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No-Cream Clam Chowder

Photo: Jennifer Davick
Prep time 12 mins
Cook time 25 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings (serving size: 2 cups)
We used just two slices of smoked bacon, which adds rich flavor without a lot of extra fat; corn and carrots provide fiber and nutrients. We substituted 2% milk for heavy cream--the starch from the potatoes makes the soup extra creamy.

Ingredients

  • 4 dozen clams in shells, scrubbed
  • 2 slices smoked bacon, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium-size onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, with leaves, chopped
  • 1 (8-ounce) bottle clam juice
  • 1 large ear fresh corn, kernels removed, or 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
  • 3/4 pound red potatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

Nutrition Information

  • calories 339
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 9 g
  • satfat 4 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 25 g
  • carbohydrate 41 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • cholesterol 58 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 503 mg
  • calcium 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a large skillet. Add clams, cover, and steam 5 to 7 minutes or until shells open; discard any that do not. Drain clams, reserving cooking liquid. Pour cooking liquid through a fine wire-mesh sieve into a bowl, and set aside.

  2. Cook bacon in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until crisp; drain on paper towels, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in saucepan.

  3. Sauté carrots, onion, and celery in hot drippings over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until tender. Add reserved clam cooking liquid, clam juice, and next 5 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, over medium heat 8 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

  4. Meanwhile, shuck clams and coarsely chop the meat. Whisk together milk and flour in a small bowl; add to saucepan, and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. (Do not boil.) Add bacon and clams, and cook 1 to 2 minutes or just until heated through. Stir in parsley.