boil.

  2. Once boiling, lower heat and simmer until potatoes begin to soften.

  3. Add diced pepper, creamed corn, whole corn, and spices.

  4. Once peppers and potatoes are very soft, add the half and half.

  5. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes to break them apart and thicken the soup. Don't mash them to a purée, be sure to keep some of the diced potatoes intact for texture.

  6. Add diced kielbasa (or farmers sausage or ham) and simmer until ready to eat.

  7. Serve with crackers, cornbread, or biscuits. Enjoy.


Nutrition Facts Servings 11 Amount Per Serving 1 cup Calories 156 Total Fat 3g Saturated Fat 1g Monounsaturated Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 22mg Sodium 792mg Potassium 470mg Total Carbohydrate 26g Dietary Fiber 2g Sugars 6g Protein 8g

Light Potato Corn Chowder


  1. This chowder looks irresistible! As a fellow resident of Michigan, I definitely know what you mean that we're still in the throes of winter…meanwhile, my friends in California are posting pictures of shorts and spring flowers! I like that this chowder doesn't use heavy cream – I've actually never used fat free half and half, but I'll have to give it a try.

  2. Ha Ha Ha, I know right? Most of my family is in Texas where it's in the mid 70s right now!! Hurts the heart a bit;) I hope you enjoy the chowder, I find that fat free half and half is a great substitute in creamy dishes. Thanks for stopping by.

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