- Active time:15 min
- Start to finish:1 1/2 hr
Simmering the cobs lends depth to a cool essence-of-corn soup, enhanced with a swirl of sour cream and a sprinkling of chives.
ears of corn, shucked
medium onion, chopped
garlic clove, finely chopped
Cut kernels from cobs with a sharp knife, then cut cobs into thirds.
Cook onion and garlic in butter with 1/4 tsp salt in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add corn and cobs, water, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes.
Discard cobs, then purée corn mixture in batches in a blender until very smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids). Force soup through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, discarding solids.
Chill until cold, at least 1 hour. Thin with water if desired and season with salt.
Cooks’ note: Soup can be chilled up to 3 days.