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Easy Clam Chowder

This easy clam chowder satisfies the palate while being a quick and delicious appetizer or meal!
Course Soup
Cuisine Seafood
Keyword easy clam chowder
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 395kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 carrots cut in desired shape
  • 1 onion large, chopped medium sized
  • 2 stalks of celery sliced and cut in half again
  • 3 potatoes I used yukon gold, cut in cubes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cans chopped clams not drained
  • 8 fluid ounces clam juice
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 pint half and half

Instructions

  • Cut all your vegetables
  • Place in big sauté pan
  • Open cans of clams, drain the juice IN the sauté pan
  • Add the bottle of clam juice in the pan as well
  • Bring vegetable mixture to a boil, then lower heat to allow it to simmer
  • Check vegetables at 15 minutes to see if done (tender).  Cook for 5 more minutes if not done.  Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In stock pot, melt the butter on medium heat
  • Slowly add the flour and whisk until it becomes a paste.  It should take around 1 minute
  • Add half and half and whisk constantly until the roux reaches your desired consistency (for me, thicker is better) - around 5 minutes
  • Pour vegetable/clam juice mixture in roux
  • Add clams
  • Stir mixture and set it to heat for another 5 minutes being careful not to let it come to a boil
  • Serve
  • Enjoy

Notes

Tips for making the Clam chowder:
  1. I use spelt flour to make my chowder and even though the roux will look brownish at first, adding the cream makes it white again
  2. Cook your veggies just enough that they are tender.  Do not over cook them.  I stick my fork in a potato to test it
  3. I use half and half but you could make milk for a lighter chowder, or light cream for a thicker one
  4. I use canned clams but you can use fresh if you so desire.  You will just have to cut them up into smallish pieces
  5. Serve it with crusty bread because you can butter that bread and dip it in the chowder.  So good

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 747mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5965IU | Vitamin C: 18.4mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 4.2mg