Manhattan Chowder - With Whole Clams! Recipe

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Manhattan Chowder - With Whole Clams!

Kathy D


This yummy take on Manhattan chowder comes for the Food Network kitchens. I always love their cookbooks and recipes! This version of chowder includes using whole clams , for a rustic soup. NOTE: Buy only the clams that are closed, or close when tapped, and are free of any strong aromas. When you get home, take the clams out of the bag and put them in a colander. Cover the clams with the damp towel and set the colander in a bowl of ice in the fridge. If storing for a day or more, pour off the melted ice and add fresh as needed.

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20 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


1 1/2 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin
3 oz
pancetta, diced (about 1/2 c)
1 1/2 stalk(s)
celery, ribs with leaves, thinly sliced
1 medium
onion, chopped
1/4 tsp
crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 c
garlic, minced
1/4 c
tomato paste
2 c
clam juice, bottled
2 c
low-sodium chicken broth
6 small
red-skinned potatoes, quartered
1 Tbsp
fresh thyme
bay leaf
28 oz
can of whole peeled tomatoes (with liquid), roughly chopped
1/4 tsp
worcestershire sauce
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
littleneck clams, scrubbed
2 Tbsp
fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
crusty bread for serving - optional


1Heat oil in a large pot, over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook until just browned. Add the celery, onion, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, approx. 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and cook for about 2 minutes more.
2Increase the heat and add clam juice, chicken broth, potatoes, thyme, and the bay leaf. Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the pototates are tender - approx. 15 minutes.
3Stir in the tomatoes and all of their juices, the Worchestershire sauce, and black pepper to taste and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the clams, cover, and simmer until the clams open - approx. 8 minutes (Discard any unopened clams please!). Remove the bay leaf at this point.
4Divide the soup among warmed bowls. Sprinkle each serving with some of the parsley. Serve with crusty bread, if desired.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chowders
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy