White Corn Soup

1 large white onion, peeled and diced

6 Tablespoons unsalted butter

Salt and pepper

5 medium ears white corn

Garnish: minced hot chilies, minced basil or cilantro, roasted pepper purée, crème fraîche

Heat a soup pot over medium heat. Add butter and onions and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Lower heat and stew the onions until very tender but not colored, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add a splash of water if needed to prevent scorching.

Add 1 quart of water and bring to a boil. Add the corn kernels and simmer for about 5 minutes, until just tender.

Let cool slightly and purée in a blender. Reheat to serve, with your choice of garnishes.