Easy Clam Chowder
I have a little boy who is obsessed with sea food. Earlier this week we were at the grocery store and he was begging to get some fresh mussels or clams. Really? You’re Seven! Well as much as I wanted to pay $25 a pound for fresh clams, I talked him into making clam chowder with canned clams ($1.49 a can) instead.
I made it quickly when we go home and we ate it for lunch! He was so happy and loved it! In fact, all three of my kids loved it, which sort of surprised me. When my husband got home from work, he had a big bowl and informed me it was the best clam chowder he had ever had. Well then, this recipe is definitely a keeper. Best of all, it was SOOO simple and ready in thirty minutes.
- 3 6.5 oz cans of chopped clams in clam juice
- 1 large onion, small diced
- 2 stalks of celery, small sliced
- 2 carrots, very small diced
- 4 medium potatoes, small diced
- 1 15 oz can sweet kernel corn, (can used frozen if desired 1½ cups)
- 5 tbsp butter
- 4 tbsp flour
- 2 cups light whipping cream (or 1 cup cream one cup milk)
- 1-2 cups milk
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Bacon Bits and Parsley for garnish (optional)
- In a large soup pot, Turn burner to medium high and add the butter.
- As butter is melting add chopped onion, celery, carrot and potatoes.
- Saute for 5 minutes or until onion and celery are very tender. (salt and pepper generously approx 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper)
- While veggies are sauteing, drain clams and reserve the clam juice
- Add flour and stir until incorporated.
- Pour in clam juice and stir until it thickens up.
- Add the light cream and 1 cup milk
- Bring chowder to a low boil. Let chowder simmer at a low boil until carrots and potatoes are tender. (about 10 minutes)
- Add drained clams and drained corn to chowder and heat through.
- Chowder will be quite thick. Add milk to get desired consistency.
- Add more salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with rolls or bread and garnish with bacon and parsley if desired.
We had some leftover Crescent Rolls we ate it with, but I think it would be awesome with Artisan Bread or One Hour Rolls.
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