Almost Dad's Clam Chowder

Soups, Stews & Chili | 30 Minutes or Less | Seafood

SERVES 5 - START TO FINISH: 20 minutes
Recipe Scoop Almost Dad's Clam Chowder

Cooking Notes

Clam base is sold alongside bouillon cubes. Or substitute 8 ounces bottled clam juice.

Or fat level of choice.

Almost Dad's Clam Chowder

1 cup water
2 teaspoons clam base*
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 large red potatoes
2 cans (6 1/2 ounces each) minced or chopped clams, with juice
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
1 tablespoon bacon bits, optional
1 1/2 cups lowfat milk*

Place water and clam base in a 2-cup glass measure and microwave, uncovered on high, 2 minutes. Remove, stir and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil over medium heat in a 4 1/2-quart Dutch oven or soup pot. Peel and coarsely chop onion, adding to pot as you chop. Cook, stirring from time to time, until onion begins to soften, about 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut potatoes (unpeeled), into bite-size pieces and add to pot. Add clam bouillon mixture, and raise heat to high. Add canned clams with juice, thyme, bay leaf, Worcestershire and pepper. Bring soup to a boil.

Reduce the heat to medium, and cook at a slow boil until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to simmer. Stir in bacon bits, if using, and milk. Cook 2 more minutes or just until milk is heated through, but do not boil. Remove from heat until ready to serve.

Almost Dad's Clam Chowder

Beverly’s father, Jay Mills, spends most summers on an island along the North Carolina coast. Early on a Saturday, he’ll get a rake and a bucket and head for his boat. An hour or so later he’s back with enough freshly dug clams for a stunning homemade chowder that takes up a good portion of the rest of his day. This sort of commitment doesn’t fit most schedules (or many inland locales). So we devised this method to make delicious New England-style chowder anytime we like. It’s not quite as wonderful as Dad’s, but it’s darn close.

Almost Dad's Clam Chowder

 Feel Good About: Very low fat!

Approximate Values Per Serving: 225 calories (15% from fat), 4 g fat (1 g saturated), 30 mg cholesterol, 16 g protein, 32 g carbohydrates, 3 g dietary fiber, 578 mg sodium

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