Fall Chowder Recipe

Posted on Sep 28 2012 - 11:30pm by Susan Bewley

fall vegetable chowder recipe

Do you have certain recipes you pull out the moment fall vegetables are in season? As soon as I see parsnips and other fall vegetables in the produce aisle, I pull out some of my favorite recipes. One recipe that has become a staple during the fall and winter months is my Fall Vegetable Chowder. It is one of those recipes that is very healthy, but you wouldn’t know from the taste. It is just one of those recipes that when you have family over, you better not expect to have leftovers. At least, that is what happened to me the last time I made this recipe when my husband’s family was visiting our apartment in New Jersey!

Oddly enough, my Fall Vegetable Chowder Recipe is the only vegetable soup I will eat. I was never fan of vegetable soup as a kid, and I generally just avoided it whenever it was served at home or at friend’s houses. This soup, however, is different. It is rich, creamy, and just a tad bit spicy. It really warms you up during a cold fall or winter day! If you like very spicy soups, just add in a bit more cayenne pepper. Be warned, however, that a little does go a long way with this soup, as we learned when experimenting.

As well, my Fall Vegetable Chowder Recipe is very nutritious and full of fiber, making it a well balanced meal for those who are trying to live a healthy lifestyle. While I would love to say I came up with this recipe myself, I only modified the original recipe that came from one of my favorite cookbooks – The Winter Vegetarian by Darra Goldstein. I cannot tell you how awesome this cookbook is, especially if you are someone like me that prefers vegetarian recipes that aren’t with heavily processed vegetable products. I know technically many of these products are vegetarian, but I prefer eating the real thing, no more processed than my cooking, when I choose to eat vegetarian dishes!

I hope you enjoy my Fall Vegetable Chowder Recipe as much as my family.  If you try it out, please tell me what you think!


Fall Chowder Recipe
Fall Vegetable Chowder Recipe Yield: 6-8 Servings
  • 2 Sweet Onions
  • 3-4 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 4 Large Parsnips
  • 3 Whole Red Potatoes Chopped
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups Fresh Spinach Chopped
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • ¼ Teaspoon Pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (more if you like hot dishes)
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Dill
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Salted Butter
  • Cheddar Cheese (optional)
  1. Chop up parsnips and onions in a little food chopper. Do not mix; keep in separate bowls.
  2. Melt butter in stockpot, then place onions and garlic in butter. Saute for 8 minutes.
  3. Place parsnips and potatoes into the mixture. Stir and cook in butter mixture for another 3 minutes.
  4. Add water to the vegetables and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Place spinach, milk, cayenne pepper, pepper, and dill into the pot. Simmer with top off for another 10 minutes.
  6. Serve hot; top with cheddar cheese if desired.




Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

37 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. HilLesha September 29, 2012 at 9:46 am - Reply

    This sounds and looks really good!

  2. Sue Invegas September 29, 2012 at 9:52 am - Reply

    This sounds amazing! Now I want to make some!!! 🙂

  3. Melinda Dunne September 29, 2012 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh this sounds fantastic! I love making soup and chowder! 

  4. Sheila Bell September 29, 2012 at 11:28 am - Reply

    wow, this sounds so good!  chowder always makes a great Fall day even better!  Thanks so much for sharing the recipe

  5. Emilee September 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    That looks SO good! I love a good chowder! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Lindsay Baker September 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    I'm going to have to try this recipe.  Thank you for sharing!

  7. Alaina Bullock September 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Another awesome recipe!  Thank you! It has been forever since I have had a good chowder!  Going to give it a try!

  8. jheylo September 30, 2012 at 12:47 am - Reply

    yum…. guess what? i have a bowl exactly like that hehehhe

  9. Kelly R September 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this recipe, It looks so yummy

  10. Alaina Bullock October 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Just wanted to stop back by and tell you I made this last night, and it was FANTASTIC!  Thanks again!

  11. MamaBreak October 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    One of my favorite things about fall is soup! Thanks for sharing a wonderful new recipe!

  12. Sheila October 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    It sounds yummy and the picture looks really good.

  13. rj's mama October 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    looks easy and fast to cook. will try this and add more cayenne pepper 🙂

  14. Natasha October 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    I love that it is vegitable…chowder always seems to be seafood and I hate seafood  – thanks for the recipe

  15. Angie October 2, 2012 at 12:35 am - Reply

    Looks amazing! I love cooking so much in the cooler temps!

  16. Malia October 2, 2012 at 12:37 am - Reply

    YUM!  This sounds really good

  17. Ashley October 2, 2012 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Am I in Heaven? This soup, looks and sounds…..well, heavenly!  I am so adding this to my must make fall recipes!  Thank you for sharing it 🙂

  18. Patty A October 2, 2012 at 10:02 am - Reply

    This sounds absolutely delicious to me!

  19. Michele October 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    I don't cook but this is something I would try. I also never had Parsnips before.

  20. Candy Olivares October 4, 2012 at 11:07 am - Reply

    What a fantastic post. I am loving these posts on the fall veggies. I'm learning so much! 

  21. Bless October 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    I haven't tried making this and maybe one recipe that I will try to do 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  22. Tamara October 9, 2012 at 10:49 am - Reply

    This sounds delicious, I love chowders

  23. Pattypie October 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Oh my does this soup look good! I can't wait to try it!

  24. Sadie October 15, 2012 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Wow, that looks delicious! I don't really like onions but the rest of it sounds great.

    • Susan Bewley October 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm - Reply

      I’ve made it without the onions before and it turned out great. I just put in more parsnips and a bit of carrots 🙂

  25. a October 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    This sounds delicious! I am going to have to try it!

  26. Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack October 16, 2012 at 9:27 am - Reply

    This looks yummy

  27. Jenn [ Crippled Girl ] October 16, 2012 at 9:58 am - Reply

    looks yummy!

  28. Ashley S October 16, 2012 at 11:07 am - Reply

    This looks absolutely amazing. I am really going to have to try this!

  29. Robyn October 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Im not a huge soup fan and I’ve never had parsnips but this sounds good

  30. Ronni Keller October 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    I'm going to wait about 1 more month and then try this… it's still high 80's here in Vegas but it looks really good!!

  31. Shelly b October 17, 2012 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Sounds delicious. I love a good potato chowder and will definitely have to try out your fall soup.

  32. Tiffany R December 5, 2013 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    this looks and sounds amazing!

  33. Kortney Picker May 15, 2015 at 11:51 am - Reply

    This looks amazing! I love chowder so a good vegetable chowder would be great for the fall!

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