Slow Cooker Corn and Potato Soup with Roasted Chickpeas (2024)

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I know, it’s been a while since I posted my last recipe. After my summer vacation and trip to Austin earlier this month, it’s beentakingmy brain extra time to get back to speed. And, well, something else happened.

I left my day job.

For the past year and a half, I had been working as a product manager at a Bay Area startup food company. I never pictured myself working in the food industry after law school. (Actually, I never imagined starting a blog either.) Yet, there I was, learning how to source food products and develop product packaging. And while I loved everyone that I worked with, there was something inside telling me that it was time to move on.

Let me just say that all of this is exciting and quite scary for me. Transitioning from ajob with steady income to becoming a full-on #girlboss is scary. Yes, it’s great to have more time to work on building my blog and my brand, but trying to figure out how to manage this time is overwhelming. Quite honestly, I admire my fellow bloggers who have all of this together.

But at the end of the day, I had to ask myself what I want to do with my life. What do I want to achieve? (I’m turning 30 in a week, by the way, so I’ve been prone to bouts of introspection as of late.)

At this point, I can’t say that I have all the answers, but I do have a clearer vision of what I want to do: use my blog to help people become more comfortable with cooking and share recipes that are near and dear to my heart. Over the next year, I will try to create more content around kitchen basics, simple weeknight dinners and Asian recipes. I hope you’ll enjoy what there is to come!

Slow Cooker Corn and Potato Soup with Roasted Chickpeas (2)Now, on to this corn and potato soup. I want to keep cooking with fresh corn while it’s still available, so I decided to make a corn and potato soup—the perfect thing for a chilly autumnevening. I made this soup in a slow cooker, but you can certainly cook it on the stovetop, too.


  • Using fresh vs. frozen corn: This recipe works well for fresh or frozen corn. If you’re using fresh corn, you’ll need about 3 to 4 ears. The soup tasted a bit sweeter when I used fresh corn, which I liked.
  • A note on using fresh thyme: If you are using thyme with tender stems (they’re usually green), don’t bother snipping the leaves off. Just blend them along with the rest of the ingredients. If you are using thyme with woodier stems, you’ll want to snip off the leaves.
  • Leftovers: If you want to store the soup for a long time, pour the soup into ice cube molds and freeze it. Once frozen, remove the cubes from the molds and store the cubes in a plastic bag. When you’re ready to eat the soup again, just melt the ice cubes in a saucepan. Try to eat the soup within 2 months for the best flavor.

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Servings: 6 Servings

Slow Cooker Corn and Potato Soup with Roasted Chickpeas

Adapted from Cooking Light.

Prep Time15 minutes mins

Cook Time7 hours hrs 10 minutes mins


Corn and Potato Soup

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups (120g) sliced leeks (white and light green part only)
  • 3 1/2 cups (475g) corn kernels
  • 1 pound (450g) russet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 5 cups 1.2 liters vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Roasted Chickpeas

  • 1 15-ounce (425g) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper


  • Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Add sliced leeks and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes, until the leeks soften. Add leeks to the slow cooker. (NOTE: If you are pressed for time, you can skip this sautéing step and just add the butter and leeks directly into the slow cooker.)

  • Add corn kernels, potatoes, broth, water, thyme and a pinch of salt to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 7 to 7.5 hours, until the potatoes are tender.

  • When there is about an hour left on the soup, preheat your oven to 425ºF (220ºC). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Pour chickpeas out onto a chopping board and rub them with a paper towel to get rid of some of the moisture. Toss chickpeas in a bowl with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Spread chickpeas onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, depending on how crunchy you want your chickpeas to be.

  • When the soup is ready, scoop out about 3/4 cup of corn kernels and set it aside. Blend the soup with an immersion blender or transfer everything into a blender and blend until smooth. Mix the whole corn kernels with the blended soup.

  • Serve soup with roasted chickpeas.


NUTRITION INFORMATION: Serves 6. Amount per serving: Calories: 274, Total Fat 7g, Saturated Fat: 2.3g, Sodium: 232mg, Cholesterol: 8mg, Total Carbohydrate: 46g, Dietary Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 4g, Protein 8g

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Hello! I’m Lisa Lin

Here, you’ll find well-tested Asian recipes, pantry guides, and recipes from my sassy mother, Mama Lin. Through my recipes and cooking videos, I hope to honor the food and traditions that surrounded my Chinese American upbringing.

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  1. tatiana waxler says

    Dear LIsa, nobody ever has it all together!!! Best of luck to you and I am sure you will be just fine!
    Great recipe too!


    • Lisa Lin says

      Tatiana, thank you for your kind words!! Just what I needed to hear this morning!


      • tatiana waxler says

        I kind of sensed that! Keep smiling!


  2. Mary says

    Congratulations on your decision to blog full time. You have created a beautiful space and I can’t wait to see it grow.


  3. Tracy says

    Congratulations!!! I’m sure now is a very scary time, but one day you will look back on yourself and be glad you were brave enough to try this!

    I left my job as a web & graphic designer over 10 years ago and had no plan. I just knew it wasn’t working for me. Shortly after, I ended up as in-house IT for a small healthcare company, then took over as systems admin for the same company. I’m no longer at the same company but I am happy with my career and I look back and thank myself for taking that jump!

    Best of luck!


    • Lisa Lin says

      Tracy, thank you so much for your encouraging words! I’m so happy that your leap of faith worked out for you. Thanks again!


  4. All That I'm Eating says

    This is such a lovely colour, I bet the corn and potato are so tasty together too. Like the idea of the chickpeas!


    • Lisa Lin says

      Thank you!


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