Sweet Onion and Corn Pudding. The corn really shines.

The Washington Post/Deb Lindsey

When my friend and neighbor Sandy Perrin asked me to redo her favorite corn pudding recipe, I was hesitant. She had been making the dish for years and loves it. But she wanted it slimmed down and not so sweet.

After a few tries, I came up with this version.


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more for the baking dish
  • ½ medium sweet onion, cut into ¼-inch dice
  • Salt
  • 2 ¾ cups fresh or frozen/defrosted corn kernels
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¾ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • ¾ cup low-fat milk (2 percent)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use a little butter to grease a 1½-to-2-quart shallow baking dish. Melt the tablespoon of butter in a medium nonstick saute pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and stir to coat. Season with salt to taste, then reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally and adjusting the heat so the onion softens but does not brown. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Combine the corn, eggs, cornstarch, ricotta, milk and sugar in a blender. Season with salt to taste. Puree until almost smooth. Add corn mixture and chives to the onion in the bowl; stir to combine. Pour mixture into baking dish. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until firm.

Serves: 6

Nutrition per serving: 220 calories, 9 g protein, 34 g carbohydrates, 7 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 90 mg cholesterol, 130 mg sodium, 2 g dietary fiber.

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