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Clam Bisque

Yield about 1 quart


  • 2 cups clams, undrained
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup uncooked regular rice
  • 1 sprig fresh parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

How to Make It

  1. Boil clams in clam liquid 5 minutes. Place in container of an electric blender; process until finely chopped.

  2. Combine chopped clams, chicken broth, rice, parsley, and bay leaf in a large Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook 25 minutes or until rice is tender. Strain mixture through a sieve into a large bowl; set broth aside.

  3. Remove and discard parsley and bay leaf. Process mixture through a food mill; stir into reserved broth. Strain broth mixture a second time; discard any remaining clam and rice particles in sieve.

  4. Combine strained broth mixture, whipping cream, salt, and pepper in a large Dutch oven; cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until thoroughly heated. (Do not boil.) Ladle into individual soup bowls; serve immediately.

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