Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder with Bacon

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I got this recipe for Simple Clam Chowder from Cooking Light and followed the directions with just some ingredient modifications. Don’t be afraid of canned clams!! They look SO GROSS but just close your eyes, do NOT look in the cans, and pour them into your recipes and viola – they look just like they do in a restaurant. Here’s what I used instead:

  • 2 slices bacon
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 11 oz chopped russet potato
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cans of chopped clams AND their juice
  • 1/2 oz flour
  • 1.5 cups skim milk
  • S + P + Thyme + Hot sauce for flavoring

Otherwise, I pretty much followed the recipe instructions. After I added the flour I brought it to a boil like the directions said, but my flour started to burn and stick FAST so I had to reduce the heat. It was hard to tell if it flavored the soup, but it did thicken properly. So be aware that you have to keep stirring when they say keep stirring – and use medium high heat, not high.

My recipe made 2 servings, 380 kcal each.

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1 Erika January 12, 2009 at 6:54 am

I’ve made this soup a few times already with your modifications and it is AMAZING! My dad keeps asking me to make it again so tonight its on the menu!!

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2 Veronica October 11, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I just started eating clean a month ago & love your recipes! I made baked banana oatmeal this morning and this clam chowder for lunch. Both delish!!! THANKS!

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3 Elizabeth January 6, 2011 at 8:29 am

That looks really good and I’m impressed that it weighs in at only 380 calories. I was wondering- does the calorie count include the bacon and is it one slice or two? Turkey bacon or regular bacon? I’m using the 400 calorie Fix diet to help me stay within the calorie range and that meal looks great: pair it with a vegetable and it is very balanced looking and I’ll be honest, I miss smoky salty bacon.

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4 Kath January 6, 2011 at 8:51 am

Elizabeth,
I made this so long ago I’m not sure of the counts. I’d add 1 slice crumbled and call it a day :)

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5 Jenniffer January 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I love clam chowder. I have started trying to eat healthier and thought I would just have to do without it. I am making it tonight!!! Can’t wait to taste it.

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6 Stephanie C January 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Mmm I can’t wait to make this. Do you think I could sub a different type of milk? We don’t drink much milk around here.. do you think Coconut Milk would work?

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7 Kath January 7, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Hmm…I might try a more neutral one like rice or almond, but I can also see coconut being pretty good!

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