Manhattan Clam Chowder, from pantry and fridge

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Manhattan Clam Chowder, from your pantry, made easily from staples on hand.
Manhattan Clam Chowder

Crushed thyme, golden brown bacon and dry white help to flavor this delicious chowder. It is full of vegetables, a complete meal in your bowl. Add some crackers or bread and fresh fruit, and dinner is complete.

The weather is changing, but it is still a very cold beginning to Spring! But I am ready for a bowl of something a tad bit lighter in content, yet hot and steaming, this chowder will do the trick. This is also a great recipe because you could make this at any time, the ingredients are readily kept in most well-stocked kitchens. This can also be cooked up to adding the clams, chill, then finish when you get home for a super speedy meal.

Manhattan Clam Chowder
adapted from: What to Cook, when you think there is nothing in the house to eat!
by:  Arthur Schwartz

4 slices bacon - diced small
1 c diced carrots
1 c diced celery
1 c diced onions
2 c diced potatoes
1 - 28 oz can Italian plum tomatoes, reserve juices, chopped
1 c clam juice OR 1/2 c water and 1/2 c dry white wine
1/2 t dried thyme
scant 1/2 t garlic salt
fresh ground pepper
3 - 6 oz cans chopped clams, do not drain

In a large flat bottom, pan fry the bacon until golden brown, remove bacon and set aside to drain. Discard half of the bacon fat. To the remaining fat in the pan, add the diced carrots, celery, and onion.

Saute over medium heat until tender about 10 minutes.

Add potatoes, mix well and continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes along with the juice, clam juice or chosen liquid, thyme, garlic salt and a few grinds of pepper.

Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer 15 minutes. Add the clams and the juice along with the reserved bacon, heat until piping hot. Serve with oyster crackers, crusty bread or biscuits.


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  1. Yum! Thanks for sharing your blues.

    Happy Blue Monday, Melynda.

  2. I love clam chowder and this looks like wonderful!

  3. The soup looks good and so does your button. Great to have a talented son.

  4. I smell good food here. Very yummy! I had vegetable soup last week. Perfect for a gloomy weather. I heard we will get snowstorm for 2 days. Yay! Mine is up - My Blue Monday

  5. This looks like a delicious comforting soup, by increasing the bacon would make it more comforting!
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    Your badge looks great! Look forward to the first Mom's Sunday Cafe Cookbook Sundays!

  6. Melynda, I LOVE your new button!!! You and your son did a great job. I only have one problem with your chowder. I'm not sure I want to give up 1/2 cup of white wine, lol! Snowstorm coming here tonight/tomorrow. *Heavy sigh*. Have a good one!

  7. Manhattan Clam Chowder is one of my top five fave soups...I almost made some yesterday, actually. Your version sounds delicious!

  8. My husband loves clam chowder. I, on the other hand, do not. He only gets it when we go to a restaurant since I've never made it. I don't have an excuse now. I like your button. Nice choice!

  9. I have no clue how I missed this post! Thankfully looked back... this is one of our favorites and boy does your ever look fabulous~ awesome soup here~

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  11. Melly baby! Ok, so you have to go to the airport in about 10 hours and pick up the guy who will be holding the sign that says, I came for your chowder! That will be my husband! I never learned how to cook seafood because my mother was deathly allergic. At best I can unfreeze shrimp or boil a lobster, but trying something like chowder? He loves it so, maybe I should try! Your version looks like Manhattan clam chowder to me, but he likes them all! thanks so much for sharing on the hearth and soul hop! Big hugs! alex

  12. Your recipe for clam chowder sounds delicious - and I love that it can be made with things from the pantry! I like that it has tomatoes in it as well - I've only had the kind that is just creamy. This sounds lovely, especially with the thyme. Yum!


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