Living in San Francisco it's virtually impossible to find a Manhattan-style red clam chowder. To enjoy this chunky and filling soup, I have to make it myself, thus I've decided to experiment with this recipe.
With its pieces of clams, tomatoes, and veggies, this red chowder is healthier then the cream-based variation. Serve with a side of mixed greens and a hunk of crusty bread, and you've got a deliciously comforting weeknight meal. Check out the recipe and
- 1 pint shucked clams or two 6-1/2-ounce cans minced clams
- 1 cup chopped celery (2 stalks)
- 1/3 cup chopped onion (1 small)
- 1/4 cup chopped carrot (1 small)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or cooking oil
- 1 8-ounce bottle clam juice or 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 cups cubed red potato
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 2 tablespoons purchased cooked bacon pieces or cooked crumbled bacon*
- Chop fresh clams, if using, reserving juice; set clams aside. Strain clam juice to remove bits of shell. (Or, drain canned clams, reserving juice.) If necessary, add enough water to reserved clam juice to equal 1-1/2 cups. Set juice aside.
- In a large saucepan cook celery, onion, and carrot in hot oil until tender.
- Stir in the reserved 1-1/2 cups clam juice and the 8 ounces clam juice. Stir in potatoes, thyme, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat.
- Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Stir in undrained tomatoes, clams, and bacon.
- Return to boiling; reduce heat. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more or until heated through.
- Main Dishes, Soup